Okay, I’m sure you moms can relate to this. After becoming a mother, grocery shopping has taken on a whole other dimension.
Having a toddler with you as you try to concentrate on grocery prices isn’t very conducive to a stress-free environment. I often found myself buying things I really didn’t need, forgetting to buy items (that were even written down on my shopping list) and feeling overwhelmed because I wasn’t focused.
Let me rephrase, I wasn’t focused on shopping. I was focused on making sure my child was near me and didn’t knock over a glass jar of spaghetti sauce in aisle ten. I thought there had to be a better way.
Then along came online grocery shopping. Ahhhh….sweet serenity!
The first time I used online grocery shopping was with Target. I figured if I didn’t like the products, I could easily enough make a Target run and return them. The icing on the cake, however, is that they offer free shipping and a five percent discount to all Red Card members. I couldn’t say no to that!
Having things like our fifty-pound bag of dog food delivered straight to my door?! There, my friends was my first experience with online grocery shopping and I’ll never look back. I no longer have to spend two hours shopping and hauling a bunch of bulk purchases from Costco. My back is very thankful. And since I’m a Target Red Card member the prices were just as good, if not better.
But, I haven’t turned my nose up at my beloved Costco. I had to give them a try, too. So, I navigated over to their website. I found when I first started shopping with them online a few years ago, they didn’t offer fresh produce or deliver perishables directly. I had to shop via Google Express to get those items and the shipping fees made it a little out of reach.
Then enter Instacart.
My new online shopping BFF. I was then able to have my Costco items delivered straight to my house at a more reasonable price, by my friendly Instacart delivery person, who is now a familiar face. In fact, sometimes, I think she does a better job at picking out produce and meats than I do.
Instacart now offers a subscription service where you can get a certain number of deliveries per month for free. I haven’t gotten to that point yet but I am considering it since they add retailers all the time. Some of the brands in Corona include Sprouts, Aldi, and Ralphs.
Online shopping doesn’t stop me from heading to my local Albertsons. However, it has allowed me to spend more time with my loved ones and keep a better eye on the budget.
I’m able to see my online cart total add up on screen and easily take out items I don’t really need.
That isn’t as easy when I’m in the store shopping with my child in tow begging for the cute My Little Pony stuffed toy. Plus, my wandering eyes in the store at Costco now have blinders on them at my computer. No more $300 per month binges. I have cut that down to around $175 via online shopping, saving our family $1,500 per year!