As regular readers know, I really don’t like shopping. For me, the most detestable kind is grocery shopping. I’m not particularly interested in food, so buying it brings me no joy.
A couple of years ago, I tried ordering my groceries online and have never looked back. It was most convenient when we lived in Dublin and didn’t have a car–all of the best shops were in the suburbs, anyway. On a well-designed site, I can order my groceries in about twenty minutes (the better sites keep ‘favourite’ lists of commonly-purchased items and have them delivered in a two-to-four hour window, including evenings and weekends.
When I sing the praises of this practice, the most common concern I hear is that people like to pick out their own produce and fresh meat. I’ve never had any complaints with the virtual shoppers–I think they take extra care because they’re shopping for someone else. In fact, the shoppers from Stongs–our local service provider–would occasionally call to clarify an item or ask about a substitition. The delivery fee for Stongs is $10, and in Ireland we used Tesco and it cost 7 euros. When you consider the grocery shopping takes at least an hour of your time (plus transportation costs), that’s well worth it.