August is Online Grocery Shopping Month, which is the perfect excuse for family caregivers to check out this time-saving feature offered by many supermarkets, both brick-and-mortar and virtual. For a family caregiver who spends a lot of time looking after an elderly family member, every day is a busy day. So if there’s any aspect of daily living that can be made easier, why not investigate? To avoid the grocery store hassles, save money, and reduce stress, family caregivers should take a closer look at online grocery shopping.
How Online Grocery Shopping Saves Time.
Whether it’s shopping once per week or dashing to the store every few days, people spend a lot of time in grocery stores. For really busy people, like family caregivers, it can be hard to find the time to grocery shop. Many elderly loved ones become anxious when they are left alone without a family member or elder care assistant. Online grocery shopping can be done when the family caregiver has the time, without leaving home.
The process is efficient, too, because users can zip to different “sections” of the “store” with a click instead of walking around actual aisles. Shoppers don’t have to put up with long checkout lines or getting stuck behind the super coupon customer.
Online grocery shopping is especially helpful for family caregivers that live some distance from the grocery store, such as in rural communities. Supermarkets that only exist online will also deliver to the door in most locations. While no single service can fit every person’s needs, there should be an online grocery shopping option that can be a time saver.
How Online Grocery Shopping Saves Money.
Many studies show that after the mortgage or rent, groceries are usually the second highest monthly expense. It’s also one of the monthly costs that can be manipulated, since so many other bills are fixed payments. Online grocery shopping can actually save people money in several ways. First, shoppers can see which products are on sale right away and make their selection. They can also compare costs between stores, choosing the best prices for purchase.
Also, online grocery shoppers are not distracted by impulse purchases, flashy packaging or end-cap displays that make items only look like they are on sale. Family caregivers that shop online can also see the running total in their “shopping cart” as they add items. This can help them stay within budget because they know the total before checking out instead of after everything has been rung up. Finally, online grocery shoppers can save on transportation costs if they are getting a home delivery. The savings almost always outweigh the small delivery charge that some supermarkets charge for the service.
If only family caregivers could imagine what they would do with their time instead of grocery shopping at the local supermarket. When the elder care assistant is working with their elderly relative, the family caregiver can do other activities that have a much higher priority that heading to the grocery store once again.
If you have a loved one who could benefit from elder care in Martinez, CA, contact the caregivers at A Better Living Home Care Agency. We help seniors and their families with many levels of home care. Call 925-566-2366 for more information.