The ease and convenience of home grocery delivery and meal delivery services can be a lifesaver as people continue to manage through COVID – especially for the homebound or those with high-risk health conditions. Food delivery is also essential for households without transportation, and helpful to anyone who decides that home grocery and meal delivery are services that meet their needs.
While home grocery and meal delivery are fast and convenient, it can be helpful to weigh the pros and cons of the added expenses involved if it is a choice and not a necessity. Outlined here are the key cost considerations of home grocery deliveries, restaurant deliveries, and home-delivered meal subscription boxes.
Home Deliveries of Groceries
A significant number of households turned to home delivery of groceries in the last two years. As noted, while grocery delivery services are critical for many, they can have an added impact on budgets.
Delivery and ordering fees vary from store-to-store and include factors like discounts for first-time orders, minimum dollar amounts per order, and promotions. These costs can vary and even go higher depending on the store.
Apps that provide delivery from multiple different grocery stores also offer convenience that comes at a price. Researchers suggest looking closely at what it would cost to pick up items on your own versus home delivery.