The grocery store can always be one of the largest pain points of any budget. Sure, you think to yourself, “I wrote a list, and I’m sticking to it!” Inevitably though, grocers often get the leg up on consumers with enticing deals and offers that you weren’t planning on spending money on. However, with a little forethought and planning, you can still come in under budget the next time you run out for “just a bag of chips.” Continue reading “Money Tip Monday: How To Save at the Grocery Store”
There is no doubt that one of the biggest impacts on a family’s budget is that of the grocery store. Depending on what time of day you go, and your patience level, it could also impact your “mental” budget as it were. We first wrote about the home grocery delivery service, Shipt, back in March, and their partnership with Meijer. While Shipt originally got its start in 2014, launching in Birmingham, AL, the company has continued to grow and expand partnerships, such as that with Meijer.
Growing up in the Midwest, Meijer was, and has been a pretty household name when it comes to picking up your daily household necessities. Over time though, customers increasingly busy lives have led to companies like HelloFresh, Blue Apron, and now Shipt realizing that they could provide that convenience of picking up food for customers, while saving them time in the process. We were recently able to take advantage of a promotion that Shipt was running over the Memorial Day holiday, and thought we would give it a try. Read below the jump for our review.
As I had made mention in an earlier post, grocery home delivery is starting to pick up in popularity, as evidenced by major retailer Meijer recognizing this, as well as the availability of Amazon Fresh available in select markets. We thought we would give Hello Fresh a try.
Well, not too long ago, we thought we might try this out as well, and chose HelloFresh to start with. Needless to say, the meals have been quite tasty, including entrees like Crusted Pork Chops with Brussel Sprouts and Cranberries to Tater Chicken Pot Pie as well as Butter Basted Steaks with Spinach. We’re anxiously awaiting our next delivery this coming Tuesday! It has certainly helped save time (and money) I’m sure to be able to have everything perfectly portioned out.
That said, I would like to reward readers – I have four freebies that I can send out, where you can try a box for free yourself! If you are interested, please leave a comment below. The first eight comments that I receive, I will send the link to for the free box. Once all emails go out, I will update the post accordingly. Should you miss out, feel free to use the link on the Opportunities page under Hello Fresh, and still get $40 off your first order!
Ah, the grocery store. The venue that can add costs to a family or individual’s budget, in addition to costing us our mental health at times too depending on what time of the day you visit. However, we all have to eat at some point, and there are a few ways to deal with the anxiety of heading out to local supermarket and making it less stressful on both you and your finances.
Problem 1 – We shop at the same time as everyone else.
Raise your hand if you generally do most of your grocery shopping on Saturdays and Sundays. How about if you generally do it between 11 am and 1 pm? If you do, don’t feel bad, because according to the American Time Use Survey, apparently so does everybody else.
Simple Problem Solver – Shop during non peak hours! If you can, try shopping during a non peak day like a Monday or a Tuesday. Even better, if you can slide in before 4 pm, you have even better chances of avoiding the after work crowds. This might not be the case everywhere though, as I know we frequently have still seen decent sized crowds during the daytime hours as well.
“We are excited to expand our relationship with Shipt because together we can offer customers across the Midwest a whole new level of convenience, product variety, and service not available before,” Meijer President & CEO Rick Keyes said. “Now customers can shop a complete grocery list online, having access to our world class assortment of fresh produce, meat, dairy and a number of other essentials that Shipt will hand select from a local Meijer store and deliver to a customer’s doorstep.”
Starting March 29, Grand Rapids Meijer customers will be able to shop 55,000 items across the Meijer landscape, utilizing Shipt’s smartphone app (iOS, Android), or by placing orders directly through Shipt.com. Customers will be able to schedule their orders to be received in a little under an hour.
“The way our customers shop continues to evolve,” said Meijer Chairman Hank Meijer. “We believe the high-touch service that Shipt offers, coupled with what our customers love about shopping at Meijer, creates a new type of shopping experience.”
The only catch (and you knew there would be one), is that Shipt is membership-based with either annual or monthly options. For $99 a year, members of Shipt can receive unlimited grocery deliveries on all orders over $35.
While the convenience may be worthwhile for some, one can’t help but wonder what this might mean for a lot of Meijer’s current employees. The landscape of shopping in the US and across the world certainly seems to be evolving more or and more to online and automation vs the brick and mortar landscape as many other retailers have begun to realize. Time should tell.