In all the years that I was a stay at home mom, one of my consistent life savers was meal planning. When I fall off the wagon, we all suffer. Eating out too much, eating crap too much, spending way too much on last minute trips to the grocery store. It’s a mess.
So when I went back to work, I knew that meal planning was going to become even more essential. Coming home at the end of a work day, the last thing I want to do is think about what to feed everyone for dinner. Bonus points if I plan a crock pot meal and come home to a house filled with the smell of something delicious!!
But even if I am on the ball and plan out the week’s meals, someone still has to get to the grocery store. Going on the weekends ranks right above sticking a fork in my eye. The stores are crazy crowded and weekends are time to chill and have fun with the family. But I am finding that my week gets filled rather quickly between work, appointments, volunteering and keeping some semblance of order around the house. Why was I constantly running out of time to get my shopping done?
Well the stars aligned and I was invited to try out Meijer’s curbside program. This isn’t a new program per se, but it is a revamped, expanding program and it just happened to be starting at the store that is perfect poised between work and school. It might not be Rosie the Robot, but it is certainly the next best thing.
Meijer curbside allows you to place an order for your groceries on-line and then pull up in a special lane where your groceries await you at a time of your choosing. Oh what I would have given for this service when my kids were little, all buckled in car seats, in the dead of Michigan winters!! But even now, while the ordering process takes some time, not having to battle crowds and lines and parking spaces is a life saver!!
Here are some other things you should know:
- You can pick the time you want to pick up your groceries but it will typically be at least an hour from when you order. The hours after school and work do tend to fill up faster. If you are really specific about the time I would order a day in advance. You can pick up between 7 am and 9 pm.
- You can tie your order to your mPerks account and the discounts automatically apply.
- You can specify brands and also specify substitutions in case your shopper is unable to provide exactly what you order.
- I found produce to be a tricky thing to order. The bananas they picked for me were bright green as were the avocados. Next time I will leave notes in the note section of the order specifying how I like my produce
- There is a small fee for using curbside so I probably wouldn’t use it to grab a gallon of milk. But that really is up to you how much not getting out of your car is worth. I can promise you, there were days when my kids were really little where I would have paid $20 to not have to get out of the car.
- Your groceries are bagged by frozen and refrigerated items. So if you only have a second to drop things at home before you run to the next thing, you can easily find which bags need to be put away first.
- There is a way on the website to save things to favorites so if you have items you order week after week you can populate your order much faster. You can also search by what is on sale to save even more money.
Meijer Curbside is definitely making my life easier and I am very grateful it is here. They are expanding their services in Michigan and Ohio and hoping to add more in the future. Over the holidays they are even adding some surprises into your orders so it is the perfect time to give it a try!!
I was given a gift card to try out Meijer Curbside, but writing about it was up to me. I was so impressed with the service I wanted you to know about it! I am linking up to Works for me Wednesday at Giving Up On Perfect.