Last Minute Valentine’s Shopping…..
Last week I did something that I thought I would never do. My son was home sick from school, and it was grocery day. Generally, I would have just waited until the next day, and worked around it, but I was literally out of everything. I didn’t want to drag both kids to the store, but I had to get the groceries somehow. There are two things I don’t let other people do for me, first no one cleans my house, and second I don’t let anyone grocery shop for me. But the unthinkable happened, I decided to try Click List with Kroger and do my grocery shopping online, and just drive over and pick it up.
Trust me, I had plenty of reservations doing this, but at the end of the day I felt that my options were limited. My two biggest concerns were that they would miss something on my list, and second that they wouldn’t pick produce that was up to my standards. With as shabby as fruit, and veggies, are right now I pick each item carefully. I think I take longer in the produce section then I do in any other part of the store. And I like to be in control of things, ok, some might call me a bit of a control freak, but the whole process kind of freaked me out a little bit, until it was all over.
The process is so simple; it is almost scary. I will take you step by step and you won’t have to wonder about grocery shopping on line any more.
Sign into your Kroger account
Pick your time and date for pick up. I did this at the end of my shopping because I didn’t realize that times disappeared that quickly, but next time I will lock in my date, and time, before I start shopping.
Do your shopping. It is super simple. A list of recently bought items comes up so you are able to click on those if you buy a lot of the same things. Or you can type what you are looking for in the search bar. And next to each item you are able to write a note. For example, next to bananas I wrote, “Make sure they are as green as possible”.
NOTE: When shopping produce they sell by the piece, not the pound, so if you are ordering bananas and type 3, they will give you 3 bananas, not 3 pounds.
STEP 4: Place your order. This is where you will confirm your personal information, and pick up date, and time.
STEP 5: Change your order. You can only use this feature when you are creating a future order. They want plenty of time to pick the original order that you submitted without any change orders.
STEP 6: They will send you a confirmation e-mail letting you know that your order was received, that your time is locked in, and how to pick up your order.
STEP 7: Arrive in the one-hour window that you chose online. The key here, go to the right store. We haven’t lived here that long, and I thought I knew which Kroger I had chosen, but I ended up going to the wrong one. Once I arrived at the correct store it took less than 10 minutes from the time I called to let them know I was there until they shut the tailgate of my SUV. My digital coupons were already taken off of my order. The only item they didn’t have in stock were peaches, so they didn’t charge me for them. The produce they picked was as good as I would have chosen. They handed me the receipt, swiped my card, and I was ready to go. I have to say that I am incredibly impressed!
There are a few benefits of shopping this way….
- It cuts down on impulse buying.
- The first three orders are free to pick up. After that it is less than $5.
- You don’t have to drag your kids in.
- You can order your groceries on your lunch hour and pick them up on the way home from work.
- If you are in a crunch for a special occasion, like Valentine’s day, you can order online everything from steak to candles and chocolates to roses.
Have you ever done your grocery shopping online?
What was your experience?