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Monday, May 02, 2011

Tips to Buying Food Online: Accessible Resources

Did you know that you could buy food online? I was amazed when I discovered this fact. There are hundreds of different food websites on the internet, all of which offer great deals and promotions. So no matter what you are in the mood for, you can find it online. You can choose from steaks, lobsters, fruit, wine, chocolates, cakes, coffee, and much more.
What's available you ask? You may be surprised to find out that almost any item that you desire can be purchased online. Many sites offer discount grocery delivery, as well as gourmet treats. If you want a cheap elegant dinner date, try ordering two live Maine lobsters! They will be shipped to your doorstep within 24 hours, complete with cooking instructions. You can make it surf and turf by adding some Omaha steaks to the menu. Top it off with a bottle of wine and imported chocolates. All purchased online, for less than you would think! The trick to buying food online is to look for the best deals and promotions.
A good food delivery site will have many important features. You want to find someone that has been around for a while.
Look at a site's prices and selection. Most sites will offer various promotions and coupons for repeat customers. So if you get hooked on that fancy chocolate, it may be cheaper the next time you order a batch. You can also find coupon codes that may give you free shipping or 15% off the next purchase.
Be sure to factor in the shipping costs. Good sites offer free shipping anywhere in the country. Most perishable items will need to be specially packed and rush delivered.
Buying food online is a great way to get a good discount. Websites have lower overhead and are able to give you the same product your local grocery store can, at a fraction of the retail price. What a great deal! And with the wide assortment and free shipping, you can't pass up buying food online.


CampusFood.com

If you live on or near a college campus, CampusFood offers online ordering for hundreds of restaurants ranging from large chains to small local eateries. Coupons and promotions are often available. You can also save your most ordered items to a favorites list and then order from your phone using text messaging. The site is pretty easy to navigate and works well with screen readers.
Campusfood got its start in 1997 when President Michael Saunders, then a student at University of Pennsylvania, decided there was an easier and more convenient way to order his tuna hoagie than over the phone. Students now browse through menus and order food online with Campusfood making issues such as misplaced menus, busy signals, and order miscommunications obsolete.
Through a virtual food court, Campusfood connects millions to a national base of over 1,500 chain and independent restaurants at more than 300 of the top campuses across the country. Campusfood continues to grow each year, adding campuses and restaurants to their roster.

Click this link to visit http://www.campusfood.com.

Amazon Grocery

The following is direct from Amazon:
As an Amazon customer, you expect to find an unparalleled combination of selection and value, no matter what type of product you seek. That's exactly the premise we started with in building Amazon Grocery. To that foundation, we added features that would create a new kind of shopping experience, one where it's easy to keep track of the groceries you want and easy to discover new favorites, and then have them delivered to your door free via Super Saver Shipping or Amazon Prime.
At Amazon Grocery, you'll find longtime staples, from Kellogg's to Jiffy Pop. You'll find new entries, such as Kashi cereals and Kraft Easy Mac microwavable snack packets. And when we carry a brand, we'll try to carry every flavor available: not just the most popular flavors of Jell-O, but all flavors, from apricot to wild strawberry and the 70 flavors in-between. We're also making regional favorites like Andy Capp Hot Fries available nationwide, and making hard-to-find specialties like Zico Pure Coconut Water a standard part of our mix.
We also have an extensive selection of natural and organic products. If you haven't heard of Immaculate Baking Company or Bear Naked, let us be the first to introduce you to these earth-friendly brands and their fantastic products.
Our goal at Amazon Grocery is to make sure you find the products you want, available at a competitive price, shipped free via Super Saver Shipping or Amazon Prime. To do this, we're working with our manufacturers on ways to keep per-unit costs low. For example, items you purchase might come in larger packs than you see at a traditional grocery store, and we might ship a product in a manufacturer's original case.
Along with this new category of products, we're highlighting a feature we call Your Shopping List, which you'll find under the "Your Lists" link on the top of every page. Your Shopping List makes it easier to locate and keep track of items you purchase routinely--products such as coffee and tea, cereal, paper towels, and cookies. You can order one or all of the products directly from your list, and you can add and delete items with the click of a button.
Let us know how we can make Amazon Grocery better for you by sending an e-mail to grocery-feedback@amazon.com.

Click this link to visit Amazon Grocery.


Cut down household shopping needs with Amazon's Subscribe & Save Program

You already love the one-stop convenience of shopping online at Amazon.com, but chances are you're not getting everything you can out of this feature-packed shopping engine. Several advanced Amazon features and third party apps and add-ons can help you get the best deals and the stuff you want delivered to your door. Now, here's an Amazon power-shopper tool to add to your cart.
Sick of running out to buy diapers, shampoo, laundry detergent or toilet paper? Grocery shopping is an unavoidable commitment of modern life, but Amazon's Subscribe & Save program can shorten your list and lighten the load of your grocery bags. Get paper towels, dry food goods, baby needs, or a healthy selection of other items delivered on a recurring schedule, at a discount, with free shipping, and, most importantly, without having to worry or think about it.
This service from Amazon called Subscribe & Save ships regular deliveries of discounted household items on a schedule you determine. "Subscribe" to, say, your favorite brand of paper towels and set Amazon to ship you a few packages every one, two, three, or six months. Amazon waives the shipping fee, gives you 15% off their regular price for the towels, emails you before each shipment goes out (with an option to cancel), and charges you only when they ship. Offer only applies to household items, not books, CDs or DVDs), but it sure looks like a handy way to automate your shopping and save cash, time and travel on bus or paratransit.

Click this link to get started with Amazon's Subscribe & Save Program.


Order Online and Local Restaurants Deliver

Delivery.com provides fast and easy online food ordering from local restaurants & merchants. Since 1999, Delivery.com, formerly NYCTOGO.com, has provided both companies and consumers with the convenience of a singular destination for all of their food delivery needs.
Delivery.com users place orders online, eliminating the need for telephone calls, and making food ordering a fast, convenient and more efficient process. Benefits include:


  • Accessible menus from local restaurants
  • Save favorite orders and restaurants for easy reordering
  • Maintain a complete history of past orders
  • Save money on exclusive specials
  • Earn prizes, cash and airline miles through DeliveryPoints accrued with each order
The information regarding price, product specifications and availability contained on the site has been provided by member retailers. The prices charged by Delivery.com member retailers are the same as the prices charged in their brick-and-mortar stores at the time an order is delivered, shipped or available for pickup.
For more information about Delivery.com, call 800-709-7191 or visit them on the web at http://www.delivery.com.

Internet Grocer

I recently came across a fantastic site called Internet Grocer, the website for the company Best Price Storable Foods. If you are at all interested in any level of home preparedness, you have got to check this site. You may find yourself spending hours browsing the site, but here are some of the things that I think you should check out:
Canned Foods: The website specializes in selling canned foods that are nearly impossible to find, like canned butter, cheese, and high-quality meats, including canned ground beef.
Dehydrated Foods: Best Prices Storable Foods sells Mountain House brand dehydrated foods. You can buy these products in the #10 can size (which is about a gallon size) or #2.5 cans (which is about a quart size). There are a few places that you can find #10 cans of dehydrated food, but that size is too big for most families. Once opened, dehydrated foods should be used within two weeks. This is hard to do with most items. The smaller size is very practical for average families, and for sampling the product before buying it in bulk.
Year's Supply: You can also purchase pre-assembled year supplies for one, two, or four people. These are composed of dehydrated foods from Mountain House brand. In addition, there are three month supplies for one or four persons available for purchase. If you want to have a year's supply for your family, but don't want to have to worry about compiling it yourself, this may be just the option you need.
Grain Mills: Use this website to find electric and hand-powered grain mills for as low as $55.
References: In addition to these items I have listed, there are many more products sold on this website in addition to home preparedness references to help you as you plan for emergencies.

Click this link to visit http://www.internet-grocer.net.
Here are some additional websites that have been reccomended by blind and visually impaired computer users. Some of these sites also offer delivery within designated sections of the country:

AmericaGrocer.com
http://www.AmericaGrocer.com
AmericaGrocer takes the tediousness out of grocery shopping, shipping non refrigerated items across the 48 states and Alaska and Hawaii. Shipping rates start as low as $12.99-- and the more you buy, the more pounds you pack, the less your shipping costs will be. Products are conveniently classed by type; you can browse through breads, baked goods, sweets, canned goods, pet care, and cleaning supplies, among other things. Selection is quite varied, with brands for all budgets. All products are shipped via FedEx and arrive anywhere from two to five days after you've placed your order. Low prices are guaranteed. If you find cheaper price tags at NetGrocer's or Albertsons.com, AmericaGrocer will refund 110% of the difference.

AulSuperStore.com
http://www.aulsuperstore.com
Offering nation-wide delivery of groceries including pet food. Phone 800-791-2114 Monday through Thursday, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, Fridays 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Groceries Express
http://www.groceries-express.com
20,000 brand names shipped to USA and Military, Detroit Delivery.

Peapod
http://www.peapod.com
1-800-573-2763
Delivers within the Washington DC Metro Area, Boston Massachusetts and in Chicago, Illinois, but go to the site and enter your zipcode. You may be in an area where they have expanded their delivery service.

Safeway
http://shop.safeway.com/access
Enter your zipcode to see if delivery service is available in your area.

Omaha Steaks
http://www.omahasteaks.com

Tortuga Rum Cakes
http://www.tortugarums.com
This site delivers rum cakes plus coffees and other tropical items.

QVC http://www.qvc.com
1-800-345-1515 or 1-800-345-2525
My favorite shopping channel. sometimes they have food items like steaks, ribs, fish, crabcakes and apples.

Netgrocer.com
http://www.netgrocer.com
Features nonparishable items, cereals, pastas, canned vegetables and soups. Their site is very speech friendly too!

Bashas' Supermarkets
http://www.bashas.com
Online ordering and delivery to the Metro Phoenix area and Tucson.

Albertsons
http://www.Albertsons.com/access
Bypass the fields for username and password and enter your zip code in the field indicated. You can then see a list of places where delivery is available. Non-perishables can apparently be delivered anywhere in the country, through a service Albertson's partners with.

GroceryTaxi
http://www.Grocerytaxi.com
Delivery in the Miami, Florida area.

wallgreens.com
http://www.wallgreens.com
Online ordering only, no delivery service.

Valu Market
http://www.valumarket.com/curbside_header.htm
Delivery and pickup in the Louisville, Kentucky area. Shop online and have items delivered or you can pick them up.

Schnucks Market out of St. Louis Missouri.
http://www.schnucks.com
Delivers to many towns in Missouri and Illinois plus Evansville Indiana and Davenport Iowa.

Gophergrocery.com
http://www.Gophergrocery.com
GopherGrocery is an online shopping portal that allows you to pick out your groceries and have them delivered to your door the next day. The site currently services the Twin Cities area and deliveries of over $100 are free of charge. The interface for selecting groceries is pretty standard; search by product or category and see small-thumbnail images of the products before purchasing. The portal seems to contain just about everything that you'd expect from a grocery store and it is easy to search and find what you require. In case you aren't lucky enough to work from home, you can also select the time that you'd like your groceries delivered, within a window of one hour.

OneClickGrocery.com
http://www.OneClickGrocery.com
Another online grocery store contender, OneClickGrocery, ships for free to dorms, apartments, businesses and homes in New York and Conneticut. Delivery is available five days a week; first time orderers get $5 in free groceries and the same goes if you refer a friend. OneClick also allows users to create and save shopping lists, and users can even get some inspiration from the site's selection of pre-made lists tailored by location. University student parents can chip in to their kids' grocery funds using the aptly named "Grocery Fund" function; money deposited can go towards dining hall meal plans as well. Any unused funds are returned at the end of the year. Although delivery is free, and you pick the delivery time, there is a $15 charge for redelivery.

Eatyourmailbox.com
http://www.Eatyourmailbox.com
With over 1100 participating vendors from across the United States, EatYourMailbox is a service that allows you to order food from any State and have it delivered to your front door. The premise behind this service is that you can't always get the regional foods that you know and love when you move to the other side of the country, unless of course you order it from EatYourMailBox. The site is easy to use and goods can be searched for by State and type of food or by entering keywords into a search bar. After getting your results, check out a brief description of the sites and how other readers have rated them, then visit the website of the vendor you choose and order what you like.

Foodzie
http://foodzie.com
Looking for some homemade items that you won't find in the local grocery store? Foodzie is an online marketplace where you can discover and buy food from small artisan producers and growers.

Price Cutter Online
http://www.pricecutteronline.com
A shopping website for groceries that delivers to the Southwest Missouri area.

Meijer
http://www.meijerdoorstepgrocer.com
The Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer, has a grocery delivery service available in all 50 states and internationally. Orders for any of 5,000 items can be made at the link above. Tack on shipping fees of $7.95 and up, and items will typically hit doorsteps within two to four days.
The site offers non-perishable national and Meijer brand items as well as baby supplies, pet food, cleaning supplies, laundry products and healthy and beauty items. About 3,000 items are individual-sized and the rest are multi-pack or bulk.

Eat Out In
https://www.eatoutin.com/default.asp
Available in Austin & San Antonio TX.

bulkfoods.com
http://www.bulkfoods.com
Wholesale Bulk Foods, Chocolates, Candy, Nuts dried fruit, and Spices. They also sell dried soups, dried vegetables, dried mushrooms (including porcini and Shiitake) various forms of pasta. Very speech friendly.

Dinewise.com
http://www.Dinewise.com
According to their website, "America's most popular prepared meal website, "Heat and Eat" Meals Delivered for Any Diet and Occasion.

kingarthurflour.com
http://www.kingarthurflour.com
Flour, yeast and other ingredients for bakers. Baking pans and cookware. Lots of recipes. Very speech friendly.

Lowe's Foods
http://www.lowesfoods.com
From Jena Moffet: I just discovered a website for Lowe's Foods. These grocery stores are located in the Carolinas, and with their Groceries to Go service, they allow customers to shop online, and receive at-home delivery. This website is fully accessible, the delivery charges appear to be very reasonable, and customers have access to the full grocery store; frozen foods and produce included. I've never seen a grocery delivery service that combines such screen-reader-friendly website accessibility, product variety, and reasonable pricing before now!
Do you know other websites that specialize in the sale or delivery of food? Send them to fredshead@aph.org and we'll update this list.


































4 comments:

Yafit said...

i use eat24 to order food delivery online. Great site and easy for me.

Jennifer said...

Thanks for the tips! I notice that you list different coupon sites on this post. I like to suggest KindCoupons.org.

bookworm said...

gofer from kay mart is good service that you can call and they deliver your grocery.

bookworm said...

try gofer from kaymart, they offer free grocery delivery i heard in illinois

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