I despise grocery shopping. And grocery shopping with kids is even worse. I get way too side tracked to stick to a list, so I end up with a bunch of sale crap, and I’m usually missing at least 2 ingredients from 4 different meals. Which then means I have to run back to the store to grab what I’m missing. And bringing kids with you is just a friggen headache…”I want that!”, “you never got these before”, “ew I don’t want broccoli”, “are we done yet?”, “I have to go potty”, “I’m borrrrred”, “mom why are you laying on the floor in the fetal position crying?”. Okay, so that last one hasn’t happened yet. But mentally that’s where I am when I’m grocery shopping.
….and just when you think its over….it’s time for check out. ::head to desk::
I put my items on the belt in a specific way, cold stuff together, cereal boxes and snacks together, fruits and veggies together, meat together, canned goods together, and then all of the extra stuff together (trash bags, paper plates, soap, etc). I’m sure I’m weird but it’s easier to put stuff away like this. Which just means that I grab the cold stuff to put away and ignore the rest until later on lol. And by later I mean when I’ve used the items straight from the bag. I can’t tell you how many times they’ve not followed my system and have put a bag of shredded cheese in with cereal.
I mean sure this wouldn’t be a problem if I just immediately put my groceries away but that’s not the issue at hand! And you can just forget it when it comes to going through the check out with kids…..ALLLLL THE CANDY! Typically ends in either tears or me giving in and letting them get candy. Which wouldn’t be a big deal if I didn’t have to go to the store a few times a week. This is why I’m exhausted by the time I get home and usually end up ordering Chinese food. I’m way too tired to cook after that hassle!
This whole ordeal just wasn’t working out for me. I begged my husband to take over the grocery shopping. But that means he will buy everything in store brand and will still come home with extra junk food. Last time he grocery shopped while I was away on a trip and he did it in the freezer section and lived on mozzarella sticks until I got back. He can’t be trusted to carry out such an important task.
So we decided to give Peapod a whirl!
Peapod is through Giant Food Stores and is a grocery delivery service. I was skeptical at first like I usually am. It was so nice! We could just sit there from the comfort of my couch and meal plan. We started by making a list of about 20-30 different meals that we like. Then we chose 5 from the list to make for the week. And then we just went through each meal and ordered those specific ingredients. After that we added lunch items for my sons and just two extra snacks. Much better than the old system, which wasn’t really a system.
For 5 meals we ended up spending $126, and then added a first time shoppers coupon of $20 off! My only downside to the whole ordeal was that upon delivery we learned that the ground beef and lunchmeat ham that we ordered was unavailable. So I still had to run to the store to grab that. But overall this was much better. I’m curious about the other chains that do grocery delivery so I would like to try them all and weigh the pro’s and con’s of each. Here is a coupon for $20 off to try Peapod for yourself! The convenience is so worth it.