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Online Grocery Shopping – Worth it?

I noticed recently that there has been a increasing number of companies that offer non-perishable, household goods online.  When I first became aware of Alice.com about a year ago, I checked a few of their prices against my Commissary and decided that they weren’t cost efficient for me.  One year later, newer sites like Soap.com and Diapers.com have popped to my attention and, of course, even Wal-Mart is getting in on the action.  Being the optimist that I am, this week I rechecked the prices to see if grocery shopping in my jammies (minus the impolite stares) is now a more affordable option. 


The Skinny on the Competition


  • 100% Free Shipping
  • Product Planning Tool – Helps remind you when you might need to re-order. 
  • Budgeting Tool – See what you spend your money on.
  • My Products – Quick access to products you want to keep your eye on. 
  • Shop by room, not by product type.  I don’t know if I like this.
  • Smaller selection on some items than Soap.com.

Soap.com & Diapers.com (they are partners)

  • Free Shipping on orders over $49
  • Orders less than $40 ship for $4.99
  • BIG selection. 


  • Shipping costs vary
  • Expanding selection, still not as big as Soap.com.

Of course I have a list; I always have a list.


The difference between Soap.com (the most expensive) and driving to Wal-Mart (the cheapest) is a whopping 14%.  This is enough of a difference to keep me from converting to jammie shopping, at least entirely.



1. Even at Wal-Mart.com, the first runner-up, you’ll pay 9% more than going to the store yourself.  Say you buy $100 worth of these types of products every 2 weeks, that’s $234 more per year if you shop online ($364 more if you use Soap.com). 

2. Some things are cheaper online.  If you can find something that you use frequently for the same price as in-store or less (including shipping), buy it.  

3. Just like every other decision you make, it’s all about trade-offs.  Online shopping may save you time and that may be worth 14% to you.  Just remember that you’ll have to go to the store anyways for your food, so it may not be saving you as much time as you think.


So much for the jammie shopping.  Sorry everyone.

Article publié pour la première fois le 23/08/2010

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