Inspired by blogger One Family One Income.
Compared to a lot of people, I’m not a huge online shopper, or at least not when it comes to grocery items. When I’ve thought ahead, I have purchased dog food from Walmart as I love that it comes right to my door and I also save a little via going through Swagbucks. For my dogs, their food is very much a grocery item! Walmart also happens to be the cheapest store to purchase their food.
Much like One Family One Income, I too, live a fair distance (30+ miles) from the nearest Walmart. Given the miles, running to town for just a few items is something I avoid. Factoring our current price of gas, a trip back and forth to the city can easily cost me over $7.
This past Sunday, I could see that I would need to purchase dog food by the time the weekend rolled around. Knowing I had a little time on my side, I ordered via Swagbucks (I’ll receive 2% back) but then saved an additional quarter for waiting a few other days for my shipment. I could have had the order by Tuesday but waiting until today; it saved me that little bit extra. As it was, the order came yesterday.
Inspired by One Family One Income who has written about buying groceries online from Walmart (also via Swagbucks), I decided to check out what I might save by doing the same thing. She has mentioned that the prices on Walmarts site have lately become quite inflated. She is right. It isn’t by just a few pennies, but by insane amounts. Hopefully, this is just a glitch in their system as there is no way I’d pay 4+ times the price of what I spend in the store. Even the overpriced IGA store 20 miles from me doesn’t even come close to what Walmart wants for the identical item.
I did manage to find nine items that I intended to purchase that were the same price as what I’d pay instore. These are things I regularly buy, so I was sure of the costs. Walmart’s threshold for free shipping is $35. My total came in at $35.70, and that was with just purchasing what I intended to buy. I was again given the option to save by waiting for my order. This time it was $3 which was worth it to me as I can easily go a week or so before I actually need the items. I shopped via Swagbucks to save the additional 2%.
Hopefully, Walmart will fix their system’s exorbitant prices on many of the items I would have purchased as I can see how buying groceries online can actually save some money. In the meantime, I plan on making a price book of things I regularly buy. I’m usually fairly good about knowing approximately what xyz brand of beans, etc. cost me, but I’d rather know for sure before I do add the item to my online cart.
Do you ever order groceries online? If so, what has been your experience?