So far in this series, we’ve looked at the perks and pitfalls of both Amazon subscription services and Target Subscriptions. Today I’m talking about another incredible service that I absolutely adore — ShopRite from Home.
A few years ago, my husband and I moved to our current home while I was just getting started on 14 intensely long weeks of debilitating morning sickness. The medication I took to deal with the nausea had its own set of nasty side effects. So — whether I took my medicine or not on a given day — I spent the better part of those 3.5 months on the couch. In my better moments, I was able to uncurl my body, sit up on that couch, and use the computer.
And that’s where ShopRite from Home comes in.
With boxes of stuff everywhere, a recently seeded lawn that needed to be kept wet during a scorching July, normal household duties, and his full-time job, my poor husband spent those months running around trying to do everything that required actual movement. So I did my best to tackle everything that could be done from a relatively motionless position. And I was pleasantly surprised that one of the tasks I could do from the couch was my weekly grocery shopping.
How It Works
When you do your grocery shopping the “regular” way, the process goes something like this:
- Write up your shopping list.
- Grab your coupons.
- Drive to the supermarket.
- Walk the aisles, gathering and bagging the products you need into your cart.
- Empty your cart onto the conveyor belt in the checkout lane.
- Bag your groceries and put them back into your cart.
- Hand over your coupons and form of payment.
- Push the cart to your car.
- Load the bags into your car.
- Drive home and put your groceries away.
“Pick Up at the Store”
When you choose their “Pick Up at the Store” option, you can cross steps 4, 5, 6, 8, and 9 off that list! And instead of writing down your shopping list on paper, you use ShopRite’s online ordering system on your computer or mobile device. Just click what you want, specify a quantity, and make notes as needed (i.e. “Pick the most yellow bananas please!”)
Then you selet your desired delivery date and time, and check out online. You can choose to pay then and there or hand over your payment at the store.
When your order is ready, all you have to do is drive to the store, park in the designated area, and wait. A ShopRite employee heads over to confirm your name, collect any payment due, and bring over your ready-to-go bags of groceries. The employee even loads them into the trunk for you!
In no time, you’re on your way home with your grocery shopping complete and without ever leaving your car. The fee for using ShopRite from home is usually around $10 per trip. (But keep reading to find out how you can avoid paying that charge!)
“Delivery to Your Door”
In select areas, ShopRite from Home lets you skip out on the entire drive to the store. For an extra fee (usually about $10), a refrigerated truck comes to your door at your scheduled delivery time, and the driver puts your groceries directly into your hands.
This service is amazing when you can’t leave the house at all. (Maybe you or your kids are really sick, for instance.)
Here’s a tip: I’ve also found that this service is an awesome, inexpensive way to send a care package to someone. Instead of overpaying for a puny food gift and its delivery, you can use ShopRite from Home to deliver a whole meal — or a few days’ worth of needed groceries! — to a friend who’s sick, grieving, or in need of some help.
A Few Things to Know
Same Low Prices: Besides the fee for using the ShopRite from Home service, there’s no additional cost to you. Costs online are exactly the same as what you’d find in the store.
No Minimums: I love this. Buy one thing or buy 100. ShopRite won’t ding you with a penalty for failing to meet some minimum dollar amount for your total purchase.
Perishable Foods: Let’s talk perishable foods, which is one of the places that ShopRite from Home shines. Good luck getting your produce, milk, meats, and more from an Amazon subscription or Target subscription! With ShopRite from Home, you can get everything you’d pick up yourself at a grocery store. And it’ll be properly stored, refrigerated, and packed for you.
Sold-Out Products: If the store runs out of a particular item on your list, they’ll give you a call! Within a few hours of your delivery time, they’ll ring you up to enumerate which items aren’t available and offer you some alternatives — a different brand of soap that’s available at the same price, a wedge of cheese in a smaller size etc. If you decide you’re happy going forward with ShopRite’s suggestions, you can actually authorize them during your online checkout to make any necessary substitutions.
Tipping Policy: Last time I checked, ShopRite actually states that they do not want you tipping the employees who take your payment and load up your car. Something to remember!
Coupons: The coupons you use in store are just as good when you use ShopRite from Home! Hand them off to the employee who handles your order, and he’ll ring them up for you.
Saving Even More: Sometimes, you can actually save more than you would in store by using ShopRite from Home. Before you check out, always, always visit the ShopRite from Home promotional page. (If you’re on ShopRite’s E-mail list, you’ll get a weekly notification of new promotions right in your inbox.)
There’s almost always at least one promotion that will save you the entire fee for your order — if not more! Yes, ShopRite will actually pay you not to do your food shopping yourself. Typically, you just need to spend a certain dollar amount or buy a number of select products to qualify.
Have you used ShopRite from Home or a similar service from your supermarket? What’s your favorite feature?