If you haven’t tried grocery pick up yet, you may be wondering if it’s worth it. I tried it for my first time a few years ago, right after I had my 5th daughter. I’ve been hooked since. (Despite the “cons.”) I love the convenience and time-saving. But don’t let me my experience influence you. If you’ve known me for a while, you know that there is no one right way to be healthy. I’ll give you the pros and cons of both so you can decide for yourself.
First, if you’ve never tried it, I want to explain how it works.
- Sign up on the app or the website.
- Search for the items you need and add them to your virtual grocery cart.
- When you’re all done, “check out” and pay with your credit card.
- The next day (or later that day), you will get a text when your order is ready.
- If any item was not available, via the app or an email you will be notified if is was left off or substituted.
- Head to the grocery store and follow the signs to grocery pick up.
- Call the number on the sign and let them know you have arrived. (Some apps allow you to check-in instead of call.)
- Wait for the friendly staff to bring you your groceries and load them up.
- Voila! You are done!
- Helps you stick to a budget. I find that I don’t make impulse buys because I have my list and just order what is on my list.
- You can look through your fridge, pantry, and freezer as you’re making the list so you can see exactly what you need.
- The apps or websites save your favorite items and prompt you to buy them. It helps you to not forget your essentials.
- It saves time waiting in line or wading through crowds.
- You can add to your online cart all throughout the week.
- Other family members can get on the app or website and add to the list as needed.
- You can do it anytime of the day: in bed, while waiting in line somewhere, at the doctor’s office, etc.
- If you don’t like grocery shopping with your kids (or spouse!), you don’t have to.
- You may forget certain items that you would have remembered if you had walked the aisles of the grocery store. (I inevitably already have a new list started before I even go to pick up my items because I forgot something!)
- You are less likely to try new foods and see new items in the store.
- You may get stuck in a rut of ordering the same things. (Last summer I realized I had forgotten all about the summer produce because I was so used to my winter list.)
- You won’t see any special deals or sales the store is offering.
- Some stores charge extra money for the groceries or a pick up fee when ordering online.
- Some moms/dads/grandparents like shopping with kids/teens as a learning experience. You miss out on that when doing online shopping.
As you can see, there is about an equal amount of pros/cons. If you’re wondering what I do, as a mom and dietitian, I do grocery pick up about every 6 days. And about once per month I try to go in person to see what foods I may have forgotten about and give my kids a chance to come and learn about shopping.
Now, you may be wondering about grocery delivery…. I haven’t tried that yet, but I’m sure it’s great. If you have tried delivery, please share your experience.
PLUS, if you need help deciding what to put into your cart, please join me for my next monthly Masters Support Group where we are doing part 2 of my Virtual Grocery Store. We meet on March 10th @ noon or March 12th @ 5:30 PM. Reserve your spot by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
AND, if you’ve got shopping down, but need help deciding what to cook and prepare, check out my EatLove meal plans where you will get menus, grocery lists, and recipes in your inbox every week made just for you.