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12 Rules to Always Follow When Ordering Groceries to Be Delivered

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6. Don’t order too little

If you regularly use items with long shelf lives — like certain brands of breakfast cereal, canned chili, peanut butter, or dried pasta — buy several at a time to cut down on the size of future orders.

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7. Don’t over-order

On the other hand, both to avoid wasting food that might go bad before you eat it and to show consideration for other shoppers, don’t buy more that you’ll be able to use within a reasonable period of time. Buying three boxes of Cheerios at a time is foresight; buying a dozen is hoarding.

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8. Don’t forget the toiletries and over-the-counter medications

Most supermarkets carry ample selections of personal grooming items, medicine-cabinet essentials (adhesive bandages, for instance), vitamins, and non-prescription medicines like antacids, pain relievers, and allergy pills. Including these in your grocery order will save you a trip to the drug store.

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9. Plan ahead

Grocery delivery services, whether large-scale operations or independents, are facing huge demand right now, and might not always be able to fill orders in a timely manner. In some cases, you may have to book a delivery a week or more in advance, but at the very least expect to have to wait two or three days between submitting your order and receiving your groceries.

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10. Tip generously

Even with safety measures in place, shopping for and delivering groceries can be a risky pursuit, and the people who are doing it are putting their own well-being on the line to perform a vital service. Be generous, showing your appreciation for them by tipping at least 10% of the grocery total (more if you can afford it), even if there’s already a service charge.