As I’m in the vulnerable category, I’m shopping online. People have often said on the forum “I can’t get a slot” so I’d like to explain how I work the Tesco system.
Slots up to about 21st January are now available.
To reserve a slot, I just put one item in my “bag”. I like to do my order on a Thursday, so as soon as the very last Thursday becomes available, I pick my favourite slot, 2-3 pm.
I have to give my card details, and pay, in theory, an extra £5 as there’s only one thing in the basket.
However, they do NOT take the money at this point, but only when they’ve picked the order.
You can cancel your order at any time, for no charge, and add anything at any time, at no charge.
If you keep booking your favourite day and slot, you know you don’t need to worry about shopping at all.
I hope this helps, I can’t speak for any of the other supermarkets, as I only use Tesco, but expect the same general principles would apply to all of them.