I’ll admit it, at first I was a little skeptical at doing online grocery shopping. I mean when it’s clothes or small electronic gadgets I never really cared about buying online, in fact I enjoyed how easy it was to buy stuff and how much cheaper everything was. But there is something a little more personal about the food I eat and I have never really been comfortable with someone else picking it out for me.

Why I Hate Grocery Shopping in Store

My wife and I both hated doing the weekly grocery shop. Let’s face it, there isn’t much to like. You have the effort of driving yourself to the shops, finding a park with all the soccer mums who drive gigantic 4wd’s trying to run you off the road – and you haven’t even started shopping yet! Once you are inside it isn’t much better… My biggest peeve was navigating around all the dilly dalliers and rambunctious children that always seem to get in your way. Then there is the seemingly endless wait at the deli only to be followed up with an even bigger wait at the checkouts (normally behind the old lady who wants to pay the exact amount with all the coins in her purse).

To be 100% honest – the whole grocery shopping experience annoys me and I would rather never do it again.

Grocery Shopping

Moving to Online Grocery Shopping

My wife and I both agreed to trial online grocery shopping after we took our son on a normal weekly grocery trip and had a difficult time of it. Not only did it take us about an hour longer than it used to, but he was always cranky in the shops and he often sicked up on the floor. It was just so much more effort than we wanted to deal with. So we decided to give this online grocery shopping thing a go to see how it went.

The first thing I noticed is that both the major grocery companies in Australia have online shops

One of the major concerns I had was around how much it would cost in delivery fees.

Woolworths Delivery Fees

Up to $99.99 $13.00
$100.00 to $149.99 $11.00
$150.00 to $199.99 $9.00
$200.00 to $249.99 $5.00
$250.00 to $299.99 $3.00
$300.00 and over $0.00

Coles Delivery Fees

$7 if delivered in the morning
$9 if delivered in the afternoon

As our shop is almost often between $120-$150 we decided to go with Coles due to their cheaper morning deliveries.


What is the Verdict?

So far I have been really happy with getting our groceries delivered to us. There have been a few minor hiccups along the way – like forgetting to add something to the list. But overall it has been a really great experience. I was particularly worried about the fresh produce as I used to work as a fruit and veg guy, so I have very high standards when it comes to my fresh produce. But to my surprise everything has been top shelf.

The thing that I like the most about online grocery shopping is that we can setup a recipe inside of the ordering platform. This means that the next time we go to make the same meal we don’t have to go searching for all the items again and can just tick the box to automatically order the same stuff again. Overall I think it takes longer to do your first few shops, but after 3 or 4 you have it down pat and it is considerably faster than going to the shops. Plus by doing your shopping online you are far less likely to make impulse purchases along the way.

I also like that the delivery person brings the food inside to your kitchen bench if you want them to. This helps my wife out as she can get started packing everything away immediately rather than having to lug everything from the van to the fridge.

Overall I believe the time we save by buying online far outweighs the $9 we spend in delivery. I would highly recommend it to other people if they are sitting on the fence in regards to trying it out. The worst case scenario is that you don’t like it and you have to go back and battle the other shoppers in the store.


What do you guys think? Have you tried online grocery shopping before? Do you have any questions about it that I might be able to help answer?