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I have been trying to do curbside pick up here as much as possible due to COVID. I am also grocery shopping for my Mom who is in the high risk category. The problem has been that until 3 weeks ago, getting a time slot was nearly impossible. That has improved a lot. They also were not allowed to sub so several times I went to pick up my groceries and they had only a 1/4 of the items. They can sub again and this week they had everything but 3 items and so my time in the store was short. I usually just reorder from my last order, then add in specifics for meals during the week. I also do a lot of our non-perishables and toiletries through amazon and target.
Grocery shopping has really changed wear I am and I 100% think it is needed but certainly my impulse buying is down, I just want to get in and out as quick as I can. They only allow a certain amount of people in, our whole state does require masks ( which is excellent), they have arrows for traffic flow which do annoy me, and there are marks in which to stand while checking out. Not to mention great big sneeze guards at the check outs. I try to do the scan it app or tool so that I just use my own bags and self checkout. The whole process I am sure will feel not as sci-fi to me soon but not yet!!
I had a baby baby back in September and I live just outside of NYC. Going to the grocery store was not happening. Our local stores do not offer grocery pick up so I use Amazon Fresh and Amazon Whole Foods. Like you mentioned it has definitely helped the grocery bills.
6.23.20Julie C. said:
Before the pandemic, I did online grocery shopping every week. I absolutely LOVE it!!! But when everything happened my stores weren't doing online shopping for a while cuz the stores were out of SO MUCH. I still haven't gone back to it yet cuz my stores here are still struggling to keep certain things in stock. I'm HOPING by the time school starts back, stores will be better stocked cuz the grocery pick-up SAVES me when I go back to work.
6.23.20Mix and Match Mama said:
I need that meal planning notebook!! How fun is that?!
6.23.20Rachel Embery said:
I started the curbside about 2 years ago. I go on and off of using it. Normally after they don’t have something’s I need I go back to shopping myself. As a teacher I would only use it during the school year on Mondays so my weekends can be filled with family and fun. During summer I prefer to go and pick out my produce, etc….but it is a major time and money saver!
6.23.20Karen Ward said:
I love meal planning and online grocery shopping! I hate shopping at Walmart for groceries so I pay a $4.99 fee to shop at my local grocery store. They text me about any substitutions of if they are out of something. Generally, they do a good job but the last two times, I've not been happy with my shopper. I wish they would shop like they are shopping for themselves. I asked for a zucchini yesterday and I kid you not, it was barely 4 inches long!! LOL!!
6.23.20Elspeth Mizner said:
That meal planning notebook seems like a game changer. Plus, Im sure shopping online saves you money and helps when you don't just put things in your cart because I am so guilty of that. I love seeing how Erika does life!!
We have been doing delivery since all this started but yesterday the driver forgot to leave a couple of the bags. I just checked the prices on those sweet potato fries. 3.99 for pick up at the store. $4.19 for delivery. I think we need to start picking up the groceries.
I use HEB curbside most of the time. It works great and is super fast. I keep a running cart of things we need until I am ready to add some meals and checkout. I don't think there are any HEBs in your area, which I am surprised about. One of the many reasons why I like them is because they do great things for the community.
6.23.20Good Better Best Food said:
As a person who has battled autoimmune disorders for years, I started online grocery shopping about 10 years ago. When my fatigue was at its' worst, that last way I wanted to expend energy was on being in a grocery store (although I love to grocery shop!)
I also find that I impulse shop way less if I do it online and I also don't forget things as much or accidently buy things like olive olive (pricey and lasts a long time) two trips in a row.
I typically end up saving at least the shopping fee due to this.
I think one time you mentioned you used a grocery service when you go on vacation and get the house stocked ahead of time. What was that app again? Thank you!! Love following your blog💗
Oh my gosh Girl – you are SO RIGHT about online shopping. But I didn't realise this until lockdown – all of my friends had been banging on at me about doing it 'you MUST try it, it is SO MUCH easier etc etc' but I didn't get it. Now I totally do and my life is much improved as a consequence haha! Love the idea of the planner – I am going to have to suck it up, order one and pay any crazy international postage – it will be worth it! BTW – crazy about sweet potato fries too. The best with mayo. Or garlic mayo, even better. Yum.
6.24.20Michelle O said:
I paid $98 for the year for grocery delivery, so…I go online, order my groceries and have them delivered. Talk about time-saving. I can make my list by adding to my cart until I am ready for delivery. They deliver to my door, I get to help the driver have a job, and NO IMPULSE BUYING…hahaha. LOVE IT!!!
We only have one store near us that offers grocery pick up and they don't carry much of what I buy! I do want to try it one of these days though. Luckily I have my list down to a science and can be in and out of the store in under 30 (but when you add in my commute it's a good hour round trip at least!).