*This is not an ad. All opinions are solely my own.*
Have you personally ventured into the wonderful world of grocery pick up yet? I used Kroger’s grocery pickup for the first time two weeks ago. I know, I know, how can I be so late to the grocery pick up party, right? I’m a late bloomer. Sue me. But man oh man am I happy I gave it a try! I’ve done two full scale grocery pickups so far and I have already learned that doing grocery pickup actually save me money. Convenient and cost effective. Talk about a win-win! With the spread of COVID-19 this last week grocery pickup has been a huge help in following directions to “social distance” ourselves.
There were a few reasons why it took me so long to give grocery pickup a try. The first being that I use my grocery shopping trip time as time to get out of the house without the kids. As a stay-at-home mom time to yourself is not taken for granted. Even the errands, including grocery shopping, counts as alone time.
My second reason being I wasn’t big on the idea of someone else picking out my produce. I am quite particular about how my produce looks. How was I supposed to trust that my standards would be lived up to when it came to whoever shopped for my food? The last reason is I wanted to be able to use my coupons for my order. Now, I’m by no means anywhere near the level of an extreme couponer. But I’m able to save a good $10-$15 per shopping trip with coupons if I do them correctly. It may not seem like much but it adds up over time.
My first grocery pickup total was about $40 cheaper than my usual budget. I kept going over the order to be sure I wasn’t forgetting anything because how was this so cheap? Either way, I didn’t complain. You should also know Kroger waives the $5 pickup fee for your first THREE orders. Even after adding $5 to my future order total I’m saving money. My second grocery pickup order was $50 cheaper than my usual budget for groceries.
This is when I realized the magic of two things: 1) not walking through a store where I grab items not on my list simply because it’s there. There really isn’t any revolutionary reason why I’m spending less money other than the fact that the usual marketing strategies can’t work on a person not physically walking down the aisles. Amazing! 2) Kroger’s app allows you to scroll through every single one of their online coupons. You digitally clip them and add them to your at checkout. Good stuff, right?! It’s almost as if it’s 2020 or something. Ha!
The reasons I convinced myself not to do grocery pick up all this time proved to be unnecessary fears too. Now, instead of spending an hour+ at the grocery store I use that hour doing something else for the day. Whether it be for business, home, or pleasure, it’s an hour plus more I was robbing myself of before. My produce has been equally as good as how I would pick it. Which makes sense because why would they not pick the best produce knowing they want people to use this grocery pickup feature? And lastly, THEY TAKE PAPER COUPONS AT THE TIME OF PICKUP. When you call to let them know you’re outside they ask you if you have any paper coupons for your order before totaling your bill.
I share all of this to say: if you’re looking to save yourself some money and time, give grocery pickup a try!