Grocery shopping – you can love it or you can hate it… but it is something that we have to do! And now there are many ways you can shop for your groceries, whether through the internet or visiting your local stores.
I was just talking to my mum on the phone (from Penang) and she was telling me of the heat in Penang, and how hot it has been and how hard it is for people, especially the seniors and mothers with young children, to head out to the shops in the heat.
She told me to make things easier for her, she is ordering her grocery from a personal shopper who takes orders from the local residents, especially the elderly residents, and delivers directly to their home.
My mum mentioned that when the personal shopper arrives, the elderly residents would get out of their homes and mingle with each other for a short while. They chat with each other while the personal shopper sorts out their orders and brings the goods in to their home for them.
There is a huge advantage as the elderly residents have someone to check on them on daily, as well as people to talk to, even for a few minutes.
Independent stores with more personal services and know-how
As for me, I love to shop at the wet market and the independent stores whenever I can. The reason is you tend to receive more personal service from the vendor, while at the same time they are able to share more of their know-how and experience.
For example, at our local seafood shop, they are able to advise on the fresh catch of the day, and which cut would be suitable for certain dishes. I am lucky that the vendors in the fish shop are from South East Asia, and they have good knowledge of Malaysian dishes. So when I tell him of the dish that I would like to cook, they would suggest the type of fish to use.
Most of the time, we will just give them a call to ask the catch of the day, costs and other suggestions they may have. Once we have settled our order, they will organise the fish/cut and quantity required, which makes our shopping experiences very easy and pleasant.
In Australia, our fresh food supermarkets such as Woolworths, Coles, Aldi etc are well stocked, clean and can be found in nearly every suburb. Thus it makes shopping very easy as well. Sometimes if you are lucky, you will be able to meet a few employees who just have that special personal touch to make your shopping experiences more enjoyable.
The ease of online shopping
With the world wide world of internet and smart phones, the experiences of online shopping have been getting easier each day. You can browse through many shops with ease, compare prices and read about feedback on services before purchasing.
On top of that, the online payment facilities have improved tremendously, thus many people will benefit from the ease of online shopping and delivery. If you are game enough to give it ago, it will free up your time tremendously.
Choose off peak hours to shop
I would normally shop during the off-peak hours, i.e. very early in the morning. There are fewer people, and the food is fresh and newly stocked.
With fewer people at the stores and check-out, it will allow you to go through your shopping more thoroughly, have more time to read through the labels, check out the specials, or browse through new products. This way you still will be able to shop efficiently and get home within a short time frame.
Alternatively, shop after hours.
Happy shopping, and I’d love to hear your feedback.