Adventures In Grocery Shopping: ShopRite From Home

shoprite from homeI am the primary grocery shopper in our family, so on those occasions where I am unable to grocery shop, like right after having a baby, things can get a little challenging.  Luckily, we keep a well stocked freezer and pantry, so if we miss a week at the grocery store it isn’t the end of the world.

Steve is good for quick trips to the market for the random items we run out of – like milk, or a loaf of bread, even items for dinner – but since I’m just a little bit Type A when it comes to couponing and saving money, it is hard for him to do the primary grocery trip.  Now there have been times where he has done it, and I am extremely thankful, but to be fair, he’s not as familiar with the store so it takes him a lot longer.

My friend Kim has done ShopRite From Home at her local market in south Jersey, and commented about how convenient it was, so that was in the back of my mind.  Then, a few weeks ago, my friend Amy mentioned that she was able to do ShopRite from Home at her local market in northern PA.  Both of these ladies saying such positive things, and I knew I had to check it out.

A few days before I was due with the baby, my Dad & I went grocery shopping at the ShopRite in Warminster.  Yes, at 39+ weeks pregnant, I drove 40 min for triple coupons instead of going to my local grocery store 12 min away and only having doubles.  I brought a helper, so it wasn’t all bad.  Any way, while we were at the store, I saw that they had a sign about offering ShopRite From Home.  I spoke to the woman at customer service, and was excited to find out that I could shop the entire store from the comfort of my laptop while in my pjs any time day or night, and then could send someone (my wonderful husband) to the store with a stack of coupons to pick everything up.

Sounded like a WIN to me!

So starting on Saturday afternoon, I began putting together my grocery list using ShopRite From Home and selecting the Warminster ShopRite as the store where I would pick up my groceries since they are still offering triple coupons!  I was able to shop directly from the circular as well as search for items on my list and comparison shop.  I selected a Sunday afternoon pick up time, and submitted my order.  Since you pay at the store, there were no credit cards or anything to deal with online.

I put together an envelope of coupons for Steve, and he drove out to the store around 2p yesterday afternoon.  When he arrived, he opted to go into the store instead of wait in the car and have them bring everything out (he also had more than 40 coupons so it wasn’t a bad idea for him to go in).  The entire grocery order was already pulled, rung up, and was just waiting on him and the coupons.  After being rung up, the sales associate even helped to bring everything out to the car.

Steve called me when he was finished at the store, before heading home to tell me that he’ll go grocery shopping for me anytime if it is that easy!  WOO HOO!

By 3:30, Steve was home and unloading the groceries from the car.  I looked over everything, and the items were exactly what I wanted!  The quality is the same as what I would have selected.  No substitutions, except for where I had noted.  The cold food was all bagged together.  The bread wasn’t squished from being tossed into the bottom of a shopping bag.

So in 1 1/2 hours the grocery shopping was completely finished, where that trip would have taken me close to 3 hours on a good day between travel time and shopping.  Prep for the trip took the same amount of time as if I had to go to the store myself, so overall this was a huge win!  Grocery shopping done to my Type A standards, and I got to stay home with the baby and the big kids.

Many of the ShopRite stores in our region now offer the ShopRite From Home option.  There is a $10 personal shopper fee that gets added to your purchase, but between the time savings and the convenience it is totally worth it in my book.  Add to that the fact that you can use coupons, and that they are doubled (or tripled) in accordance with the store’s normal coupon policy and you can make that fee back easily.  As an additional courtesy, some ShopRite stores even offer delivery service for an additional fee, so check out what is available in your area.

I have been a ShopRite customer for more than 30 years (yes, since I was a kid shopping with my mom).  I have not been asked to write this review, and have not been compensated by ShopRite in any way.

ShopRite of Warminster: Triple Coupon Update

shoprite-300x225I just called the ShopRite of Warminster for this week’s triple coupon update, and they are still doing triples.  The woman I spoke with said that there is a minimum purchase requirement of $75 before the coupons, otherwise they will only double within the stores regular coupon policies.  If you are shopping for your family, and not just trying to get a few freebies, you know a $75 shopping trip before coupons is extremely easy to do.

And in response to several not so friendly emails and comments that I’ve seen lately, I decided to ask why they changed the minimum purchase requirements, and was told that this was always the plan since in years past there has always been a minimum purchase requirement of $50-100 to be able to have your coupons tripled, and it has absolutely nothing to do with local bloggers promoting the deals.

{Ends 3/30} Free Ham or Turkey from Shoprite

2013-FREE-Holiday-program

ShopRite is offering up a free turkey, ham, kosher roasting chicken, tofurkey or lasagna for Easter/Passover again this spring.  This year, you need to spend $400 to get your free item.

Here are the details directly from ShopRite’s webpage:

You must use the same Price Plus club card every time you shop. Qualifying purchases are calculated BEFORE taxes, bottle deposits, and the face value of manufacturer coupons and AFTER ShopRite store coupons, ShopRite Price Plus club deductions and any doubled or tripled value of manufacturer coupons. Program excludes prescription medications, gift certificates, gift cards, postage stamp sales, money orders, money transfers, lottery tickets, bus ticket sales, fuel and Metro passes, as well as milk, cigarettes, tobacco products and alcoholic beverages or any other items prohibited by law.

Free turkeys sold as whole turkey only. No rainchecks for specific brands/weights will be issued if product within the same brand/weight range is available. Offer expires on Saturday, March 30, 2013.

Cannot be combined with any other offer. Offer also applies to ShopRite from Home orders picked up and/or delivered during the promotional period.

Triple Coupons at ShopRite of Warminster

shoprite-300x225Here is your weekly Shoprite of Warminster update – They are still doing TRIPLES!

I called on Sunday, and triple coupons are still on. They will triple up to 4 of the same coupon, and coupons with a face value up to 99 cents will triple. Over 99 cents, and you only get face value.

This week’s new tidbit that I just found out – they also take ALL Giant coupons! That means whether it is for an item or off purchase they’ll take it, so don’t forget your $5 off of $50 Giant coupon from this week’s circular when shopping at Shoprite.

So that said, you know where I’m planning on going later today to get my grocery shopping  finished for the week.  With the triple coupons, I can justify the additional distance because I save so much more.  If you are planning on making the trip, and this isn’t your usual grocery store, make sure the amount you save is going to be more than the amount you spend in gas to get there & back.

I have a friend who came up from South Jersey to do her grocery shopping, and the additional savings was only $1 because she left most of her coupons at home.  Plan for it.  Be organized.  And make sure its worth it!

ShopRite: Free Turkey or Ham for Easter/Passover

2013-FREE-Holiday-program

ShopRite is offering up a free turkey, ham, kosher roasting chicken, tofurkey or lasagna for Easter/Passover again this spring.  This year, you need to spend $400 to get your free item.

Here are the details directly from ShopRite’s webpage:

You must use the same Price Plus club card every time you shop. Qualifying purchases are calculated BEFORE taxes, bottle deposits, and the face value of manufacturer coupons and AFTER ShopRite store coupons, ShopRite Price Plus club deductions and any doubled or tripled value of manufacturer coupons. Program excludes prescription medications, gift certificates, gift cards, postage stamp sales, money orders, money transfers, lottery tickets, bus ticket sales, fuel and Metro passes, as well as milk, cigarettes, tobacco products and alcoholic beverages or any other items prohibited by law.

Free turkeys sold as whole turkey only. No rainchecks for specific brands/weights will be issued if product within the same brand/weight range is available. Offer expires on Saturday, March 30, 2013.

Cannot be combined with any other offer. Offer also applies to ShopRite from Home orders picked up and/or delivered during the promotional period.

$.50/1 Cheerios and ShopRite Deal for FREE Milk

CheeriosI love when there are coupons available off just one box of cereal instead of having to buy multiples.  The savings rack up so much faster this way!

Print this coupon to save $.50/1 Original Cheerios (in the yellow box).

This week ShopRite has select General Mills Cereals on sale for $2.49 each, and when you  purchase any three General Mills Cereals you will receive a coupon for a FREE gallon of milk valued up to $4.50.

::  Here is your deal

Buy 3 boxes of Cheerios for $7.47
Use 3 coupons
Pay just $4.47, plus get a coupon for a FREE gallon of milk

Comparison Shopping: Current Meat & Poultry Deals

meat&poultry

A friend asked me today if I know who has the best meat & poultry prices this week.  Her question has inspired this post, which I’m considering having as a weekly feature.

:: ShopRite

  • Clayton’s Organic Bottom Round Roast $5.59/lb
  • Perdue Boneless Chicken Breast $1.99/lb
  • Boneless Center Cut Pork Chops $1.99/lb
  • Perdue Oven Stuffer Roaster $.99/lb
  • Perdue Chicken Leg Quarters $.79/lb
  • Split Chicken Breast $1.69/lb
  • Whole Pork Shoulder $1.29/lb
  • Maple Leaf Fresh Duck $3.29/lb

:: Wegmans

  • 80% Lean Ground Beef $2.19/lb
  • Boneless Chicken Breast $1.99/lb
  • Roasting Chicken $.99/lb
  • Pork Tenderloin Club Pack $2.79/lb
  • Whole Pork Shoulder $1.29/lb

:: Acme

  • Lancaster Bone-in Rib Eye $5.99/lb
  • Lancaster Bottom Round Roast $4.49/lb
  • Shank Portion Smoked Ham $.99/lb
  • Shady Brook Basted Turkey $.99/lb
  • Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs $2.49/lb

:: Bottom Dollar

  • Boneless Chicken Breast $1.47/lb
  • Center Cut Pork Chops $2.35/lb
  • Top Round London Broil $5.98/lb

:: Pathmark

  • Fresh Pork Shoulder $1.49/lb
  • Smithfield Smoked Ham Shank Portion $1.39/lb
  • Jumbo Leg Quarters $.83/lb
  • Split Chicken Breasts $1.55/lb
  • Pork Spare Ribs $2.99/lb
  • Angus London Broil $3.49/lb 

$.50/1 Cheerios and ShopRite Deal

CheeriosI love when there are coupons available off just one box of cereal instead of having to buy multiples.  The savings rack up so much faster this way!

Print this coupon to save $.50/1 Original Cheerios (in the yellow box).

This week ShopRite has select General Mills Cereals on sale for $2.49 each, and when you  purchase any three General Mills Cereals you will receive a coupon for a FREE gallon of milk valued up to $4.50.

::  Here is your deal

Buy 3 boxes of Cheerios for $7.47
Use 3 coupons 
Pay just $4.47, plus get a coupon for a FREE gallon of milk

Shopping Trip Recap: ShopRite CanCan Sale

After taking quite a bit of time off from grocery shopping and couponing, I decided the new year was time to jump back in with both feet.  I spend a few hours clearing out the coupon binder, putting aside expired coupons to send to the military, and then clipping all 20 inserts from yesterday’s newspaper (I typically buy 4 newspapers since ShopRite allows you to use four of the same coupon on a transaction).

Then it was time to figure out the grocery list, make notes all over my list about which items I had coupons for, gather up the canvas bags, and head out to the store.

As soon as I pulled into ShopRite of Lawrenceville, my heart went in my throat.  If the parking lot was *that* bad how bad was it going to be in the store?  Before even getting out of the car, I had to give myself a pep talk to not turn around and go home to try again a different day.  You see, typically, I grocery shop on either Wednesday or Thursday mornings while the kiddos are at school, and most of the world is at work.  Grocery shopping on a weekend isn’t something I have done in close to 2 years.

I found the motivation to get out of the car (namely I was thirsty and forgot my waterbottle at home, so I needed a little pick me up), and headed in.  It was crazy busy, but not too terrible.  The employees at ShopRite were doing a wonderful job keeping the shelves stocked, and telling those individuals who decide to chit chat in the middle of traffic to please get out of the way.  All in all, a pleasant experience – and did I mention, one without my children or husband with me, so almost a vacation.

Here is what we got (plus a whole roasting chicken & 20oz Coke, not pictured) :

shoppingtripThe HOT deal of the day, 12 jars of Beechnut Stage 2 baby food in the glass jars for FREE!  I had four of the $1/3 Beechnut items coupon from their website, and with the current sale on baby food, I figured why not start stocking up if its FREE!  I am not due until June, so solids won’t happen until at least December, so I made sure all of the items I purchased didn’t expire until at least 2014.

I also took advantage of a few CanCan deals and decided to restock our pantry of cereal, pasta, canned corn, and tinned tomatoes.

Total Before Coupons & Savings:  $344.41
Total OOP:  $146.10
Total Savings: $198.31
That’s a savings of more than 57%  WOO HOO!

After not doing real grocery shopping for so long, it feels really good to be back in the swing of things.  I started from nothing yesterday, and after the four newspapers and a few online printable coupons, I was able to save BIG!  There is no reason why all of us can’t be playing the grocery store game and saving each and every week on the items that we need and use anyway.

What great deals did you get at the market this weekend?

 

 

Save More With ShopRite Family

Have you joined ShopRite Family yet?  I joined, and continued to shop as usual and have earned a lot of great rewards.  In any given quarter I have earned about $10 off my purchases without changing any of my existing shopping habits.

So far I have only selected the dollars off your next purchase deals, but I can see the benefit of earning free movie passes, magazine subscriptions, and iTunes gift cards as well.

Unlike the Baby Bucks program, you have to register for Shop Rite Family.  However, like Baby Bucks. you earn points for items you are purchasing any way.

So here are the details:

  • Go to Shop Rite Family and register your Price Plus Card
  • Shop like you normally would.  Go here for a full list of participating brands.
  • Earn points for each dollar spent on participating products.  You can check your point balance when you go to the website.
  • Use your rewards to get things that your family wants – dollars of your purchase, a RedBox movie rental, movie tickets, magazine subscriptions and more!

It seems pretty simple & straight forward.  Let’s see how much more we can save just by registering our Price Plus Cards.