Updated: May 10
Shopping is moving more and more online and the Covid-19 pandemic has only accelerated this trend further. Grocery shopping had been one of the slower categories to move with the times but over the past few months it has really begun to change. Here we take a look at what various supermarkets have to offer:
Supermarkets that offer online grocery shopping in Ireland:
1. Tesco 2. SuperValu 3. Buymie App – handy app that lets your order from Lidl and Dunnes Stores 4. Iceland – you can’t order online but can get free home delivery when you shop instore. 5. Dunnes Stores online delivery is expanding. They now deliver to most places bar the North West. 6. Centra have just launched a delivery service at some of their stores. (More information to follow on this at a later date)
What delivery areas are covered?
Tesco – claims to be basically nationwide and on checks we did, that does seem accurate.
SuperValu – stores throughout Ireland offer delivery but it varies depending on the store. Supervalu recently announced these stores are starting to offer the service. If you live outside the main urban areas, the easiest way to see if they deliver to you is to enter your address into their online shopping page.
Similarly for Dunnes, they deliver to most of the big cities and surrounding areas. At the time of writing they don't deliver in Mayo, Sligo, Leitrim or Donegal. Check your area here.
Buymie App – available in Cork, Dublin City, Dublin County, Galway, East Kildare, Limerick and Wicklow.
Iceland – Free delivery available in the areas around their Dublin stores, plus - Gorey, Limerick, Middleton, Tralee, Wexford.
What do you have to spend to get home delivery?
Tesco – orders must be above €30 for a one-off shop. Below that a €3 minimum basket charge applies in addition to the standard delivery fee. SuperValu – minimum order of €50. Buymie – minimum order of €30. Iceland – minimum order of €30.
Other money-saving hacks:
Buymie – if you refer a friend, your friend will get €10 off and you’ll get an additional €10 off your next shop.
So, we’ve given you the facts above, but here’s a quick look at the pros and cons of each site/app. We’ve left Iceland out as it’s a limited service.
Tesco delivery - Pros & Cons
Good low delivery fees if you sign-up for subscription and shop regularly.
You can use Clubcard vouchers to get money off your shop.
You can earn Clubcard points on your online shop
At €60, the threshold to qualify for the new customer discount is lower than Supervalu's.
Website and app are not as user-friendly as others.
Click and collect stores limited in rural regions.
SuperValu delivery - Pros & Cons
You can shop online through both desktop and app.
Experience is easy to use and navigate.
Remembers your previous shops - which can be handy.
€15 back on first shop – though you do need to spend €75.
You can earn Super Real Rewards points on your online shop and use Money Back vouchers to get discounts.
Hard to find where they deliver to and which stores allow you to click and collect.
Need a separate app to use the Real Rewards programme.
Buymie delivery - Pros & Cons
Easy-to-use app that lets you quickly add items.
Allows you to shop with Lidl or Tesco.
Can't earn rewards points on Dunnes deliveries
Greater Dublin centered focus.
Expensive and complex pricing model.
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