One of the things I have found pretty difficult for me to handle lately is buying groceries. If you know me, you might know that I love to buy groceries, so this is actually a little sad for me! Rayna and I would always do the grocery shopping together, and since I was prepared with a good list, it went pretty smoothly.
Since Marc was born, though, it’s hard to get out in the evenings. He tends to want to “cluster feed” in the evenings and I’d hate to leave him alone with big Marc for a good chunk of time. And going during the day? Well that would just be out of the question. I’m not experienced enough to swing both kids in what could easily become Meltdown City!
So I’ve sent Marc out for Target runs and once I sent my mom to Shop Rite for a more detailed list, and I have to say that these went just ok. Marc bought a TON of extra things and my mom bought a bunch of the wrong things. Last week I decided to try out Shop Rite From Home and see if it was worth it.
You go to their website, choose all of your items (not everything in the store is available, but there’s still a tons of items to choose from). Then there’s two options, Pick Up or Delivery. Delivery is pretty obvious, all of your items are chosen, packed up, and delivered to your door. The charge for delivery is $19.95.
I used the Pick Up option for $9.95. After I submitted my order, I chose a time frame that I wanted to pick up the groceries. Shortly before I left for Shop Rite I got a call from my “personal shopper”. She was calling to let me know that the brand of hamburger rolls I had chosen were not in stock and she wanted to know if she could substitute. Another thing that I thought was cool? I was ordering a carton of strawberries, and my shopper told me that she didn’t like the look of them, as a new shipment was due in. She asked if I would like to substitute or would like any other fruit, and I just said to scratch it. And that was that. I know a lot of people are wary of ordering online because you don’t have the opportunity to pick and choose your produce and meats, so I liked that my shopper was looking out for quality.
When I pulled up to the store, I was about 15 minutes early & my order was already ready. First the shopper came out, got my last name and asked if I had any coupons. I gave her my coupon (yes, I only had one…I need to get back in the game!) and she came back with the cart of groceries, my updated receipt, and a credit card machine. I chose to use my debit card, but you can also pay by cash, check or credit–however you would when you’re in the store.
My shopper loaded the groceries into my trunk and also included a bouquet of flowers as a thank you for my first order with Shop Rite from Home. I gave her a tip (I wish they let you add the tip onto your card, like a restaurant, but they don’t so make sure you have a little cash) and I was back on my way home.
The whole transaction couldn’t even have taken 15 minutes. I was so happy with the accuracy of my order, the speed of picking up the groceries and that fact that I actually accomplished the grocery shopping myself with both kids in the car, I just had to mention it here. No, this post isn’t sponsored in any way, I just know that a lot of my readers/friends are in the same boat as me and this service is definitely worth the $9.95. The fact that you can use coupons AND you don’t have all the extra impulse purchases quickly makes this charge worth it.
You can click here to see which stores near you participate in this, because not all of them do.