• Discounts and special offers
  • Subscriber-only articles and interviews
  • Breaking news and trending topics

Already a subscriber?

By signing up, you accept Moneywise's Terms of Use, Subscription Agreement, and Privacy Policy.

Not interested ?

As a result, chains including Walmart and Target have seen huge portions of their customers make the switch to online shopping.

Walmart’s online grocery sales brought in $900 million in March — twice as much as during the same period last year — and Target’s digital same-store sales were up a staggering 275% during April.

But while buying groceries online may seem like a safer alternative to shopping in-store, it’s not without its challenges — as many consumers have discovered over the past few months.

Delivery slots are becoming increasingly harder to come by, and many high-demand products are consistently sold out.

How to get the most out of online grocery ordering

If you’re one of the 40 million Americans who are buying groceries via the web during the pandemic, here are a few things you can do to get the most from your online ordering experience.

Kiss Your Credit Card Debt Goodbye

Millions of Americans are struggling to crawl out of debt in the face of record-high interest rates. A personal loan offers lower interest rates and fixed payments, making it a smart choice to consolidate high-interest credit card debt. It helps save money, simplifies payments, and accelerates debt payoff. Credible is a free online service that shows you the best lending options to pay off your credit card debt fast — and save a ton in interest.

Explore better rates

1. Earn cash back

Make sure you pay with a cash-back account, so you can get a bit of money back every time you shop online. There are cash-back cards that allow you to earn up to 6% back on grocery purchases.

2. Check for delivery slots often

In many big cities, the increased volume of online orders has made finding an open delivery slot difficult. It’s a good idea to fill up your online cart even if no slots are available, then check back throughout the day to see if one has opened up. As soon as you see a slot, hit the checkout button immediately.

Discover the power of FreeCash – your ticket to easy money

Dive into a world of rewards at FreeCash where earning cash is as simple as a click. No gimmicks, just real cash for your time. Join the community of earners today and watch your wallet grow effortlessly.

Make Money Now

3. Order late at night

You may have more luck placing your order later in the evening, so if you’re a night owl try to log on around midnight — when stores typically update their availability for the day.

4. Prioritize your order

Some delivery services allow you to prioritize the items in your order, so try to put high-demand items (like elusive toilet paper) at the top of your list. That way the person packing your groceries can snag them before someone else scoops them up.

5. Have a backup plan

It’s helpful to specify the substitutions you’ll accept if some of the items you want aren’t in stock. Certain delivery apps have a “use best judgment” option, so whoever’s doing your shopping can find you a suitable replacement if something on your list is sold out.

6. Try curbside pickup

If you have access to a car, you may want to consider ordering for curbside pickup instead of home delivery. Store pickup is just as safe as delivery and there are often more slots available.

7. Leave a tip

And don’t forget to leave a tip for the person putting together your order. Professional shoppers who see online orders come in from customers known to tip well may be inclined to grab those orders first. A standard tip ranges from 10% to 20%.

Sponsored

This 2 Minute Move Could Knock $500/Year off Your Car Insurance in 2024

Saving money on car insurance with BestMoney is a simple way to reduce your expenses. You’ll often get the same, or even better, insurance for less than what you’re paying right now.

There’s no reason not to at least try this free service. Check out BestMoney today, and take a turn in the right direction.

Shane is a reporter for MoneyWise. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English Language & Literature from Western University and is a graduate of the Algonquin College Scriptwriting program.

Disclaimer

The content provided on Moneywise is information to help users become financially literate. It is neither tax nor legal advice, is not intended to be relied upon as a forecast, research or investment advice, and is not a recommendation, offer or solicitation to buy or sell any securities or to adopt any investment strategy. Tax, investment and all other decisions should be made, as appropriate, only with guidance from a qualified professional. We make no representation or warranty of any kind, either express or implied, with respect to the data provided, the timeliness thereof, the results to be obtained by the use thereof or any other matter.