I am not a shopper, antiquing and junking, sure but anything else-no. Don’t even think of trying to drag me into one of those giant big box bulk store unless you want to hear me whine my way through the store taking giant boxes of frozen-fried nibbles and reading the caloric count per serving. No thanks. However, I do love a good deal and this is why I have been a devoted ShopRite customer since I moved to NJ. I love the ShopRite of Brookdale but I don’t like shopping, so when my friend Courtney (you are so smart girl) insisted I try the online service I did and I am now hooked.
The fee for the service is $10 (add $6 if you want to have your order delivered). I went over my numbers and realized I was still saving $20-$30 per week using this service by not stopping at the high priced grocery store in a pinch, shopping the circulars and by not making impulse hunger buys.
When you pull up in one of the reserved parking spots for pick up within seconds someone comes out to your car to ask for your information. You get to stay in your car, turn up your radio up to drown out the sound of your kids and their shenanigans in the back seat, now pop your trunk and THEY LOAD THE BAGS INTO YOUR CAR . You sign your credit card slip or take your change, place your eggs on the front seat, say “Thank-you” and drive away. What could be better than that? How about delivery where they bring the groceries right into your kitchen?
Love the deli but hate taking a number and waiting? Perfect: you don’t have to anymore! Nor do you have to worry about taking out an end-cap trying to steer one of those carts with the kiddie car on the front. Good times.
The first time you shop online it may take you some time to get used to the system, the second time is far easier and by the third time you shop you will fly through your order a happy person. You can shop in your robe and slippers, take all of the time you need as you open your cabinets checking to see what you are out of, or if you are super organized, making a meal plan for the week. Most people I have spoken to told me their biggest concern is the produce. Do they pick out good produce? YES, YES, YES!!!!! They take their time and do a great job, a far better job than I do as I try and rush through the store before my kids expire.
Here are my tips:
- Go to: “Grocery shop on line” and create a user name and password
- First click on “Shopping Lists” and then”My Past Purchases “, (after you have placed and completed your first order), then click off any items you are out of or on your list. This is the easiest way to add the items you buy every week such as milk, bread, eggs etc.
- Next check out the on-line circular for the weeks specials
- Now go back to your grocery list and enter all of the items you need
- Try entering the exact item you are looking for to help with your searches
- If you have any concerns or special requests there is a box called “Add Notes” for any item
- Check over your list before you complete your order. You will get a detailed itemized printout of your order at pick-up.
- The pick up times are generally about 4 hours after you place your order
- The cold items will be packed in blue bags and everything else in yellow bags so you can unpack your cold items first
- Your shopper will call you before it is time to pick up your order in case they are out of an item and his or her name will be on your receipt
- I always forget something so when I get my conformation e-mail I e-mail back with the items I forgot
- You can select your bag preference paper or plastic.
- The off-peak days are usually Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays
- Looking for organic? Click the “Live Right” tab
- If you would like flowers call Judy or Cecylia in the floral department and talk to them about what you would like and they will set it aside for you
- Feel free to call any department and speak to the fish monger or butcher for any special requests
- I wanted a green tub that I saw out on the sidewalk so I just put that in the “notes” and sure enough Sarah took care of it
This is a fantastic service for busy people, parents shopping for college students, those shopping for the elderly or the immobile.
General Manager Jerry Manley was incredibly helpful with all of my questions and wants everybody to be as happy with this service as I am. Questions or concerns about the shop at home service? Let us know in comments.