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Grocery Delivery - Is it Worth It?

Updated on July 18, 2011

Okay. I always said if someone offered online grocery shopping where I lived, that I would absolutely do it. Well, there is a place here, Schnucks, that does it. I took my Walmart receipt from last Saturday and input the *same* items in to see how much of a difference. *same* items were not really all the same, though, because there is a completely different selection at Schnucks.
Some pros are: Only $7 to pick up in drive thru, and only $13 to have delivered to your home. That is AWESOME! The website is very easy to navigate.
Some cons are: Not very much variety on most of the things I buy on a regular basis (however, they did have many varieties of couscous mixes, but really, that does not make up for not having instant brown rice). Also, NO DIAPERS! Now that is just a sin! Frozen dinners - not very much variety and the ones they carry are very expensive. My husband carries these for lunch, so we're looking at about a $6 difference/week just in dinners. Not a big variety of drink mixes or diet sodas. And only their brand of milk, where I am partial to Swiss Valley. And no skinless boneless chicken breasts - fresh or frozen? Go figure.
And the funnies - They have a category labeled "Feminine Chemicals!" How funny is that? And to think I was searching for Pam Spray when that one came up!!

So here is the bottom line -
My Walmart bill was 156.55 after coupons
My Schnucks bill after coupons was 160.01 - but did not include diapers, 3.5 lbs of chicken, tax on non-food, and the pickup/delivery fee - so more realistically, we are looking at 188.82, which is roughly a $32 difference.

This, I don't think, will be an option for me right now - mainly because of all the substitutions I had to make. For example, at Walmart, I got sugar free grape drink mix and sugar free strawberry drink mix for $1.88/ea. I substituted on my Schnucks experiment some Crystal Lite Lemonade at (2 for $2 each), but in all reality, I would never buy that, because lemonade gives me indigestion. So that is something else I would have to buy somewhere else. I also substituted some boneless skinless I got at Walmart (the Trim & Ready, which I love) for some bone-in splits at Schnucks, which I would not really buy. Schnucks also only offered one whole wheat pasta, and no whole wheat english muffins. So all in all, there is really no comparison between the two. I know it would be different if I started from a fresh shopping list as opposed to doing it from a receipt, but I like having a selection (that's why I like the HyVee). But if you need Feminine Chemicals delivered to your door - then Schnucks would be the choice!

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    • cheapsk8chick profile imageAUTHOR

      cheapsk8chick 

      7 years ago

      Exactly right Pamela. I guess it's good for some - I would love it if they offered it where my grandmother lives. I think it would be a big help for her.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I'm glad you wrote this hub because I was wondering about shopping this way since I've never tried it. I always figure if it sounds too good to be true it probably is. It sounds like shopping at home is good for some people but not everyone. Thanks for an interesting hub.

    • cheapsk8chick profile imageAUTHOR

      cheapsk8chick 

      7 years ago

      I would think it would be great for parents of small children and folks who don't get around well. It would be a great convenience also for families where both parents work outside the home. Thanks for the comment! It's nice to hear from someone who actually used that service. Maybe I'll give it a go in our next snowstorm!

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      Bethany Culpepper 

      7 years ago

      I used to use a delivery service and loved it. I'd order all the canned food and staples, then go pick out the produce myself. Seems weird now that I think back on it, but it helped out when the babies were little.

    • cheapsk8chick profile imageAUTHOR

      cheapsk8chick 

      7 years ago

      pagelift, I echoed those sentiments at 21! Now I drag screaming kids through the snow to get the groceries! Thanks for stopping by & commenting!

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      Pagelift 

      7 years ago

      Grocery delivery seems like too much of a hassle. I'd rather just go pick up my damn groceries! :)

    • cheapsk8chick profile imageAUTHOR

      cheapsk8chick 

      7 years ago

      Good point nell! I think the prices at that particular store are crazy anyway. We like to laugh at their ad every Wednesday!

    • nell79 profile image

      nell79 

      7 years ago from United States

      I've thought about grocery delivery in the past, but decided against it because I do like to price match my groceries to get the best deal. Also, chances are, if they aren't making much money on the delivery, then you can bet they're making up the difference somewhere.

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