15 Apps for Buying Goods & Services While Staying at Home

These days, when many of us find ourselves having to stay at home, with some even working from home — going out to buy basic goods must be scheduled carefully. When we do go out, we need to wear face masks and take extra precautions, for everyone’s health and safety.

Fortunately, there are things that make our day-to-day lives easier: mobile apps. With just one click, we can easily order food, buy groceries, consult a doctor, purchase medicine, avail of laundry services, and do many other things without having to venture out of our homes.

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Handy Mobile Apps for Buying Goods and Services

In today’s post, we present a list of mobile apps that you can use to buy groceries and medicine, as well as laundry service apps for getting your clothes clean and pressed. We’ve also included a list of discount or money saving apps that you can use when shopping online:

1. Carrefour Now

First on the list is Carrefour Now, an online platform offered by one of the biggest hypermarket chains in the region. Simply download their app on Google Play or the App Store to enjoy quick and convenient grocery shopping!

2. El Grocer

El Grocer is another popular app for buying groceries and other items online. You can either pay in advance or via cash on delivery. This app is available on Google Play and the App Store.

3. InstaShop

Another well-known shopping app is Instashop, which caters not only to customers in the UAE, but also in Bahrain, Egypt, Lebanon, and other places in the region. Aside from groceries, the app also connects to other services: butchery delivery, cleaning services, pharmacy delivery, pet shop delivery, and more, depending on your location. Download the app on Google Play and the App Store to start shopping!

4. Kibsons

Kibsons is known for selling fruits, vegetables, and other fresh produce. They offer plenty of organically grown produce, plus the option of having your goods packed in carton boxes instead of plastic bags. Talk about eco-friendly! Their app is available on Google Play and the App Store.

5. NRTC Fresh

Here’s another online platform that delivers high quality, fresh fruits and vegetables across the UAE, straight from their farm to your house! Use the NRTC Fresh app on Google Play or the App Store to make an order, or simply to inquire about their produce.

6. Soopa

If you’re looking for gourmet products, including specialized items that are not available in most stores, then Soopa is what you need. With access to ethnic shops and specialty stores, this app, which you can find on Google Play and the App Store, can help you acquire hard-to-find ingredients for making authentic dishes.

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Laundry Service Mobile Apps

When you simply have so much work to do — and so little time — getting someone else to do your laundry becomes very convenient, indeed! Without further ado, here are some mobile apps to get you connected with the nearest laundry services:

7. Get Laundry

Get Laundry is an online platform connected with laundry services across Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Sharjah. With just a simple click, you can get your clothes washed, pressed, and folded within 24 hours. Simply download their app on Google Play or the App Store.

8. LaundryMan

Here’s another app providing laundry and dry-cleaning services in Dubai. Using LaundryMan, which is available on Google Play and the App Store, you can easily place an order for laundry service, then wait for pick up and delivery. You can also track your order and get real time updates. How cool is that?!

9. Washmen

This app provides complete laundry services — pick up, cleaning, folding, pressing, and delivery — in Dubai. They even provide color-coded bags (i.e. blue for wash and fold, green for clean and press, and white for press only) for clear communication. Download Washmen via Google Play or the App Store to try their laundry services!

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Online Pharmacies & Medical Services

Aside from food and groceries, we should always have basic medicines on hand, because we never know when we might need them. Fortunately, we can easily buy them online using the following apps:

10. Instashop

As mentioned earlier, the Instashop app includes pharmacy delivery among their roster of services. Through this app, you can buy medicine and other pharmacy products from anywhere in the country!

11. LIFE Pharmacy

LIFE Pharmacy is another app that you can use to purchase medicine online. Simply download it on Google Play or the App Store for a worry-free pharmacy delivery!

12. Okadoc

Okadoc is an online medical consultation service that can get you in touch with a doctor for an in-person or video consultation. It’s the easiest way to book an instant appointment — whenever, wherever you need medical advice. This app is available on Google Play and the App Store.

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Discount or Money Saving Apps

Finding ways to save money is always a good thing, and there are apps that can do just that! Here are some money saving apps that you can use for shopping, dining, and other goodies:

13. Groupon

Groupon is the go-to site for retail discounts, dinner deals, spa promos, home cleaning services, and many other things. Download it on Google Play or the App Store and get ready for some great deals!

14. The Discounter

As its very name suggests, The Discounter is your gateway to great deals in restaurants, spas, beauty salons, and other attractions. It’s perfect for tourists and expats, too! This app is available on Google Play and the App Store.

15. The Entertainer

The Entertainer is a popular app for getting awesome deals in restaurants, bars, beauty salons, and other entertainment venues. The great thing about it is that you can enjoy these discounts throughout the year, with some participating venues even offering “buy one get one” deals. Yay! You can download this app on Google Play or the App Store.

Using these apps, you can basically have everything you need without have to leave your house! Of course, if you prefer to buy food and groceries in store, here’s a list of budget-friendly supermarkets in Dubai that you can visit the next time you go out!


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