09. 05. 2017
Last night I took the plunge and tried out Fred Meyer’s online grocery service, ClickList, and you guys, it might be a game changer. I placed my order on Sunday afternoon and picked it up on my way home from work last night. What would normally take me an hour+ each week, took 15 minutes – including placing the order online and getting the run down from the nice Fred Meyer employee when I picked everything up about how this whole beautiful process works. So here’s the run down:
- Make your grocery list.
- Search everything online. The search engine seems to be pretty robust and allows you to search specifically or generically and suggests products as you type. Pretty easy peasy.
- Enter your quantity as a count (ie 6 apples). You can also write in the special instructions if you need a certain weight of an item (ie 1/2 lb Brussels sprouts). The order is filled by a person walking the store and getting everything on your list, so they are flexible and really pay attention to what you want.
- Once you are finished, submit your order. You also have until midnight the night before you pick up your order to modify it. I forgot milk on the first go around so that was super handy!
- Select your pick up time. I did between 4:00-5:00 so I could stop on my home. I thought it might be busy at that time with other people doing the same but I ended up being one of three cars.
- Pick up your groceries. Seriously that’s all. I didn’t load them in my car myself. I didn’t even get out of the car! Since prices can change day-to-day, and they may be out of certain items (they only had two 1/2 gallons of milk and I had ordered three), you pay when you get there, so you are only buying what you actually end up with. Including me asking the patient Fred Meyer employee all of my crazy questions, I was there for eight minutes. I expect it will be a lot faster next time when I will be a pro!
That is six steps, but it felt even easier than that. In case you needed more convincing, here’s a pro/con list. :)
- Time. Probably conceited, but my time is valuable. I could be spending time with my son or writing a blog post about things that save time instead of grocery shopping. The first three times are free for this service, but then it only costs $4.95 after that. So skip the latte once a week and you’re covered. (that was a pep talk for myself…)
- You don’t have to get out of the car. Since having a baby, I am keenly aware of all locations of drive-thru windows. Is it lazy? Yes. But I feel ok with that.
- I was really worried about the quality of the produce that I would get. I am one of those people who could spend five minutes picking out the perfect apple (hence why item number is on the list) and I was worried that the Fred Meyer employee would be less concerned about me biting into a bruised apple than I am. But the quality was great! Unless they are extra careful with new customers so they can really wow you out of the gates, it doesn’t seem like quality will be a problem.
- Because of the location of the Fred Meyer in relation to my house, I got to drive home on a beautiful country road with the sun shining. Fred Meyer probably didn’t plan that, but I will count it in their favor anyway ;)
- Fred Meyer isn’t the cheapest grocery store in town. There I said it. But we usually shop at Safeway and that might be even worse and I like Fred Meyer’s options better. So you are paying for convenience here.
- You have to know weights pretty well going into it. As I said before, I ordered 1/2 lb of Brussels sprouts, which consequently is about seven Brussels sprouts. Oops. And then I ordered two steaks and requested that they were close to two lbs total. The steaks were HUGE! So I have some learning to do, but I don’t think that is Fred Meyer’s fault ;)
- You have to meal plan in order for this to be of benefit. I already do this, so it isn’t a problem for me at all, but if you prefer to stop at the grocery store multiple times per week, this probably won’t be a very cost effective option for you.
I will definitely be trying this again next week. I don’t know why it took me so long to check it out. It’s awesome. So stop what you are doing. And go grocery shopping. Online. Right now. :)
This post not sponsored by Fred Meyer, but I wish it was. I sing their praises for free!