Is Grocery Delivery for You?

grocery delivery

I have discovered an amazing way to save time and money. I have this new magic trick that I cannot believe! Grocery Delivery.

People in big cities like NYC just ignore this post, you probably have had grocery delivery forever as it is pretty much a necessity there.

Everyone else, continue reading…

A few years ago, I saw amazon.com groceries and I wanted to order, but everything came in bulk and I still couldn’t get bananas, avocados, and things like that. I could only get non-perishables. I was heart broken. With two toddlers running amuck grocery delivery seemed like a dream come true.

Now that dream is a reality and I absolutely love it! One chaotic evening years ago my husband said; someone just needs to come up with a pizza, movie, and diapers delivery service :) This is pretty close…

Here are the Pros:

  • Save a butt load of time. No driving to the grocery store, no 45 minutes loading up your cart, no loading up the checkout, no loading up your car. That’s a lot of time. And no driving straight home lest your ice cream melts and your popsicles become juice.
  • Kid free shopping. Baby is not screaming her head off while you try to get through the store coaxing her with crackers off the shelf and toys you now have to purchase.
  • No impulse buys. Period. Shop online, pick what you need based on your pantry and menu plan and possible sales.
  • It’s good for the environment. 10 cars driving to the grocery store and back is probably worse pollution than one truck driving to 10 homes and back. It’s like the school bus. Makes sense
  • Order ice cream, avocados, milk, eggs, you name it!
  • Use it as your grocery list. You can also re-order based on past orders making shopping even faster.
  • I tend to spend less money shopping online when I can see a running total. I hate supermarket checkout surprises.
  • The prices online are the same as in the store the store specials and sales work in the online order.

The Cons:

  • Not for couponers (is that a word?) They can’t accept coupons in online orders yet. Not sure if they plan to add that. But they do club specials and Just4U :)
  • You have to be home. Duh. Well just remember your scheduled delivery window and be there (perfect for your house cleaning day or if you happen to work from home -not a con). They can call you and they can leave it, but it is not preferred. There are 1, 2, 3, and 4 hour windows to choose from.
  • Substitutions (unless you request no substitutions).
    Sometimes something is substituted if they are currently out of stock. Even though you can order it online your order is done about a day before so they may have run out of that size or type of its, For example, I ordered Santitas Tortilla chips 16 ounce, they had to substitute with 8 ounce as the 16 had run out. The price reflects the new item of course, but this might not be what you want. For me it’s no problem, as long as I have my chips and salsa!
  • You must order the day before. Again not a problem for me, I tend to add to my grocery list a few days before anyway. Now this is my new grocery list. I add things to it as I think of them and while menu planning up until the day before I would normally do my grocery shopping. But if you decide to shop in the afternoon for tonight’s dinner you’re not getting delivery.
  • After your first order there is a delivery charge. You can try to avoid that by purchasing the free delivery item and spending $150. But the fee is only around $6-$12. Worth it. Your saved time not shopping at the store is worth $12 isn’t it?

I used Vons. In my first order I wanted to test if I could get ice cream (un-melted) and how the avocados would look, bananas? Also eggs (un-cracked) Everything came perfectly. The bananas were yellow green – perfect. All eggs un-cracked. Avocados just ripe. Our Ice Cream was perfect – like right out of the freezer, that’s because their delivery trucks have zones to keep foods at the right temps. My mini-van doesn’t happen to have that, go figure. The order came on time and without any hiccoughs. The delivery man asked where I would like it and was off in a flash. All I had to do was order!

 

 

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what i love wednesday {No. 131}

i can’t help it.

i love anthropologie.

can you tell?

anthro monogram mug

they are just so spot on.

anthro room anthropologie

photos via anthropologie (the K mug is mine and so is that battered mani)

what are you loving today?

xoxo,
krystina

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the 2015 weekly planner is here!

printable calendar

i made a weekly planner!

here’s what it includes:

2 pages each week with tasks and goals, menu planning, shopping list, spending tracker, exercise tracker, and a journal. each date has appointments and notes. there is also monthly planning with 2 pages per month and each day is lined! it measures 6.5 X 8.

faux calligraphy and type fonts in black and white.

weekly planner

both the daily and the weekly planners are available for instant download.

here’s how to put it together:

print on your favorite paper – i used 30lb smooth.

make a cover with scrapbook paper.

then get it spiral bound (usually $2-$5) at your local print shop.

printable planner

the scrapbook paper i used is from crate paper and then i added a paper doily :)

xoxo,
krystina

what i love wednesday {No. 130}

here are my favorite posts from 2014 – the best of!
it’s what i love wednesday!

file folders DIY with free printable

file folder paperwork organized

 

family surfboard painting

painting the surfboards

how to synchronize your family’s calendar

family calendars

printable jewel case inserts for your CDs / DVDs

printable CD inserts

mini succulent place settings DIY

succulents

studio revamp

studio + workspace

download the 2015 DIY planner!

planner, calendar

link up your favorite posts or what you’re loving :)

happy new year!
xoxo,
krystina

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elf on the shelf idea
{magic candy cane seeds}

elf on the shelf magic seedsshred red, white, and green construction paper for the “soil” in your paper shredder after cleaning it out.

print out the seed packet from elf on the shelf.

add your sprinkles for the seeds. set out the night before.

elf on the shelf awesome idea!wake up and have your child plant the “seeds”

magically the next day there’s candy cane sprouts!

elf on the shelf awesome idea!

(just little peppermints)

elf on the shelf awesome idea!

then mini candy canes.

magic elf seeds

and finally big candy canes have “grown” in your pot :)

magic elf seeds

yay! happy Christmas to you :)
xoxo,
krystina

what i love wednesday {No. 129}

i love snowflakes!
delicate, paper, pretty, intricate, lovely.

snowflakes

snowflakes

here are some free snowflake graphics to download :)
happy day!

snowflakes

click images for link :)

i can’t wait to see what you’re loving today!!!

xoxo,
krystina

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little gingerbread village

christmas decor

i picked up a gingerbread village kit with 5 gingerbread houses to decorate. perfect for our family of 5! now we can all decorate each house how we want it and get as creative as we like.

gingerbread village

i really enjoyed seeing each family member’s creativity and originality expressed as we shared hot cocoa and Christmas music and the 1 tube of white icing – next year i will pick up extra tubes :)

are you finding time to enjoy the season?

 

xoxo,
krystina

download my new 2015 planner!

2015 is just around the corner. get your day planner instantly and start planning :)2015 day planner calendar to do list

 

i am receiving orders for this 2015 planner from customers who had this planner for 2014!!

this 8×10 planner is one page per day with 2 page per month layouts. 4 colors rotate for 3 months each; candy peach, aqua, mustard yellow, and raspberry. includes US holidays on month and day.

January 2015 – December 2015

each day has:

  • a to do list
  • appointment slots from 7:00am to 9:00pm
  • an area for household
  • an area to plan meals
  • a place to journal
  • a place to write down something you’re thankful for
  • a place to track exercise
  • a place to track spending
  • a place to track vitamins
  • a place to track water
  • there’s even little weather icons to track the day’s weather

and the months are lined!!

here’s pics from the 2014 planner – 2015 is the same just updated! yay!

planner, calendar
family calendars DSC_0071 DSC_0103

 

click here for DIY instructions :)

click here to purchase the new 2015 planner 

xoxo,
krystina