I love grocery shopping. Especially when I can take my three small children. By myself. At 5:08 p.m., when I realize we have nothing for dinner and we are all hungry and the store is crammed with 8,500 people. It’s so fun when my four year old throws herself on the floor in the cereal aisle because I won’t buy Captain Crunch (the injustice!). Right up there with my one year old licking the strep-infested cart handles. And my seven year old explaining why he reeeeeeallly needs just one more pack of Pokemon cards.
I am lying. I hate it all. In fact, many times, I have gone weeks without a cooking a respectable meal because the thought of taking my children to the grocery makes me want to go into the witness protection program.
But not anymore.
People, if you have not heard about Kroger’s new curbside grocery pick-up service, ClickList, please allow me to blow your mind.
The concept is simple. You go online to Kroger.com, select your purchases from over 40,000 items, add them to your virtual cart, checkout and schedule your one hour pick-up time frame.
No forgetting grocery lists, no impulse buys, no wondering around the store, no counting items to see if you can squeeze in the express check-out line without making a scene.
Here is how I cut the time I spent grocery shopping last week by 80%:
- I sat on my couch and shopped for groceries for 20 minutes ($124 order).
- I scheduled my delivery day and hour-long time frame for pick-up (i.e. Saturday between 9:00 and 10:00 a.m.).
- Over the course of the next three hours, I added more groceries to that order as they came to mind.
- I drove my children to Kroger, pulled into the ClickList parking area, called the number on the sign and an attendant was at my window within one minute.
- She went though my order, including getting my approval on two items she had to switch out, and took my payment.
- They loaded my groceries in the back of my van, and I drove off jamming Can’t Stop the Feeling.
From the time I pulled into the spot, to the time I pulled out on the main road, it was 7 minutes, 8 seconds. And part of that time was due to the fact that I was so happy that I was feeling extra chatty:).
Using ClickList is regularly $4.95 per order, but the first three are free. Zero dollars. Really, there is no excuse for you not to try ClickList. Unless you hate saving time and money and sanity.
Here are a few tidbits that might be helpful…
- You will need to register on kroger.com. If you already have a Kroger plus card, it will be a cake walk. They even have a “my favorites” tab with items you purchase frequently loaded up and ready for you to shop (This is all of the healthy stuff, which I very strategically chose to showcase in this screenshot. The oreos were in the second row.).
- When you place an item in your virtual cart, there is a “special instructions” section at the bottom of the page. Use it, especially on subjective items. For example, if you want three potatoes, indicate the size. Otherwise, you may end up with $10 worth of ginormous sweet potatoes. If you want firm avocados (because you are using them several days later), let them know. If you want overripe bananas to make bread, tell them.
- If they don’t have the item you requested in stock, you have the choice to allow them to pick a similar item – a “substitute.” When you arrive, they show you which items are substitutes and you will say yay or nay. I had two out of 30+ items (milk and beef) and they were both identical.
- Your Kroger plus card savings are automatically loaded online, but they also have a collection of coupons available on the Kroger Web site and they accept paper coupons when you come for pick-up. p.s. Blue Dawn is the best laundry stain remover of all time for greasy/sauce based foods.
- I know I mentioned that they load the groceries, but that’s totally worth mentioning again. You don’t have to get out of your car. And they didn’t seem judgmental of my crazy weekend hair.
- They only accept credit or debit. No cash, checks or gift cards. Your card is not charged until you pick up the items.
- Purchases count toward Kroger Fuel Points.
- As awesome as the folks were who helped me out today, Kroger associates are not allowed to receive tips when you pick up your order.
- You can add items online after placing your initial order (until midnight). I did this several times.
- It looks like the only pick-up times they have now are next-day (not same-day), but that might change once they get the service down pat.
You might be wondering, what are the cons? None really, but if I had to pick some, it would be the fact that you can’t use cash or gift cards and they don’t carry everything (although I didn’t run into that issue). The biggest bummer for me is that they didn’t have same-day pick up available. Maybe that will come down the road…
I will close with a very brief video of our experience. Really, it’s just a chance for me to tell you about the most fun, addicting app ever – Triller (Thanks, D!). Please don’t download it on your phone. It’s highly addicting and you will spend at least a week solid texting music videos back and forth with your family and friends.
I think it goes without saying that nobody paid me or bribed me with free bakery treats or fresh orchids to write this post. This is 100% my opinion. Not all Kroger locations are offering ClickList, check with your local store to see if you can jump in on the awesomeness.