This week I did something I’ve never done before. I bought my groceries online and had them delivered to my door. We are a one car family and because of the fact my husband’s part-time work, many athletic endeavors, and hobbies require him to have a vehicle, I rarely have access to ours.
This week Dave’s busy schedule left absolutely no time for me to go to the grocery store. Since the nearest one is several kilometers away I was going to bike there and fill up my saddle bags with groceries. But some unseasonably cold weather deterred me. I had often seen the Save On Foods van outside the door of my building so I figured some of my fellow condo dwellers were having groceries delivered, and thought maybe I should give it a try too.
It couldn’t have been easier. I registered online, found the things I needed and put them in my ‘shopping cart.’ Then I picked a delivery time. I noted that if you chose less popular delivery times the cost of delivery was as low as $4.95. What a bargain! Someone would pick out my groceries for me in the store, bag them and deliver them right to my door for $4.95? If I figured out my time shopping, gas for the car and monetized the effort spent hauling the groceries from my parking garage up to my condo I was even going to be ahead financially. I also found I stuck to my list better shopping online and wasn’t enticed by other ‘deals’ I might have succumbed to shopping in the actual store so my weekly total was quite a bit lower than usual.
Then I had the loveliest chat with the young man who delivered my groceries and realized I was helping to provide a much-needed job for him. What a win/win situation.
I’ve already started my grocery list for next week. I may never go to a grocery store again!