Welcome to the second part of our blog series about on-line grocery shopping. I hope you enjoyed our overview last week. This week I would like to tell you about all of the things I think are great about on-line grocery shopping.
The first thing that I like about on-line grocery shopping is the TIME SAVINGS.
- It only takes me about 30 minutes to select the foods I want and set up my pickup/delivery time.
- I do not need to fight the crowd in the store or in the parking lot.
- I do not have to take my children into the store.
- The grocery store staff load up my car or help me carry my groceries into my house.
The second thing I like about on-line grocery shopping is the MONEY SAVINGS.
- It is easy to stick to my budget because I can see the total price increasing as I add foods to my cart.
- I can easily add or take away food items as needed to fit my budget and my needs.
- There is no temptation to buy the extra things displayed around the store, so I avoid impulse buys.
- I have all of the information on the website to determine unit prices and compare products easily.
The third thing I like about on-line grocery shopping is the KINDNESS of the staff.
- I have had great experiences with the grocery store staff being very kind and helpful.
- The staff do a great job of explaining any substitutions that were made.
- The staff make a point of keeping fragile foods (bread, eggs) safe.
Overall, I think that on-line grocery shopping is a great experience and it is very helpful, especially when I do not have a lot of time. I would recommend on-line grocery shopping to anyone who wants to try it.
If you still have people to buy for the week of Christmas, maybe it is time to consider a gift that involves a resource we all have (although in limited amounts)—our time. Here are some ideas.
- Get together with a friend or relative you’ve been meaning to see this year, or someone you used to see often, but have lost touch with. Invite them out for coffee or a meal—or to your home. Don’t just say, let’s get together…get your calendar out and set a date.
- Offer to take an older relative to see friends or loved ones they can’t easily visit.
- Take someone who may be troubled or depressed out to coffee. Then really listen if they want to talk about a problem they are facing.
- Offer to take nieces/nephews to Laser Tag (or other local entertainment) with one of their friends. This might also give their parents a few free hours.
The list is endless. All it takes is some thought on your part and a commitment to follow through.
If you want something to present, how about a gift coupon. I made these coupons in Microsft Word by choosing a clip art image that matched what the coupon will say, and then typing the phrase next to the picture. If you like, put the coupons into an envelope and decorate the envelope with hearts, mistletoe, et cetera.
-pointers by Peggy
This holiday season there are many reasons to make gifts of food. The gift is more personal, you can save money and control nutrition for those on specialized diets—and, you really do give a bit of your heart.
Food gifts can be given individually, or developed around a theme. Just group like items together in a basket and wrap them with cellophane paper and ribbons—like muffins or quick breads and packets of tea. Consider things like dried foods, jerky, condiments, low-moisture breads and cakes, cookies, candies, flavored coffees, teas, cereals and nuts. All are candidates for edible gifts that also can be shipped.
I remember the year I got a new mixer and made a dozen large braided Christmas wreaths made from yeast dough. Other years I have given soup mix , salsa and cherry and peach jam.
When my grandfather was alive and living on his own, I remember buying a set of plastic containers and making him homemade dinners that I would freeze after meals with my family. When we visited, I would gather the clean containers and take them home to fill again. He seemed to enjoy the dinners and it was something I could give all year long.
If you are giving gifts of food this year, please share what you are doing. I am always looking for new ideas.
Corn Chip Chili Mix
Ingredients for each gift jar
- 2 tablespoons chili powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 2 tablespoons dried parsley or cilantro (optional)
- 1/4 cup dehydrated minced onion
- 1 1/2 cups dry beans (such as black, pinto, garbanzo, or kidney)
- 1- to 2-ounce package of corn chips, unopened
- Wash hands.
- Layer the ingredients in the order listed in a 1-quart glass jar or food-grade plastic container.
- Place the corn chip package on top of the beans. Cover with lid. Attach gift tag.
-pointers by Peggy
My objective when going to the grocery store is to spend the least amount of time possible in the store, yet get everything I need, eliminating the need for a special trip later. (Research shows that the more time you spend in the grocery store, the more money you spend.) I usually end up going every week to 10 days, depending on how many meals I am cooking at home. My tips are below:
- Go when it is not crowded. It takes less time and the shelves are usually well stocked. Five o’clock at the end of the week is the worst time. Saturdays are also bad. Early morning and late at night are usually good times. My sister goes after line dancing which gets over at 7:30 p.m. The other sister sends her husband with a list at 7:00 a.m. on Sunday morning.
- Shop at the same stores. This way you don’t spend time searching. I regularly shop at two different chain stores. One store is less expensive, but doesn’t have everything I buy. I shop there when my other store doesn’t have many items I want on sale.
- Make your list according to the layout of the store. That way you just go down the list in order and don’t have to crisscross the store (taking more time, more chance to forget something, and more temptation to buy things you don’t need). I make my list on an envelope and stick any coupons I want to use inside. I write both the item and the price on the list. If it is on sale, I write S. If I have a coupon, I write C. Sometimes I don’t buy the brand on sale or use the coupon because I check the other brands and compare prices on the spot, looking at my list with the price.
If you have tips that work for you, I would love to hear about them. Just hit the comment section and send a note.
-pointers by Peggy