Online Grocery Routine

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In a previous post, I gave details of my first online grocery shopping experience. It has been 5 months now and I thought I would post an update. I haven’t gone into a grocery store to buy food since that first time. Our online grocery shopping routine usually starts on a Sunday, when the new sale prices are posted. I would estimate that 80% of our shopping consists of sale items. Our budget is $100 and we usually get between 30 and 40 items on each order. Lately, we have been exceeding our budget by $10 or $20 dollars. I blame that mainly on inflated prices for meat products. We normally buy one package of pork, chicken, and hamburger. Lunch meat, hot dogs or sausage are also on the list. The website keeps track of what we have purchased in the past, so it is easy to add the items you always buy like milk, eggs, and bread. The remaining items (frozen food, cheese, soda, canned goods) vary depending on what is on sale that week. With two people in the house, we only need to shop for groceries every 10 to 12 days, or 3 times per month. We only get pizza delivery or fast food once or twice per month. So, we are spending about $400 per month on food. Online grocery shopping allows us to control our spending better because we are only thinking about what we need. When two people go grocery shopping, each person is going to put their favorite items in the cart on impulse. We schedule the pickup for Tuesday or Wednesday morning to give us time to make changes. Adjustments can be made right up to the time when they start picking the order.

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