Gourmet Food Delivery – Is it For Me?

A lot of stores have recently joined the bandwagon of delivering groceries directly to your home.  While this is very convenient, it might not always be the best thing for your waistline and your wallet.

It’s not to be confused with gourmet meal delivery services like eDiets – rather these are simply grocery stores that deliver your regular weekly shopping.  Some examples of stores that offer this service include Whole Foods, Safeway and Albertsons.

The Pros:

1. It’s Easy to Plan Meals

Most stores that offer home delivery will have a ‘meal planner’ that suggests other items to turn your chicken breasts into a healthy, low-fat meal.  This makes it really easy to plan a week’s worth of meals, and you know you won’t be about too cook something and realize you forgot that one vital ingredient.

2. It’s Convenient

Browsing a whole store’s selection of foods online and having them delivered two to three days later can save a lot of time.  If you’re busy, and you find it annoying how grocery shopping takes up at least one evening a week, then this can be a great way to get some more time to spend with your family.

3. It can be Healthier

This all depends on what you order, but it’s often easier to find things that are low in fat, or plan meals according to the Whole Foods recommended meal plans.  Obviously if you order three tubs of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream because it’s on special, this isn’t going to help you.

4. You Always Get the Freshest Stuff

Grocery stores dispatch straight from their warehouses, so you don’t have the added transit time from the warehouse to the store between when the fruit is picked, and when you get it in your hand.

The Cons:

If it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is.  Here are some of the negatives of this system:

1. It Gets More Expensive

While some stores don’t charge for delivery, it often still ends up more expensive to do your shopping online.  This is for two reasons: one is that online merchants are better at up-selling to us and getting us to buy more than their brick-and-mortar counterparts.  The other reason is that we still end up going down the road to the corner store to pick up something every few days.

2. You Can End Up Eating More

Sometimes it’s difficult to judge how much you’ve bought online, and you know that if you have more food in your fridge, you’re likely to eat it.

3. You Might Not Have Space to Put it All

Speaking from personal experience, it’s quite easy to order a whole shopping cart full of groceries and end up having not enough space in your refrigerator, freezer and cupboards to store it all.  Be sensible when you shop online.

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