For families who find that their grocery bill is spiralling out of control, doing an online shop with one of the major supermarkets can be a great exercise in budgeting as you can set a budget, and ensure you stick to it. In addition as you see how much each item costs, you scrutinise your purchases more, and this can stop you buying superfluous items.
Leave the trolley behind and hop online. Image: Morguefile
The thing that prevents a lot of people from shopping online is the delivery fee, which is typically between $7 and $10. However, for new customers, Coles are offering free delivery on your first online shop, which means you can trial shopping online (and budgeting online) and get your shopping delivered to your home for free. All you need to do, is hop onto their website here and get started.
Tip for Online Shopping
If you're a newbie to online shopping, a great tip is to write your list before hand, and then browse the special offers first. Online shopping is a great way to get all the reduced and special items at your fingertips for money saving on your groceries. Sometimes when you're instore, it can be difficult to see all the special offers, however, online you can find all the discounts, online specials and offers easily, and head to this section of the online shopping first. Your shopping tally will show you how much you've saved in your shop and this can often really add up.
I few years ago I did all my shopping online. As I was working, I found it really convenient to not have to shop for groceries in my spare time and the delivery fee was completely justifiable as I hate shopping. I liked how I could completely skip buying any non essential items which is not so easy in a store, especially with kids around! One thing that did annoy me though was quite often items were "out of stock" meaning that if I ordered, say a cucumber, then I wouldn't receive it in my shopping. This became irritating as it meant I had to go out to the shops anyway!