Good health and nutrition start with choices made in the supermarket and health stores, but thanks to the pandemic, a large number of us have taken to doing our food and health shopping online. Whether it be our weekly food shop, topping up our vitamins and supplements or even ordering new fitness wear and equipment, most of this is now being done online in order to minimise the time we spend in shops and supermarkets.
However, with so many different stores and services online, how can we be sure that we’re always getting the best deal and value for money? With that in mind, here are 3 tips for online grocery and health shopping.
Get supermarket savvy
By online food shopping, you’re losing out on the ability to wander up and down the aisles, picking up the best looking fresh fruits and vegetables and deals that catch your eye. However, this doesn’t need to be a bad thing. Typically, those who do their food shopping online tend to save more money than those who shop instore as they aren’t tempted by deals and reductions.
When planning your online food shopping, work around the different departments of the supermarket and what you need from each. For a healthier food shop, try to spend the most time in the fruit and vegetable aisle, then the bread/cereal/pasta aisles and working your way down to the processed food aisles. By doing this, you’ll not only make healthier food choices, but save some money too!
Vitamins and supplements
When it comes to buying vitamins and supplements, there are a number of trusted retailers with who you can shop online. You want to make sure that you are buying proper, high-quality products, rather than cheaper versions, so it is best to shop through these trusted stores. Things such as vitamin d tablets can be in high demand, especially during the winter months, so try to order these in advance before you need them.
Other supplements and vitamins, such as zinc supplements, can have other 300 different reactions on the body, so are beneficial for a whole host of different reasons and can be bought in larger quantities, meaning that you don’t need to buy as often. Some retailers offer great deals on vitamins and supplements throughout the year, such as buy one get one free and free delivery, so keep an eye out for these and then stock up on what you need – you will then only need to buy them a couple of times a year.
Invest in quality fitness wear and equipment
Investing in quality equipment might seem like a large outgoing at the time, but choosing equipment that is made using better quality materials will mean that it lasts a lot longer, meaning that you don’t have to rebuy as often. High-quality fitness wear is available from a number of different retailers, but during the pandemic and due to reduced demand, a lot of these retailers now offer regular discounts and promotions to try and get through their stock, so it is worth looking out for these. Online retailers such as ASOS house a number of brands under their site and they often run 20% off promotions across the site, so it is also worth making your purchases at this time to make the most of the discount.