I don’t know about you, but one of my biggest time-sucks has always been grocery shopping. With seven people (often more, depending on how many extra teens are hanging around), I have to go to two stores; sometimes twice a week.
Imagine my pleasant surprise when I saw that my local Kroger grocery store is offering a new service called ClickList where you can order groceries online and then pick them up without leaving your car.
Here’s how Kroger’s ClickList service works.
In a word: Wowza. I found it to be easy to use and a huge time saver. I’m sharing my experience here in the hope that you have a similar service where you live so you have one more way to find time to run or workout. I am not at all affiliated with Kroger and am sharing my experience after using the service last weekend.
How ClickList works:
Visit kroger.com/clicklist. You will have to sign up for a free Kroger account if you don’t already have one. It’s super easy and gives you several other options, including online coupons, the week’s flyers and an online grocery list.
I found the user interface to be a little clunky, but was able to figure things out once I selected the ClickList button. I had to specify which local store I wanted to pick up my groceries, add items to my list by either searching for them or browsing through different categories (think dairy, meats, breakfast food), and then choose a date and time for pick up.
There’s a how-to video on the site, but I couldn’t get it to work on my tablet.
Once I arrived at the store at my designated time, I parked at a parking spot with the ClickList sign, which instructed me to call a number to tell the store that I had arrived. Each spot has a number so the Kroger team members know where to bring your groceries.
Customers can park at the Kroger store’s ClickList spots to pick up groceries they ordered online.
Two team members came out almost immediately, pulling my bagged groceries inside plastic crates on a wheeled cart.
My groceries were wheeled to my car, already bagged inside these black crates.
One of the women unloaded all of my groceries into my Subaru’s trunk; the other chatted with me about my order, answered a few questions and used a tablet to process my credit card payment.
My view before leaving the Kroger parking lot after using the new ClickList service.
The whole process took about six minutes and I didn’t even have to leave my car. I will definitely be using ClickList again.
A few lessons learned/tips:
- You have to order for the following day or later. There’s no same-day pickup option.
- The service costs $4.95, but the first three orders are free.
- The service offers customers a one-hour window to pick up their order.
- The food was bagged with cold items together and still very cold and/or frozen.
- You can choose to allow Kroger to provide substitutes for your items. My order had two substitutes: a larger size of the olive oil and a different brand of the baby back ribs I ordered (the ones they included were on sale).
- The system saves your orders and brings up favorites so you can add them to your cart.
- ClickList will automatically apply any of the Kroger online coupons you load onto your account; employees will take your paper coupons inside to scan them in, if you want.
- I placed my original order on Friday and added items on Saturday and Sunday with a Monday pick-up.
The week’s menu plan so you have more time to run:
- Chicken fajitas (I thaw frozen chicken in a zip-top baggie with Zesty Italian dressing, grill it and cut it up for the fajitas. I also cut up onions with red and green peppers, wrap them up in foil and grill them. Serve with cheese, salsa, guacamole and tortillas.)
- Enchiladas, shredded lettuce, tomatoes
- Arroz con pollo, red beans, green beans, fried plantains
- Baked Chicken Parmesan with pasta, green salad, garlic bread
- Eating for Life Caribbean Chicken Salad
Caribbean Chicken Salad recipe.
How do you find time to work out? Have you ever used a grocery order/pick-up service? Feel free to share your blog post if you’ve written about this before.