Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Have you tried grocery pick up yet?  It is life-changing and I don’t use that term lightly!  I use Kroger so that is what I will be talking about today.  If you don’t have a Kroger, my sister uses Walmart and loves it, too.  I know many other supermarkets are adding this service, too.

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When I first heard about this possibility I kind of thought it wasn’t for me.  I don’t really hate grocery shopping and going in the store and seeing new products has always given me meal ideas.

Fast forward to my beloved Kroger closing for 6 months to renovate and this was what prompted me to try Kroger’s Clicklist.  

First, you go to the website and create an account or get the app. choose your store location, date and pick up time.  I think your order can be ready for as soon as 4 hours after placing it.  I found all of this very user friendly.  

You pick an hour window and can pick it up any time within that hour.  For example, I often pick 3-4.  I have only had to wait more than 10 minutes once.  They told me Sunday evening is the busiest time so now I avoid that.  

You add things to your online “cart” and it will even pull up past products you have purchased.  For Kroger, it is tied to your Kroger plus card number so you get the discounts and points for the things you buy.

I feel like you do have to be sort of organized to shop this way.  You must do some degree of meal planning.  You can sit at your desk and look at recipes while adding to your cart.  You can have your calendar open in front of you to see what your week will look like.  

It has a $4.95 service fee, but I know I spend more than that on impulse buys when I go in the store.

As you add to your cart, it calculates your total, so this is great for budgeting.

You can still use coupons.  When you arrive, they will come to your car, take them in the store, and change your total.  You do have to pay online when you order but they can adjust your total if you don’t accept a substitution or if you have the aforementioned coupons.

You can check a box to accept substitutions or to not allow substitutions.  I always allow.  I have gotten bigger sizes for the same price.  If they sub something, you still get the price of the original item.

I have always been pleased with the produce they have picked for me.  They probably pick better than I do!  I have also gotten deli meat.  

You can buy beer!

I get most of our toiletries this way. Kroger often has better prices than Target on shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, and the like.

When it’s time to pick up, you pull into a designated spot and call a phone number and give your name.  Side note:  You either feel like a VIP or like the world’s laziest person.  I have chosen to feel like a VIP.  

You don’t have to get out of your car unless you want to.  They will load everything for you.  Too bad they don’t ride home with you to unload.  Wait – that’s what my teen boys are for!

This was life changing in the winter.  I felt so great when we had a big snow coming and I stocked up this way before it hit!  Where was this when I had infant and toddler twins?  This would be great for the disabled or the elderly (if they were open to learning the online system).

Let me know what you think!  Are you a grocery pick up person?

Happy shopping!

Amy 

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