I know that I am way late to the game, but I have recently discovered the amazement that is grocery pickup and am obsessed. One of my best friends has been telling me to do it for years, but I just never did. She knew that it would have made my life easier back when my husband was deployed and my girls were little. I honestly don’t know why I never did it other than I never had the time back then to plan ahead. I totally should have listened to her because it would have made all the difference in the world back then. I really had no idea how great it was.
When the pandemic started and I didn’t really want to get out, I decided it was finally time to give it a try. However, there were never any times available because everyone was doing their best to avoid others and appointments were taken as soon as they went up. I had even heard that you had to be online at midnight when the new times were released to get an appointment. I was not willing to stay up to do that, so I just kept going to the store to do all my grocery shopping. I was trying to go at times when it was the least crowded and hated every second of it. I still kept checking every now and then to try to find an open slot at any store around me. Well, my persistence payed off and the appointments stopped being jammed a few months ago. I got my first appointment at Harris Teeter. I made my husband go with me that first time for moral support since I had no clue how it worked. It turned out that it was the easiest thing ever. You just pull up, push a button, give your name, and out your groceries come. They were great about no contact too. I just opened my trunk, and the clerk did the rest. It was amazing! Seriously, though, how sad is it that I am just now figuring this out?
Since then, I have used Harris Teeter and Walmart pick-up multiple times. Walmart is even easier in that all you have to do it click a link on your phone to let them know you are on the way. They track your location and know when you arrive. Then you just let them know through the app, which spot you are parked in and the color of your car. It’s the easiest thing ever. I could literally kick myself for not listening to my friend all those years ago and trying this out. It truly is life changing. I would be happy never to set foot in a grocery store again!
I was nervous about purchasing fruits, vegetables, and meats this way. I was worried that they wouldn’t choose good ones or that they would be close to being spoiled. I have to say, though, that I haven’t had any issues with this. Sometimes I even think they pick out better produce than I do. I even feel like they check expiration dates and give me the best ones available. My personal shoppers have always done an amazing job.
I feel like I save money doing my grocery shopping this way too. I am not tempted by the things I see while strolling down the aisle at the store, so I don’t end up throwing things in my cart that I don’t really need. If it isn’t on the running list that I keep on my phone as things run out, it isn’t going into my virtual shopping cart. It also forces me to plan ahead for meals which saves me time daily from wracking my brain over what to cook each night. It really has made life so much simpler.
If you are like me and have been dragging your heals and have never tried grocery pickup before, do it. I promise you won’t regret it. It is soooo easy and saves so much time. I am all about things that make my life better, and this certainly does that.