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A Guide to Online Grocery Food Shopping from UK supermarkets

Online Grocery Shopping from Tesco Stores
- Tesco Stores have done everything to make online grocery and frozen food shopping easy and convenient. When you first go to the web site you register your details (including your club card - you still get your points), then the next step is to book a convenient delivery slot. Delivery slots are intervals of 2 hours available day or evening to suit you. (Delivery costs £4.99). The items you buy are saved as favourite items, so on subsequent visits to the site it gets quicker to add all your items to your list. The delivery area covers 96% of the UK.

Grocery Shopping Online

Most of the large supermarket chains now offer online grocery shopping. There are also some smaller specialist shops that do the same (see the food section of ShoppingTrolley for some examples).

If you go online to any of the supermarket sites, the first time you access the site you will be asked to register by entering your name and address details for delivery and setting up a username and password. After you have chosen your grocery items you will pay by entering your credit or debit card details.

The first time that you access the site to do your shopping will be the longest. You will need to search through all the products you want to buy and add them to your shopping list, with a quantity. Your shopping list will however be saved for subsequent visits, so you will only need to make small changes and tweaks subsequently. Any new items that you add on subsequent visit will be added to your master list so shopping will become increasingly easy, and you will be less likely to forget anything.

Delivery choices include a choice of day and a time slot. Some of the stores, such as Tesco, offer a two hour time slot during the day or evening, which is very convenient if you are at work all day and don't want to go out to do your shopping in the evening. Delivery charges are usually quite reasonable - less than £5 is typical, and remember you will be saving on petrol.

Note that Morrisons do not currently offer online services, together with traditionally smaller stores such as Kwiksave and Somerfield.

Asda
- Asda delivers groceries to your door, and delivery costs between £4 and £5 depending on the day of the week of the delivery. Use the postcode checker to see if Asda will deliver to your area. All the special offers you'd find in store can be easily located directly from the front page of the site.
Sainsbury's
- Sainsbury's supermarket offers delivery to your door 7 days a week. They specialise in quality food that is healthy, and fresh at fair prices.

Standard delivery - £4.95 3-5 working days. Next day delivery - £6.95. They deliver to mainland UK and Northern Ireland addresses.