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.
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.
The good folks over at the EveryDollar blog have some good tips on how to solve this:
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.