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Here’s why you should seriously consider ordering your groceries online (Hint: It could save you money!)

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These days, it seems like everyone is talking about how expensive everything is. From gas to groceries, folks are really feeling the squeeze when it comes to buying day-to-day essentials. Inflation is real!

If you’re looking for ways to cut costs amid rising prices, shopping online is one way to go. Not only does it allow you the opportunity to compare prices across different retailers, but it will also save you gas money driving from store to store.

While many only think to shop online for clothing and large items like furniture, you should know that buying groceries online can actually be a really smart shopping strategy. Many online retailers that sell groceries offer perks like free shipping when you spend a certain amount; plus, if something you’re looking for is out of stock at one store, you can just try a different online retailer rather than having to drive somewhere else.

Folks who are new to grocery delivery may be skeptical, but rest assured it’s easier and more reliable than you may think. If you’ve never ordered groceries online, start with the three retailers below that make it simple and could save you major money in the long run.


You can shop with Instacart on their app or on their website. The service allows you to shop from stores near you; there are more than 750 national, regional and local retailers to choose from depending on where you live. Some orders are delivered in just an hour, and many orders over $35 qualify for free delivery. If you’re a new Instacart customer, you can get free delivery on your first order over $10.

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Amazon Fresh

Yes, Amazon sells TVs, vacuums and tech gadgets, but with Amazon Fresh you can also buy groceries from the online retailer. The selection is surprisingly vast; there are Amazon-brand products plus name-brand foods you’re used to seeing in your regular grocery store. If you’re looking to save, be sure to check out the Amazon Fresh deals page and note that orders over $35 ship for free in select regions.

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If you live on the East Coast, then you should certainly consider FreshDirect when shopping for groceries online. Not only does this retailer offer super fresh produce and top quality meats and seafood, but their prepared foods are also really good. Here’s a full list of counties that FreshDirect delivers to.

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