No More Grocery Shopping

No More Grocery Shopping

What does a girl do when she is already crazy busy and decides she wants to build a website, start a blog, run a marathon, become a Thirty-One consultant, and go on a mission trip?

Step One: Sanity check! Just don’t ask your friends or family what they think, because they will most definitely say you’re crazy.

Step Two: Figure out where you are wasting valuable time and find a solution.

My kids play a lot of sports. They keep my evenings pretty much booked up. I work in an office during the day, which leaves very little time for meal preparation, planning, or grocery shopping. I often would stop at the store every night and purchase just what we needed for that night.

That’s a lot of wasted time and unnecessary stress. I tried different strategies for meal planning but still dreaded the grocery store and wanted to get in and out as quickly as possible. As we pushed on through football and cross country season, our busiest months of the year, we eventually returned to fast food as I hung my head in exhausted defeat.

Step Three: Pay someone to do it for you.

This seems counterintuitive to saving money. I once heard a very successful business woman swear that if you pay someone to do your busy work for you, the time you free up will have a greater turn on investment for the money spent because you can use that time doing something that matters.

So I decided to pay somebody to do my grocery shopping. It sounds a lot fancier than it really is. Our local Kroger where I do most of my grocery shopping started a service called ClickList. One day, when I knew I had no chance of stopping to get anything decent to eat, I decided to give it a try.

(I don’t know if you have a Kroger in your area but there is probably a good chance some other grocery chain has something similar. I also hear Wal-Mart offers a similar service for free. I don’t usually shop at Wal-Mart, but they’re everywhere right?)

I logged into their website, found ClickList, and started building my grocery list. The best part was that I was already a Kroger Plus customer so they knew all my favorite products and had them all right there so I could click add, add, add, add. That’s putting our personal data to work right there!

In less than 15 minutes, I can select all my groceries for the week, and I never forget the staples (or the dog food) because I catch it all as I scroll through my order history. I check out, pay with my card on file, and select a pickup time. My card doesn’t actually process until I pick up my order and finalize the purchase. There is a very small fee of less than $5. I think they waived the fee the first time as a promotion.

Worth Every Penny!

They often have to make substitutions when a product I ordered is out of stock. They do a pretty good job selecting substitutes and always give me the option to turn them down and remove from the order when I get there. I can also include special instructions. For example, if I’m buying bananas and want them to ripen later in the week, I just tell them I want green bananas.

Step Four: This is the hard part: drive to the grocery store.

Kroger has special lanes used only for this purpose. I pull into a spot, call the phone number on the sign, provide my name, and within just a few minutes somebody is loading the groceries into my trunk while another associate is going over my order with me.

I can’t stop telling everyone I know that this is the best thing ever. Seriously, I might never walk into that grocery store again! For all you parents out there, let’s face it. Nobody wants to drag their kids through a grocery store after a long day of work and practice. I’m not sure how old they need to be before I can expect them to make it through a grocery store without fighting. I’m thinking maybe 30?

Which leads me to my favorite step:

Step Five: Make someone else (kids/spouse) carry in the groceries. Going to the grocery store is hard enough after all. (Your secret is safe with me.)

I love my large utility totes!

Remember that successful business woman I mentioned earlier? She was actually saying everyone should hire a cleaning service for their home. She promised if you do, that you will make up for the cost in career advancement. Again, I assume this means you use that extra time wisely, but maybe it means you get the rest you always needed. If you’ve ever hired a cleaning service, I would love to hear about your experience in the comments below!

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