"Discover Cooking, Discuss Life."

Go Back   Discuss Cooking - Cooking Forums > General Cooking Information > General Cooking
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 03-19-2012, 10:43 AM   #1
Head Chef
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Over the rainbow
Posts: 1,272
Online Food Shopping - Do/don't you?

How do you do your weekly/monthly food shop?

I do mine online from a big supermercado we have here called Tesco. I just find it so easy to do my shopping this way, and especially at Christmas when I get a BIG shop!

For me, its just a better way to shop for food (we are a family of 4). My days of dragging 2 kids round the supermarket after work are well and truly over. I was so relieved when online shopping started up, so I have been doing it for many years now.

I do still pop into the local store, especially if I decide maybe to cook something in particular at the last minute, or if I just fancy a mooch around, but the main stuff is all shopped for online.

Anyone else do this? I find its quite a good way of budgeting too, less distraction and you don't miss out on offers, they are all online. I always write a list, plan my meals and then away I go. Click click shop.

This leaves more time to do more important things like proper shopping for gorgeous things for me.

__________________

__________________
Gravy Queen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-19-2012, 10:54 AM   #2
Chef Extraordinaire
 
Katie H's Avatar
Site Moderator
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: I live in the Heartland of the United States - Western Kentucky
Posts: 15,156
If "online," then, are the goods delivered to you or do you go to a special "online shoppers" area of the business to pick up and pay?

We have a store here in the U.S. called Sam's that has a service called Click 'n' Pull, whereby shoppers choose their items online, they're collected by store personnel and placed in a special Click 'n' Pull holding area for patrons to pick up and pay for at the service desk.

I've been doing this for quite a while and am very pleased with the convenience, especially during the holidays when the store is jam-packed with shoppers and the check-out lines are to the moon. Click 'n' Pull customers check out at the service desk. No lines. Yeah!

The only other online shopping I'm aware of is at sites that have an item/ingredient that I can't get in my area, which is often because we live in a very, very rural area. The nearest large city is about 2 1/2 hours away.

As for "regular" food/grocery shopping, I do ours on Tuesday, which is the day some of our area markets offers a 5% "senior" discount on purchases. Obviously since we are eligible for such a discount we don't have any children at home to drag through the market. Those days are long gone.
__________________

__________________
"As a girl I had zero interest in the stove." - Julia Child
This is real inspiration. Look what Julia became!
Katie H is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-19-2012, 10:57 AM   #3
Chef Extraordinaire
 
taxlady's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: near Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Posts: 18,879
Send a message via Skype™ to taxlady
I don't do that. I should check into it again. When I last looked, not many stores around here did it and most of those that did charged more than I consider a reasonable delivery fee. I also like to look at my produce before buying it and for sure the few green grocers out here don't have online shopping.
__________________
May you live as long as you wish and love as long as you live.
Robert A. Heinlein
taxlady is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-19-2012, 11:08 AM   #4
Wine Guy
 
Steve Kroll's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Twin Cities, Minnesota
Posts: 5,411
I used to buy our groceries online many years ago through a service called "Simon Delivers" (since sold to another company). I had occasional problems with them. For instance, sometimes they ran out certain items, or the wrong items were delivered, or the produce was less than stellar. If I am in a store, I am very picky about produce. What I found is that when people are shopping for you, they are not as picky. Go figure.

So I don't shop that way anymore.
__________________
Steve Kroll is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-19-2012, 11:13 AM   #5
Chef Extraordinaire
 
Katie H's Avatar
Site Moderator
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: I live in the Heartland of the United States - Western Kentucky
Posts: 15,156
I should also add to say that the only person I trust with choosing our meats/poultry/fish and produce is "me." I would never consider having someone else make those choices, which would definitely negate online shopping for those items.

However, those items I purchase at Sam's are generally pet-related or name brand packaged, paper products (toilet paper, etc.) or canned goods. Hard to mess those up.

In the summer, produce comes from our large backyard garden. Really easy and convenient to shop there.
__________________
"As a girl I had zero interest in the stove." - Julia Child
This is real inspiration. Look what Julia became!
Katie H is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-19-2012, 11:15 AM   #6
Certified Pretend Chef
 
Andy M.'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 41,365
I echo Steve's and Katie's reasons for not using a shopping service.
__________________
"If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe." -Carl Sagan
Andy M. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-19-2012, 11:22 AM   #7
Head Chef
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Over the rainbow
Posts: 1,272
Sorry should have explained better. By online I mean I shop from Tesco website and its delivered to my home for a small charge. So I sit at home, get on the website, and shop for everything. Must say am very happy with the quality of fresh produce that is picked for me. If I am unhappy, I get an immediate refund, no quibbles. If anything is damaged, instant refund. Happily neither of these things happen very often. I am particularly impressed with the fresh fish and fruit and veg.

I have shopped online with various different supermarkets, I do like to change now and again. I like Tesco best so far and their customer care is brilliant.
__________________
Gravy Queen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-19-2012, 11:33 AM   #8
Chef Extraordinaire
 
Katie H's Avatar
Site Moderator
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: I live in the Heartland of the United States - Western Kentucky
Posts: 15,156
Quote:
Originally Posted by Gravy Queen View Post
Sorry should have explained better. By online I mean I shop from Tesco website and its delivered to my home for a small charge. So I sit at home, get on the website, and shop for everything. Must say am very happy with the quality of fresh produce that is picked for me. If I am unhappy, I get an immediate refund, no quibbles. If anything is damaged, instant refund. Happily neither of these things happen very often. I am particularly impressed with the fresh fish and fruit and veg.

I have shopped online with various different supermarkets, I do like to change now and again. I like Tesco best so far and their customer care is brilliant.

I'm not aware of anything like Tesco in this country but, even for the sake of convenience, I just couldn't bring myself to pay to have someone deliver what I could pick up myself. Even when all our children were at home, we still managed to do our own grocery shopping. I guess, as my husband says, I'm just "cheep, cheep, cheep." Should be spelled "cheap," but the way my husband says it, he sounds just like a little birdie.

Also, I'm a true list shopper and rarely, if ever, stray from my list. Guess that comes from having to stick to a tight budget for so many years raising 8 children. All those tantalizing endcap displays are lost on me, as are the fluorescent-colored signs that shout "sale."
__________________
"As a girl I had zero interest in the stove." - Julia Child
This is real inspiration. Look what Julia became!
Katie H is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-19-2012, 11:42 AM   #9
Wine Guy
 
Steve Kroll's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Twin Cities, Minnesota
Posts: 5,411
Quote:
Originally Posted by Katie H View Post
I'm not aware of anything like Tesco in this country...
When I worked in the UK, I shopped at Tescos. The closest comparison over here would be SuperTarget or Walmart. In other words, groceries and household items under one roof.
__________________
Steve Kroll is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-19-2012, 11:49 AM   #10
Chef Extraordinaire
 
Katie H's Avatar
Site Moderator
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: I live in the Heartland of the United States - Western Kentucky
Posts: 15,156
Quote:
Originally Posted by Steve Kroll View Post
When I worked in the UK, I shopped at Tescos. The closest comparison over here would be SuperTarget or Walmart. In other words, groceries and household items under one roof.
Okay, gottcha! Now I understand. Then, in that case, there's certainly no way I'd pay to have items from those two, especially Wal-Mart, delivered. We don't have Target near us and I'm not the biggest fan of Wal-Mart. A limited few items from Sam's is the closest I get to buying from a Wal-Mart-related business. Mostly because I've never been a fan of mega stores.

I grew up with mom-and-pop stores and, thankfully, we still have a few around in our region. Excellent service, surprisingly competitive prices and always a smile.
__________________

__________________
"As a girl I had zero interest in the stove." - Julia Child
This is real inspiration. Look what Julia became!
Katie H is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
food

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Discuss Cooking on Facebook

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:12 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.