Kitchen Surfaces Tidy - Just Waiting on Tesco

@Darroch (248)
United Kingdom
January 12, 2016 4:13am CST
Do you prefer to order groceries online or visit a store to buy? Personally, I definitely now prefer to have the majority of my groceries delivered, though quite like popping to local shops for a few items in between larger shops. In my mind, it's useful for more than one reason... I don't need to waste time and fuel driving to the supermarket. Our nearest large supermarket is around 23 miles each way. Our more local shops are useful for top-up shopping, but not ideal for a larger grocery shopping trip. At times I find supermarket shopping can be quite stressful, particularly when the store is busy. Placing my order online is never busy and usually takes much less time. I know how much I will be spending before my order arrives and know that there wont be any impulse purchases, as can often happen when in a store. However, perhaps one of the reasons which I value most is that it gives me the ideal opportunity to make sure our kitchen surfaces are free from clutter so there is space to actually place the shopping when it arrives. Inevitably, as seems the case with most flat surfaces, my daughter seems to view it as a suitable location to accumulate items. Sure, she'll have used them there, but put away? Oh, no - That doesn't happen, well not until Tesco delivery day. Then, whilst tidying and cleaning the worktops, I deposit all her items where she sits at the dinner table, ready for her to come home from school. I'm comfortable in the knowledge that they wont be there later on today as she knows that there will be no dinner until it's tidied away. Now is a nice feeling. - I have the kitchen worktops free from clutter, wiped clean and ready, just waiting on Tesco to deliver my groceries. They are booked for this morning - due between 10am and 11am.
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@jaboUK (49988)
• United Kingdom
12 Jan 16
I've never shopped for anything on line - Tesco is only about a mile away from me.
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@marlina (60486)
• Canada
12 Jan 16
I did shop online for food once and was not satisfied with the products.
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@Darroch (248)
• United Kingdom
12 Jan 16
@jaboUK That's convenient having Tesco so close. Don't think I'd do online either if it were that close.
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@Darroch (248)
• United Kingdom
12 Jan 16
@marlina I think perhaps it depends on the store that is delivering your items. Personally, I use Tesco here rather than Asda as I found Asda would make a lot of substitutions (not all suitable) to my order, but Tesco hardly ever does. Of course though I know if you go to another area, the reverse may well be true, so probably all down to the individual stores.
@owlwings (38062)
• Cambridge, England
12 Jan 16
I think that the decision on how often and where one shops depends a great deal on how often one is paid and, of course, how large the regular order is. If I were paid monthly and lived as far as you do from a large supermarket, I would certainly do as you do (and I would have the bewildering choice of Tesco, Sainsbury's, Ocado or Waitrose for my online shopping). Since there are only two in the household, my pension is paid weekly and I am 50 yards from a Tesco Express (and a larger Tesco is a quick bus journey away, with a Sainsbury's not much further and often on the route of regular car journeys), I tend to shop more or less daily and as needed. My son and daughter both live quite a way from a supermarket and I know that they are both very glad of the so, so convenient Tesco service!
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@Darroch (248)
• United Kingdom
12 Jan 16
Very true and I must admit as we've recently had some large visa bills I decided to wait until today to get our grocery delivery order as it meant it was into a new bill month. Don't want more big credit card bills, so trying to keep a close watch. We only have a choice between Tesco and Asda where we live. I tend to opt for Tesco as here they seem to substitute less items than Asda did when I used them. Plus Tesco offer 1 hour delivery slots, but Asda are 2 hour delivery slots for here. And Tesco also has the attraction of Clubcard points for using to pay for days outs, etc. Perhaps I would view things differently regarding online ordering or going to shops if we lived closer, but for us online is much more convenient.
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@owlwings (38062)
• Cambridge, England
12 Jan 16
@Darroch I forgot Asda. I could probably add that to my list of possible online sources! I am very fortunate in living just a couple of miles from the centre of Cambridge and yet in what is still very much a village community. I did move here from one of the outlying villages very much with an eye on the local shops and bus services, however.
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@lokisdad (4307)
• United States
13 Jan 16
shopping online can be a very convenient thing and much less stress because you aren't dealing with crowds and things like that which can add to the misery of shopping in person. When its busy people bump into you and tudes long lines no fun.
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@Darroch (248)
• United Kingdom
13 Jan 16
I definitely find it much less stressful, but as I've been doing most of our shopping online for over a year now, I do find it quite bewildering if I go to a larger supermarket. I think it's only actually seeing the amount of physical items that makes you realised quite how many choices there are and that in itself can be another stress factor. Probably another reason for me to continue as I'm doing with the online shopping and smaller, local shops. Much easier!
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@lokisdad (4307)
• United States
13 Jan 16
@Darroch shopping shouldn't be so complicated having more choices sometimes is a bad thing
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@Darroch (248)
• United Kingdom
13 Jan 16
@lokisdad Definitely - Sometimes having too many choices is a pain, but at times it's also good to have variety. Guess it's a double edged sword.
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• Lakewood, Colorado
12 Jan 16
I do when I can order groceries online. It is nice. The only thing I really dont like doing is ordering meat online as I like to be able to pick what I want and you cant do that online. But it is nice now that you have the place cleared for your stuff that is coming. How is the flooding there friend?
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@Darroch (248)
• United Kingdom
12 Jan 16
Yeah, much easier to order online and wait for it to arrive. Meat? Well, often I would choose to buy that in our village as we do have a very good butchers where we live, but unfortunately that was one of the businesses that got flooded and they don't think they will be ready to re-open until the end of the month, so if we want we just have to get from the supermarket for now. Thankfully although it was raining today, this week's forecast looks much drier, so hope it is.
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• Lakewood, Colorado
12 Jan 16
@Darroch Thank goodness for no water coming at you right now then Darroch..there is a butchers but very far away here..but they are rubbish. Yeah meat I like to pick first hand tho.
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