MetroMart gives tips on how to make the most out of your online grocery shopping

One great thing that came about with the new normal is the convenience of shopping for our groceries online. Here are some tips so you can really maximize your budget and time on your next digital shopping journey with MetroMart – the #1 online grocery delivery service in the Philippines.

Make a list

Just like a physical trip to the store, go into the shopping platform with a plan, and stick to it. Try writing down all your meals for the coming week so you know all the ingredients you’ll need. If you come across something you like but can’t buy yet, don’t worry, just click the heart or like button and you can add it to your wishlist for later!

MetroMart

Save through sales

Try to schedule your checkout time when there’s a sale. These are usually during payday periods like the 15th and end of every month. Check out featured items on sale in MetroMart’s “Payday Specials” to score a big bargain. In this way, you not just save with your online shopping by foregoing the gasoline and transportation expenses, but you also get more savings on your groceries and essentials. 

Buy in bulk

Take advantage of the wholesale and retail prices of supermarkets such as UltraMega, that’s now also available on MetroMart! Re-stocking for your home pantry or for your sari-sari store is now 1, 2, easy, and just a few taps on your phone. Especially with the wide selection of items with budget- and retailer- friendly prices from UltraMega Supermarket. You can also avail FREE Delivery for orders with a minimum spend of ₱1,000 until August 2.

MetroMart

Pay and get more discounts

All customers of MetroMart have a wide selection for modes of payment on their online shopping. These include Cash on Delivery, via e-wallet through GCash, or via Debit/Credit cards with leading banks nationwide. Even more promos and discounts will be available through the different modes of payment availed by the customer.

Buy for your special someone

Did you know that you can order your groceries with MetroMart and then get it delivered to another address, even when you’re out of town or abroad? This would be especially helpful if you want to get fresh vegetables and food for your family, but they’re in a different location. What’s really cool too is that MetroMart has expanded to new locations throughout the Philippines like in Davao, Bicol, Cabanatuan, Cagayan de Oro, Iloilo, Palawan, and Pangasinan. The big convenience of online grocery shopping is definitely for every Pinoy!

MetroMart now in Bicol and Davao

Try new things, love local

Sometimes, you just never know what kind of food you may want to try or what you’ll suddenly need for your home. Never fear, just go straight into your MetroMart app and order right away! Apart from the leading supermarkets, MetroMart has other specialty stores in different categories like hardware, toys, novelty items, pet care, food products, furniture and medicine. It’s a great way to check out and support new brands by awesome Pinoy entrepreneurs, all in the comfort of your home and on your smartphone.

Stay tuned for lots of upcoming promos, discounts and sales events at MetroMart this 2022. Carpe diem and carpe discounts, happy shopping!

MetroMart

MetroMart is the #1 online grocery delivery service in the Philippines. Our grocery partners include Robinsons Supermarket, S&R (with or no membership card required), Landmark, The Marketplace, Shopwise, All Day Supermarket, Merrymart and over 500+ specialty store retailers like Pet Express, Baby Company, Toy Kingdom, Toys R Us, National Book Store, Office Warehouse, Southstar Drug and AllDay Rx. Customers can order from their favorite stores on the MetroMart app and have it delivered to their door in less than 2 hours! For more updates on MetroMart, like and follow us on Facebook at https://facebook.com/MetroMartPH. Order groceries online or download the app via https://bit.ly/DownloadNowMM.

Shop for amazing new kitchenware on #AmazonPrimeDay

Did you use to have all these exciting plans of preparing fantastic meals at home but get bogged down by old-fashioned or obsolete kitchenware?

Are you planning to remodel and revamp your kitchen into a place where you can let your creative culinary juices flow?

Then you should start shopping for new and modern kitchen appliances soon. And there’s no better time to shop than on Amazon Prime Day.

What is Amazon Prime Day?

On July 12 and 13, 2022, e-commerce giant Amazon.com will hold a mega summer sale offering lots of deals on its myriad of products, exclusively to Amazon Prime members.

Whether you’re considering a minor kitchen upgrade or gunning for a major overhaul, shopping on Amazon Prime Day will let you score a haul that will make you excited to work in your kitchen!

Add these must-have kitchen appliances to your cart in preparation for the big sale:

Induction Cooktops

These are a type of electric cooktops which use electromagnetic waves to heat the cookware, as opposed to gas or or other electric stoves which conduct heat to the cookware. Induction cooktops have faster boiling times as well as precise temperature control, and are very easy to clean.

NutriChef Double Induction Cooktop
  • Ceramic Tempered Glass Induction Cooktop
  • Simple Electronic Plug-in Flameless Burner Design
  • (2) Circular Top Panel Heating Zones
  • Independent Configurable Temperature Zone Setting
  • High-Powered Heating Elements
  • Quickly Heats for Instant Food Prep
  • Safety Certified & Approved
AMZCHEF Double Induction Cooker
  • Silver edge and black polished crystal glass surface
  • Two independent heating zones
  • Power Mode and Temperature Mode
  • Comes with a countdown digital timer
  • Compatible with cast iron, iron, enameled iron, stainless steel manufactured with a magnetic bottom

Espresso Machines

If you ever dreamed of enjoying a freshly brewed cuppa – just like what you would get from a cafe barista – right in the comforts of home, an espresso machine may be just what you need.

Espresso machines brew coffee by forcing pressurized, nearly-boiling water through ground coffee and a filter to produce a thick and concentrated coffee called espresso.

Philips 3200 Series Fully Automatic Espresso Machine
  • Beverages: Espresso, Hot water, Coffee, Americano, Espresso Lungo
  • User Interface: Touch screen display
  • Milk Solution: Classic Milk Frother
  • Product dimensions: 246x371x433 mm
  • 3 Aroma Strength Settings
  • 12 Grinder Settings
  • 3 Temperature settings
Tchibo Fully Automatic Coffee & Espresso Machine
  • Bean-To-Brew.
  • Single Serving.
  • No Pods. No Waste.
  • German Technology.
  • Compact Size: (W) 7” (H) 12.4” (L) 15.6”

Kitchen Mixers

As appliances that grind, beat, stir and whip food, kitchen mixers have made the process of preparing dishes and culinary creations so much easier for many home cooks.

If you’re planning to try your hand at baking breads or making mousses and meringues, a higher-powered stand mixer will prove to be your best friend.

Kitchenaid Artisan Mini Plus 3.5-Qt.
  • 3.5 Quart Stainless Steel Bowl
  • Flex Edge Beater
  • Coated Dough Hook
  • 6-Wire Whip
DOBBOR 9.5QT Stand Mixer
  • 9.5-quart large capacity to meet the daily use of the family which can up to 10 people.
  • 660W power of planetary mixing system to evenly mix the ingredients in the bowl with low noise (<40dB).
  • Tilt-head design helps the kitchen electric stand mixer to lift its head smoothly.
  • Five silicone suction cups on the bottom to keep it secure to your countertop with no moving.

Multi-Cookers

Do you recall the times when home cooks used to slave all day in the kitchen, using various pots, pans and cooking equipment just to produce one complicated dish?

Multi-cookers do away with all of that with its ability to boil, simmer, bake, fry, grill roast, stew or steam food, all in the same device!

Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 Multi-Cooker
  • Easy to use, easy to clean, fast, versatile, and convenient
  • Functions: pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, sauté pan, yogurt maker & warmer
  • With 13 built-in smart programs
MasterChef Electric 10 in 1 Multifunctional Cooker
  • Combines many kitchen appliances in one
  • Has a range of 10 smart cooking programs 
  • Energy saving

Air Fryers

Healthy eating is becoming a way of life for many of us and one way to do so is by reducing our use of oil in our cooking.

Air fryers help us achieve this by simulating deep-frying without submerging the food in oil. Hot air is circulated within the device at high speeds, resulting in crispiness that you usually get from deep-frying, but with much less oil.

COSORI Air Fryer 6.8 Qt
  • Patented 360 ThermoIQ Technology
  • Customize and save 10 cooking functions with your preferred time and temperature
  • Free VeSync app lets you control your air fryer remotely
Chefavor Air Fryer Toaster Oven Combo
  • Wide temperature range of 200°-450°F
  • The high-speed convection fans speed up cooking for a quick fried finish
  • Equipped with advanced over-heat protection for added safety
  • Watch your foods cook to crispy perfection with wide windows and an interior light
  • Includes wire rack, baking tray, air fry basket, removable crumb tray and tray handle

Smokeless Grill and Hotpot

We’ve all fallen in love with Korean barbecue, but can you imagine the sheer gastronomic pleasure of enjoying your freshly grilled meats while slurping on freshly made soup from a Chinese-style hotpot, right at your dining table?

That’s what a smokeless grill and hotpot can do. With this gadget in your arsenal, an Asian-style food party can be done in a jiffy.

Food Party 2 in 1 Electric Smokeless Grill and Hot Pot
  • Fast and Even Heating Technology
  • Easy to Clean
  • Multi-functional cooker
4YANG Hot Pot with Grill
  • Multi-function Hot Pot
  • Independent Dual Temperature Control
  • 8-seconds rapid heating
  • Smokeless and safe

So, are you now excited for Amazon Prime Day? Be sure to mark July 12 and 13 on your calendars!

Not yet an Amazon Prime member?

To take advantage of the awesome deals that await you during Amazon Prime Day, you need to be an Amazon Prime member.

You can also enjoy these exclusive benefits:

  • Fast and free delivery. Get two-day, next-day or same-day delivery to a US address for millions of items.
  • Prime Video. Get access to fresh movies releases and original award-winning Amazon productions.
  • Prime Reading. Get access to a rotating catalogue of e-books and audio books including one free pre-release book every month from editor’s picks.
  • and more!

Now, how to get your goodies home…

You might be getting worried about how much your Amazon Prime Day haul will set you back when it comes to shipping.

One way to minimize your shipping costs is by consolidating your packages via ShippingCart. It allows you to have your orders from e-commerce sites based in the US, UK, Australia and Japan delivered to a single shipping address in those countries where they are consolidated, then carefully packed into one parcel before shipping to your home address in the Philippines.

This also means that you can also purchase items that are not eligible for shipping to the Philippines!

Know more about ShippingCart and sign up for the service here. Indicate the US address provided by ShippingCart when you checkout your purchases on Amazon.com. Plus, use my code JELLYB to enjoy 15% off when you ship your consolidated parcels. (Discount will apply to first-time Shipping Cart users only. Code is valid until December 31, 2022.)

Happy shopping!

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Answers to some questions you may have about IKEA PH (but haven’t gotten around to asking)

Here’s your definitive guide to shopping at IKEA’s PH store.

One of the buzz-worthy news items to come out in the midst of the pandemic is the opening of IKEA’s first branch in the MOA Complex in November 2021, just in time to cater to the metro’s for the Christmas rush.

While many home improvement buffs and shopaholics are set all abuzz with excitement at the news, other consumers may be saying, “IKEA who?”

Ikea Pasay
Ikea Pasay

For folks who may not have yet heard of IKEA, or may be unfamiliar with its unique shopping concept, here answers to questions you may have about it but haven’t gotten around to asking.

What is IKEA?

Back in 1943, Ingvar Kamprad founded IKEA in Smaland, a historic village whose stony and rugged terrain honed its inhabitants to be thrifty, innovative and possessing of a “no nonsense” approach to solving everyday problems, qualities which may explain IKEA’s way of doing business and its subsequent success.

Ikea Pasay
Ikea Pasay
Ikea Pasay
Ikea Pasay

In 1951, the IKEA began operating as a mail-order catalogue business based in Almhult, a small, forested village in the Swedish countryside. It was at this time that Kamprad decided to sell good-quality furniture at low prices.

Since 2008, IKEA has been recognized as the largest furniture retailer in the world, with presence in Europe, Middle East, North Africa, East Asia, India, Southeast Asia, Oceania and North America.

In 2021, opened its largest store in the world right in our home turf, a 65,000 square meter outlet located in the Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay City which houses over 8,000 items.

Why is it named IKEA?

IKEA is an acronym composed of the founder’s initials – “IK” for Ingmar Kamprad), and for places that hold special meaning such as “E” for Emtaryd, the farm he grew up in, and “A” for Agunnaryd, his hometown in Smaland, Sweden.

Ikea Pasay
Ikea Pasay
Ikea Pasay
Ikea Pasay

What makes the IKEA experience so unique?

Shopping at IKEA is sure to be a singular experience, with several factors coming together, such as:

A distinctive Scandinavian design.

IKEA’s furniture and housewares adhere to the Scandinavian design aesthetic which leans towards muted colors, decluttered spaces, use of natural lighting, wood accents, greenery and sleek, modern furniture.

Ikea Pasay
Ikea Pasay
Ikea Pasay
Ikea Pasay

A one-way store layout.

Inside the store, customers are led through a counter-clockwise path that IKEA calls “the long natural way.” This path is designed to encourage customers to see the store (as well as its extensive product inventory) in its entirety, in contrast to the layout of traditional retail stores which allows customers to go straight to the section that contains their desired products. However, there are shortcuts to other sections along this path where more experienced shoppers can skip some areas and proceed directly to where they want to go.

The path starts by going through several showrooms where customers can look at or touch the furniture, taking note of product details indicated in the tags of those that catch their fancy. The customer then gets a cart and proceeds to then open-shelf market hall to pick out smaller items on display. Afterwards, they go on to the self-service furniture warehouse to collect the items they took a note of earlier in flat pack form (more on that later). Before they finally pay at one of the checkout counters, they will pass by the Circular Hub which is aimed at reducing wastage by offering previous display items or discontinued product lines at discounted prices.

IKEA
IKEA
IKEA
IKEA

Items not stocked inside the store may be collected in a separate customer service or warehouse section.

After checkout, shoppers may opt bring home their purchases by loading them to their vehicles, or make arrangements to have them delivered by IKEA’s delivery service.

Just in case buyer’s remorse rears its ugly head, shoppers have the next 365 days to return their purchases.

Experiential shopping through its showrooms.

The first IKEA showroom came about because of poor sales from the first mail catalogue, owing to the skepticism of the market regarding the quality of its products. Kamprad then decided to convert an old workshop in Almhult into a showroom. Here, customers can look at products, see how they can be tastefully arranged together and try them out prior to ordering.

Ikea Pasay
Ikea Pasay
Ikea Pasay
Ikea Pasay

Today, showrooms comprise a significant portion of IKEA stores; these serve as experiential displays where customers may engage or interact with the products (even take pictures!) or find inspiration for their own home decor.

No to shopping while hungry.

Given its layout and the sheer number of items on display, shoppers can expect to spend a significant portion of their day at the IKEA store (some visits last as long as four hours!). Probably realizing the difficulty of dealing with hungry (or hangry!) customers, IKEA opened in-store self-service cafeterias serving a simple and affordable yet tasty menu of light Swedish fare, the most famous of which are the Swedish meatballs.

Ikea Pasay
Ikea Pasay
Ikea Pasay
IKEA

Customers can dine in these restaurants prior to entering the showrooms or after checkout, or may choose to take out the food to enjoy at home.

How is IKEA able to sell affordably priced furniture?

While many of us Pinoys aspire to have a well-appointed and tastefully furnished home, we may not have the budget to achieve it. Over the years of its operations, IKEA has made a name for itself as the place for high-quality, yet low-priced furniture through the following practices:

Ikea Pasay
Ikea Pasay
Ikea Pasay
Ikea Pasay

Designing that way.

According to a Business Insider article, IKEA determines what it wants to sell a product for, then designers work with suppliers to make that possible. Thus, IKEA products are of good quality but are priced affordably because they are designed that way. IKEA’s items are also manufactured in bulk, allowing the company to negotiate discounts in production and pass the savings on to customers.

Ikea Pasay
Ikea Pasay
Ikea Pasay
Ikea Pasay

Flat-packing.

Back during the days when it was a mail-order business, distributing or delivering bulky furniture was not just expensive, but also very difficult, oftentimes resulting in damaged products. In 1956, IKEA got the idea to remove the legs of its LOVET table, allowing the company to pack and ship the product in flat boxes. Doing so cost a lot less to store and transport, bringing about the practice of flat-packing.

Ikea Pasay
Ikea Pasay
Ikea Pasay
Ikea Pasay

Some assembly required.

Flat-packing then led to the practice of self-assembly by customers. With the furniture packed with its parts disassembled, buyers are left to put these together themselves. While some people may not relish the thought of having to assemble their furniture, the handy-men (and -women!) would appreciate the opportunity to tinker around with their tools while producing something beautiful for their homes, as well as the savings this arrangement brings to them.

Think self-assembly is not for you? You may opt to avail of IKEA’s Assembly Service if you’re willing to part with a few more bucks.

Ikea Pasay
Ikea Pasay

The all-important tag.

In IKEA, you won’t find a lot of store associates following you around to answer questions you may have about the store’s wares. Instead, all important information, aside from the price, are provided in the product tags such as the product’s size, color, material, measurements, features, whether you would need to be assisted by a store staff to purchase the item and most importantly, its location in the warehouse, allowing you to locate and collect the item before checkout.

The tag empowers a lot of the self-service among customers while in the store, allowing the company to hire fewer people and, again, pass the savings on to customers.

Can I shop for IKEA items online?

If the idea of braving the metro’s traffic and the crowds while shopping does not appeal to you, fear not: you have the option to shop online.

At its website, shoppers can select the items they wish to purchase according to room, category, series or collection; add these to their cart for checkout or, if out stock or available only in-store, save them to a shopping list to serve as their guide when they visit the physical store.

IKEA
IKEA

Online shoppers may also opt to Click and Collect, wherein they can buy online and pick up their purchases at nearby designated locations, saving them the long commute, the trek through the various store displays and the effort of locating their purchases in the self-serve warehouse.

Customers may also download the IKEA Mobile App for more convenient online shopping using their mobile devices.

Where is its Philippine store located?

Shopping at IKEA’s brick and mortar store is an experience not to be missed, as its various showrooms and displays welcome customers to try, touch and feel its products.

IKEA
IKEA

You can visit IKEA Pasay at the MOA Square, Marina Way, Mall of Asia Complex, Barangay 76 Zone 10, CBP-IA, 1300 Pasay City, open daily from 10am to 10pm.

In accordance to COVID-19 safety guidelines, all customers are encouraged to practice physical distancing and wear face masks while inside store premises. As only vaccinated individuals are allowed inside, proof of vaccination status is required upon entry.

With this guide to shopping at IKEA, I hope you’re all set for your visit to its Philippine store. Let me know how it goes!

To stay updated on news and updates about IKEA PH, visit its website or follow it on Facebook or Instagram.