One of the most common frustrations of Americans moving to London is balancing a new budget.  Since groceries are a must for any budget of any size, finding ways to feed one’s family and stay within budget when dealing with a new currency can be difficult.  London relocation agents often advise new expats to try their grocery shopping online until they get the hang of the British grocery store and the British pound.

Consider Online Grocery Shopping

This is a lifesaver for those new to London through corporate relocation trying to stick to a budget and discover which grocery stores they prefer using. All of the big chain stores have online shopping facilities which are useful for those trying to learn the prices of various items.

My Supermarket is a useful website that allows shoppers the ability to compare prices and shop from different stores in one session.  A good idea would b

e to compare prices online before ever trying one’s luck in the grocery store.

Tesco is a great store for budget shopping. The site is easy to navigate and they accept most credit and debit cards. They don’t just do groceries; customers can buy a car or sell their home through Tesco!  They are, also, a registered financial institution as well. Tesco delivers between 9 am and 11pm from Monday to Friday, and between 9am and 8pm on Saturday. Sunday deliveries are until 3pm. One can book a preferred delivery time and charges range between £3 and £6 per delivery.

Sainsbury’s has similar times with similar prices, and great low price deliveries from Monday to Wednesday.

Asda has a minimum order of £25.

London relocation agents also recommend that Americans moving to London check the grocery websites often to catch delivery specials.  A number of sites offer discount deals and special voucher codes for online shopping that can save customers up to 20% on their weekly shopping.

Grocery shopping might be low on the list of things to think when one is planning a relocation to London and even after an international relocation, but it will make a huge difference when Americans know their way around the British grocery store before they arrive and before the first shopping trip is due.