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No time for grocery shopping but the refrigerator is empty?   Maybe it’s time to trgrocery-store-2619380__340y online ordering with pickup or delivery.  Many grocery chains are offering this option, which can be helpful in our busy lifestyle.  So, what are the pros and cons?

Pros

  • Online ordering can be done anytime of the day. Most grocery websites store your last shopping list.  This can make it easier to reorder items and make adjustments.  You can build a shopping list throughout the week when you realize you will need to buy something.
  • Most people spend less as they are not tempted with impulse buying.
  • Pick-up or delivery saves you time. Leaving you more time for family, work, or activities.
  • Less stress can be an advantage, if you have small children you don’t have to worry about them while grocery shopping. If you have to shop at peak times you can avoid the crowds.
  • Most stores will select the best quality produce, meats or other items forWest Region DWD Project 015 you.
  • Some stores link manufacture’s coupons to items making it easy to click to save on the items in your online cart.
  • Delivery or pick up can be convenient for people who are ill or have problems with mobility.
  • If you have groceries delivered you can save on your gasoline bill.

Cons

  • Depending on the store it may be more expensive especially if you have groceries delivered. Some delivery time-slots cost more than others, due to high demand.
  • You may not get the quality of produce or other items that you would pick for yourself. It is hard to know what the produce at the store looks like, as you might have changed your mind on what to buy.
  • You miss out on reduced price or manager’s specials.
  • You miss out on social interaction with other customers and the grocery staff.
  • Some websites are difficult to maneuver.
  • Can’t use paper coupons.

My daughter has been ordering her groceries online and using the pick-up option.  She likes that it takes less time, and she doesn’t have to get her children in and out of the car seats.   She says she is spending less and has the same amount of food in the house.    I live in a smaller city where the option is not available to us yet.  I am very picky on my produce, so I am not sure I would use it, even if it was available.

Please let us know what your experience has been with online grocery shopping using pickup or delivery?

Author:  Pat Brinkman, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences, Ohio State University Extension, Fayette County.

Reviewer: Lisa Barlage, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences, Ohio State University Extension, Ross County.

References:

Eaglescliffe, B. (2017). Pros and Cons of Online Grocery Shopping.   Tough Nickel.  Available at https://toughnickel.com/industries/Pros-and-Cons-of-Online-Grocery-Shopping

Freedman, D. (2017).  How Grocery Delivery Can Save You Money, Money Talks News.  Available at https://www.moneytalksnews.com/how-grocery-delivery-can-save-you-money/2/

Utah State Extension.  (2016). Pros & Cons of Online Grocery Shopping, Utah State Extension.  Available at http://extension.usu.edu/news_sections/home_family_and_food/pros-cons-online-grocery-shopping

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Grocery shopping is something we all have to do, and sometimes the temptations of processed, unhealthy foods draw us in.  With this temptation we tend to spend a little bit more money than we had planned, so what can you do to keep your health and finance on track when it comes to going grocery shopping? There are many simple tips that can be done to secure your health and your wallet.

  1.  THE List:Grocery shopping is something we all have to do, and sometimes the temptations of processed, unhealthy foods draw us in.  With this temptation we tend to spend a little bit more money than we had planned, so what can you do to keep your health and finance on track when it comes to going grocery shopping? There are many simple tips that can be done to secure your health and your wallet.
  2. Explore coupons: Coupons are a great way to save money while grocery shopping and can be a great activity to do with your family! You will have no problems finding some great deals. Looking for coupons is easy since they are located in a variety of places: in your newspaper, different magazines, at the grocery store, and even your smart phone. Many  grocery stores have mobile apps where you can get coupons with a touch of a button. All you do is bring in your phone with the coupon pulled up and have the cashier scan the bar code on your phone.
  3. Shop the perimeter: Most processed foods are located in the middle of the grocery store such as sugar flavored drinks, cookies, cereals and chips.Shopping the perimeter where the fresh produce, dairy products, meats and most bread are located is a great way to purchase more healthful foods for you and your family.
  4. Eat before: How did those doughnuts get in your cart? Have you ever been a victim of shopping while you were hungry and buying foods that you never went to the store for in the first place? Eating something before you go grocery shopping can satisfy this syndrome of picking up foods that sound and smell good to you at that time.
  5. Be mindful when buying in bulk: Ever buy a huge bag of popcorn because it was on sale and noticed you’ve eaten the whole bag by yourself? I have! Be mindful and strategic when you buy in bulk. You want to ask yourself if you are buying this huge stock of food because it is on sale or if it is something you need. If it is both on sale and something you need, make sure you have a way you can preserve some of the product. For example, if you buy meat in bulk, know that you can freeze half of it and eat what you know you will need instead of trying to eat it all in one week. This can lead to unnecessary overeating and even send you to the store buying more.

These five general shopping tips can help you stay on task and purchase more nutrient-rich foods for you and your family! It’s important to stay focused and make sure you’re buying your needs and not your wants.

Written by :  Susan Zies, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences, Wood County, and Courtney N  Klebe, Dietetic Intern , Bowling Green State University.

Reviewed by: Dan Remley, MSPH, Ph.D, Field Specialist, Food Nutrition and Wellness.

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These days, most food products we buy are produced or packaged by a company that stamps on the food items a “sell by,” “use by,” or “best by” date. These dates are solely managed by industry, with no federal or state laws setting the length of time between when a food can be produced and/or packaged and the date placed on the package. These dates are not necessarily linked to the time by which the food must be eaten in order to be safe, according to a recent Harvard University study (September, 2013).

According to the National Resources Defense Council, as much as 40 percent of the food produced in the U.S. goes uneaten due to the confusion of package markings. That’s $165 billion worth of food each year. Thus, salvage grocery stores have sprung up, selling foods past their expiration dates throughout the United States.

Salvage grocery stores, also known as surplus grocery stores, are known for near-expired goods, slightly dented cans, and “closeouts”, thus serving a grocery-shopping market hungry for low prices. According to Kevin Tibbles, an NBC reporter, salvage grocery stores can save you as much as 30-50 percent on your food bill.

Their inventory may consist of the following:
• overstocked items
• slightly damaged, bent, dented, ripped or torn packages or cans
• mislabeled or old labeled items
• items not selling well in regular chain stores and returned to warehouse
• near or at their sell-by or best-used-by dates

Prices tend to be significantly lower than those at conventional stores and big discount stores.

Similar to items sold at food auctions, products sold at surplus grocery stores are guaranteed by the USDA, stating that such items pose no safety hazard or poisoning threat. Excluded from this list is baby food and formula. The sell by dates refer to a product’s freshness, not its safety.

You can save hundreds of dollars and make the money you spend last longer by knowing the real shelf life of the foods you eat. Utilize the website http://stilltasty.com, search the section called “Keep it or Toss it” to determine the real shelf-life of the food, based on information from the USDA, the FDA and CDC.

A trip to the salvage grocery is more like a treasure hunt — what’s available one week may not be the next time around.
Resources/References
http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/foodpolicyinitiative/food-policy-initiative-projects/current-projects/reducing-food-waste/

http://stilltasty.com/
Salvage’ Grocery Stores Offer Wall-To-Wall Discounts – October 22, 2013 10:08 PM – http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2013/10/22/salvage-grocery-stores-offers-wall-to-wall-discounts/

Food waste in America: A multi-billion-dollar loss – By GRANT GERLOCK and KRISTOFOR HUSTED Harvest Public Media 09/23/2014 12:05 PM http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/article2210462.html#storylink=cpy

Written by: Cynthia R. Shuster, CFLE, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences, OSU Extension, Perry County, Buckeye Hills EERA
Reviewed by: Elizabeth Smith, Program Specialist, OSU Extension – Human Ecology Extension Administration

Reviewed by: Kim Barnhart, Office Associate, OSU Extension, Perry County, Buckeye Hills EERA

Jennifer Lindimore, Office Associate, OSU Extension, Morgan County, Buckeye Hills EERA

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