A person, let’s call them Beth, asked whether getting groceries delivered is worth it. There are many factors for or against deliveries. They vary from transport to amount to distance. Here’s a breakdown of the options to consider when deciding on grocery delivery.
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Distance to Purchase Groceries
One person pointed out that distance is a factor in choosing delivery. There are even curbside delivery options for those with transportation. Another said although they live in a city with public transportation, sometimes, when the weather is freezing, they do not want to ride a bus or train after work.
They’d instead head home and have food delivered. A third user pointed out some people live in food deserts, thereby limiting their options to get food, especially if they do not have a means of transportation. Transportation also plays a part in the next part.
Amount of Groceries You Purchase
When it comes to delivery or heading on foot to the store, size matters. If you’re purchasing a couple of things, stopping at the store is not an issue.
But delivery allows you to purchase all your groceries, even bulk orders, without determining whether you can physically lug them back home. Many users stated that you could only buy what you can carry is why they opt for deliveries.
If You’re Able-Bodied
If you’re purchasing a few items and are able-bodied, a quick stop at the store might be reasonable. Some people are disabled, and navigating a crowded supermarket is physically taxing and wastes even more time. A couple of disabled users also said delivery for them is cheaper than paying for a taxi both ways.
Are You An Impulse Buyer
There are two kinds of shoppers. Ones who arrive and only get what they need, usually written on a piece of paper or their phone. Others go to the store for a few things and return with bags filled with other items. Others prefer the exercise and fun of searching through the aisles for what they want.
If you’re a fan of those impulse buys and browsing the aisles, then continue with the browsing fun. But if you want to curb impulse buys, delivery is a great way to help stymie that urge.
Orders Do Go Wrong
A user said they do not make mistakes, implying that with deliveries, things go wrong. If they want “3 jalapeños,” they will not wind up with “three pounds of jalapeños.” Another person agreed that the “main complaint” they heard was how orders get mixed up. Sure, orders get mixed up all the time. But your order is to make a delicious dinner and the delivery goes awry; peeved might not cover your feelings. That’s especially true if you get hangry.
Kids in Tow
One poster stated that despite not wanting to do deliveries, they had no choice. They have a toddler, and navigating a supermarket with a child was not worth it.
As someone who’s seen many parents chasing down their kids, telling them to stop picking up stuff, it’s understandable why tired parents want to avoid the added stress.
Time Vs. Money
For many users, the biggest question was time versus money. As one user eloquently said, “If you have more money than time, then yes. If you have more time than money, then no.” Some people will value their time above all else. As such, ordering deliveries is preferable to wasting time they can’t return.
For others, especially those financially struggling, their money is precious, and they cannot afford to waste it on something they can easily do themselves. Whichever you prefer will help you decide if having your groceries delivered is worth it.
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