I tried something new today, having my groceries delivered. I know a number of people who’ve done it and, while I wouldn’t say they’ve raved, they seem happy with the service. No problems with bad or bruised produce or nearly expired meats. There’s the occasional busted egg, but I hear that they’re quick to respond to complaints. Of course, my friends have good reason to not spend an hour or so in the supermarket: very young kids, long work hours. My schedule is completely my own.
I hate to shop for food, though. It did get a bit easier when I realized I could use the delivery service website to make up a list to print out and bring, and it even saves my previous purchases since I have it linked to my discount card. I just run down the list checking off what I need, print it out, and head to the store.
I quickly noticed, however, that the final tally of my purchases was usually at least
$10 $20 more than the total on my list. When I’m in the store I tend to toss things into the cart that I don’t really need. Usually snack foods for the kids me.
Even though the delivery service charges $6.95 additional, I’m thinking I still might save money using it since I won’t be buying all those extras. I placed my order yesterday morning, plugged in a first-time user discount that covered the delivery fee, and saved another dollar by chosing a longer delivery window of 4 hours instead of 2. Shortly into that window, the truck pulled in. The driver was friendly, and gave me the first-time user rundown. A few items were substituted (I’d said ok to that when placing the order) but nothing major, and… one busted egg . I could call and complain, but I figure one broken egg is a small price to pay.
(photo by bondidwhat at flickr.com)