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GROCERY SHOPPING IN MILAN: BETTER ONLINE?

May 8, 2022 | Milan

The free time of the off-site students is often not enough, even finding a few minutes to grocery shopping in the nearest supermarket can be difficult.

Fortunately, in Milan, as in the rest of Italy, it is now possible to grocery shop online with home delivery.

But is it convenient?

Where to shop in Milan

Let’s start by remembering that if the goal of the off-site students is to save money, then nothing can replace the convenience of using discount stores or supermarkets of large, organized distribution, especially if located in the suburbs and in less prestigious areas of the metropolitan area.

In fact, it’s here that the greatest savings are concentrated compared to the small stores and supermarkets that are in traditionally high-income urban areas.

How much does grocery shopping in Milan cost?

It is important to remember that Milan has long been confirmed as one of the most expensive cities in Italy, especially regarding grocery shopping at the market. Precisely for this reason, looking for savings is a real must for the off-site students who want to go over budget.

How much do people spend on grocery shopping per week?

According to Istat data, Italian families spend an average of 500 euros on groceries every month.

This data is, of course, a national average and needs to be revised upwards in Milan, where the cost of living is higher.

For an off-site student, we can therefore assume that the cost of weekly grocery shopping is around 50-100 euros, depending on what is purchased and where it is done.

How much money does the student spent in a month on groceries?

As a result, the monthly expense for groceries in Milan is approximately 200-400 euros per student.

Of course, the price can quickly rise in case of purchase of food products or in case the student decides to go grocery shopping in more expensive outlets, such as organic stores or small markets in the centre.

How to do online grocery shopping in Milan

If the student’s goal is not only to save money but also to save time, there is a good solution just a click away: online grocery shopping.

How to do your grocery shopping online: Esselunga
One of the most popular services for online grocery shopping in Lombardy is provided by Esselunga.

The operation is simple: just access the Esselunga website, log in with your credentials, place the products in the cart, indicate when to receive it and confirm the order.

How to shop Eurospin online

The service is practically identical with Eurospin. Simply access the operator’s website, select the Home Delivery service, place the order and payment online and choose when to receive the grocery shopping at home.

How Everli works

The functioning of Everli instead is slightly different. This operator (formerly known as Supermarket24) allows you to order groceries online and receive them at home: you will be in touch with a shopper who will personally carry out the service, in the supermarket nominated and with delivery to the home and at the time requested.

Getir and Gorillas: the newcomers

The two start-ups, part of the new wave of quick commerce that brings your groceries in a few minutes, have also landed in Italy. Users must download the app on their device, sign up and order their groceries.

The service includes a wide selection of supermarket products that will arrive in a few minutes directly to your home, your office or anywhere else like squares or parks. The riders will arrive on scooters and bikes. Less choice than other services mentioned above but much quicker.

Conclusions

These are some basic information for those who want to do online grocery shopping in Milan. We also remember that similar services are offered by other operators, such as the Lidl Milan online grocery shopping or the Coop Milan online grocery shopping.

But let’s go back to the starting question: is it worth it?

The saving in terms of time is assured. In terms of costs instead it is necessary to be more careful, considering that the prices are not always lower than those that can be found on site and that the delivery is paid (especially if you do not exceed the minimum figures provided by the supermarket).

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