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Old 03-19-2012, 04:19 PM   #21
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When DH and I were both ill, I placed an old fashioned, phone order with my pharmacy. They have some groceries. It was really helpful.
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Old 03-19-2012, 04:29 PM   #22
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The Stop and Shop supermarket chain has such a service called Pea Pod.
I looked into Pea Pod. Talked to a few customers. They were not that thrilled with what they were sent. Then I looked at their site. It must have been just before their shelves were being stocked. Almost everything I wanted, they were out of. And considering I live within the confines of the city, I thought their delivery price was too high. I just could find any reason to justify buying on line.
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Old 03-19-2012, 04:31 PM   #23
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I generaly do not like on line shopping, not just for food, everything. I like to be able to look, to check, to touch the item before purchasing.
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Old 03-19-2012, 04:39 PM   #24
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That sort of service isn't offered around here. I wouldn't use it anyway. I enjoy wandering through food markets, and grocery stores. It's a big part of my weekly entertainment. I look forward to my food shopping trips. Sad, eh?
No, for some of us, it is the only time we can get out of the house. My son and I split my grocery shopping. He takes one half of the store and I the other half. We are in and out within 45 minutes. I have yet to wander up and down all the aisles since it opened. I keep saying I am going to have him drop me off and I will take my sweet time. Then I will call him when I am ready to go home. Maybe this summer when it is nice out and I won't mind being outside waiting for him. There are plenty of places to sit. And I can people watch while I am waiting.
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Old 03-19-2012, 04:41 PM   #25
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One of my nearby stores, Rouses, has that service. Since it's difficult for me to get there, I may just try it. They have excellent meats and often have good sale prices. I'm going to try it the next time they have a good sale on things I like. I'm also hoping they might have items I haven't been able to find in my regular stores like Gravy Master.
Kitchen Bouquet is the same thing. I buy either one.
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Old 03-19-2012, 06:23 PM   #26
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i'm with chuck d. and rock. firstly, i prefer to see, smell, and touch the food i'm buying. well, any fresh food. boxed or canned stuff doesn't matter.

but i also enjoy going food shopping. from the thrill of the hunt for good prices, to finding some foodstuff that i'd forgotten about because i haven't made it in a long time, to seeing something new that i've always wanted to try.

the trifecta of these is having a new recipe of some familiar ingredients along with ones i've never tried, and then finding them all in season and on sale.
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Old 03-19-2012, 06:23 PM   #27
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I started looking around. In my area, there is a grocery shopping service. Apparently part of a national linkage of services.

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$35 a hour. Not sure when the hour starts. I assume it's when the shopper arrives at the store. So, like a lot of businesses, they can do better when they can manage to provide for multiple customers in one trip. They promise same day, if ordered by 9:00 a.m., and that maximizes that multi-customer possibility. Apparently, there are a lot of these "independent associate" networks.

I see that NetGrocer.Com offers nationwide delivery. Runs about $35 for $125 worth of groceries to the western states. Cheap in New England. Doesn't say how they pack those lamb chops to survive the 3 to 7 day FedEx trip. I suppose FedEx takes a dim view of ordering from way out in the desert.
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Old 03-19-2012, 06:51 PM   #28
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Kitchen Bouquet is the same thing. I buy either one.
I use KB as a substitute, but I don't like it as well. Sorry, but it doesn't taste the same to me.
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Old 03-19-2012, 10:11 PM   #29
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I buy quite a bit from Amazon. I have Prime, so there's no charge. All dry goods of course, but I got three bottles of safflower oil (goes in the dog's food) for the same price as I was paying for one bottle ($17) at the grocery store.

For fresh stuff, produce, fruit etc. I like to "kick the tires" and make sure it's something I want. During the summer, I get it from farm stands and farmer's markets anyway. And protien I buy on sale and freeze.
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Old 03-19-2012, 11:04 PM   #30
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I should also add to say that the only person I trust with choosing our meats/poultry/fish and produce is "me." I would never consider having someone else make those choices, which would definitely negate online shopping for those items.
That's my problem too. I "enjoy" picking the best meats, fish or produce. I'll agonize over the best steak, or asking the fish counter monger to cut just the right fillet or steak, or picking the best limes, potatoes, yams or anything.

I know who you are! Some people just walk up and grab an onion and throw it in their shopping cart. I'll spend 5 minutes picking the best onion even if it's the one on the bottom!

And let's not even discuss avocados! (Okay if I'm making guac then you just grab the squishy ones, but I need firm but not too unripe avocado if I'm making a salad...)

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However, those items I purchase at Sam's are generally pet-related or name brand packaged, paper products (toilet paper, etc.) or canned goods. Hard to mess those up.
I would have no problem with packaged ingredients. In fact I'll have to look into my possibilities here in L.A, see if maybe it might even be smart to order online, then shop at the store for meats/fish/produce, then after check-out pick up your pre-ordered at the other counter.
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