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Are You Becoming More of a Virtual Food Shopper?

9/4/2021
BusyVeg

It's been over a year we've been dealing with this pandemic, and honestly, I've grown accustomed to obtaining my groceries and food items via the internet.  I don't know if I will ever return to my previous shopping routine.  Why, you may ask?  Here are some reasons:
 
TIME & ENERGY
I work a lot and have animals and property to take care of.  Plus, grocery stores are not right around the corner where I live.  Shopping online saves me a ton of time I would have spent driving, walking around the store, trying to locate certain products, standing in line to checkout, unexpected traffic etc.  Not to mention, I am tired after working all day, every day.  Having my food and groceries delivered allows me to have more time to rest or do what I want, as well as spend quality time with loved ones.
 
LESS GAS/VEHICLE MAINTENANCE
I live in a small town, so the closest Whole Foods is about 45 minutes away.  It is nice not to have a big gas bill from all the driving I used to do.   Plus it is less wear and tear on my vehicle.  Of course, you may point out that when you order items online, there is the cost of shipping.  However, many companies are offering free shipping, as well as coupon codes, so that is a win/win for me!
 
FIND NEW OR UNAVAILABLE ITEMS
Shopping online for food opens up a whole new world of options!  There are so many products out there that I was unaware of, and new items are being revealed every day.  I will always order my old standbys, but browsing online also brings out my inquisitive side, allowing me to discover and try new products.  When I used to shop in person, there were often items out of stock, or products that my store did not carry.  Now, they are at my fingertips with the push of a button!
 
LESS MEAL PREP 
I never realized there were so many meal kits, meal delivery services, and frozen meals that could be delivered to your door. Dry ice and cold packs are our friends!   Choices are expanding, and I intend to take full advantage.  More often than not, I don't have a lot of time to prepare dinner.  So ordering prepared food and storing it in my fridge or freezer to heat later is awesome.   The market for plant-based, healthy home cooked meal delivery services seems to be taking off, so if you are adverse to frozen dinners, there are fresher options.  However, don't negate frozen items; some of the frozen sides and entrees from online groceries have come a long way and can be quite tasty.
 
CROWD AVOIDANCE
The Delta variant is very contagious, and it is possible new variations of COVID might emerge.  I do not want to be in close proximity with people at this point in time.  Shopping at home on my phone or computer reduces my exposure to strangers.  Plus I was never a big fan of crowds anyway!
  
Has the pandemic changed your shopping habits to include more online purchases?  How often do you order groceries and food items online?   
 
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