Shed on a Budget: Special Delivery!

by Rachel on February 26, 2010

Although I love grocery shopping, I know not everyone does. I admit that it can be very time-consuming and a hassle. If that’s you, you might want to consider getting your groceries delivered!

I started doing this in NYC last year around this time when Fresh Direct lured me in with some kind of free-shipping-for-three-months deal. And I soon realized…it is amazing.

It saves money if you’re not into counting. I am so bad at math when I’m shopping. Well, it’s partially because I like to live in denial, but it’s also because I just can’t deal with adding change and sales tax. So I end up spending a lot more than I would have otherwise and then checking my receipt indignantly, sure I was overcharged. Nope…just simple addition.

It saves money if you’re an impulse buyer. I am such an impulse buyer at the grocery store. I just get all, “Oooh, yeah, I want to try STARFRUIT!” I have no idea if I’m buying a ripe starfruit. I have no idea how to cook it or eat it. But I read in a magazine like three years ago that it’s good for me, so I add it to my cart, even though it costs $3 a pound.

On that note…it saves money if you’re a flake and never weight your fruits and veggies. I was only planning to buy a few things, but when that includes Honeycrisps, suddenly, my bill has jumped $8 because they are the size of a puppy.

It helps you plan meals. If you aren’t into making grocery lists (you should be), this can be a huge help. No more, “Oh, I wanted to make that risotto this week but just realized I have no white wine.” (And yes, they deliver wine.) You can be sure to get everything you need — because you’re close enough to your kitchen to check on what you need. What I also loved about Fresh Direct is I could leave it and come back to it. So I could add things as I thought of recipes I’d like to make. (And delete things accordingly. But I hate putting stuff back at the grocery store.)

I could shop less often. Sorry, but I’m a girl. A girl who is not into lugging 25 pounds of groceries home by foot every weekend. I wouldn’t stock up on things like canned beans and soups or soda — something I bought a lot — so I had to shop more often…which always made me spend more. (I’d go in for chickpeas and then the Honeycrisp debacle would ensue.) But paying someone else to carry my groceries (which is, to me, worth the $5 delivery fee) solves this problem.

I loved Fresh Direct for a number of other reasons: super user-friendly, inexpensive and great sales, good produce, organic produce, wide range of brand-name products, snacks and fruit delivered to my office, amazing soup from their own deli (which include calorie info)…I could go on and on and on! If you are thinking about signing up for it (or doing Peapod, which is similar), I highly, highly recommend it.

When I got back to Michigan, I thought my delivery days were over. After all, nothing cool and convenient and healthy ever happens in the Midwest. But then last week I saw on Leah’s blog that she had gotten a delivery of organic produce. Wait, what?! I figured they were Ann Arbor specific, but nope. They deliver local organic produce all over Michigan. I couldn’t sign up fast enough!!!

Door to Door Organics…omg! It’s like the farmer’s market, but even better because it’s all organic, I don’t have to leave my house, and it forces me to eat a wider variety of produce.

I signed up for the Bitty Box (“perfect for the single cook or roommates”) for $23. I added on a few items (apparently I do still give in to impulse buys, even with delivery) so for $28 I got…one acorn squash, one mango, two giant broccolis, one eggplant, one green leaf lettuce, one kiwi, two red peppers, one bunch of spinach, one avocado, two Braeburn apples, two grapefruits, two pears, and three oranges. All delivered to my front door. They don’t even let you tip.

Sooo much bounty!

AHHHH!

My kitchen was bare; now it’s in full-bloom!

If you live in Michigan, I definitely recommend trying this out! There are tons of different sized boxes, you can get just fruit or just veggies, and you can swap out certain foods for others if you don’t like them. It’s seriously a great option for college students too; why not have a big-ass box of fruit delivered to your dorm every week? Or just get a bitty box to share with your housemates?!

What I love about grocery delivery is that once you have the food, you’re going to eat it. And because you aren’t dealing with the bright lights of Food Emporium on an empty stomach at 6 PM, you’re more likely to get healthy stuff. With Fresh Direct, you don’t even need to click over to all the unhealthy crap; you can just stick to the good stuff. No more being tempted by Little Debbie and all her friends!

Really though, I’m just damn motivated to do something with that acorn squash and eggplant, two foods I’ve never cooked before! Recipes welcome!!

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Olivia February 26, 2010 at 8:33 am

OMG! Thank you SO much for posting this!!! I’m over in GR and have been trying to find a service like this! I’m definitely going to check it out!! Have a great weekend!

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2 Dori February 26, 2010 at 8:58 am

So awesome! I just got $50 worth of organic groceries for $25 from OrganicDirect (like Fresh Direct but all organic) from a Groupon!
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3 Laura Georgina February 26, 2010 at 10:04 am

It’s so nice to hear that the Midwest is catching up to these things! It gives me hope that someday Buffalo will, too…

Groceries to your door are the best! I used to get a veggie delivery box in England and discovered all kinds of wacky wonderful vegetables. They also delivered a newsletter with various recipes based on the contents of your specific delivery.
.-= Laura Georgina´s last blog ..Playing Catch-Up =-.

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4 Kristen February 26, 2010 at 10:40 am

damn that dastardly star fruit! i’m going to have to hunt down one of these services in Chicago, because, let’s be honest, i’m a huge fan of honey crisps the size of small mammals.
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5 Teri [a foodie stays fit] February 26, 2010 at 11:16 am

I wish I could find something like this in my area!
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6 melissa (fitnessnyc) February 26, 2010 at 1:18 pm

great post. i need to give fresh direct a try. the closest supermarket to me (under my building) is whole foods and so exorbitant! I actually wrote about door to door for Self magazine like 4 years ago! so funny. in the city i prefer urban organics, same idea though
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7 kalli@fitandfortysomething February 26, 2010 at 2:12 pm

I would love to get an organic delivery like that!
Enjoy!

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8 Melissa (It's a Veggieful Life) March 1, 2010 at 8:57 pm

We had a co-op in Minnesota just a short distance from our house, but now the natural/organic shops are a bit far. I’ll have to see if there’s an organic produce delivery around here. As for honeycrisps: they’re the only apple I buy, and I don’t share. They’re a Minnesota “bred” apple ya know! (created at the U) :)

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