The coronavirus pandemic left many Australians stuck at home, some of us were self isolating, some were in lockdown and some of just preferred to stay at home and be cautious. So home delivery quickly transformed from a luxury to a necessity.
For many shoppers getting groceries home delivered is a way to keep their fridge stocked and avoid exposure to large crowds as the virus risk lingers into 2021.
Both Coles and Woolworths offer home delivery with varying fees and conveniences – but which supermarket will save you money and which will save you time?
Coles home delivery costs
This December Coles are encouraging customers to plan their shopping early and have reduced delivery costs, extended delivery hours and doubled online capacity in the lead up to Christmas.
“We know our customers love the convenience of home delivery, and by offering two, four and six hour delivery windows customers can better plan their time in the busy lead up to Christmas,” a Coles spokesperson told Yahoo News Australia.
If your total is over $250, then home delivery is free with Coles.
There are a range of time slots to work with so you can ensure your order is delivered at the most convenient time.
For a six hour window Coles charge $4 for delivery, four hour windows cost $8 and a two hour window will set you back $11.
There is a $2 discount regardless of which window you pick if you opt for mid-week delivery on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday.
Woolworths home delivery costs
Woolworths offer several different options for home delivery including unlimited delivery subscriptions and Delivery Now which promises to get your groceries to you within two hours of placing your order.
“The demand for our home delivery service is growing rapidly as more and more customers look to save time on grocery shopping.
“Australians are also increasingly embracing subscriptions across a range of different services to help save money, make budgeting easier, and remove the hassle of individual fees,” a Woolworths spokesperson told Yahoo News Australia.
The basic three hour delivery window cost decreases based on the amount you spend at Woolworths.
Ordering between $50 to $100 worth of groceries will cost $15 to be delivered to your door the next day or any day up to six days out from your order date.
Spending between $100 to $150 will cost you $12 for delivery. Spending between $150 to $200 will cost $9 for delivery. Spending between $200 to $250 will cost $6 for delivery and spending between $250 to $300 is $3 for delivery.
If your shop exceeds $300, delivery is free and there is a $2 discount if customers opt for a five hour delivery window.
Woolworths do offer on demand delivery, starting at $18 if you order before 1pm and have your groceries delivered that day within a pre-set one hour window available.
Woolworths delivery subscriptions
The unlimited subscription services are designed to create savings for those who use the service regularly.
A yearly subscription to unlimited delivery for any day of the week is $169 per year, while if you prefer unlimited deliveries Tuesday to Thursday, the cost drops to $119 per year.
There are also month to month subscriptions available.
The $119 delivery unlimited midweek subscription (deliveries Tuesday to Thursday) brings the delivery cost of a weekly grocery order over $100 down to $2.29 per delivery.
Woolworths is currently offering a free 30 day trial for all new subscriptions so you can see if it’s suited to you, and the online savings calculator can help you decide which is the best value subscription for your preferences.
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