Online Groceries Save Time and Money: Survey | The Canberra Times

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COVID-19 has accelerated the preference for online convenience among grocery shoppers, with nearly eight in 10 who switched during the pandemic saying they wanted to avoid traditional supermarket islands. Research commissioned by ING bank also reveals there are benefits to be gained from doing the weekly grocery shopping online, with consumers saving nearly $1,370 a year and getting the equivalent of an extra long weekend in time. The national survey of more than 1,000 adults reveals that about six in 10 are looking to save time and beat the crowds by avoiding in-person trips to stores. Some 33 percent also believe that going online is generally cheaper, while 31 percent say it’s a good way to limit impulse purchases. ING’s chief digital officer, Amy Cunningham, says research suggests shopping for groceries remotely could be one of the easiest ways to save money. “The $1,369 saved by the average homebuyer can cover two months of utility bills or a year’s worth of swimming lessons for a child,” she said. “Plus, taking back… time to do the things that matter most is a real added benefit.” The survey also found that more than one in five respondents are subscribed to a meal kit subscription and that their stated motivation is, again, primarily to save money (76 percent). Despite this, Choice Magazine says that food boxes containing kits can be a bit more expensive than buying in person, though the two are similar when you factor in shipping costs for the latter. Still, Ms Cunningham argues that “Australians don’t always pay for convenience and, in fact, may be saving as a result of using it.” Nearly eight in 10 (78 percent) of those responding to the ING survey said avoiding crowded stores was the reason they now order groceries online more than before the pandemic. The same proportion indicated that they wanted to save money on food this year, whether it be dining out (41%) or groceries (38%). And nearly three-quarters (71 percent) of participating parents and caregivers said they were looking to save by searching for the best deals online. Australian Associated Press

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