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According to US Grocery Shopper Trends, we make an average of 2.2 trips per week to the grocery stores. And according to The Time Use Institute, we spend 40 minutes per grocery store visit. If you add commute time of say 20 minutes per trip, we are spending a little over 2 hours per week on buying groceries. And, like me, if you shop for groceries with your children, I would add another 15 minutes per child!
Online Grocery Shopping Starting To Pick Up
One way to save time is to shop for groceries online. According to US Grocery Shopper Trends, ‘at least occasionally’ 12% of us buy Groceries and Beverages online and 4% of us buy Fresh Foods and Produce online. With more full service online options becoming available these trends are likely to grow.
Benefits Of Online Grocery Shopping
Again, according to the US Grocery Shopper Trends:
“Those consumers who are buying groceries online do so for several reasons; convenience of home shopping (57%) and home delivery (47%) being among the top three reasons. Value or lower prices (53%) is the third driver for online shopping. In a word, online shopping makes certain aspects of grocery shopping “easier.’ Consumers report that it’s “easier’ to find items (35%), read reviews (33%), compare prices (32%), and research products (28%).”
Full Service Online Grocery Stores
So if you want to shop online and save almost 2 hours per week, here are the full service online grocery stores that deliver perishable and non-perishable groceries. Although there are several stores that sell dry groceries online, only full service stores act as a one-stop-shop able to meet all of your grocery needs including fresh produce, dairy and meats.
- Amazon Fresh: Seattle, WA
- Peapod: IL,IN, WI, CT, MA, RI, NY, NJ NH, MD, VA DC, PA
- Freshdirect: NY, NJ, CT
- Safeway and Vons: CA, OR, WA, AZ, NV, DC, MD
- Planet Organics: Organic groceries in Northern CA
Let me know if you know of another option near you that is not listed above!