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.
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.
Two team members came out almost immediately, pulling my bagged groceries inside plastic crates on a wheeled cart.
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.
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
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.