Grocery Shopping the Easier Way: Curbside Pick-Up and Delivery Options in Boerne
Welcome back, friends, and happy 2018! If you subscribe to the weekly newsletter then you know that this month is going to be all about wellness, simplifying, organizing, and just generally making life easier. To start us off, I thought I'd share my thoughts with you on the local curbside pick up and grocery delivery options we have available to us here in Boerne....so here we go!
Y’all know we have three kids, right? They’re one, three, and five years old. If you’re a parent yourself, then you know full-well how impossible it is to get any real grocery shopping done with a troupe like that. Anything more than just a quick stop in for milk and bread (or, let’s be honest, wine and snacks) is just darn near impossible. Where do you even put the groceries when your cart is full of kids? How many times can you really say, “please don’t touch that” or “please don’t put things in the cart that aren’t on my list” before you start to legit lose your mind??? Yeah, I am NOT a fan of taking kids to the grocery store, at all. So, I started looking for alternatives a looooong time ago.
When we lived in Virginia and I just had one infant, the solution was to use Harris Teeter’s drive-through pick up service. Otherwise, my colicky child would scream the whole way through the store, distracting me every step of the way, and I would ultimately end up leaving without half of the stuff I really needed. Most of the time there were tears involved on my end too; it wasn’t pretty.
Then, we moved to Boerne and I had two, then three, children on completely different nap/school schedules. So, Walmart grocery pick up in San Antonio (and later in Boerne) was the answer and you can read all about that (spoiler alert!) fantastic experience here.
Next, HEB began offering curbside pick-up and that was a welcome advancement in my “making grocery shopping not such a pain in the you-know-what” endeavors because I really do prefer HEB’s produce and meats over Walmart’s (Sorry, Walmart). The process is very similar to the Walmart curbside ordering process via desktop, but as far as I can tell there is no HEB curbside app. Overall, it's a great way to shop if you prefer HEB's products over Walmart's, but there are a few things about it that I'm not too crazy about:
1) As far as I can tell, there is no way to save your "favorites" when ordering for pick-up...this is a BIG deal to me. It saves so much time. The work-around that I found for this was to open a previous order then click on each individual item and re-add it to cart for a new order.
2) The wait at pick-up was generally longer than experienced at Walmart and I think that's because the Walmart app allows you to "check in" when you're on your way so that they can start getting your order ready prior to your arrival.
3) The employee at Walmart who brings your items will go over what was out of stock, what was replaced, etc and that did not happen with my HEB pick-up orders.
4) The 3% product markup and $4.95 pick-up fee at HEB still had me using Walmart’s pick-up service for the majority of our shopping.
But NOW?? Now HEB offers GROCERY DELIVERY through a company called Shipt and my (#mom)life is forever changed. This service is truly amazing, y’all, so let me tell you all about it!
You’ll start by creating an account with Shipt. Your first two weeks are free, and you’ll receive a $15 credit on your first order. After your two-week free trial has expired, you will be charged either $14/month or $99/year, depending on which option you selected when you created your account.
Next, you either use the website or the Shipt app to order your groceries. On both the website and the app, you can select “Buy again” to shop from items you have purchased in the past. You can also mark individual items as a “Favorite” to make it easier to find next time.
Once you’ve got all your items in your cart, you simply select a delivery date/time and check out! Same day delivery is available for no extra charge and all orders over $35 ship free.
Your order will then be assigned to a local shopper and they will notify you via text or through the Shipt app to let you know when they’ve begun shopping your order. They will stay in touch throughout the whole process, notifying you of any items that are not available and offering other options to replace them. You will almost always receive a message from your shopper letting you know when they’re on their way to check out, and they will usually even ask if there’s anything else you need to add to your order…how cool is that?
Then you just sit back and wait for your doorbell to ring! Your shopper will absolutely carry your groceries into your kitchen for you, but I usually just ask them to leave them right inside the door. I’ve never had any issues with damaged or missing items, expired items, or bad produce, and all of my orders have been delivered within the promised time-frame.
Once you’ve verified that all your items are there and in good shape, you can use the app to rate your shopper, provide feedback, and leave a tip. You are not required to tip, by any means, but I do for several reasons: 1) The Shipt shopper is doing the shopping for you, it is not an HEB employee doing the work; 2) They are using their own vehicle to make the delivery and as far as I can tell, are not reimbursed for gas, mileage, or vehicle maintenance from the company; 3) I figure the time they save me, the sanity saving aspect of not having to shop with kids, and the fact that impulse-buying is nixed all together, makes it totally worth it.
Also, wanna know something else pretty awesome?? I recently received an email from Shipt letting us know that the company has been bought by TARGET and that they will begin rolling out delivery from local Target stores in the near future. Whaaaaaaat??
So, what are the “cons” to using Shipt? Well, let’s recap them here:
- You do have to enter your credit card information upon sign up and you will be automatically charged once your two-week free trial expires, if you forget to cancel beforehand.
- There is the $14/month or $99/year fee to use the service.
- The Shipt website states that there is a difference in product prices that amounts to about $5 for a $35 order, on average.
- While it’s not required to tip, it really kind of is (unofficially).
The bottom line:
Walmart curbside pick-up is FREE, with no mark-up on product prices, membership fees, or shopper fees…but the produce, meats, etc aren’t always the best quality. <---This is your best bargain.
HEB curbside pick-up allows you fresher product options but the ordering process isn't as friendly as Walmart's and there is a 3% markup on each product as well as a $4.95 pick-up fee. <---This offers better quality products, for a slightly increased price and a bit more of your time.
HEB Delivery with Shipt allows you those same fresh product options but there is a membership fee, slight mark-up in product prices, and you are pretty much expected to tip for each delivery. <---This offers better quality products and the convenience of not having to leave the house or unload the groceries, but is the most expensive option of the three.
So which do you choose?
Personally, I LOVE the HEB Delivery/Shipt service (especially since you can get your order delivered same-day!) and think that it’s great not only for busy moms like me, but also for the elderly, disabled, anyone who doesn't drive, or even working professionals who just find it hard to get to the store. Pretty sure I'll continue to use this option until 1) my kids are older and are actually helpful in the store...ha or 2) they start to eat me out of house and home and budget becomes the primary concern. Then, I’ll switch back to curbside pick-up.
So, are you ready to try it out for yourself? You can get a $10 credit for each of us with Walmart curbside pick-up if you sign up with this link. Or you can get a $20 credit for each of us for HEB Delivery with Shipt if you sign up with this link. HEB curbside doesn't offer a referral program, but they are waiving the $4.95 pick-up fee for your first four orders. Go on and give them all a try and see which one works best for you…you’ll be so thankful for the easier way to shop and all that time you’ll get back in your busy life!
What do you think? Have you tried any of the options listed here? Which was your favorite?
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