In large cities, like New York, grocery delivery is alive and well. In fact, it’s pretty much the norm. You don’t see people with handfuls of grocery shopping bags on the street or pulling carts behind them. You order online and then wallah, it’s at your door the next day. [However, I was told by a reliable source (client and NYC resident) that you probably want to shop for fresh produce because you may wind up with a medium-size potato the size of a golf ball. The store made good, but that evening there was only mashed potatoes for one.]
Some people don’t mind grocery shopping, and others actually enjoy it. Me, not so much. Today, while I was grocery shopping it occurred to me that I really didn’t need to be in the store at all. In fact, there was a period of time last year when I used Harris Teeter
on James Island, then I moved, and the store was farther than I wanted to drive so I reverted to the traditional method of hunting and gathering.
I’m really more of a multi-tasker than a hunter and gatherer. It’s a female thing, right?! For me, it makes much more sense to shop online while I check my email, drive to the nearest coffee shop, then off to the cleaners, drop off a deposit at the bank (all while drinking my coffee) and then head to the grocery store, have someone load my car and drive back home. In the space of a couple of hours, I’ve accomplished four tasks and enjoyed a coffee.
Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t my usual m.o. But for busy moms, online grocery shopping is a great alternative to taking a nursing baby or small children into a potentially “time bomb just waiting to explode situation.” And best of all, the online service saves your previous grocery lists, so if you tend to purchase the same items, time after time, this will save you time. (Imagine being a working mom and taking 15 minutes at lunch time, or an at-home mom who can shop while baby naps. You enter your order and then wisk by and pick it up without having to get out of your car!)
In the Charleston area, specifically Harris Teeter
on James Island, you can shop online for a mere $5 fee, with same day pickup. Now, you can’t always get exactly what you want, but my experience has been that the shopper does a pretty good job of making substitutions. Google search “online grocery shopping” in your area.
I certainly wouldn’t recommend online shopping if you’re hosting a special family dinner or wanting to make sure you get the freshest seafood, but for busy moms who have children in tow, this can make a lot of sense for your regularly purchased items.