Sometimes you just don't have time to drive to the grocery store, peruse the aisles, and haul home your food. Fortunately, online grocery stores have become wildly popular, especially among time-strapped urbanites, but also across the country. Along with East Coast standbys like Peapod and FreshDirect, a new crop of online grocers has popped up, each offering different perks and parameters to suit various needs and lifestyles.
Best for Vacation Homes
While most online grocers serve only select zip codes, Netgrocer ships groceries via FedEx to any home or business address in the U.S., making it great for vacation homes, lake cabins, and condos. The kick is Netgrocer charges more for shipping than most e-tailers (although it isn't too steep in the Northeast – a flat $9.99 fee for orders under $200).
Still, groceries sent to your destination's doorstep totally beats shopping before you leave and then cramming all that food into your packed rental car, or having to buy food once you get there. Netgrocer doesn't do next-day delivery, so place your order a few days before leaving. For nonperishables and cabin staples, it can't be beat. [netgrocer.com]