I’m a writer and a mom. Here’s the best advice I can give you.

Use grocery delivery.

Seriously.

I have never done this before, but I saw an ad that you get free delivery from Peapod (by Giant) for the first 60 days, and I figured, what the hell.

Every Saturday, Michael and I used to load Nick into the car and go to Giant. We have a pretty standard list of things to buy. All total, it takes us about two hours (including driving) to go to the store, shop, pay, load the car…why am I explaining this? You all know how to shop for groceries. So two hours, every Saturday.

TWO HOURS, people. I can write 2,000 words in two hours.

So I tried Peapod. After one experience, I was hooked. I know not everyone has Giant in their area, but most larger chains are offering grocery delivery, so check it out.

Aside from the time premium, we’ve discovered that we’re saving money. I load the virtual “cart” and place the order on Wednesday, scheduling delivery for Saturday morning. Since you can update the cart up until 6pm the night before delivery, as I notice things in the house, I can update the cart. (Oh! We’re out of detergent, better add that! Or, hey, we don’t need another box of macaroni and cheese, Nick is boycotting yellow foods this week.) So by Saturday morning, I get exactly what I need to get through the week.

Delivery here is $7.95 if you order more than $100. Personally, I haven’t spent less than $100 at the grocery store since 1995, so it’s not a hard target to hit. It’s free for the first sixty days, so there’s no risk in giving it a try. If you choose a wider time window, you get $2 off delivery.

Seriously, considering gas prices, you probably blow through $8 just driving to the store and back.

Last week was our first glitch, and it was the 4th week we’ve done this. We ordered plain Coffee-mate creamer, and they sent French Vanilla. I sent them an email, and they gave us the money back.

I do not work for Giant. I don’t care if you use this or not.

But we love it. It’s like getting a morning of writing back.

Give it a try.

2 thoughts on “I’m a writer and a mom. Here’s the best advice I can give you.

  1. Well, we’ve discussed this, and I am in complete, 100% agreement with you. I am a mother, and I have a job, and I write. And I have used grocery delivery for the past 3 years, and I have no plans to stop. Just one less thing I have to deal with.

  2. We did it once and HATED it. For pre-packaged foods, I’d probably be fine with it, but we ordered a bunch of fresh produce and they brought the crappiest, right-at-the-edge-of-expiration produce they could find in the store. Nobody would actually buy it if they saw it, so they unloaded it on the Peapod customers. Unless we’re buying only prepackaged foods, we will never use them again.

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