By Maggie White, a CYA Blogger
The Actual Food Gathering Process:
After filling your car with gas at the self-serve, you head out on one of your thrice-weekly trips to the grocery store. Beep Beep. A siren. Three red lights. You glance to the right. Then to the left, as you curve around a double-parked truck. After you stop short (and curse) due to a texting and crossing teen, you search for a spot in the crowded parking lot. That’s when you ask yourself, “When did I say yes to this stress?”
Walking down aisle after aisle, you press apples to see if they’re sufficiently firm and check if the grapes at the bottom of the bag are as equally fresh as those displayed on the top. Next, you wipe cherries on your shirt for pesticide-free tasting (teaching you my tricks) and head far across the store for a 24 water bottle, heave-ho lug onto your cart. Your last stop is the orange juice section with the usual deciphering between pulp. No pulp. Some pulp. Lots of pulp. Calcium added. Low-acid. Sale no sale? Meanwhile, bright lights are blaring overhead. For those who enjoy food shopping, this experience may sound like fun. For me? Well, I’d rather be writing.
My Better Way to Buy
One day, after handling my family’s eating needs this way for years, my grocery manager announced that shoppers could solely email lists in the body of an email and store employees would swiftly bring the requested items to our homes. And so I tried it.
Ding Dong (that’s the doorbell) (the same day!) With a couple-dollar tip to the delivery person, I now open bags of perfectly fresh items, almost always just as I had wished each item to be. Even if the beets are slightly larger, thus more expensive than I truly desired, there was no traffic; the possibility of a ticket, nor transferring multiple, heavy bags from cart to trunk and trunk to home. Most importantly, I spent very little time on this errand; Minutes = money.
Another cost-cutting benefit of shopping this way is that the impulsive things that are usually thrown in the wagon last minute are not thrown in the wagon last minute. It’s more of a stick-to-the-list type of shopping experience.
If this sounds “peachy,” ask your favorite grocery store if they offer similar services.
Online Grocery Shopping:
Today, there are so many online food shopping options to be aware of. Some of the best grocery delivery services available now are:
- Amazon Prime Now
- Amazon’s Prime Pantry
Amazon’s Prime Now
Prime Now delivers seven days a week 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and offers free two-hour delivery of all kinds of products, including groceries, household products, toys, electronics, and pet supplies. Prime Now requires a Prime Membership at $12.99 per month or $119 per year. The first 30 days of the annual subscription are free, and it is cancellable at any time. Prime Student members with an annual membership can renew at a rate of $59/year or $6.49 per month.
Through AmazonFresh, you can get fresh groceries, such as produce, meat, and dairy, as well as pantry items, delivered to your door the day you order it or the day after. You will be selecting from high-quality, Whole Food’s 365 products. AmazonFresh requires a paid membership of $14.99 per month in addition to a Prime membership. Users get free two-hour delivery for orders of $35 or more (a $4.99 fee is charged for orders less than $35). One-hour delivery costs $4.99 to $7.99 for orders of $35 or more and $9.99 for orders less than $35. You can select the most convenient delivery time and place an order in the morning for same-day delivery. Tipping is recommended but not required.
Amazon’s Prime Pantry
Prime Pantry is $4.99 per month in addition to the required Amazon Prime membership of $12.99 per month and gets you free delivery on orders of $10 or more but is limited to household products and dry groceries. Fresh produce is not available through Prime Pantry and does not offer same-day delivery. Usually, you’ll get your item in one to four business days.
One of the best aspects of ordering food from Amazon is if you aren’t satisfied with the condition of a grocery product, Amazon will issue a refund up to 30 days from the date of delivery – without asking for the item to be returned!
The great thing about Instacart is that it allows you to get deliveries from a variety of different grocery stores, including liquor stores, pharmacies, and even the big guys like Costco and BJ’s, depending on your location. With Instacart Express, you can get a membership at $99 per year for free delivery for orders over $35. If you forgo the membership, you’ll be paying $3.99 or higher per delivery. This option may have you limiting the number of stores you order from, as each store has a separate delivery fee. That option isn’t as cool. Check the website to see if and when Instacart is available in your area.
Peapod does not require a membership but charges a variable delivery fee depending on your location and size of the order. This service operates its own warehouses (sometimes in partnership with Giant and Stop & Shop stores) instead of sending shoppers to their favorite stores. It supports manufacturers’ coupons and often doubles them up to 99 cents.
FreshDirect is an online grocer that delivers in the New York City Metropolitan area. Like other online grocery stores, you search the items you want, add them to your cart, select a delivery time with a two-hour window, and pre-pay. Delivery within the five boroughs is $5.99 (minimum order $30) or you can pay for unlimited free deliveries with a membership of $129 a year. (Tips not included.) You can schedule your deliveries for the next day or up to one week in advance, but there are no same-day options. Your food will arrive in a refrigerated truck, and the delivery guy or gal will bring your items “directly” to your kitchen.
Getting Your Virtual Shopping Experience Covered
Now, if you have decided to make some radical life changes like ditching the car, Ubering and mass transiting everywhere, plus trying one of these online food-shopping options, it’s time to recognize that your computer is ever-so-valuable to you now than ever before. While a failed computer won’t directly translate into an empty pantry and fridge, it’s better to have all in working condition with the ability to have your computer and/or refrigerator fixed fast and well if something does go wrong.
We at Cover Your Assets (CYA) invite you to explore our coverage offerings. Our specially trained service reps will politely treat you with white-glove hospitality if any of your covered belongings break down. This means they will set you up with an authorized manufacturer’s service person who will be clean and work efficiently and use only OEM, Original Equipment Parts to repair your computer or other valuables under CYA Coverage. Check out our offerings here.
Now if someone would just invent a better box cutter…
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