OK so here is a picture of what happens when I take my son in Walmart. He rides in the buggy for oh about 30 minutes so I know I have to hurry. I begin with my grocery list. Forget about coupons, that would waste way too much of my valuable time. I need to just get the cheapest stuff and get out. Just about the time my 30 minutes is up he starts wanting me to hold him or even worse… get down. So I have to get out a snack. (I must admit, sometimes we go to the toy isle and get a toy to play with, we will put it back before we leave. I know, but desperate times call for desperate measures.) Now I have bought my self another 30 minutes and I only have to endure a crying child through checkout and parking lot. I can either hold Elijah and try to steer the cart with one arm or push a screaming child in the cart and ignore the disparaging looks. By the time I get in the car I am so exhausted my day is done. I absolutely cannot imagine taking multiple children to the grocery store.
A few months ago my husband and I sat down and looked at our spending over a 2 two month time span. I was shocked to find out that I averaged $110 a week and 95% of this was purchased at good old Walmart. We decided that we wanted to cut our groceries back to $90 a week. With the urging of my husband, I thought I would try online grocery shopping.
I went to Harris Teeter online when did my first grocery order. I spent around $70. You may think this was just a fluke. I have been ordering my groceries online for over two months and I average about $65 a week. This does not include diapers and meat (which I buy at Sam’s Club). So when you add up diapers and meat I am averaging under $90 a week.
So here is what happens… Each week I save the Lowes Food ad. I sit down and make my grocery list based on what is on sale and what I want to cook for supper that week. I then go to the computer and and place my order. I get all the other deals that in-store shoppers use and I can use coupons (they are credited to my next account). I can make notes on each entry such as "please check to be sure that eggs are not cracked." I then select a time to pick up (they require a 4 hour minimum but I note that they call me if done early and usually it takes about 2 hours). The best part… you don’t even have to get out of your car!!! You ride up, ring a bell and out come your groceries. I never even take my son out of his carseat.
Yes, it costs extra to order online, $5 at Harris Teeter and $6 at Lowes (however your first order at Harris Teeter is free and Lowes offers perks for frequent shopper). I am convinced that the main reason I am saving money is because I only buy what is on my list and because I am not doing any impulse buy.
I cannot put a price tag on my sanity. My "trips" to the grocery store are now pleasant and enjoyable. I love living in a big city where amenities such as these are available. Online shopping is truly God’s gift to moms!
I have switched to Lowes Food because I don’t get Harris Teeter’s add in the mail and the same sweet lady that does my order every time. I love their service. I actually have groceries waiting there for me this morning!