Curious about grocery delivery

overtheedge

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Shopping for groceries is probably the most energy consuming thing I have to deal with on a routine basis. People on here and elsewhere that I come in contact with ME patients have mentioned getting their groceries delivered and it got me wondering

Do many of you get groceries delivered?
Does it cost a lot more to get them delivered? Shopping usually wipes me out for 1-2 days so I'd definitely be willing to pay more just not a whole lot more since it is such a frequent expense.
Is it necessary to be on disability or to get referral from a doctor or how does it work and what is the best way of going about it ie. which services are the best etc?
 

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Check and see what you have locally . Amazon is popular because while foods will deliver but their food looks like plastic now

Do you have local farmers markets that someone can take you to and you go to one stand and get your groceries ? Or someone that can get them ?

Nearby grocery stores usually have delivery options . Fresh direct is another .
 
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I get groceries delivered. I will never go to a supermarket again. It's RIDICULOUSLY exhausting. People act like its some small 15 minute thing but really:

5 minutes to put on shoes and get green bags and car keys
5 mins to drive and get inside
15 minutes to shop
5 mins to check out and put bags in car and stow trolley
5 mins home and to get bags inside house
10 mins putting groceries away.

That's ~45mins of activity.

I buy rarely but buy lots. They give a discount on delivery when you buy a lot, so it costs maybe $6. Best money you can spend.
 

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I do Instacart.com which lets me choose from different stores in my area. The first year they gave me free trial membership which waved all of the fees. I just had to order over $39 at any one store and then if I wanted to tip the driver, which I always do. (You can add the tip to the order total if you don't keep cash on hand.) I don't know if you would be offered free trial but you could try to sign up at their website and see if they offer you that.

This year the membership was $144 or something. I cancelled and figured I would just try to order once in a while and pay the fees on each order but then they offered me $99 for the yearly membership and I signed up again. If you have a Costco membership you can also order through their website but only Costco items, I believe, and the fees are also waived.

I also do PrimeNow.amazon.com which is the same as Amazon and again lets me order from Amazon stock, Whole Foods Stock and another local store. I think it is minimum $39 on the Amazon and/or Whole food and $50 for the other store but you have to have Prime Membership.

Also a local store called Woodmans does delivery for a $10 fee. The store is employee owned and in-store they do not take credit cards so it keeps their prices lower than other stores even with the $10 fee.

On top of that I use Walmart.com for dry goods. I can usually get good prices on those as well as fragrance free laundry detergent, etc. Or I'll use Iherb or vitacost for those type of things.

I've also heard of Shipt which I haven't tried yet. I used to use Peapod a lot but their prices are really high and after my first order from Woodmans, I pretty much stopped doing Peapod.

It does make it much easier to order online.

I haven't needed a doctor's referral. If you mean because of you have ebt, unfortunately that can't be used with any of these shopping services, even when they take ebt in the actual store (like Woodmans or Whole Foods). It doesn't even work for stores like Walmart.com or Meijer.com where you can order online groceries and then pick up at their store. :(

Hope this helps.
 

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If we knew where you were it would be helpful so that other local members can make recommendations.

I rarely have groceries delivered because I am extremely choosy about certain things like fruit and veg which experience with deliveries shows is newer remotely close to what I prefer. I will go shopping about once every 3 to 4 weeks. I planned on going yesterday but never got there.

Grocery deliveries are available to everyone and not just the sick and ill. Most supermarkets offer delivery except for Aldi food in the UK. I have used Sainsbury but their minimum is a bit high around £40. ASDA have a £25 minimum, Tesco I have never used or any of the other supermarkets.

Deliveries by ASDA, from what I can remember, cost only £1.50 upwards depending upon the time and day.
 
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Just something to be careful of:

Some delivery programs not only charge you for the delivery, and not only expect that you give the driver a substantial tip, but also charge you (sometimes significantly) more for many/most items than the in-store price.

This isn't generally understood and can add up to a lot of money compared to in-store shopping.
 

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I almost always every week, get my groceries delivered.

Where are you @overtheedge ?

I am in the UK, and if you are too, I could recommend which stores are more reliable than others etc.
It is so easy to do my shopping from my laptop. Incredibly easy, and they usually save a list of your "favourites", so you can just click down the list for items you always buy.
In UK most stores charge higher delivery charges at certain times (for instance 2 days before Christmas! Or morning /early afternoon slots.)
But I always choose the cheapest times.
With one store it's £2, with another it's £1, and with another I can get 50p deliveries, if I choose the right times.
It means thinking ahead, and not forgetting stuff, but it is a really good thing to have.
 

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also charge you (sometimes significantly) more for many/most items than the in-store price.
This isn't generally understood and can add up to a lot of money compared to in-store shopping.
Lately, the Instacart shoppers have been leaving the actual store receipt with me. So far only Costco is higher shopping this way. If you can get them to leave you the receipt, you can compare. (Costco admits to doing this on their website too but even with the addition, sometimes the bulk items are a lot cheaper than buying other brands.)

Unfortunately, I have to use these services. For me the only time I can manage to store shop is if we have to go out anyway for a doctors appointment. Then I make as quick a stop as possible into the nearest store afterwards but even that is using up more than my day's allotment of energy and guarantees a crash for days or weeks afterward so these services have really been a Godsend.
 
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I have my groceries delivered. I’d lose at least 1/5th of my functionality and have a lot more pain and PEM if I went to the store to shop for food. Grocery shopping is the worst :grumpy: :pem:

I order a fair bit of food around once every ~2wks. Having a decent sized freezer helps with shopping less often :thumbsup:

You might be able to easily google ‘groceries’, ‘home delivery’ and your town or suburb to see what comes up!

A lot of standard/big box supermarkets have delivery. Sometimes the cost is set, or at a sliding scale depending on how much you spend and what day/time you book the delivery for. Whomever you order from should have this information upfront on their website and/or at the payment stage.

There may also be other pick-up and delivery options. I know of someone who orders online but takes the option to drive up to the store and have their groceries bagged straight into their car (it’s cheaper than delivery).
 
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I have my groceries delivered now and wonder why I didn't get them delivered before.
Also I eat healthier as I can just click through my favourites on the list and it's all done in less than 10 minutes. Also I'm not seduced by the BOGOFS. So all in all it's a win win.
So now I can use what little energy I do have to go out occasionally and do something for myself.
I live in the UK and use Asda as they have reasonably priced slots. It saves on petrol too.. :hug::hug:
 

overtheedge

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Also I eat healthier as I can just click through my favourites on the list and it's all done in less than 10 minutes.
Now there's a thought, eating healthier due to store choices

I've been shopping at winn dixie but I get the feeling that much of the stuff there isn't selected for how healthy it is, I did shop at whole foods but it's so expensive. I wanted to shop at costco or sams but the stores are so big I'd wear myself out walking around but if stuff can just be ordered that wouldn't be a problem

costco and sams for the price but I don't know how much they focus on the health side of things, wonder if there's a way of getting healthy stuff for more reasonable prices due to more variety of stores what with the wider range of stores that could be shopped at since I've had to limit the range of stores I shop at due to how much energy driving around takes up whereas delivery people don't has such restrictions

For those who have asked I'm in Louisiana

Lot of good stuff in this thread, very dense with details and options, thank you folks, went out to get groceries yesterday and I'm feelin that PEM today, definitely gonna get this going
 

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I'm in the UK, and use Tesco's delivery saver. I pay £4 per month, and often get three deliveries for that. I've had no major problems at all...except forgetting that I need to save energy to put all the shopping away when I do a monster order! :rofl: The driver brings it all into the house for me, and when I buy a lot of frozen stuff, I ask them to stash it in the freezer for me as well (they can do it much more quickly than I can).

I've been using the delivery service ever since it was introduced several years ago, and I'd never be without it. I would suggest you pay attention to the substitutions list before ordering, especially if you have several intolerances. There are a couple of items on my regular list that I ask never to be substituted, as the alternatives often contain potato starch.
 
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Hi, I am from Louisiana. My family is still there. Rouses delivers, it is a bit high in price, but he quality of the food is great! Costco has very fresh fruits and vegetables compared to Sam's in my experience with my aging father.
Costco's dry goods have many more organic and health conscious foods also. You can go to the websites and browse to see what you like better.
 
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i also use instacart now - grocery shopping was THE biggest energy suck and it helps tremendously to not do that anymore. i was going at night as there was no way i can stand in line but still too depleting. i've also found a helper/assistant i hire to do costco for me - she's way cheaper than the instacart markup but i deeply appreciate all of the services. if there's any hope of not being red-zone energy depleted forever i have to outsource everything possible. i'm 48 years old and also getting meals on wheels now which is even MORE amazing, because i frequently undereat as i cannot cook/clean much of the time. we need to do whatever necessary to have a fighting chance! it costs me money but being a) pem crashed from trying to shop or b) malnourished because i just can't do it any of it anymore was causing worse problems
 

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How much do you folks usually tip drivers by the way, is it a percentage?
Sorry, I didn't see this right away, @overtheedge. You can tip within most of the store's apps or websites as you place the order. I think the default is usually 10% but you can edit the setting and choose "other" and then type in your own amount or "none" if you want to hand cash to the delivery driver instead.

To be honest, I usually cannot afford the standard 15% that Ms. Manners probably recommends. My tip usually varies depending on the items I purchase. If there are lots of heavy items or the store they are shopping at is big with many items I will tip close to $6. Otherwise it usually is around $4 or $5. The other day I had a Costco order of only 4 items and most of them in the same area of the store so I only did $3. (Yeah, Ms Manners would probably not be happy with me.)

Do what you can afford. Also I watched a recent youtube video (ride along with the shopper) and learned that a 5-star on Instacart gets them a dollar bonus. Of course, don't give them a 5 star if they did a bad job. (Watching the video also helped me to not feel so badly about my tip. Some other people tipped less.)

A few more things: Be careful with the percentage settings in the app though because if you select 10% say and then add a bunch of items later (maybe you want 4 packages of something instead of just 2), that 10% keeps going up.

Like I said, I prefer to use "other" (or "none" if I'm handing the tip).

Also a couple of the apps/websites are tricky on typing in the other amount. On the $3 tip I gave, this last time I just typed in 3 and saved it because sometimes the decimal won't move and I end up with a tip that looks like 03.00.30. Arrghh. The up and down arrows don't always seem to work either.

One more thing, most of the apps/websites also give you time (around 24 hours) to modify your tip. (I haven't used Peapod in a long time so I can't really remember their system. I usually just handed my tip back then.)