I have friends who have done grocery pickup for a long time. It was available in larger areas before it was available here but I never thought I would do it and for sure, never thought I would love it.
I used to really enjoy grocery shopping . . it’s been a while, but with Vince retired and going with me . . no! It’s torture. He picks up everything (and I do mean EVERYTHING) and looks at it. He will say “What’s this?” I never understand how he picks it up, looks at it then asks me “What’s this?” He can read! Then he will say “Do you want to try one?” I’ve tried to get him to understand that if it’s something we’re not familiar with, go home and look it up and see if you can find a recipe you’d like to use it in and then we can get it next trip. And, for goodness sakes . . if you are going to buy it, just get one and not a dozen in case we don’t like it. His argument, especially at Aldi, is that if we love it, they may not have it when we get back.
Sometimes shopping with Vince reminds me of shopping with Chad when he was 4 and wanted everything in the store and I said “NO” a million times each trip. I really do feel bad saying NO so much to the things Vince wants to buy but we are so out of room and now, most anything we buy . . there’s a good chance we’re going to have to move it. We need to be using what we have here.
Vince doesn’t like the online ordering/pickup because he “likes to pick out his own stuff”. He tells everyone that I’m afraid to go to the store because of the virus so he does all the grocery shopping. Not exactly true. I’m happy to make an online order about every two or three weeks, pick it up and be done. He wants to walk through Aldi every two or three days so I say “Go! I’m not going!”
I find it so much easier to start the list – add things as I think of them, and then before I hit the “place order” button, I go back and look at it each item on the list and make sure I still want it.
We needed snacks for the road trip so I placed an order last night. I had been working on it for a few days. Addie and I were going to drive to Walmart today and pick it up curbside but Vince insisted on picking it up himself first thing this morning “when things weren’t so crowded”. Huh? But . . ok. It was so nice to go out when he drove up, bring in 5 or 6 bags instead of 20 bags, have a place for everything, put it away quickly and be done.
I needed sour cream, cheddar cheese, and two logs of goat cheese for the house. Otherwise, it was pretty much all food for the road trip. We’ll take sandwiches because we won’t eat out. Addie said she likes the “brown meat” (roast beef) – anything but turkey she said! She also eats Swiss cheese and black olives on her sandwiches. No “sauce” as she says – no mayo or mustard. She likes Doritos, Cheez-Its, mozzarella sticks, salami slices, trail mix and GoGo SqueeZ applesauce so I got all that, along with a couple of individual Hostess cupcakes and a couple of different types of juice packs. We’ll bring bottled water that we keep here, along with some freeze dried snacks. She loves the apples, strawberries and peaches.
It was so much easier choosing those things online rather than taking her to the store and letting her pick what she wanted. She did look at the order and help me choose what we purchased.
I’m about 99% sure that even when it’s more safe to go out shopping, I’m going to continue doing online orders and curbside pickup.