Just because grocery shopping is deeply ingrained in the fabric of our weekly schedules does not mean it is actually enjoyable. In fact, I dare say grocery shopping is a lot like the fourth season of Heroes. You don’t watch that rubbish because you like it. You watch it because it’s Monday, 9pm EST. You suffer through your self-imposed detention, rationalizing all the way to 10pm. You pretend you like it.
But you don’t. No one does.
It’s not like we eagerly plan trips to Shaws with friends on a Saturday night. A specialty food store? Perhaps. But only if it’s followed with sophisticated cultural cheffery.
I submit to you that any gratification that we get from shopping relates less to the act itself as much as to the completion of a pesky chore or perhaps the successful triumph over Maslow’s foundation. I will not revere this ritual.
On Monday, I slapped grocery shopping in the face.
On Monday, I signed up for Peapod.
(Peapod is Stop and Shop’s internet powered grocery delivery service.)
To those of you who gawk at my willingness to spend extra dollars needlessly I say Lo! Get your preconceived notions out of my kitchen!
For $100 in groceries, delivery costs about seven bucks. While 7% seems a bit much, especially for someone with a history of cheapness like myself, there are ways to reduce the fee. If you can accommodate a wider delivery window, you can get up to $2 off your order. First time buyers can further reduce the cost $10. Subtract coupons, add the $7 delivery, throw in a $5 tip to the driver and I made out even-steven.
Furthermore, Peapod’s search feature allows you to easily pick the cheapest items according to their unit cost/volume. This comes in especially handy for those annoying purchases like bread, whose cost tends to be camouflaged in hard-to-see ink on the bread bags themselves (dear bread manufacturers: why? stop this.) AND, there’s no impulse buys on the internet. No aisles of candy quietly beckoning for your sugary patronage.
But what about the food quality?!? How will you know that Stop and Shop will properly test your carrot for color, cut, and clarity?
At least for this order, the produce quality was high. The only items that I would have picked differently were the bananas. I tend to like them further along on the ripeness scale – but as Mom D noted: better not quite ripe enough than too ripe.
My only complaint were the vast quantities of plastic bags used in the delivery. Look at this ridiculousness:
Thankfully, we recycle at the House of Rock.
If you’d like to try it, head over to peapod and, AND, if you put my e-mail address in as having referred you we’ll both get $10 extra dollars of free groceries. You might even be able to use this in conjunction with coupon code: CJN10 for a friendly $20 discount!
BOGUS! you say.
NOT BOGUS! I reply*
*this may in fact be bogus. I’m not sure if you can double up like that
my e-mail addy:
MikeDiDonato AT gmail D0T com
Oh! Lastly. I forgot to mention that my delivery guy came promptly at 4:30pm. I set my delivery schedule to be anytime between 4:30 and 6:00. This punctuality might vary per area, but I was really pleased that they hit me up early on.
High-five Stop and Shop delivery guy. High-five.