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AIBU?

Nothing compares to Ocado and I miss it

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cultkid · 04/10/2022 10:28

Aibu?

I am shopping at Asda I am really missing Ocado I miss their range and the customer service but it is far far too expensive

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KermitlovesKeyLimePie · 04/10/2022 10:33

YANBU OP I am v.fortunate to be able to use Ocado and would miss it terribly.

FourTeaFallOut · 04/10/2022 10:35

I live in an Ocado wilderness, cry for me 🙄

ThrowingSomeCrumbs · 04/10/2022 10:45

I miss Waitrose from Ocado. But having used Ocado for a stupid number of years I just can't get used to the interface for any other shop. I tried 'normal' super markets and the number of substitutions (and stupid substitutions) was ridiculous. I have my shopping lists set up at Ocado, and use them on a 4 weekly rotating basis (adding or removing as needed). End up spending more elsewhere because I end up "browsing" and finding other rubbish to buy. I spend around £80 a week for a family of 4.

cultkid · 04/10/2022 10:46

Urgh I can't justify it was spending at least £350 a week on groceries it's down to about £250 between Asda and sainsburys and the quality is so much worse I'm so sad about it now that the weather is worse too. Food is such a comfort for us. I really miss the fruit, natoora and their excellent range. I know it's a shit thing to moan about but I am angry because we have a good household income but because things are so uncertain I really do want to save that £400 at least per month
I am so sad about it

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GottaGetOutofDairy · 04/10/2022 10:47

ThrowingSomeCrumbs · 04/10/2022 10:45

I miss Waitrose from Ocado. But having used Ocado for a stupid number of years I just can't get used to the interface for any other shop. I tried 'normal' super markets and the number of substitutions (and stupid substitutions) was ridiculous. I have my shopping lists set up at Ocado, and use them on a 4 weekly rotating basis (adding or removing as needed). End up spending more elsewhere because I end up "browsing" and finding other rubbish to buy. I spend around £80 a week for a family of 4.

This for me, too.

I really miss the Waitrose stuff and would switch in heart beat, except we're all now used to the app etc.

cultkid · 04/10/2022 10:48

ThrowingSomeCrumbs · 04/10/2022 10:45

I miss Waitrose from Ocado. But having used Ocado for a stupid number of years I just can't get used to the interface for any other shop. I tried 'normal' super markets and the number of substitutions (and stupid substitutions) was ridiculous. I have my shopping lists set up at Ocado, and use them on a 4 weekly rotating basis (adding or removing as needed). End up spending more elsewhere because I end up "browsing" and finding other rubbish to buy. I spend around £80 a week for a family of 4.

This is really interesting
Maybe I need to stop browsing all the new stuff and try it again
What do you typically get
I get free range and organic a lot of products and branded crisps etc I do think it makes the price high on Ocado
But I bloody miss them and the convenience of them
I've got a horribly damaged back and I go to Asda and sainos myself because I don't trust them for subs and I have to yank the massive trolley with minimum of two kids with me too. It takes fucking hours

I would be interested to see what you get for £80 maybe I should try again

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Mardyface · 04/10/2022 10:50

You don't have to get everything from one place do you. You could order the stuff you really love from Ocado and the rest from Asda.

I went off Ocado when they teamed up with M&S though. And I never rated their fruit/veg.

cultkid · 04/10/2022 10:51

I really preferred the Waitrose partnership, the dates are so good on Ocado of food too. Waitrose local to me all the food expires like the next day and it's enraging

Waitrose don't have enough deals on in their shops on crisps etc

I just miss it i know it's pathetic and spoilt but im so upset it feels unfair to have to swap when we do have a good income and my husband works so hard. I mean constantly working and very laborious work too as a gas engineer.

It's the unpredictable element of the future rather then the right now if that makes sense for example heating and changes to mortgage interest which my husband did fix for five years but I mean these things change
Cost of petrol for the car etc. so if that get's higher I can't be doing £1200 a month on Ocado, minimum

At Christmas they sent me an email saying I was one of Kent's top customers 🥴 we spent a fortune on them

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Facepalmtree · 04/10/2022 10:54

Could you do ocado once a month?

KermitlovesKeyLimePie · 04/10/2022 10:54

Surprised by so many saying how much they miss Waitrose as I have always found their quality to be much poorer than M&S, so I was over the moon when they switched and now am a regular customer, with an average of 3 deliveries a week.

Mardyface · 04/10/2022 11:03

I like Waitrose ingredients. M&S does not have the range and much more £££.

OP you might find that meal planning and making lists based on it (and being strict about sticking to the list) saves you nearly as much as the swap.

If I were you I would relish the luxury until I had to swap because it's much easier to economise when you have to. If you have never struggled for money it may be that you actually don't have budgeting skills and should look at some of the threads on here. Obviously I have no idea of your circumstances, not judging you it's just a practical thing. You don't always have to switch straight to the cheapest and most miserable thing because you have to factor in your ability to stick to the new plan (unless you absolutely have to, when you just do).

theadultsaretalking · 04/10/2022 11:10

We moved abroad, and I miss Ocado so much, I could cry... literally...First-world problems, I know, but I am allowed to be sad!

littlepeas · 04/10/2022 11:12

I found that Ocado became much more expensive when they switched to M&S. I have switched to shopping in person in Sainsburys and I do miss the convenience but it is hugely cheaper and Sainsburys is fine - I don't like ASDA at all though (think Aldi and Lidl are better).

Decafflatteplease · 04/10/2022 11:16

We use ocado but can't really afford it but are slowly decreasing the amount we buy on our ocado order and I'm supplementing with Asda / Aldi / Lidl in the week

It's definitely not as good since they ditched Waitrose.

I would like to fully switch to cheaper shops but ocado is great, reliable, the app is fab for adding stuff asi remember I need it. Smart pass worth the money I think.

Also I'm quite savvy about it and hunt for bargains and good deals and I like the fact you can use the current offers in your next few shops (if I'm explaining that well). Also for basics alot of it is fairly comparable to other shops especially the everyday range.

FrustatedAgain · 04/10/2022 11:22

Why don't you just do Ocado occasionally? We used to use them once a month, now its more like once every 6-8 weeks but its a lovely treat when we do.

Aixellency · 04/10/2022 11:23

I read threads here where posters shopping with other online grocers are spending for a family of four what I spend just for one or two at Ocado - and it does make me think. But Ocado do exactly what I want and I like to believe I’d miss the ease and convenience after a decade. So I’ll carry on for now.

But I’ve already diversified so much. The lockdown debacle prompted me to turn to a weekly veg box - fruit and veg had always been Ocado’s weak point for me - so I buy almost no fresh fruit of vegetables from Ocado.

Fish, wine, cheese, beans and pulses, coffee beans are all better bought elsewhere - though I’m certainly not saving money. (This morning I pondered yet again on my freshly roasted coffee bean subscription - but it saves me at least £12 a month on the postage I’d pay if I bought on an ad hoc basis.)

And I’m aware I could buy cleaning products more cheaply elsewhere - but delivery would be slightly less convenient.

So I guess I’m keeping Ocado as a sort of insurance. I could currently save money by buying more from them. And if I have to start chopping up my furniture to burn for heat, I’ll rethink.

Shiboleth1 · 04/10/2022 11:23

This is the weirdest stealth boast.

MarianneVos · 04/10/2022 11:24

Ocado is rubbish for the way you can't just buy one onion, but have to get a pack. So wasteful if you don't need it.

I find Asda customer service really good and substitutions very sensible.

The only thing I really like about ocado is the Gail's bread.

TheLightSideOfTheMoon · 04/10/2022 11:27

Is this thread serious of a joke?

I genuinely can’t work it out.

Worriedaboutethics · 04/10/2022 11:28

@ThrowingSomeCrumbs

exactly and they don’t have big tins of pilchards now for toasted sandwiches !!!

Aixellency · 04/10/2022 11:30

Shiboleth1 · 04/10/2022 11:23

This is the weirdest stealth boast.

If that had been my intention I wouldn’t have posted! I was actually forming the thought as I typed. There are plenty of other areas of life where I make unusually frugal choices (things that most people on MN would find unacceptable) but I know that cutting back on enjoyable food (particularly when alone and unwell) does me no good at all, so I try to avoid it.

Appleblum · 04/10/2022 11:31

Yes I miss ocado too! But ditched them when waitrose left. Switched over to tesco for delivery and pop into waitrose for the bits I like.

ThrowingSomeCrumbs · 04/10/2022 11:34

@Worriedaboutethics SO many things have been stopped being stocked, it's frustrating. I didn't think paneer was an outlandish thing, but nope, they've stopped stocking it. It was a regular purchase for vegetarian meals.

When I tried Asda for a couple of months they had a tendency to replace vegetarian items with non-vegetarian items!

mrs55 · 04/10/2022 12:11

I love m and s just go to my local one as it’s a food hall only I find the fruit veg really high quality, do you live near a Morrisons at all? I find their fruit and meat much better than other supermarkets and im really fussy with it , I also shop at sainsburys for certain items but I don’t find their fruit and veg good at all and the meat quality has definitely went down. I’d use Asda for the branded stuff as they always have deals on.

mrs55 · 04/10/2022 12:12

also this thread is now making me want to try Ocado

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