As part of a sponsored post for Collective Bias® I went shopping at my local Harris Teeter from the comfort of my own home to prove that grocery shopping doesn’t have to be stressful. If you could list your top three least favorite chores to do or errands to run, what would they be? Mine are (in no particular order):
- Cleaning showers and bathtubs
- Grocery Shopping
I used to love grocery shopping. I enjoyed people watching and taking my time to meander up and down the aisles just gazing at things, taking my time to investigate labels, rifling through stinky cheeses and rich, red bottles of wine.
Enter The Muffin & The Stinky.
Now, grocery shopping is like a trip through the Valley of the Shadow of Death. I take a look at my life and realize there’s nuthin’ left . . . but grocery shopping, cooking, cleaning, and nose wiping.
And it’s fine, it really is fine.
This is where my life is right now. Finishing my education is on hold, pursuing a “career” is on hold. I’m just Mommy and Wife most of the time, but that doesn’t mean that my life has to be stressful or that I can’t find “out of the box” ways to do mundane tasks!
A couple of months ago, I was on the phone with my mom after a particularly harrowing experience at the grocery store involving fevers and buckets upon buckets of nasal fluid. I told her that I wished there was a grocery store in my area that did a curb side delivery. I told her I’d pay $10 per shopping trip for a service like that. You see, I lived for one year in Snettisham, Alaska. There were 17 people there including our family of 4. My mom used to call our groceries in, someone would “shop” for them for us, and they would arrive by Cessna a couple days later. I couldn’t figure out why Podunkville, Alaska in 1991 had something like that, but the live and living color, hustle and bustle world of today doesn’t have anything like that. Why do I have to be rich to have someone go shopping for me?
Come to find out, I don’t.
I woke up the very next day to an email from Harris Teeter, my neighborhood grocery store, reminding me of their “Express Lane Online Shopping” service. I could NOT believe it. I called my mom immediately and told her about it, then started plotting my meal plan for the following week so I was at the ready when grocery day arrived. I’m still not sure how I missed it. We get some of our prescriptions filled at Harris Teeter, we do grocery shopping there, we love their wine selection, and we’re at their Redbox at least twice a week. But sure as I’m sitting here typing this, I completely missed that they had an online shopping service.
I got online that week and placed my first $200 order. Your first Express Lane shopping trip is free, but it normally costs $5, which is peanuts compared to having to take your screaming miscreants to the grocery store.
Using it is really easy. I initially got online and went department by department which is a great way to do it, but I had a shopping list already completely planned out, so when I found the “Search” function, I started using it and my shopping was done within 15 minutes. COMPLETELY DONE and without screaming, pulling Tahini off the shelves, escaping from the cart’s buckle, and raiding the free fruit and cookies compartments. I had shopped in complete peace, for groceries for a family of 5 for the entire week, and I did it from the comfort of my dining room table. I chose the day and time I wanted to pick my groceries up, and when I got to Harris Teeter, I simply drove into the Express Lane, hit a button, told them my last name, and voila! 5 minutes later, my groceries were nestled all snug in my trunk, I had paid, and I drove off. No sweat.
Shopping online for my groceries has almost completely eliminated the stress that comes along with grocery shopping. I no longer dread doing it because I don’t even have to leave my house until the time that I specify that I want to go pick my groceries up.
Having a personal shopper at Harris Teeter also relieves me of any responsibility when picking fruit and vegetables at their peak of ripeness. I am a pro at picking almost-rotten produce and having it melt into a moldy puddle on the counter top 18 hours after I get it home. The Personal Shopper at my Harris Teeter is amazing and she has never done me wrong in the produce department. My produce is always beautiful and exactly what I wanted.
She’s also amazing with picking meat. My loins are usually perfectly marbled, and my T-Bones are as juicy as The Stinky’s stroller seat after he takes the lid off of his sippy cup. I’m always impressed with what we get and I didn’t have to spend one second Hemming and Hawing over which cut of meat to get.
Budget Savvy Friends:
Shopping online completely eliminates any impulse buys. You compile your shopping list, or use one of my printable shopping lists, hop online, and order your groceries. I show you how to use Harris Teeter’s Express Lane Online Shopping service in this informative album. I sometimes receive coupons for free Express Lane shopping, which saves me $5. Plus, Harris Teeter is known for their Buy 2 Get 3 Free deals, as well as their BOGOs, and phenomenal wine deals. Having a personal shopper means that you don’t have to deal with all of the other deal sharks throwing elbows around at the frozen meat case hoping to grab that last bag of chicken breasts.
Friends Who are Watching their Weight:
I know SO many people who say that they would like to eat healthier but they can’t resist the chocolate down the candy aisle, the PopTarts down the cereal aisle, or the potato chips and queso down the chip aisle (can you believe chips get their own aisle?). I’m in the same boat as you are. I really am. I have absolutely no self control when it comes to food, which you might find surprising given our grain-free lifestyle. Shopping for my groceries online allows me to stay away from the ice cream freezer which means that my scale and waistband thank me.
Friends Who Work:
Working can really take a toll on your grocery and eating habits. Don’t let work sabotage your good health efforts. Express Lane can really simplify your life, and you can even order a rotisserie chicken and bottle of wine for dinner the night that you go pick your groceries up!
Grocery shopping can be a complete and utter hassle, no matter who you are, but being able to use Harris Teeter’s Express Lane online shopping service has spared me a few grey hairs, and a lot of headaches. I absolutely love it and highly recommend you take advantage of it too.