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Online Grocery Shopping
Utilizing Online Shopping
Our local Weis Markets has recently begun accepting online orders for groceries. I admit I was skeptical right out of the gate. I felt like I was not worthy of the convenience of online grocery shopping. Until a friend who has a similar lifestyle to mine did it.
I began by opening my web browser and going to the Weis Markets website. I found my local grocery store and clicked on the "online shopping" tab. My life would be changed forever.
The first time I ordered our groceries online I made the mistake of not making myself a list first of what we needed. It is impossible to go through each and every department searching when you aren't sure what you want to buy. It would take you forever. It's best to go in with a game plan. There is also a checkbox to allow substitutions if that particular store didn't have what you were looking for. I failed to check this box off. I wanted everything exactly as I had it on my list. This was not realistic. Half of the groceries we requested were not in the bags when we got home. It turns out they didn't carry these particular items in this Weis store, so they just moved down the list to the items they did have. But no one told us this information. So we got home and realized half of our food was not there.
From that point on, I always make sure I check off that little box to ensure that if whatever it is I asked for is not in that store, something similar is provided. The store usually calls just to make sure the substitutions are okay which I am very grateful for.
You can keep track of how much you are spending more efficiently than if you were in the actual grocery store. This way you can look at your cart and say, "ok, my goal was to keep it under $100, what should I remove from the cart to keep my cost where I need it"?
If you have small children it makes shopping much easier as you don't have to take them out of the car!
The Weis staff bring the groceries right out to your car!
If you are disabled this could be very helpful!
It's time efficient for a busy person!
It limits your "impulse buys"!
It limits your interaction with germs that cause cold and flu viruses! (As the mom of a preemie this is HUGE!)
The cost to utilize the online shopping is nominal.
If you spend over $150 the online shopping fee is waived.
You don't interact with many people (to some this is a pro)
You can't directly choose your produce.
Every store does not always carry the same items, so you may have to get a different brand, size of item etc.
You can't browse around eliminating the "oh, I forgot to put this on my list" issue.
I'm not yet sure how you use coupons when doing this online shopping program.
You lose the exercise of walking around the store.
Less interaction with other people.