Has anyone tried it? I don't know if it's available in all areas but it is here, through Vons which is also Safeway, and it is such a time saver.
I shop for the groceries online, pick a delivery day and time-frame, and the delivery person brings everything into the house to the kitchen counter. They're not allowed to accept tips either which seems so odd to me.
There is a delivery charge but it isn't that much considering the time and expense I save by not having to go to the store myself and lug everything home. Plus, if you order over a certain amount of groceries or a particular wmount of a "special," delivery is often free or at a reduced price.
Anyway, just thought I'd put out the word in case anyone can benefit from it.
I used Pea Pod from Stop n Shop when we were in MA. Shopped online and had it all delivered at the selected time. Didn't do it every week, but there were times it was a time saver.
Do you use it for everything or just basics?
I always wonder how it works for fresh foods and meats. There are also breads, I rarely buy the same bread twice in a row. I'm such a touchy feely shopper, I love the idea, but worry about fresh items.
There are certain items I can see it working very well with, but I'd worry about the fresh stuff also. Guess I want to be the one making that selection. That said, I hate grocery shopping and don't do a lot of it. My groceries are delivered by my DH, who does the shopping most of the time!!!
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Oh no, not an option. He takes care of the paper and dog food purchases. I really don't want him doing any of the rest.
My DD explored her options recently in Philadelphia. She said that there is a delivery charge AND she noticed that the items were marked up, too.
She was able to order online and then they could go pick it up. She was considering the delivery for times when her DH is out of town. She cannot park in front of her apartment building, not even for just unloading groceries.
DIL uses a shopper at Whole Foods. She places her order (I don't know if she's calling it in, texting, or e-mailing). She purchased the first batch of reusable bags which are swapped out with each order. She has found that you have to be specific...cornbread MIX - not just cornbread.
They generally toss in a freebie or two. When she ordered food trays for a party, she had two free trays enclosed.
She calls the store with an ETA and her shopper is waiting when she gets there. The groceries are loaded without getting my two little grandsons out and dealing with that hassle.
I don't know if Whole Foods delivers, but they live too far away for that service even if WF does.
I think when you factor in your time and gas, not to mention the extra you might spend, the cost of paying for the service might balance out you going and shopping yourself.
and about the no tipping- then that means they are paying their employees and not expecting you to pay them through tips! That is a pet peeve of mine- tipping is out of control as far as it being expected by everyone these days!
I don't use the service very often--maybe every few months--but it is a godsend.
WHat I don't like is not having the option to pick the best produce /meat myself.
There are pros and cons. I used safeway.com when I was briefly without a car. If I spent $100, delivery was free. The website showed which products were on sale and offered coupons too. Like others, I want to pick out my own produce and meat, although the delivered produce was quite fresh. If you request it, they will give you a one hour window for delivery time which is handy if you are ordering anything frozen.
Twice they forgot something on the order and I had a difficult time getting them to replace it. They wanted me to come into the store and bring my receipt. As I told them, if I had a car available, I would not have been shopping online.
Groceries delivered? Didn't this take place in the 50's? Who knew it would take place today? With the cost of fuel, how does the grocery store provide this?
As neighbors/friends/family members, we share in this. We are conscientious in selecting items with longer expiration dates. Do your grocery store workers look for this?
Very interesting topic.
One of our two local chain grocery stores offers it, but limited. Not all of the 5 stores they have in the area do it. You have to call in on Monday or Wednesday mornings at 9 to get your name on the order list. The order taker calls you back shortly thereafter and you give her your order. But you have to know your product exactly, or she'll choose their brand to substitute. You can't just tell her you want everything name brand. I have no idea what products they carry so for me it's a crap shoot. For example I ordered a pound package of diced ham by Hormel. She shopped and sent me a 12 ounce package. Otherwise, I've been impressed.
Order taker calls back with total and you can use credit card or write a check.
They call when they are on their way to deliver.
When I wanted a special cut of meat, I called the butcher in advance and told him my specifics and said the shopper would be coming through to pick it up the next day when I called in my order.
A $15. delivery charge on any order. It had to take her quite awhile to shop it all. I have just told her to choose the freshest produce without blemishes or wrinkles, green bananas, firm pears, unripe avocados, 10 red apples good for baking, etc.
It's not available in this area yet ~ they tried it a few years in Boise (closest metro) to us but guess that it didn't work out since they withdrew it. But, I can see its appeal, especially for those without transportation, those with health problems or age factors that make it difficult to get around or those with time limitations.
I think its a great idea and hope it catches on - pretty doubtful for those who live in the "boonies" like I do - but we can always hope! I like the idea of "no tips" (have to agree that "tips" have gotten out of hand) but I would be willing to pay a 10% surcharge for the convenience ~ sounds fair to me! Are you listening, grocery chains? Sounds like you have a market just waiting to be tapped!
Anyone else remember the wire crate on the front step? Complete with milk, butter and ICE CREAM when you opened the door on Monday morning? I still have the paper "fan" my Mom would set out the night before indicating what she wanted ~ of course, that was "in town" ~ at the ranch we were on our own!
When I was a little girl, we had milk delivered. That was back in the day when milk came in glass gallons. No matter what the weather, the milkman delivered, MWF, and not to the front door but the back door.
What fascinated me was how the top of the gallon, the accordian paper that was put on top of it, would bubble up from the milk below it when it was really cold outside.
We never did get anything but milk.
I live in a small town (4000 people), and we are not near any cities. When I was young there was thr Jewel Tea man who came to the door with a variety of products. There was Fuller Brush, Avon , Charles Chips, milkman, local bakery,a meat man, Watkins man, and possibly some others.
Most women did not work and did not have cars (DH took it to work) so it was great to have this home delivery. They each had certain days when they showed up at your door.
I would love home delivery, if I go i always pick up a lot of extras and when ordering that wouldn't happen...alas i live in the country and it won't happen here.
I have had Schwans deliver but stopped when we cut back on the processed foods.
I too remember Jewel Tea, loved it and he was always so nice and didn't pressure me to buy more..
There was a time in my life, single and suddenly very ill, that I sure could have used that; however, My meager means would have prohibited it. Thankfully, I asked a kind neighbor to buy me soup soup/crackers on his way home from work and put them by my door. I paid him a couple days later when I wasn't contagious.
From then on, I made sure to always have a couple cans of soup and a box of crackers in case I fell ill to a bug.
When is HGTV going to implement the "Like" key... cause there's a whole lot of posts that I'd like to "like".... most of these posts for instance!
If you are using a shopper and receive anything that is not fresh, you need to complain. If milk is used in your family as though it is water (with two big teenage boys in my house once I would go through 2 gallons of milk in 3 days) it won't matter if the milk is dated out in 5 days. If milk lasts 1 1/2 weeks in your house, it does. Your shopper needs to know.
With vegetables and fruit, if they were wilted, shriveled, inferior, bruised - I would definitely be making a phone call.
Speaking of milk - my mother had 3 stair-step kids with less than 24 months apart between each - yes she had milk delivery when we were little.
Our supermarket delivers and I think that is a wonderful service that they offer. It is sort of expensive to have food delivered (about $8/$9, not sure), but I think a lot of seniors use the delivery service. It is great if you are really in need of food and unable to use a car, bus or shopping cart for your shopping needs. It is a great service but I would probably prefer to pick my food out first (if I could) and THEN have it delivered !!!This message has been edited. Last edited by: Wavy,
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OMG.....if I could have my groceries delivered I'd NEVER leave the house!
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I agree, but wouldn't that make us hermits.
I don't know if I want to be known as a hermit even if it does have the word her in it.
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Oh NO! It would free me up to do more stuff that I want to do!! Next to ironing - which is now nearly non-existent in my house much to the chagrin of husband who if his shirt really needs ironed he can do it himself - I detest buying groceries. I like to cook though.
Alta Dena dairy still delivers in Southern California. They deliver eggs, juices and drinks in addition to dairy products.
We had a milkman when I was growing up too. Did you have the delivery where you put out the empties with the next day order sticking out of one of the bottles. There were slim cards attached on a ring that our dairy provided for us to order with. Whatever you wanted to order for the next day you placed the cards facing up and what didn't want was placed down in the mouth of the milk bottle.
ETA They leave the delivery on your doorstep.This message has been edited. Last edited by: still tryin,
I'm going to have to look into that, still. Thank you for letting me know.
I don't really remember there being an order form. I do remember a smallish manilla envelope--maybe the order was on the back of that? I know my mom would put a check in the envelope and stick the envelope in the rim of the empty bottle.
Yes I am a hermit! LOL!
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