A Mom's Dream... Grocery Delivery and Pick Up!

Let me begin with a story...

     I was 18 years old and got hired at my first full time job working for Walgreens. The manager at the time was very customer oriented, to an extreme. He had a specific customer that would call into the store and give him a list of items they wanted. As soon as he collected and rang up all of the items, my manager would take their card information over the phone and complete the transaction. Sometimes this customer would pick up the items and sometimes my manager would drop them off at their home. I thought this was a bit much, but the customer was disabled and my manager had a big heart, so he just did it for them. This was about 14 years ago, and Walgreens has never offered a service like this. So don't go trying to get a personal shopper at your local Walgreens because it is not going to happen!


     However, Something AMAZING has happened over the past couple years... 


Online Ordering for groceries!!!
    
     Never have I ever... heard a mother of small children say, "I just absolutely LOVE grocery shopping with my kids." Add multiple kids and my love for grocery shopping goes away altogether. But do not dismay, there is hope! I have recently tried two types of online grocery shopping and would like to share a mom's perspective on these amazing services!!!

The first grocery shopping I tried was with Instacart.

    Instacart is a website and app that you can order your groceries from. You create an account, select the store you want to order groceries from and shop online. A local Instacart member gets your order, goes shopping for you, and delivers it to your door.  I first discovered Instacart when my sister-in-law began working for this company. She made decent money at first and it sparked my interest. I did realize, however, that the stores available to shop from were on the more expensive side. Stores that I like to go into for a good experience and pick up a few items, but not get my entire grocery list. (Wholefoods and Publix for example)
     One day I was browsing online (dangerous thing to do) when I saw an advertisement that said...


"Shop Aldi now on Instacart!"

     Or at least that was the gist of it! I decided that I would be willing to try it, just to see what it was. Plus, the thought of getting groceries delivered to my door was a fun idea. I went all in and did an entire week and a halves worth of grocery shopping, about $140 total.

Positives
  • My groceries were delivered in a couple of hours. 
  • The prices for the items were the same as in the store. 
  • I was notified every step of the way. Order assigned, shopping, checking out, and delivery.
  • The gentleman who brought my groceries carried them to the door and did not come inside.
  • My grocery shopping was done and I did not have to put a quarter in a cart and push my toddler through every isle of Aldi.
  • I saw a preliminary price. (Some produce needs to be weighed and meat may vary in price)
  • If an item is out of stock the person shopping can replace it with a like item or remove it from your total bill. You will get a notification. 
Negatives

  • It took a week for the final charge to come out of my bank account.
  • I had to pay for bags, which was not on my original total. (It's not a big expense, but Aldi charges for bags if you didn't know)
  • There was service/delivery fees.
  • Tipping your delivery person is recommended. Depending on how much you tip will determine how much your total bill will be. (This is not really a negative because you should always tip people who are doing a service for you. I'm more focusing on the extra expense that having your groceries delivered will incur.)

     Overall I had a positive experience. I spent about $20 in fees and tips, but I was happy not to go to the store and looked at it as the price to pay for the service that was offered. I may not use Instacart again anytime soon, but it was worth trying once! If you are interested in trying it for yourself, I have an invite code you are welcome to use and you will get money off of your first order. Just go to instacart.com to use it!
$10 off  your first Instacart order!
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     Now that I have told you about Instacart, I want to move on to my new favorite online grocery shopping experience... 

Walmart Grocery! 

     They do offer delivery, but I have only tried the grocery pickup and I loved it! My husband had mentioned that someone at our church uses Walmart pickup for her groceries and then I spoke to my best friend who lives in New Mexico who tried it as well. She loved just pulling up and having the groceries put into her car for her while her toddler sat happily in the back of the car. I figured I would give it a try. 
     If you are like me, I really try to avoid going to Walmart and don't even get me started on how uncomfortable I feel in their parking lot. I honestly had the best experience through Walmart Grocery and I feel like I may never set foot in that store for groceries again! I went all in on this order and spent $180 for one and a half weeks of groceries for my family of 5. I started by adding everything I wanted to my online cart. Things like produce and meat vary because they need to be weighed, but the prices cited were pretty accurate. It was such a luxury to piece together meal ideas while adding items to my cart and checking my pantry at home in the same moment! And guess what... I didn't forget one thing from the store because I was distracted by my children! After all that, I checked out just like I do when shopping for anything else online.

I even ordered beer and wine, just to see if I could. 
(They check your ID when you get there, so everything was very smooth!)

     I downloaded their app and got notifications when they were fulfilling my order and when it was ready. I checked in before I drove to the store and typed in what parking spot number I was in. (I was prompted by notifications on my phone every step of the way) All that was left was to sign for my order and I helped the lady load it into the back of my van. 

Positives
  • No extra fees. 
  • Prices are the same as offered in-store.
  • I avoided impulse buys and pushing my toddler around the store for an hour or more.
  • Money came straight out of my bank account as pending. Any changes posted the next business day. 
  • They automatically substituted an item that they were out of with a similar item and told me about it when I went to pick up. 
  • I could order beer and wine!
  • It took about 20 min from the time I left my house to the time I got home... for $180 worth of groceries! 
  • I got to select the time frame to go and pick up my groceries. 
  • My order was accurate. 
  • There were a lot of signs for pickup and the whole area was orange, so I had no question of where to go to pickup my order.
  • Did I say, NO EXTRA FEES!
Negatives
  • No time slots were available for same day pickup, so I ordered the day before I picked up.
  • I had to drive to pick it up, but not really a big negative.
  • They gave me green bananas. If you order produce, they might not pick what you would have picked if you were physically shopping.
  • I can't really think of anything else!
     Overall I loved Walmart Grocery! I also loved their Super Bowl 2019 commercial, but that's besides the point. To give it a try go to grocery.walmart.com or click on my link below to get a discount off your first order!

$10 off your first Walmart Grocery Click the link below!

     I will definitely order from Walmart Grocery again! I have had fun giving these online grocery services a try. It has given a me a new love for grocery shopping and offered an easy stress free option for all the moms out there. There's always the question of, "Is this just plain laziness?" NO! It is a blessing!






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