Impulses dampened

Stephen Green says this was the inevitable result of switching to online grocery-ordering:

My wife and I switched to online ordering almost as soon as it became available. What we no longer spend on impulse purchases must cost our local grocer hundreds and hundreds of dollars a year — just on my one small family. And many of those impulse buys would have been high-margin treats for our boys, who are locked out of the online shopping experience.

My own expenditures have dropped by about 10 percent, though I’m hardly immune to impulse purchases; I attribute at least some of the decrease to buying fewer steaks.


  1. fillyjonk »

    5 May 2017 · 7:07 pm

    And I would be less inclined to buy myself “treats” for not screaming at the randos in the wal-mart. That is, if I COULD order groceries online in this town.

    (Then again: I am very picky about produce and meat and I would not trust them to get it right)

  2. McG »

    6 May 2017 · 10:20 am

    The impulse treats I buy tend not to survive the drive home — it’s the planned treats that give me trouble.

  3. CGHill »

    8 May 2017 · 7:55 pm

    And just for the hell of it, I picked up three New York strips on my last grocery run.

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