Now that you can order just about any product or service—from the latest Ed Sheeran single to a quick ride across town—with a click or tap on your phone, it should come as no surprise that you can do your weekly or monthly grocery shopping just as easily, too. Sure, this was probably always an option with online giant, Amazon, but fresh produce isn’t exactly their specialty. Besides, there are actual services designed entirely for your online, grocery shopping needs. They are easy to use, convenient and efficient. If you’re still on the fence about whether or not this lifestyle change is right for you, here are five reasons why you should at least consider it.
1. You live in an urban area and getting to the grocery store is more stressful than it needs to be.
If you live in a crowded city and are used to either taking public transportation or walking everywhere, the thought of lugging around eight bags of groceries on your already miserable commute is less than appealing. Throw in some harsh weather conditions and it’s basically a recipe for disaster. Instead, why not have your handpicked grocery items delivered directly to your door? You’ll save yourself the hassle and time of having to travel to and from the grocery store and the inconvenience of figuring out how to carry everything you’ve just bought.
2. You need help managing your spending more effectively.
Ordering your groceries online or via a mobile app is a great way to monitor what you spend on food in a week. What seems like a luxury service is actually a decently affordable option for many since most grocery delivery services only charge approximately $10 in delivery fees. And, unlike at the grocery store, you’ll be able to clearly track the total value of the items in your cart as you go along. You won’t have to embarrassingly remove items at the register if you think you’ve spent too much. Plus, a more relaxed and personal experience means that you’ll be better able to set a budget for yourself and stick with it.
3. You are less likely to impulse-buy junk food and other items you don’t need.
If you’ve ever been to the grocery store when hungry, you know that the memes are true: do this and go home the proud, new owner of Aisle 6. Shopping online eliminates any aimless wondering through the chip aisle you were bound to do while talking on the phone. You’ll be more focused on checking everything off your list and less inclined to shop around.
4. You have an insanely busy schedule.
Sometimes, you just don’t have time to go grocery shopping. You are always on the go and the thought of having to fight your way through herds of crying toddlers and inconsiderate cart drivers is more miserable than the experience itself. Like most services catered to millennials, grocery delivery options boast convenience as their number one advantage. Some will even allow you to create an account that pre-loads all of your relevant information like billing and shipping details as well as past and recurring orders.
5. You’re not the most organized person.
If ever I could petition to add a new Olympic sport to the lineup, it’d probably be grocery shopping. Honestly, the whole process requires a level of skill, preparation, planning and attention to detail that some of us just haven’t mastered quite yet. A grocery delivery service will help you feel more in control of your shopping experience; it’s not rushed, it doesn’t require any expert navigational skills and it can be done from the comfort of your own bed. Consider me sold. There’s no shame in needing a little help to get your life together. Hey, at least you bought groceries, right?
Grocery delivery services aren’t that much different from other contemporary, online services that aim to reinvent the way we live our lives—think Uber, Airbnb, Spotify and even Venmo. It’s simple, practical, convenient and economical. And although millennials continue to take a lot of heat for being lazy or entitled, we’d like to do so while we wait on our weekly supply of avocados and green juice to be dropped right on our doorsteps (JK, we all live in apartment buildings and don’t have actual doorsteps).