SHOPPERS struggling to get online supermarket delivery slots or who can't leave their homes because they're self-isolating can order groceries via takeaway apps.
Deliveroo and Uber Eats are best known for serving up your favourite restaurant dishes to your door.
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But many don't realise the free apps also partner with local corner shops, which means you can get groceries delivered to your home in less than an hour.
Of course, these independent and smaller chains are likely to charge more than the supermarkets but it could be a handy alternative at a time when it's next to impossible for most to get online delivery or click and collect slots.
And it seems shoppers are loving the trick.
Dr Linda Greenwall, 58, a dentist with four sons who is self-isolating at home in north London, managed to stock up on essentials using Uber Eats.
But it's worth pointing out their order of semi-skimmed milk, Dairy Milk, Galaxy, Kingsmill brown bread, Pringles Original, plain yoghurt, McVitie's milk chocolate digestives, and organic eggs came to a whopping £20.33.
Dr Greenwall told deals website LatestDeals.co.uk: “I am in the high risk category so I can’t leave the house to stock up on essentials and it’s been impossible to get a slot for supermarket deliveries.
“I have four sons who are all living at home during the lockdown and as you can imagine, they go through a lot of food every day.
"But the Uber Eats order arrived in just half an hour, making it super easy.
"It is definitely more expensive than ordering from the supermarket, but considering that we couldn't get a delivery slot for the next two weeks, it’s worth it.”
How does Uber Eats compare to supermarket prices?
HERE are some of the items we found on Uber Eats compared to how much they cost at supermarkets.
Of course, do bear in mind that Uber Eats prices will vary depending on the shop and where you are in the country.
- Buitoni penne rigate pasta – £1.59 on Uber Eats / 29p for a similar bag at Tesco
- Free range eggs x6 – £1.99 on Uber Eats / 95p in Asda and Sainsbury's
- PG Tips 116g – £3.49 on Uber Eats / None in stock at this size
- Princess tuna chunks in sunflower oil x1 – £2.49 on Uber Eats / £1.25 at Tesco
- Pringles 200g – £3.99 on Uber Eats / £1.25 at Asda, Sainsbury's, and Tesco
- Semi skimmed milk 2l – £2.09 on Uber Eats / £1.35 at Sainsbury's and Tesco
Total: £15.64 at Uber Eats vs £5.09 at major supermarkets, although no PG Tips in stock
Tom Church, co-founder of LatestDeals.co.uk added: "Before coronavirus, if someone had said they'd spent £20.33 on milk, Pringles, eggs, bread, Digestives and two bars of chocolate I think I would have cried.
"But for those self-isolating and not going out at all, it can be impossible to get food delivered.
"So this Uber Eats trick may quite literally be a life saver for some people."
How to get groceries via Uber Eats
To get groceries on Uber Eats, download the app and where it shows you meal options and types of cuisine there should be a "Grocery" tab.
Click on this, and depending on where you live, you'll hopefully be shown a list of smaller retailers.
You can then browse what they have on sale.
Currently, Uber Eats is offering free delivery at independent restaurants and convenience stores.
When we checked, we found free delivery at our local Londis as well as other independent corner shops.
Produce in stock included milk, eggs, tea bags, bread, pasta, and tuna.
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When you enter your address, you can also select "leave at door" to ensure both you and the delivery driver stay safe during the coronavirus outbreak.
Uber Eats says you might just have to update your app to use this feature.
How to order groceries via Deliveroo
When we checked a London address there were no groceries being delivered on Deliveroo but you might have more luck where you're based.
That's because the delivery service is rolling-out an “Essentials by Deliveroo” range of convenience items to some areas of the country.
This will include cereal, pasta, rice, sweets and biscuits, soft drinks and juices, tinned and canned goods.
It's already live in Cambridge and will be rolled-out across Brighton, Leeds, London, Manchester, Nottingham, and Reading over the next few weeks.
Deliveroo purchases the goods through a distributor and aims to get them to you within 30minutes – the delivery fee depends on the order.
This will appear as an option under the “Groceries” section of Deliveroo if it’s available to you.
The groceries section also sees it tie-up with local convenience stores and it has a partnership with 400 Co-op stores across the UK where again, delivery fees will vary by retailer.
A selected range of approximately 60 M&S products are available to order on Deliveroo from BP garages.
It includes items such as milk, bread and juices, and simple meal options including pizzas and ready-prepared meals, and these are free to deliver.
Check out our guide on how to get supermarket delivery slots and where to buy essential items during the coronavirus lockdown.
Uber is also giving 300,000 free rides and Uber Eats meals to NHS staff to say thanks.
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