Hi there and Happy Thursday!
I suppose it’s happy because Thursday means Friday is almost here and I could really use a break this week. I’m looking forward to visiting with family this weekend for my Aunt and Uncle’s birthdays. It will be fun to get everyone together.
Now, what you really clicked on this blog post for…
The Unconventional Way to Save Money on Groceries!
Lately, I have found myself working most of my weekend. Whether I’m doing laundry, preparing meals and breakfast for the week, writing lessons, grading, doing laundry…you get the picture? It is nothing unusual I suppose but I am tired of it! I want to spend time with my family doing something fun, and by fun, I don’t mean play the laundry game so my 18 month old will help me sort so we can get some quality time!
So, you know what I started doing? Ordering my groceries online.
Holy Moly! What a difference does that make; and I’m not just talking about time spent. I have consistently spent less on groceries each week. Let me tell you, I have been trying to decrease my grocery budget for years! It never works.
I’m the type who likes to stock up when I see a good deal and while that’s not a bad thing, you can do a little too much stocking up…know what I mean? I’m talking 4 jars of expired peanut butter in my pantry last month! What a waste when I could have donated them or just saved a little money and not bought so many.
When you shop online you don’t have the typical impulse purchase temptation that you have in the store. There are not any end caps promoting things that you really don’t need, there are not Easter bunny Little Debbie cakes at the register <– gets my husband every.time.
So not only am I spending less money and spending less time, but I am buying healthier food. We no longer have junk in the house! Which is helpful since I’m trying to lose the last bit of baby weight. (Side note – can I still call it baby weight if my “baby” is 18 months old??????)
You may be wondering…how much are you saving?
Well, before I started grocery shopping online, I spent anywhere from $125-$200 per week on groceries. (For three people, might I add!!!) That is WAY too much money for groceries. Now, I spend anywhere from $60 – $100 depending on the amount of meat I need to purchase. I seem to average about $85 for the most part. That is a savings of $40 – $115 per week…. A savings of $160 – $460 per month. That is without using a single coupon, spending less time, not going into the store, and getting my groceries loaded up for me.
Doesn’t that sound great?!? In fact, think of what you can do with that extra money. Personally, we are working towards paying off our vehicles (since we recently paid off my husband’s student loans). This extra cash is really helping!
So you may be wondering how to do it…right? Here’s what I do –
Walmart turned out to be the best option for me. There are other grocery stores that do it. For instance, HEB and Kroger, but I have not tried them. Walmart is best for me simply because they are the closest store that offers online grocery shopping! Their online store is so simple to use as well. You create an account, choose a pick up location, date, and time…then start shopping!
I have found that their search box works well and once you have shopped with them a few times, they have a little favorite heart on items you often order. This makes it soooo much easier to remember what type/size/flavor you typically order rather than search through the list.
Once you are done shopping you check out like any other online store. Here’s the best part…if you forget something, you have until a certain time to edit your order! No more going back to the store because you forgot the bread!
Walmart also has an app so you can keep a grocery list going or even shop on your phone while at the doctor! The app is super cool because when it is time to pick up your groceries, the app has a “check in” box you click when you are on your way and it tracks your location (you don’t have to do that part if you don’t want to) so it knows when you arrive. The attendant is quick to come out and load up your vehicle with groceries. I always help them load because it’s the LEAST I can do…I mean they just did my grocery shopping for me!
This has seriously improved my life. Not only am I saving money, but I am saving time on errands and getting more time to do fun things with my daughter. I cannot recommend it enough…did I mention this service is free of charge? Isn’t that crazy?!? All I know is I used to hate Walmart and they have now converted me from a die hard Kroger shopper.
Are there any stores in your area that offer online grocery shopping?