There are always times when you get caught out and need some shopping in a hurry. Most people can just pop to the local shop and get what they need whether by foot or car. This is what I used to do for years. But there are still times when getting out is not so easy, maybe your child is unwell, or you feel unwell yourself, or you are busy decorating and don’t want to stop the flow of work. Or, even you may be self isolating because of Covid.
You could ask a neighbour or family member to shop for you which is what I normally do. I can’t get out these days because of my disabilities and chronic illness, so I rely on others a lot. More recently though I’ve been finding online shopping deliveries really useful. I don’t just mean the usual online shopping, I’ve done that for years anyway, but I mean smaller deliveries for the things you may have run out of like bread and milk.
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Amazon Prime Morrisons and Fresh for Shopping in a Hurry
This is my favourite service. I find that I’m running out of fresh food on Saturday, the day before my big shop. I can get someone to go to the shop for me but it’s generally after lunch, and I often need the food earlier. So I pop on to Amazon and fill my basket which can generally be delivered within the next hour or two.
I already have Amazon Prime membership and have done for years. The Morrisons service is exclusively for Amazon Prime members which is £7.99 a month but you get free postage on almost everything you buy off Amazon and we use this a lot. You can try Amazon Prime for free for 30 days.
I shop at Morrisons so I know the products and find navigating the site easy to find what I want. In 10 minutes I can have my basket filled and paid for and delivered within a couple of hours. I have this trick where everything I order from Morrisons I take out of my shopping basket for my main shop to save money. Plus it means I can order more and get free delivery.
Delivery costs are the issue, it costs around £4 for a small delivery, but if you can push your basket up to £40 then delivery is free. If I think of the petrol we would use to get to Morrisons to pick up the food ourselves then it doesn’t seem so bad if my order is small.
Amazon Fresh is slightly different as the products are not the same brands. I am happy with what they offer but I find that they can’t offer the delivery spots as quickly as Morrisons at the weekend.
As with most online shopping there are sometimes things out of stock and alternative offered. What I like about Amazon Morrisons is that you can pick your substitutions as you shop just in case. But you also get a text from your shopper asking if you are happy with a substitution to your order. (I have to say though, the only time this happened to me, I clicked ‘no’ to the substitution but received it anyway, a blip maybe?)
Shopping in a Hurry from Uber Eats
Uber eats are generally a fast food delivery service so you can grab a quick Mc Donald’s or KFC, but if they are close enough you can also get deliveries from Greggs and Subway. Fab if you need a quick and easy lunch. They also offer food deliveries from local grocery stores. Mine are quite small stores but it’s handy if you run out of milk or bread or other perishables and you need them in a hurry. Delivery is generally between 30 to 60 minutes which is great.
Again, you have to pay for delivery but this can work out cheaper than driving to the shops yourself. The prices are a little higher and depending on where you live, the food offered is a little less than a big supermarket. They also deliver alcohol and cigarettes, I’d have found this useful 20 years ago!
Look out for offers too, like £5 off a £20 order. (this will cover your delivery cost)
Deliveroo have a great selection of supermarkets to choose from (depending on your area.) On mine I have eleven different stores where I can shop from Asda to Aldi, Morrisons to Sainsburys and even local shops. So loads more choice. The delivery can be as quick as twenty minutes, but you might have to wait an hour or two for the bigger shops. They take shopping in a hurry to a new level.
The prices are inflated and there are some minimum order restrictions, so some places are not good if you only want bread and milk. They do some deals which you could look out for though.
Deliveroo is also on Topcashback so you can get 7% cashback on your first order and 1.4% on subsequent orders. This can make it seem worthwhile paying the extra. If you are not a member of Top Cash Back I really recommend it. It’s so easy to earn money from all your online shopping. I have literally earned over a thousand pound from them.
Have you ever tried any of these shopping services, or do you have a favourite that you use?