Save Time And Money With My Online Grocery Shopping Tips

by Katrina - The Organised Housewife

Huge discounts, better organisation, and more ‘me’ time are just some of the many benefits you’ll experience from doing your grocery shopping online!

I recently started online grocery shopping, and I can’t for the life of me work out why it took me this long to do so! It has meant so much more than simply saving time and money, and I have actually got the whole process down to quite a fine art. I honestly don’t think I will EVER look back!

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I was always a little reluctant to do all my grocery shopping online. I liked to touch and see the food I was buying, and was convinced that walking the aisles myself was necessary in order to save money and be inspired for meal times. Oh how wrong I was! It turns out there are actually HEAPS of savings that are available ONLY to online shoppers, and the freshness of my fruit and veggies is as good as if I’d picked them myself. I also feel like I have a bonus hour each week because I no longer do my routine trip to the supermarket each weekend!

If you have been hesitant about shopping online, please keep reading. I feel like grocery shopping online has been a game-changer for me, helping to simplify my weekends that little bit more.

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So what are some of the tricks and tips to making online grocery shopping work for you?

1. Manage Your Budget

ONLINE ONLY OFFERS – with online grocery shopping, not only am I able to shop the in-store sales, but I can shop the exclusive Online Only Offers too! I didn’t even realise that Woolworths offered these discounts until recently, but basically they put a range of products on sale each week purely for online shoppers. I have started buying items from this section in bulk, which in turn saves me even more money!

I recently picked up a few bottles of this Rose & Geranium Hand Wash which were on sale in the Online Only Offers.

Online only grocery shop sales for woolworths

EASILY STICK TO BUDGET – when I finish my online order and get to checkout, I sometimes see that I’ve ordered beyond my weekly budget. I have the chance to remove items from my cart (ice-cream and chocolate are usually the first things to go) or replace with a cheaper alternative. When shopping in-store I used to gasp when they told me the total, but it’s a little harder (and more embarrassing) to scavenge through the bags and give items back to the checkout assistant.

ONLINE ONLY COUPON CODE – each month Woolworths give me an exclusive coupon code for all of The Organised Housewife community, which gives you extra saving at the checkout. They give me a new coupon code every month so be sure to visit my Woolworths coupon page here to see the latest coupon.



2. Easily Buy In Bulk

It is so easy to buy items in bulk when shopping online, because you don’t have the hassle of actually carting the additional items around the supermarket and piling them on to the checkout. You also don’t have to contend with other people wondering why you’re buying so many rolls of toilet paper – LOL!

In addition to the Online Only Offers that Woolworths offers, they also have Bulk Bundles that are exclusively available to online shoppers – helping you save even more money on your shop!

Woolworths also gives you all the specials for your regular purchase, you’ll find these under “my weekly picks”. I go through this list each week and purchase items I know we use frequently like cereal, tuna, and washing detergent. I buy enough to last a few weeks.

Buy online products in bulk woolworths online shopping

3. Shop Quicker

I’m not just talking about removing the time it takes to drive to the supermarket and walk the aisles (although I do love not having to do this anymore!), I am talking about being able to save multiple online shopping lists so that I can easily and quickly place my orders. I’ve created a fortnightly and monthly list for the items I don’t need as often, and I check each week if they are on special and will add to cart if they are. I have also set up an Essentials List, which is packed with all my regular items – feel free to check out my list and use it too!

I’m so excited to partner together with Woolworths who have allowed me to share my own personal lists with you all, helping to save you time when you’re doing your weekly shop too.

  VISIT: The Organised Housewife Grocery Essentials List on Woolworths website here

You can use my lists each week, or find tips here on how to create your own lists.

4. Be Reminded

Woolworths have a great system where they know what you regularly buy, and they will remind you before checkout if you have forgotten some of the items you usually add to the cart. Darn you Woolworths for reminding me how much I love the new mini summer rolls.

4. Be Inspired

Woolworths Dinner Bundles are only available to online shoppers and are a great way to fill the family up on nights when you’re lacking a little inspiration. I also like that if I am inspired by a recipe that I see during the week, I can easily add the ingredients to my online shopping list from my phone, ready for dinner the following week!

5. Get Organised + Avoid Multiple Trips

It’s much easier to plan dinners and school lunches for the week at the same time as I’m doing my grocery shop. I simply fill out my Weekly Meal Planner and Lunch Box Planner Pad for the week ahead, and then make sure all necessary ingredients are included in my online order. Being able to do my grocery shopping from the kitchen also means I can check what items I actually have in the pantry and fridge, which prevents me doubling up on these things, whilst also allowing me to easily replenish items so I don’t run out during the week.

 

6. Shop On Your Time

Being able to grocery shop from home when the kids are doing their homework or whilst I’m watching TV means my afternoons and weekends – when I used to do my shopping – have now opened up. I am now free to spend this time doing things I love instead; like cooking, reading a book, watching Netflix shows I love, or spending quality time with my family and fur babies. I also love that I can add items to my online shopping list throughout the week when I notice that things are running out – and I can do this from my phone or my computer.

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7. Get The Convenience Of Delivery, Pick Up, And Now Drive Thru

PICK UP – I pick my online grocery order up from Woolworths on my way home from work for FREE! I usually order the night before for pickup the following afternoon. It is so convenient, and it costs me nothing! I’ve only recently discovered that I can do this. My local Woolworths has a drive thru pick up and they help you pack it into your car… winning!! I had always thought that online groceries had to be delivered to your door, but I found it hard to give a 3 hour window for when I was going to be home. Now I can track my order to the hour and also select ‘leave unattended’ if I think I might need to pop out for the school run.

Woolworths online order grocery pick up

DELIVERY – If you’ve got young kids at home (particularly young kids that nap during the day) or if you work from home, then home delivery is awesome! Now is also the perfect time to give it a go, as Woolworths are offering a FREE trial for 30 days when you sign up for Delivery Unlimited. Try it for 30 days and if you love it as much as I do, Delivery Unlimited is a great way to help save you money on the delivery fees every month.

MY TOP TIPS FOR ONLINE GROCERY SHOPPING

Online grocery shopping and picking up from drive-thru is my new thing, and I preach to everyone that will listen lately that they should give it a go. Here are a few of my tips:

  1. Take your time to perfect your ordering system – it took me 3 goes to fine tune my online ordering process, so give yourself time to learn and understand how to order online.
  2. Create lists – Create lists to help make shopping easier.
  3. Use the search option – choose from a variety of different display options for your search results. If you are wanting to save, use the ‘sort by lowest unit price’. I LOVE this feature!
  4. You can start adding to cart and continue adding to it throughout the week – place your order anywhere.  You can start your order while waiting at the doctors for your appointment, while in your lunch break at work and finish it off the night before you want to pick it up. If you start an order from my phone, you can even complete it later from your computer because it remembers you!
  5. Double check your produce quantities – on one of my first orders I thought I was ordering 10 potatoes, but instead I ordered 10 packs of 2kg of potatoes. Woolworths were very kind and allowed me to return 9 packs 🙂
  6. Add notes to items – for example, I like to receive a few green bananas so I know they last through the week, and if I know I am making a mince dinner 5 days from my order date, I add a not asking for the expiry date to be beyond that date of 5 days.
  7. Items get substitutes – if they don’t have an item in stock they they will replace it with the closest match at the same price.
  8. Let them know when you’re there – as they get your order ready and will have it waiting for you when you arrive.
  9. Hot chooks – I have found you can’t order hot BBQ chooks online. We love a nice BBQ chook on rolls for lunch on weekends, so I usually get one of the kids (mine are teens) to run into the store to get it while I go through drive through to pick up the groceries.
  10. Use tubs – to pack items into your car and easily take into the house.

Tips for online grocery shopping

WILL YOU CONSIDER ORDERING YOUR GROCERIES ONLINE?

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29 comments

Roslyn Richards October 17, 2019 - 9:53 AM

Kat if you have the Entertainment book, you can also purchase a wish gift card to purchase your shopping with at an extra 5% off. That saves a bit of money too. Eg. Purchase a $300 gift card and only pay $285 for it.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife October 18, 2019 - 10:01 AM

Great tip! Thanks Roslyn 🙂 Kat x

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Ann-Maree October 17, 2019 - 10:08 AM

This is great, thanks Kat.
I had no idea about your Woolworths coupon page- I’ll be sure to check in each week now

And I’ll be creeping your shopping lists for inspiration! ?

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife October 18, 2019 - 10:02 AM

Haha! Love it Ann-Maree 🙂 Please creep away – that’s what it’s there for! Happy shopping! Kat x

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Dan October 17, 2019 - 10:56 AM

Thanks Kat! My husband loves the weekly ritual of walking through the shop and we all usually do it as a family (all four of us.) i’ve been wanting to try this out for awhile but it’s quite important to him. Given some of your tips – especially the one about “if the total’s too high you can remove items easily to get under budget” – I might need to negotiate with him perhaps we can go physically every second week …

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife October 18, 2019 - 10:04 AM

I used to feel the same way, but am well and truely converted to online grocery shopping now 🙂 Hope it makes your life easier too! Kat x

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Vanessa October 17, 2019 - 3:42 PM

Thanks for the tips Kat. I have been doing WW Pickup orders for about 6 months because I care for my elderly mum and it means I am only gone from the house for 10 mins instead of an hour. I love it and i have never had a problem with the orders.
I usually do an 11am pickup timeslot because I have found that if I pick the 9am timeslot some of the bakery and milk products are not available because they haven’t received their delivery yet.
I have recently found your discounts page and have taken advantage of those coupons. Thanks.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife October 18, 2019 - 10:07 AM

It’s great isn’t it Vanessa! I can’t believe it has taken me this long to do online grocery shopping with Woolworths. It has definitely given me heaps more time back in my week too. Thanks for sharing your feedback Vanessa 🙂 Kat

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Tanya October 17, 2019 - 6:54 PM

Love Woollies online, my favourite thing is when you run out of something you can scan the barcode from the app on your phone and add it to your list before you throw it in the bin. Simples?

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife October 18, 2019 - 10:07 AM

Great tip Tanya! This online shopping business is just getting better and better, haha! Kat x

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Sharon October 17, 2019 - 9:48 PM

Hi Kat. I was excited to see your coupons! They look great! Just a heads up though…I followed the link for 50% off your groceries. It took me through to a Woolworths page titled half price specials. The problem was, not a single item listed was half price! ? I feel very disappointed that Woolworths is trying to con customers.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife October 18, 2019 - 10:17 AM

Ooo good spotting Sharon! I have just contacted Woolworths about this, so hopefully it will be fixed soon. Thanks for the heads up. Kat x

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Marie Norris October 18, 2019 - 6:21 AM

Thanks Kat – I have been using click and collect for years now as I am mobility challenged and Coles offers concierge service where they bring the order to the car and load it for you. My local Woolworths has the order at the customer service desk, which means I need to have some one with me to collect the order.
Click and collect is great and free!
Where did you get your tubs from?

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife October 18, 2019 - 10:20 AM

They offer great service don’t they Marie?! I got my tubs from Kmart, but I have seen them at Bunnings and Target too. I am having trouble finding white ones now, so if you stumble upon any of them please let me know 😉 Thanks, Kat x

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Verity October 18, 2019 - 8:04 AM

I am going to give this a go and see how it makes a difference on my day off! Thanks heaps for these tips!

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife October 18, 2019 - 10:20 AM

My absolute pleasure! Hope it saves you time and money too Verity. Kat x

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Jayne Douyere October 18, 2019 - 9:21 AM

Great article Kat. I have been using Click and Collect at Woolies for about eight months and love it. I would echo your point about quantities though – I have ended up with only one potato thinking i was ordering a bag (the opposite to you 🙂 ). Double check the gram or ml size of items as the picture doesn’t give you a true reflection of the size of the item. I have ended up with super bulk size items or super small items when i really wanted the medium. But that rarely happens now that i am aware of it. I also love that I don’t have to cart heavy items (like soft drink cartons) around the store. I also use large rectangular tubs in the back of the car and then take them straight into the kitchen.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife October 18, 2019 - 10:22 AM

I love my tubs too Jayne – they make the whole process even easier! I second what you’re saying about double checking items sizes. I found that I was able to iron these issues out pretty quickly though, and now have my go-to essentials lists that make the whole process even easier. Thanks for sharing your feedback Jayne 🙂 Kat

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Meg October 18, 2019 - 2:31 PM

I used to do the occasional online shop when the kids were babies. But stopped because the item matching was pretty dodgy and they used so many plastic bags. It’s cool to see that click and collect you can not have 50 billion plastic bags

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife October 21, 2019 - 10:56 AM

Meg I think online grocery shopping has come a long way in the last few years. I was certainly apprehensive, but am so happy that I switched 🙂 Kat

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C B October 18, 2019 - 3:42 PM

Thanks! and thanks for the organising the codes 🙂
Regarding ‘sort by lowest unit price’, be wary that it has issues. eg. a bundle will appear above “$1 EA”, which will appear above “$1 per 100g”, which will appear above “$1 per kg”…. even though $1 per kg is the cheapest. It also doesn’t work at all for the liquor section.

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Laura October 21, 2019 - 1:46 PM

A tip i learnt this week is that if you have google home and the woolies app, you can add things straight to your woolies list via google.

Ask google to talk to woolies, then aak it to add your items to this list. When it’s shopping time you can go in the app and everything is there ready for you to order.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife October 29, 2019 - 8:54 AM

Haha, that’s a great tip Laura! I love that 🙂 Thank you for sharing. Kat x

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Michelle October 28, 2019 - 7:41 PM

Hi Kat
Just wondering if you have one big list or a few different list types. I’m starting up my list now. Just curious what you do. You have inspired me to do an online shop especially now as it is getting busy with end if year events.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife October 29, 2019 - 9:23 AM

Michelle I break my lists up – into home essentials, school lunches, meat etc – it makes it quick and easy to find what I need to add to my shop. I add to my order gradually throughout the week (as we run out of things), which makes it really easy when it comes time to place my order. I am loving online grocery shopping! Kat x

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Valerie January 20, 2020 - 7:13 PM

I have always heard that the items online are a little more expensive to what you pay in-store due to the cost of staff labour packing your groceries. I’ve always avoided online grocery shopping for this reason. But I’ve actually never done a price comparison myself. Have you ever found this to be true or are the grocery prices the same? Online shopping would be so convenient!

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 21, 2020 - 9:55 AM

I find it’s much cheaper actually! The prices are the same, but there are a lot of online only discounts so it always ends up saving me money 🙂

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Lynne March 14, 2020 - 12:02 PM

Can anyone tell me the vest day and time to order my groceries on line? I make up my order in advance but by the time I am ready to actually go to Checkout many of my items are ‘unavailable’ So there myst be a day or times when its quiet and most items are actually avail Can anyone help?

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