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Greetings, fellow frugalists. Let me tell you a tale about how an odd couple (you might know who I’m referring to 😉 from a cool little town in Pennsylvania who have frugalized their grocery purchases by ordering them online and having them delivered straight to their front door. For about 6 months now, we’ve been having our groceries delivered and actually saving money in the process. This takes a bit of strategizing and finesse (see things we don’t buy anymore here) but it can be done. And when it is done, oh, what a feeling!
We Threw In The Frugal Towel!
Ha! Just kidding. As if. One of the things we absolutely abhor is going to the grocery store. It is just another task that gets in the way of the other million tasks that need to be done on a routine basis.
And so the story begins…one wonderful summer morning as I was driving my sluggish butt to work, I noticed I was traveling behind a Peapod delivery truck. I hadn’t even heard of them before, but the idea of groceries being delivered to my front door definitely piqued my interest. When I arrived at my totally awesome W2 cubicle, I hurriedly did an Internet search and found the website lickity split! Signed up and BOOM, the rest is money-saving history.
Just The Facts, Ma’am. Just The Facts
-We still use our store card for discounts.
-We get emails with weekly specials.
-We get emails with generous coupons – like $20 off your next 3 orders coupons. Yeah.
-We can set a deliver date anywhere from the next day through the next 2 weeks.
-We can sit back and wait for the truck to pull into our driveway.
-We can pay everything online, including a tip.
How Exactly This Saves Us Money
Allow me to explain it to you. We have decided that we will order our entire lot of monthly groceries in a single order, not to exceed a certain amount (we don’t do a strict budget but we do put a cap on groceries – see here). This ensures we get the lowest possible delivery fee (~$7.95 for orders over $100) and only requires 1 tip.
Yes, it is a lot of groceries to deliver at one time; however, Mr. MMM and I ALWAYS give a decent tip and carry most of the bags from the truck to our door ourselves. They do offer a low annual delivery fee for unlimited orders over $100. Although it would be super convenient to have a few deliveries each month instead of splitting it up, it’s still less expensive to pay $7.95/month and only have one delivery.
On top of that, they offer a ton of coupons and up to ~$4.00 off the fee depending on the day/window you choose for delivery. If that wasn’t enough, we actually stick to our list! That’s probably the biggest one of all. We are very good about sticking to our list in the store, but we inevitably throw in a few more items than necessary. By avoiding the temptation to toss in an extra item here and there we make up for the delivery fee and tip! We’re also not driving to and fro, thus, saving our vehicles.
They Don’t Mess Up Our Order
Just in case a few of you were wondering, they don’t even mess up our orders. There are times when they are out-of-stock on a certain item and will let us know that at the time of delivery. The bill is adjusted accordingly and everyone walks away happy; albeit not as happy as I would’ve been had the item arrived, but nothing is perfect.
Another slight downside is that things like lunch meat and milk will obviously not make it an entire month. There are the occasional stops on the way home from work to pick up a gallon of milk or another small item. A tiny inconvenience compared to BIG shopping trips.
We Love Peapod!
I know this sounds like one big plug for Peapod, and I guess it kinda is, but only because we really feel like it’s the best thing that has happened to our grocery acquisition system, EVER.
Obviously, Peapod is not the only grocery delivery service around – but it is the only one around us. Hence, the only service we can truly promote based on first-hand knowledge. And I just couldn’t help but share this most awesome treasure with you all.
By all means, if Peapod services your area, I highly recommend giving them a try. You will likely be super impressed by their prompt and courtesy customer service.
Bonus Tip: Typically first-time users get a generous amount off their first order. We saved $20 the first time we signed up! For that kind of savings, it certainly doesn’t hurt to give it a try at least once.
In the end, grocery delivery can actually save you time, stress, and MONEY! Win. Win. Win. #lovegrocerydelivery
Disclaimer: I believe all amounts listed in this post are accurate for my specific area as of this writing, and courtesy of my memory 🙂 Feel free to do your own research for accuracy.
So, what do all you fine people think now? Gimme your thoughts on this topic. Have you tried it? Or, have you just thought about it?
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