Tuesday, July 2, 2013
The New Hip Mommy's Way to Shop
For some reason seems like everything I touch has turned into a mess the last 24 hours. As I was setting the table tonight when I shook up the Parmesan cheese the lid flew off...yep cheese went everywhere. Hubby was so sweet about the meatballs, he wanted to know if I had tried a new recipe? Ya, as a matter of fact I did, do you like them? "Well I like your old ones better but this is fine". Once I took a bite of mine I knew I had the best hubby in the world not to have spit the thing across the room or maybe he was just really hungry.
OK, on to the new hip Mommy way of shopping. Have you heard of ordering your groceries on line, paying with your debit/credit card then just pulling up to the convenient "Express" lane where the attendant loads everything in and off you go? Seems it is the latest and greatest for busy Mommy's who hate to grocery shop. The cost of the service isn't really all that bad $4.99 each time you shop but you can't use coupons other than e-coupons, don't get in on the unadvertised specials and such. DD #1 uses this service, she swears it has saved them not only time but lots of money since she no longer makes impulse buys, so she sticks to her list. She is now spending a little extra time making a good grocery list so she only has to shop/drive up once a week. Hummm.... She might be onto something for busy ladies. Not for me as I like playing the coupon game and wondering around looking for deals but of course I am not pushing 3 little kiddo's around.
DD#1 had so darn many duplicates of different spices it was crazy. We combined as many containers as we could then stored the rest so she can shop at home before buying any new spices. She pointed out to me one of the reasons she ended up with extras in many things was after work she was always in a rush trying to meet me to pick up the kiddo's, get home to make dinner, playtime, bath's and of course teachers always have homework for hours in the evening, she never had time to make a good grocery list. Not knowing what as really at home and always running from here to there she would just throw what she thought she needed in the buggy and off she went. Once home she never had time to hunt around for an ingredient or see if she had any on hand. They have drastically cut down on food waste since she took off this past school year saving them money. Eating out is also a thing of the past (almost), taking 3 little ones to a restaurant isn't really a "Night Out" if you gt my drift
I find all of this new way of shopping pretty interesting. The only thing we use to get in a convenient way back when our girls were little was milk, cheese, and eggs delivered once or twice a week. Back then we were in states that had lots of local dairy farms, one of the MANY perks of living in a rural area!! Who knows if this type of service still around.
Here is how DD#1 Friday mornings are now spent.
Place her grocery order Thursday night after the kiddo's are in bed.
Hit the gym Friday morning
Swing by the grocery store express lane (they even put the fridge/freezer items separate
Unload the kiddo's and perishables.
Late morning snack for kiddo's
Down for naps
Mommy brings in the rest of the groceries then puts her feet up
Do you have this sort of service in your area? What do you think? For DD#1 it seems to be well worth the extra $4.99 a week.