Delivered Groceries (or: My World Has Forever Changed)

I ordered groceries online for the first time and they arrived yesterday.  I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about it.  I think for some reason I had it in my head that it seemed like a lazy shortcut, an extra expense…

It is such a good idea.  I always end up stressed out at the supermarket (especially with two preschoolers in tow), and here, without a car, it is a big challenge to do a resupply run after our staples run out.

I LOVE OCADO!!!!!!!!!

There are several companies here that do grocery delivery.  Tesco is one, and I will probably use that service at some point.  But this weekend I ordered from Ocado because I had a coupon for £15 off my first order.  It was really easy (although somewhat time-consuming as I got used to their website and searching for the things I wanted).  And, you can choose your delivery slot (a 1-hour period).  Some of the slots were pricier than others, but since my schedule is so flexible, I was able to choose a slot that only cost 99p!!!  So I paid about what I would pay for groceries in the grocery store, had them all delivered to my house (the stuff for the fridge was cold, the frozen stuff was still frozen) at the time of my choosing, and for all that, paid a whopping extra 99p.  Major win.

And the driver was incredibly friendly.  He called me on my cell phone, a little earlier than scheduled as he was running ahead of schedule.  He was already at my house half an hour before my scheduled delivery.  He assured me that I needn’t hurry home, but that if I’d like to get things earlier, he would wait.  Service!

I will henceforth be doing all of our cupboard resupplying in this manner.  I can still purchase fruit and veg, baked goods, meats/fish, and specialty products from our local high street shops and occasional markets.  Those things are fun to shop for, need to be purchased every couple of days, and are reasonably priced at the local shops.  Oh, and not so terrible to cart home in a stroller with two 3-yr-olds.  But, my supply of canned tomatoes, tomato sauce, canned fruits, tuna, beans, rice, pasta, coconut milk, oatmeal, olive oil, crackers, rice cakes, and oatcakes (and…ahem…..booze) is now replenished, and I won’t have to lug my groceries home from the Tesco superstore that is more than a mile away.

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Next time, I’ll have to ask for fewer plastic bags, though…

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