Have been doing our grocery shopping online recently. I'm aware of the costs being higher, but right now, it seems worth it to spend that little bit extra, and to have that time instead. It's a bit of column a and column b theory; balance and all that.
Alternating between Coles and Safeway, and honestly am only sticking with Coles cos they give you the petrol voucher and we get the flybuys. Safeway's delivery costs are always lower and they seem to have a better system. Still, as a fortnightly expenditure, it's not too bad a deal.
Pick up the things we can't get via this sort of shopping from either a lunchtime walk at the local-to-work supermarket, or fresh fruit and veg from the market or local grocer on a weekend. It's not so hard to do a small shop on my own (I walk every lunchtime, so to stop at Coles for 10 mins for a single bag pick up isn't a hassle) or a small-ish shop with kids in tow.
I found it a struggle in the beginning with the extra expenditure, but now have made peace and figure I'm better off making curtains, cleaning the kitchen, cooking up meals on the weekend for the weekday dinners, or playing and reading with the kids, instead of spending precious weekend time in the supermarket and queues.
I also admit we probably save a little, as I don't impulse shop this way. I don't overspend on things we 'might' use or eat. My diet is also working, as chocolate isn't on the normal list!
How are you handling it? Are you shopping the regular way? If you have kids, do you wangle? Do you have the time? And lastly - which do you prefer of Coles and Safeway?
I admit if we were shopping normally, I'd go Aldi, then top up at the Coles in the same complex, then get FnV from the grocer in the same complex, or at the market in a separate shop. Meat would be from the bulk "Tasman Meats", which is something I've stuck to. Have to get a big freezer to be able to do more of that bulk meat shopping, and bulk weekend cooking.