How to Coupon: Grocery Delivery Services and Couponing
Grocery delivery services have actually been around for longer than most people might think. My grandmother, at home without the family car, would phone in her order each day after determining what to prepare for supper. Today, busy parents are grateful to be able to order their groceries online from the office. But can you shop online and use your coupons, or do you have to trade savings for convenience?
Not necessarily. Peapod, the largest national grocery delivery service, allows couponing — simply hand your coupons to the driver, and your total is retallied. Some mail-order companies allow manufacturer’s coupons as well. Soap.com, which sells groceries and other household goods, requires that you mail in your coupons prior to placing your order. Once received, the coupons are noted on your account, and the discounts are taken off when you order the corresponding products. If a site doesn’t allow manufacturer’s coupons, check to see if they have their own discounts and deals instead.
Keep in mind that when you don’t go to the grocery store yourself, you’ll miss out on unadvertised specials and temporary price-cuts, as well as any “peelie” or “blinkie” coupons (coupons that you peel off products or pull from blinking dispensers in the aisles). Using a delivery service will, however, save you gas and time, and you won’t be as likely to buy products that aren’t on your list.
Always check to see if there are additional delivery or shipping charges before using these services.