@tinamarie1974 But I spend hours on what I’m going to get from where because there’s stuff I can’t get at Kroger but I can get from Walmart and vice-versa. And we’re lucky, Kroger has turned one of their stores into just a warehouse. You can’t go in and shop but they have almost everything for pickup.
@pooflady For the walmart app I found adding stuff to my cart throughout the week to be a huge timesaver. So as I run out of something I grab my phone and add the item. The app does not delete anything due to timeouts, but it might run out of stock (and sometimes back in stock) before you actually place the order.
And lucky you to have Kroger. They left my area when I was still a kid. The other grocery stores around here offer curbside but at a price.
@tweezak Thank you for wearing a mask. I’m glad you are low risk for getting sick, BUT you probably know that you can be infected with the coronavirus and not know you have it while you are spreading it to us higher-risk people. Keep wearing your mask, please.
I wear them because I know I must for you, and others, but I hate them. I like to see people’s faces and I make few jokes now because people can’t see my face and know it is a joke. It is hard to recognize people who are not close friends. But I’ll be wearing my mask for the foreseeable future. Bring on the vaccine!
I still go. I tried curbside pickup once. Got a couple of dented cans, over ripe bananas and one expired yougurt. Having to then drive back to the store to ask to exchange these things was a pain. Might as well have skipped curbside pickup. I want to make sure my fruit, tomatoes, etc. all don’t all need eaten immediately and are not expired. I realize that may have been just one time thing but I don’t feel like risking it again.
@Kidsandliz This is why I don’t do it. I get too many “kind of” what I ordered as opposed to what I actually ordered. And so many times I get the last one of something and I had to search around to find. A shopper wouldn’t make that effort.
@Fuzzalini@Kidsandliz I’m with you guys but let’s also consider if everyone expected the entire grocery industry to suddenly go to pick up/delivery. They don’t have the bandwidth. And that’s a radical change. If you and your household are not at risk just go do it yourself. As infrequently as possible. Save those services for those who need it. Don’t pack into a toilet paper aisle and lick each other
@Fuzzalini@unksol I am at major risk due a blood cancer that isn’t in remission however what has already been mentioned is an issue (eg what they pick vs what I would have picked) and few places allow you to do pick up with food stamps anyway which also limits my options. I am careful as I can be when I go. And fortunately I now have 4 surgical masks due to MD Anderson having us wear a new one each day (they gave them to us). They are better than cloth ones. They won’t last forever but then I save them just for the more crowded situations I might find myself in.
@Fuzzalini@Kidsandliz right so maybe if everyone else wasn’t doing it maybe the employees would be under less pressure/pay more attention. Then again maybe not. Employee picked lumber has always been awful. Quantity vs quality. In theory.
@Kidsandliz I’ve been doing mostly curbside lately. H-E-B has been great in my area. Also immunocompromised here, otherwise I enjoy shopping! I just tell them “no substitutes” and really haven’t had any complaints. Maybe you just got someone on their worst day. Good luck!
@Kidsandliz I’ve done 6 curbside pick ups with Fred Meyer’s (Kroger) with nothing but good results. Of the few substitutions ( 2 to 4 items out of 30 to 40 total items in each order) the substituted items were always an upgrade and more costly than what I had ordered, but, I was not charged the higher price. I only paid the price of the original item.
@Kidsandliz I read somewhere on their site, if a substitution is needed, they will offer the next closest item available. Even if that item is more expensive,you are charged the price of the original item. As an example; Last week I ordered Hebrew National Jumbo Beef Franks, on sale for $3.49. I received a text that they were out of that item and would substitute Hebrew National Quarter Pound Beef Franks. (they always ask before hand) I accepted that substitution. The quarter pound franks were not on sale and the regular price was $7.49. My receipt showed I paid $3.49 each, as I ordered two! Likewise on two other items. I could not be more satisfied. Even fresh produce has been great!
While we strive to keep all items in stock, an item you’ve selected may occasionally become unavailable. Our Pickup associates are trained to make satisfactory substitutions for out-of-stock items that are as close as possible to your original request.
When you place your order online, you can indicate whether you’d like to allow substitutions. If a substitution is necessary, we’ll follow the steps below to fill your order as best we can. Here’s how it works:
If the same type of out-of-stock item is available in a larger quantity, your order will be upgraded to the larger item.
If a larger quantity isn’t available but the same brand and item is available in different packaging (like boxed sugar instead of bagged sugar), that item will be substituted.
If the same brand isn’t available, the same type of item from a different brand may be substituted.
Any special dietary items (gluten-free, sugar-free, lactose-free, vegan) will always be substituted with items that meet the same dietary requirements.
@ahacksaw They still have checkers for self-checkout where I am, considering the self-check machines don’t account for fresh fruit/veggies by the pound well enough for them to trust. So basically, they completely defeat the whole purpose of self-checkout.
Regardless, you still get the opportunity to stand in line, in somebody’s “mist.”
My wife does most of the grocery shopping since she also shops for her elderly parents. Since early March I have been in a grocery store once and in Costco twice (during senior hours - the emptiest I’ve ever seen a Costco!). Lovin’ the hermit life!
Back when both me and my wife worked full time, food was on me. I would grab fresh groceries I needed each day. (Prefer things to be as fresh as possible) so I was there each and every day. That was before corona virus hit.
She switched to part time work shortly before coronavirus hit and took on cooking and food shopping when she switched to part time…
She’s more the “I’ll grab everything I need for two weeks in one go” type of person. The virus hasn’t altered her routine any, but she is extra careful. She wears her mask and uses hand sanitizer multiple times per trip.
I probably wouldn’t go every day if the job was back on me, but I’d still go at least once a week… Just be careful.
@OnionSoup Speaking of getting groceries every day… when I lived in the Netherlands most folks only had a countertop high fridge with a tiny freezer and didn’t have the space to store in there food for a week or more. Almost everyone I knew shopped daily or every other day. I wonder how they are coping now.
@Kidsandliz@unksol not really, I had to go past grocery store anyway after picking kids up so wasn’t an extra trip out.
I found when I buy stuff as I need it, there would be a lot less waste. We would have some everyday staples in the house too
When we buy a week or more ahead of time, we end up going out to eat one afternoon, or change our mind about what to eat and before you know it veggies go bad or meat goes bad… I just found it less wasteful to buy as I needed rather than stocking up
@Kidsandliz@unksol the kids are fine in the store. One is high school and one is middle school… So they’re not little anymore. Small kids in a grocery store can be a challenge.
The other thing about going just as you need to go each day, you can always make for dinner what you want, don’t have to ask “what’s in the pantry”… And it’s quick at the grocery store.
If I want to make pho for example I’d typically just grab the green stuff and the meat… I’d have stock, spices and noodles at home typically. It really is a quick trip that way (and I could send my highschooler to pick up half the ingredients whilst I got the rest and meet up at the register). I’d be in and out in under 5 mins most days.
@OnionSoup@unksol In the Netherlands I lived near the outdoor market and most stores are small and centralized (well in the smaller towns anyway and that is where I lived). I could easily walk to the store. Or sometimes on market day I’d wander over, buy a bag of cherries or something and eat my way through the outdoor market buying portions for one. Very different than the mentality and packaging of food (far fewer giant 18 chicken legs or something like that in a package or where the smallest you can buy of something is 4 so you need a freezer if you area family of one) of food shopping here in the USA.
@Kidsandliz@unksol yeah, I grew up in Europe, our fridge was a third of the size of the one I have now and the pantry was tiny. It was very much a case of more frequent but smaller trips… Probably why it doesn’t bother me now going frequently as long as not out of my way. We used to get our potatoes and chicken direct from the farm and a lot of veggies straight from the open air markets.
The US seems to be heading more that way too, it seems like every small town around me has a farmers market now…
@Kidsandliz@unksol the ones around me here are just once a week too… But there again where I grew up was just on the weekends too. Netherlands had it better than us… Lol… Could buy direct from farmers at their farms anytime though… Although only a few things.
I haven’t left the house for anything but doctors appointments and hospital visits since mid 2017. I get groceries delivered about once a week. My landlady picks up some stuff for me when she shops and Instacart or Amazon delivers the rest of what I need.
I find it amusing when folks complain about not being able to go out for three or four months.
@Star2236 Well add in containers of water to use up space so that you keep your electric bill down. Air doesn’t cool very efficiently. Better if they empty space in the fridge and freezer is full of jars of water or something,
@LordSalem word I heard is that, at least around here in California, a lot of the garlic harvest was bypassed and fields were planted with more “baseline” veggies, like lettuce, beans, broccoli, carrots, onions and potatoes. Supposedly we’ll see garlic come back this summer.
I go in once a week, try to hit all the stores in town in one pass (2 grocery stores, pharmacy, hardware, car stuff, pet supplies, feed & fuel) to minimize travel and exposure. I’m pretty wrapped up (mask and gloves) when I do it. I’ve got the routine down to a couple hours. We’re too far out of the way for home delivery from the local stores and I prefer hand-picking a week’s worth of fruits & veggies at different ripeness levels so they’ll last the week. Some of the nearby farm-stands have started back up, so I may go there on the weekend.
Generally it’s once a week to the local supermarket, DollarTree, Walmart. Once every couple of weeks to ‘the big city’ where there is an Aldi. (but those trips include stops at office depot/home depot etc.) Unless (infrequently) there is something I run out of that is critical to a meal I am preparing.
Using the shit out of our food saver vacuum from meh right now…