This is something I’ve mentioned before but with Vince here and his love of shopping, I’m reminded again how much I love curbside grocery pickup. While I’m not saying anything good came out of COVID, I would never have done curbside pickup had it not been for all this.
We did curbside pickup twice at a local grocery store in Texas and it was good but Walmart . . as much as I’ll never sing the praises of Walmart for so many reasons, though Chad worked for them for 11 years and they were fair to him, they have curbside pickup down to an art and I love it for so many reasons. Also, about the only other grocery store near me is Harps, which is probably close to 10 miles away and their prices are pretty steep unless it’s something on sale. I’d never by everything we use from them. I’ll always go to Aldi for Dr. Dazzle . . except they can’t seem to get it in stock these days. I even wrote them and they responded quickly – just can’t get it right now.
Also, there will always be things that are substantially less at Aldi. With Vince around, we’ll be at Aldi at least once a week. Great Value Butter at WM is $2.98 a pound. I don’t mind paying that but Aldi had it for $1.79. Saving $1.20 per pound on five or six pounds is a savings I can be happy about. But, if I’m here by myself, I’m probably just going to get everything from Walmart and not go walking up and down the aisles at Aldi looking to see what I might see.
Convenience in Ordering:
As soon as I get home from picking up an order, I almost always start another order. I just leave in on the app – add everything I think of that I may need. Then, before ‘checking out’, I go back through and take out anything I’ve decided I won’t need.
I almost always will order the Walmart brand, usually Great Value, but if they’re out of that, they sub usually the name brand for the same price.
I had already bought whipped topping for the pumpkin pies but found out we may have more company coming so I wanted to add a second can. Since they’re out of the GV brand I ordered, they’re subbing Reddi-Whip for the same price as the Great Value.
Convenience in Picking Up:
I check in on their app before I leave the house. That tells them how long it’s going to take for me to get there. When I get there, I check in through the app (thanks to a blog reader for telling me that – I thought I had to call and tell them I was there). For the early (7 – 8 a.m. slot), they are usually out with my groceries before I put the phone back in it’s spot.
I’ve never gotten anything that wasn’t good – like bad lettuce or cucumbers. I think the shoppers do a great job but maybe that’s opinion is a bit biased based on my dislike of shopping. I can’t imagine how nice this would be for moms who have to drag their children through the store . . wanting everything they see, wanting to go to the bathroom, wanting to go home!
I don’t believe I’ll ever go back to doing the majority of my shopping in person.