I 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.