I love the internet. I'd say at least twice a day, I thank my lucky stars that it exists. Besides the excessive amount of Googling I do, there's also Facebook, Pinterest, and a whole host of other social networking sites that I look to for inspiration, creativity, and communicating with people who I don't often get a chance to see due to scheduling and/or distance. I do a lot of online shopping around the holidays too, because as someone who works retail, my patience with the holiday insanity wears thin pretty quickly if I don't.
So anyway, on to the point of this "I love the internet" rant: I ordered my groceries from Peapod.com for the first time ever this week. If you know me, you know that I positively DESPISE grocery shopping (which, incidentally, was part of the incentive in my once a month cooking escapades to begin with). All other forms of shopping I pretty much love...grocery shopping is like hell on earth for me though. Sooooo, after talking to a friend of mine who's husband delivers for Peapod, I decided to just do it.
So I typed up my list in the little quick list thing and clicked through to select the items I wanted from the list, all of which took about...15 minutes. I selected sale items when I could, and after I totalled everything up, I realized it pretty much costs exactly the same as my normal in-store grocery shopping, if not a little less. I set my delivery time for 8pm-10pm, they texted me about 10-15 minutes before they got here, and when my groceries arrived, they were brought right to my door and unloaded in the kitchen in the span of about 6 minutes. I gave the delivery guy a $20 tip (it says tipping is optional on the website, but personally, when people deliver stuff to my house because I'm too lazy to go get it myself, I think they deserve a good tip).
Anyway, it was AWESOME...all in all, including the time to unpack and put groceries away, it was about a 30 minute time investment, as opposed to the normal 2-2 1/2 hours. The produce and everything looks even better than what I usually buy at the store. PLUS, even AFTER the tip, I came in $25 under my normal monthly budget. Winner! Yep, love the internet. :)