It’s one of the most important meals of the year where friends, family and loved ones come together to enjoy great food, share their news and reminisce over past Christmases. Not only do you want to impress your guests, make sure that you’ve got enough food in and that it’s all bought in time for the big day but you want value for money as well. There are pros and cons on each side when it comes to shopping online and in store but what it boils down to down is how much time you have? Do you like to see what you’re buying? And are you ok with someone else making substitutions if a particular item isn’t available?
Check A Price Comparison Site
Before you rush out with your shopping list it could be worth having a quick glance at a supermarket comparison website. At this time of year many retailers, supermarkets, and outlets will have plenty amazing deals on Christmas staples such as potatoes, cranberry sauce, Christmas chocolate and boxed bottles of bubbly. You could save yourself some money by seeing who’s offering the most groceries at the best price and even buy what you need from several different stores.
What You See Is What You Get
We all know the benefits to buying online it’s quick, easy and oh so convenient. You’ll find plenty of groceries here, but you aren’t there in person to check the quality of your product. However, online supermarkets are excellent at quality control and also employ staff who deliver food orders also to pick out substitutes if an item isn’t in stock. Of course, the substitution is entirely at the discretion who’s in the store picking out your shopping for you and you may prefer just to pick everything yourself. Buying in the store is useful when shopping for items that have short shelf lives such as bread, cakes, and pancakes as well as items that are fragile and may break while in transit like eggs, wine and jars of sauce.
Variety Is The Spice Of Life
On the other hand, when the supermarket shelves are empty they remain so until a new stock delivery is made. Online retailers often have huge warehouses where goods are stored until a customer places an order, so they may have more flavors of say macaroni or a bigger range of chips than the one in store. If you’re looking to bulk buy for over the holidays, you should have a wider choice if you start the shopping early.
Can You Cope With Christmas Crowds?
This is the big decider for many of us, and it revolves around the fact that Christmas means people all shopping at the same time. If the idea of a long queue, broken tills and customers fighting over the last bronze turkey brings you out in a sweat then you may be better off ordering online. You’ll have your shopping delivered in a lovely, stress-free manner but make sure that you do so in plenty of time because everyone else will have had the same idea and delivery delays are very common, particularly at this time of year.