Whether you're looking for tonight's dinner, a catered feast, or a gift basket for a special occasion, there are virtual aisles of food online for every taste and mood.
A word of warning: When shopping for groceries, try not to be tempted by the ease of online purchases. With a few simple clicks of a button, you may find your virtual shopping cart quickly overloaded with things you don't need. It's the savvy shopper who will also keep up with everyday costs so they know if online prices match or beat those found at the traditional supermarket.
Another word of caution about placing online international orders: if you're nostalgic for food treats from other countries, note that overseas shipping charges may be steeper than you imagined.
Just up ahead, check out a world of online grocery shopping right at your fingertips, along with a list of international
directory of food grocers and supermarkets in the U.S. and worldwide featuring interactive store locators and easy ways to keep track of money saving tips in weekly online sales and circulars.
More about online grocery delivery around the Web:
Safeway.com- What's in store at locations around the U.S. and Canada, including weekly specials in associated Vons, Pavillions, Tom Thumb and Genuardi's chains, including a store locator, online Club Card application, with online shopping and delivery in California,
Nevada, Oregon and Washington State.
Peapod - Grocery delivery right to your door for New York and New England residents as well as in Washington, D.C. and Chicago. Free sign-up, but you can peruse the virtual aisles before you register.
FreshDirect - New York City's online grocer with fruit, vegetables, meat, and seafood, cheese and deli goods plus prepared meals delivered right to your door. Enter your zip code to find out if they deliver to your neighborhood.
- The Detroit Metro area's click-and-deliver online food mart with information on delivery options, shipping costs.
Hometown Favorites - Enter the cyber old-fashioned U.S. candy store for nostalgic favorites from the 50's, 60's, 70's, 80's - including orange Fizzies, Zotz, French Chews, candy dots and, yes, chocolate candy cigarettes.
Tesco - Great prices and a huge selection at the UK's (and maybe the world's) biggest online grocery retailer offering home delivery.
- The UK everything store, including online grocery shopping, list of delivery charges, store locator, maps.
Waitrose - Online ordering and delivery of groceries in selected areas of the UK.
British Corner Shop - If you're a British expatriate longing for the sweet memories of childhood this international shopping site will bring you right back home with a huge inventory of McVities Digestives, Burtons Jammies, assorted toiletries, medicines and lots more.
Coles - What's on sale this week in Sydney, Melbourne and other locations throughout Australia with online shopping & delivery services, store locator, recipes & meal planners.