Even before the pandemic began, online grocery shopping was becoming increasingly popular. It’s great for people who don’t have easy access to transport or who struggle to carry heavy shopping bags home. More importantly, ordering your groceries online allows you to stay safe in your home during the COVID-19 crisis.
However, we know that some older people might not be 100% confident using the internet and placing their first online shopping order. That’s why we’ve put together this simple guide. In this article, we’ll take you through the online grocery shopping process step-by-step. Let’s get started.
Who Will Deliver?
First of all, you’ll need to decide where you’d like to get your shopping from. Luckily, almost all of the major supermarkets offer delivery now. Here is a breakdown of some of the main supermarkets and the delivery services they offer:
Sainsbury’s offers delivery from just £1 when you spend £40 or more – and free delivery when you spend £100 or more. You can choose a specific delivery slot with a one-hour window to suit you. They also offer eco time slots to cut down the carbon footprint on your delivery.
Tesco offers a Delivery Saver Plan. You pay a base rate once a month, which entitles you to free home delivery on any orders over £40. If your order is under £40, they will charge £4.50 for delivery. They also offer a free one-month trial on their Delivery Saver Plan, which entitles you to free home delivery including same-day delivery for your first month.
Iceland offers free next day delivery on any online orders over £35 with no subscription required.
Asda offers home delivery on orders of £40 or more. Delivery slots cost between £1 and £6.50 depending on the size of your order and the timeslot you choose.
Morrisons offers home delivery on all shops over £40. The delivery fee will vary depending on your delivery address, the day and time of your chosen slot and the value of your order. All delivery charges will be shown to you before you place your order so you know exactly how much you’ll be charged. If you will be using their service regularly, it may be worth investing in their delivery pass to help you save on delivery costs.
Waitrose offers free delivery on all orders over £40.
Is your supermarket missing from this list?
Don’t worry! The above list is not exhaustive. Almost all major supermarkets will offer delivery nowadays. Visit their website to find out what online shopping and delivery services they have available.
How To Order Groceries Online
Each supermarket’s website will vary slightly. However, below is a general guide on how to order groceries online.
- Go to your favourite supermarket’s website
- If you haven’t already, register a new account with them using your email address. You’ll need to choose a secure password.
- Find the ‘Groceries’ menu or equivalent on the home page – this is often presented as a drop-down menu
- Keep following the categories to find the item you wish to order e.g. Groceries > Fruit & Vegetables > Fresh Vegetables > Broccoli, Cauliflower & Cabbage
- Select the item you want to order and click ‘Add’ to add it to your basket. You can set the quantity (either by the number of packets or by quantity/weight with loose produce).
- Once you’ve finished selecting all your groceries, click ‘Proceed to Check-Out’ or equivalent.
- If you haven’t already, select your delivery time slot. You might be charged a little extra for a premium timeslot such as a weekend or evening.
- Make your payment to purchase your groceries.
- You’re done! Now it’s just a case of waiting for your food to arrive at your doorstep.
Now that you know how to order groceries online for home delivery, here are a few extra tips to keep in mind.
Look out for special offers and discounts so you can make sure you’re not missing out on any great deals.
Your supermarket might allow you to create a dietary profile. This means you can specify your needs if you are a vegan or coeliac for example. They will then automatically flag any products which may not be suitable for your diet.
If you’re looking for inspiration, you might be able to order entire meal plans or recipe boxes. This takes the stress out of deciding what to buy and cook.
If you regularly shop online with the same store, check if they have any rewards schemes. Many chains offer special rewards and offers, like Sainsbury’s Nectar Points, for their regular customers.
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Editor’s Note: We updated this blog on 16/07/2021.