Grocery Delivery: A Big Benefit to Seniors

Mar 31st, 2020 | By | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Groceries During a Crisis

Senior Citizen Journal writes a lot about how seniors can make the best use of their income and financial resources. After all, we don’t know how long we will live, and as a result, we need to plan carefully for our money to last an indefinite amount of time. This includes weekly planning for food and grocery shopping.

Tips in the 21st century include making good use of computers and cell phones for ordering. The newest technology of immeasurable benefit to seniors is grocery delivery. Most supermarkets, big box food stores and even smaller grocery stores will deliver groceries to families in their communities. Grocery delivery for seniors means we don’t have to get out in public and expose ourselves to COVID-19. We can ‘shelter in place’ at home and remain much safer.

There are generally no limits on how often a grocery delivery can be ordered; however, if there is a delivery charge, that will occur every time you place an order. It is financially more prudent to make a grocery shopping list and plan to order only once a week. Make that list with your favorite grocery store app open and in front of you.  If you make a list of what you know you need, you will be less likely to order odds and ends that you may never use. Use the information you glean from flyers and the phone app to help you make your weekly list.

And if you don’t know how to use an app, ask family or friends for help. In these trying times, people who love you are very happy to help you stay healthy and well.

In-store Shopping Made Easy

Other tips related to in-store shopping, as opposed to delivery, include the following:

*Grocery stores generally have the healthiest food on the perimeter of the store.  For example, our favorite supermarket has the fresh fruits and veggies off to the far right as we enter.  The dairy, fish, seafood, meat section is at the back of the store, as is the yogurt and cottage cheese and milk products.  Bread products are at the far right back of the store.  If you create your list based on where products are in the store, you will be less likely to get caught with a snazzy display of food that looks great, but probably contains trans fats, a ton of calories and ingredients that aren’t all that good for you.  Use the list you created specifically for your grocery store to make shopping easier.

*Take along, (and remember to use!) your reusable grocery bags.  Many stores give discounts for using your own bags, not their throw-away plastic ones.

*If you have only a few items to purchase, use the hand-held shopping bags or the smaller carts if they are provided.  Again, you will be less likely to pick up something that ‘looks good’ if you don’t have room for it.

These lists of tips are never complete, and we will always be adding to them as helpful information surfaces.  Be sure to keep checking back with Senior Citizen Journal regularly!

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