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.