Before we moved to our new state last year, I lived only five minutes from my sweet mama. On Monday mornings she would call me and ask, “So, what time do you want to bring the boys by today?” She knew I would be grocery shopping and was always so gracious about asking to watch the boys while I was out and about. What a blessing she was!
Oh, how I miss living close to my mama! I love it here, don’t get me wrong, but it’s been quite an adjustment bringing the boys along to just about every errand I make.
Necessity has forced me to find a way to simplify my grocery routine. Online shopping has not only been a time saver, but a money saver, too.
Here’s where I’m shopping now:
Azure Standard just began delivering to our city this month, and I’m planning to be a regular customer. On our last order, our organic apples cost us less than $1 per pound, which is a fantastic price this time of year, even compared to conventional apples. All of their prices are very competitive and their products are natural and organic. Besides apples, we also ordered organic carrots, organic dried beans, organic whole oats, organic red wheat berries, organic turkey bacon, Ezekiel wraps, and more. They have lots of produce and bulk goods to choose from.
I’ve found that Amazon’s Subscribe & Save program allows me to get the best prices on diapers and wipes when you calculate it on a per diaper basis. I also order laundry supplies, cat food, furnace filters, and sometimes maple syrup from their site. They have a complete section dedicated to natural and organic foods.
Vitacost sells a wide range of products, including healthy snacks (Kashi, too!), baby items, household items, Burt’s Bees, and more. They have Arrowhead Mills Organic Quinoa, Nutiva Coconut Oil, and more at prices that are comparable to most major stores. If you’re new to Vitacost, you will get a $10 coupon code if you sign up right now, and then get additional $10 codes for referring friends to sign-up, too. That’s one of the things I like about their site — by signing up and referring friends, my credits accumulate and I can get many items I need for free or very little cost. All the details are listed on their site. My most recent order with them included Mill Creek natural hairspray, Seventh Generation tissue paper and dish soap, dried fruits, and more. If you spend $49 or more, then shipping is free!
I try not to step into Sam’s Club too often, but when I do I purchase natural cheeses, milk, eggs, cream, and produce. Before we moved where we live now, we made similar trips to Costco. Costco also sells this Seeds of Change quinoa and brown rice blend that we like to keep on hand. I sometimes purchase maple syrup here, too, depending on Amazon’s price.
Our Local Supermarket
There always seems to be a few things that I need that aren’t available with my other options. When I want just one parsnip, or fresh herbs, or other odds and ends, I make a quick run to our local supermarket. I also watch their weekly sales flyer for loss leader sales (usually on the front page) and stock up on a great deal when it comes along.
Have you tried to simplify your grocery shopping? Have you found that you’ve done more shopping online or went out less often?