Can you save by buying groceries online?

Can you save by buying groceries online?

What if you could save on your everyday groceries without ever leaving your house?  The Problem Solvers tested a new website that promises to save time and money.

It’s called MySupermarket.com. At the website you can shop for thousands of non-perishable products and compare prices on the following websites:

  • Amazon.com
  • Costco.com
  • Diapers.com
  • Drugstore.com
  • Soap.com
  • Target.com
  • Walgreens.com
  • Walmart.com

The website lets you know if you can save money by switching to a different size or comparable substitute. And it optimizes your cart to try and qualify for free shipping with the different stores.

But how does this kind of shopping compare to a warehouse store like Costco?

To find out, the Problem Solvers went shopping for seven items on the website and compared the prices to a local Costco warehouse.

These products were cheaper online:

Duracell 9-volt batteries

  • Unit price:  $1.50 per battery at mysupermarket.com                     
  • Unit price:  $2 per battery at Costco warehouse

Charmin toilet paper

  • Unit price:  18-cents per 100 sheets at mysupermarket.com
  • Unit price:  24-cents at Costco warehouse

The other five items on the list were cheaper at the Costco store:

  • Cetaphil Skin Cleaner
  • Cliff Kid Organic Fruit Ropes
  • Head and Shoulders Shampoo
  • Lysol Toilet Cleaner
  • Tully's Coffee K-Cups

At the final checkout, the seven items on the website would have cost $134.34 compared to $108.86 at the Costco warehouse. That’s a difference of $25.48, or about 19% more.

Of course, there is the issue of time.  You may decide having groceries delivered to your door instead of going to the store is a better option for you.

Keep in mind, you do need to pay an annual membership fee at Costco stores.