I don’t have the rosiest look on humanity and going to Target/Wal-Mart/Whole Foods/CVS isn’t helping. Last October I made it a personal goal to only going shopping twice a month. The big problem is Fruits and Vegetables, which tend not to stay that fresh. The Extra Life Disk has fixed that problem. I am going twice a month to Whole Foods and once to Sam's Club. That is 3 stops with an average time with travel and shop time of around 30 minutes.
Part 1: Delivery to your Door
I decided to use an online service to get everything I could just shipped to me. In my research I decided to compared and contrasted Alice.com, Amazon.com, and Sam’s Club.
My 3 factors were:
- Automated Delivery
- Low Price
- Free Shipping
Alice was basically built for nuts like me, it is an online store that allows you to setup automated delivery but does not have free shipping or that great of a selection. I found that Amazon and Sam’s Club were cheaper.
Sam’s Club has a great selection and free shipping most of the time, but no way to automate the process.
Amazon overall had the best prices, free shipping with Amazon Prime, and a great automated delivery service.
Amazon Prime costs $79 a year and gives you free Two Day shipping on most items plus a video subscription service that rivals Netflix. Once you sign up for that, simple go to the Amazon Subscribe and Save Store and setup your orders. It is extremely easy to adjust the order times.
I now get the following items automatically delivered to me:
- Toilet Paper
- Paper Towels
- Laundry and Dish Detergent
- Fabric Softener
- Aspirin (bayer only)
Part 2: Personal Shopper: The Click and Pull
There are certain things you can’t get shipped to you, those that are too heavy or require refrigeration. However we can still minimize time in the store by using Sam’s Clubs Click and Pull.
I go online to Sam’s Club the day before and open list that I created of items of frequently buy. I then choose what I want to purchase. The next day I go to Sam’s Club, walk straight to the Customer Service Department. All of my non-perishables are already in a cart and someone immediately goes and grabs anything that needs refrigeration.
At the busiest time of the day, you will be in there for 10 Minutes tops.
The best part of this service is that it keeps you on your budget. You are not going to walk around Sam’s Club and be tempted to buy all sort of stupid things. You spend less money and less time.