By Shala Watson

Online shopping is nothing new, and we often use it to buy clothes, gadgets and other items. But what about for milk, bread and bananas?

Trying to juggle trips to the grocery store with work, errands, kids’ activities and other tasks can be a challenge.

We all lead busy lives and are pressed for time to shop or cook meals.

But technology is driving big changes in supermarkets across the U.S. Many brick and mortar stores are offering more online options. And curbside pick-up and grocery delivery of fresh produce, dry goods and frozen foods to their customers.

Services like this allow busy families to put time back into the meaningful parts of their lives—like spending time with their kids or spouse.

Through websites or apps on their phones, shoppers can fill their baskets in the comfort of their own home or on the go with a click of a button.

These stores hire personalized shoppers that are highly trained to provide customers the same level of service as they would in the store.

Third-party providers, like Instacart, provide delivery services through popular local stores, including H-E-B.

Amazon, an early adopter of online retail, also offers Amazon Fresh shipping services in locations across the state.

Walmart doesn’t charge extra for online grocery orders picked up at stores, while Kroger offers a free trial but then charges after two deliveries. H-E-B charges a small personal shopper fee with their curbside service.

Online grocery shopping can be an advantage for elderly and disabled shoppers who cannot buy groceries for themselves.

It can also help save you money by lowering the number of impulse purchases on the way to check out. You can also keep track of how much you’re spending and easily modify your list to stay on budget.

Another great part of online grocery shopping—skipping the lines.

What’s your experience been like with online shopping and curbside pickup? Share with us in the comments.

Shala Watson

Staff Writer

I was born and raised in the East Texas Pineywoods. I don’t have a traditional agricultural background. But I’m inspired by the hard working men and women who produce our food and fiber. I’m a small town girl just trying to bring a fresh perspective to ag journalism.

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