Just last night, I did something strange. I sat on the couch eating popcorn and I ordered our weekly groceries online. I've always been quite concerned about food shopping online, particularly for fresh food. Who picks the fruit? Who picks the meat? How do I know I'll get the correct items? Then about two weeks ago, we went to a friends house and got chatting to some people at the party who said they did ALL of their food shopping online! Hailing from London where its too cold in winter to go out and do groceries, online shopping is apparently quite popular and they were quite the pro's. So after perusing the Coles online shopping section and getting my bearings I decided to at least try doing the shopping online and see how it went. I sat down and committed myself to shopping the same way I would normally which is: 1. Plan meals, 2. write a list and then 3. add items to cart.
I actually found the experience to be more streamlined than I'd hoped! I was able to jump up and check the fridge and pantry multiple times for what we did and didn't already have and then proceeded to spend about an hour completing the shop, far longer than I'd hope/tolerate to spend in Coles. The ability to search for items ie. herbs/spices/sauce without having to wander the aisles was great. We shop on a weekly basis so I was excited to come in UNDER budget, with more meat than potentially needed and a few extra's (new toothbrushes, frozen vegetables for me to take to work). I finalised the cart, chose a delivery time (which had a price beside it: my chosen time was 6:30-8:30 and cost me $7) and finalised with our card details.
The order actually doesn't process onto your bank straight away and is charged when the delivery is ready for dispatch. I headed home eagerly after work today to await the delivery. Normally on a Wednesday or Tuesday evening if Ja was at work I would walk to the bus, catch the bus to Fairfield Coles, do the shop and then the return trip/walk loaded with bags. It was really nice to have some extra time to hang out and unwind/clean whilst waiting for the delivery.
At 6:45 our buzzer rang and I headed out to collect the groceries! The lovely man carried the crates across our complex to the unit and proceeded to unpack them and explain that we can always give plastic bags back to drivers for recycling (yay!) and how to read the invoice for any changes and numbers to contact when something isn't right. I then signed for the groceries, escorted the lovely man out (who said "see you next time" and wished me a good night), before I headed back in to unpack and check out the purchases.
I must say I'm really happy and impressed! Everything is as I would have chosen myself and in perfect condition. The grapes are excellent and potentially better than what I'd seen last week in Coles! There was a nice little welcome pack with some samples and a little booklet and the invoice still includes the 8c off a litre petrol voucher you receive on normal dockets at Coles. The only drama I had was that I didn't read the kipfler potato section correctly and I purchased TWO potatoes instead of 2 x 250 gram lots of potatoes, but I had a bit of a laugh that I made that error. For $7 delivery and to the front door service, I think we have found our new way to shop! Even if this service was to be used primarily to do things like spices/pantry items/frozen items it would still be far more efficient that heading to the actual shops! I would wholeheartedly recommend the service and am actually excited and relieved to have found a great simple way to do the weekly shop. If you'd like to even just browse and have a bit of a play adding things to your cart you can do so at Coles Online.
- Ka xx