6 Ways to avoid the grocery store

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I’m not sure I know of anyone that actually enjoys doing the weekly, or multiple times weekly, grocery shopping.  I like hitting up the farmer’s market and specialty stores, but the mundane task of buying milk, bread and peanut butter makes me groan.  Plus there are always better things to do after working a full day than running out to get something to make for dinner.

In my area there are several options for getting groceries delivered to your house, or picking them up at the store all bagged up and ready to go.  Each of them have costs associated, and some are better options than others.  There may be even other options available in your area.

Two at-store pick up options I’ve used are Kroger’s ClickList and Busch’s Curbside Pickup (MI only store).  I’ve only used the Busch’s Pickup a couple of times.  Their fee is $6.95.  One bonus is you can add wine and beer to your order if you’re legal age!!!!  And you use your My Way card to get coupons and exclusive savings.  I’ve always gotten quick service and no issues.  They even load up all the groceries for you being extra careful with the bread and eggs.

Kroger ClickList has a $4.95 service charge.  I’ve given up on this feature.  I’m not sure if it’s the store I have to pick or the system they use just doesn’t work like it needs to.  The last time I did this, I sat in my car waiting for 45 mins before just leaving.  Prior times I’d waiting anywhere from 5 mins to 30 mins.  And there are always substitutions.  Some of which just don’t make sense to me.  Like subbing out whole bean coffee when I wanted ground coffee.  Or changing brands of Infant formula instead of just grabbing a smaller container.  And if you don’t agree with or want the substitutions, they take everything back inside to adjust your order.  Making the wait time even longer.  They will load up the groceries for you, just make sure you ask for the bread and eggs to be placed by you or else you’ll be sad when you get home.

I’ve also used 3 different delivery services.  Shipt, Instacart and Door to Door Organics.

Shipt has a monthly ($14) or annual fee($99), and then markups up the prices of the items you’re buying.  For example, formula in the store will be $26.95, but $29.95 purchased thru Shipt.  It’s free delivery on orders of over $35.  The delivery aspect is great!  And they contact you via text message to check on substitutions.  I just couldn’t justify the added costs to the products in addition to the monthly charge.  Plus tipping for the person shopping and delivering your groceries.

Instacart is one I’m currently using.  They have the ability to shop various stores, including Costco and Petco!!!!  They charge a 10% fee per order and delivery is free on orders over $35.  Pricing is the same as you’d find in the store, including sale items.  Substitutions are communicated directly in app as well as the ability to chat with your shopper.  So far this has worked out great, but I haven’t placed any huge orders yet.  And the shoppers have always been friendly and smart with substitutions.  Tipping the shopper is encouraged and done right in the app.  Sign-Up with the link above and save $10.

The one I just recently decided to give another chance is Door to Door Organics.  They are a speciality type grocery delivery service.  They won’t have your usual baby formula, but they have unique produce, natural meats, local dairy and other organic offerings you can’t find at your big box store.  They have different size boxes and your can pick between fruits, veggies, or mixed boxes.  Delivery is $5 for orders under $75.  The Bitty Boxes run about $19.  Then you can substitute items you don’t want and add other items.  This week’s box included some oranges that looked “not so appealing” but everything else was perfect.  And I love the unique selections.  They don’t have a referral system yet, so keep an eye out for my unique link once it’s available.

If all else fails, you can always have your spouse, partner, mom, sister, BFF or extra nice co-worker do the shopping for you.

If there are other delivery services out there I’d love to try them out.  Leave a link in the comments with the details.