How to avoid the grocery store when you hate shopping – Part 1

Hate shopping?

In a previous article, I revealed tactics I use to minimize how long it takes me to complete my grocery shopping.

My methods helped make grocery shopping less painful, but I have to admit there are still times I wish I could avoid the store.

In this two-part article series, I’ll show you how to minimize your time at the store even more, and possibly help you save money at the same time.

Let’s get started!

Embrace the power of online shopping

Few of us think of using the internet to buy groceries. However, it’s becoming more common and easier to do than ever before.

I recently started doing some of my shopping through Amazon. At first glance, it didn’t seem promising, but once I searched for foods my family and I normally eat, I was surprised by what I found.

Many of the foods we like, including whole foods and organic foods, can be found on Amazon. And many are cheaper than at my local grocery store.

Of course, they have health and personal care items, too.

To keep shipping from eroding away savings, I’m an Amazon Prime member. It costs $79 per year, but in turn you never pay for shipping for anything available through Prime.

But free shipping is not all that’s available with an Amazon Prime membership. Here’s what you get with your membership:

  • Instantly watch over 40,000 movies and TV episodes with titles for everyone
  • Borrow books from the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library
  • Get unlimited FREE two-day shipping with no minimum order size

As an Amazon Affiliate, I can help you try out Prime membership for free for a month. Just click on the image below to get started.

Another trick to increase savings

This idea isn’t for everyone, but if you’re savvy with credit cards, Amazon has a rewards card. That means every time you use your card, you earn points to use toward reducing the cost of future purchases.

The following benefits come with the card:

  • A $30 Amazon.com Gift Card instantly upon credit card approval
  • Earn 3 points for every $1 spent at Amazon
  • Earn 2 points for every eligible $1 spent at gas stations, restaurants, and drugstores
  • Earn 1 point for every other $1 spent
  • Points don’t expire, and there is no limit to the number of points you can earn
  • No annual fee

If you’re the type of person who pays off your credit card balance every month, this is a great way to save even more money on your groceries.

Healthy foods available at Amazon

Here are just a few of the items my family and I enjoy in our diet every week. What might you find?

Action to take now

The idea here is cut down on how many items you’ll need to continue running for to your local grocery store. That way your trips can be even shorter and possibly more infrequent.

Step 1

Search for items on Amazon you normally buy or plan to buy as part of your new eating habits.

Remember, you want to find products that are eligible for Prime to take advantage of free shipping.

You also want to compare Amazon’s prices with your local grocery store. Not everything is cheaper. So you’ll have to decide if you’re willing to pay a little more for some items just for the convenience of having it delivered to you.

Step 2

If you’re not already a member of Amazon Prime, consider signing up or taking advantage of the free month offer.

That will give you free two-day shipping on anything you buy that is eligible through Prime.

Step 3

To make your purchases, consider getting an Amazon Rewards card.

Remember, the idea here is to pay off your balance in full each month so you don’t incur finance charges. You’ll also earn reward points you can apply to future Amazon purchases. That gives you even more savings on your groceries over buying at your grocery store.

Your turn

What methods do you use to cut down on trips to the grocery store? Please share in the comments below!

Coming up

In Part 2 of this series, I’ll reveal alternative ways to buy products like eggs, milk, cheese and vegetables without stepping foot in the grocery store.

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