Oct 08 2012

Saving money with a grocery delivery service?

I’ve bought certain grocery items in bulk online, from Amazon and smaller retailers. Some of the products are either hard to find in stores near me, or way more expensive.

But shopping for day-to-day food online? Really?

My friend posted on her Facebook page a deal (no longer active) about joining Green B.E.A.N. Delivery. This company serves parts of Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky.

They source local produce, meats, dairy, honey, etc. and distribute it directly to their customers’ doorsteps. They also distribute national and global (tropical) produce at times.

I’d heard of the company before, but at the time the price just seemed too much. The recent promo and my friend’s raving about it made me give it another look.

I’d just need to buy any of their produce bins (ranging from $28-$49) and make sure I had a $35 minimum order for the week. The bins come pre-populated with food items for the week, but you can make substitutions.

The first week, I went with the $42 fruit bin and whoa, we had a lot of fruit. I swapped out all of the apples since we already had a bunch, and added some vegetables. I also added some more veggies a la carte, and some meat, local honey, and dried fruit. My total was around $102 (I saved $21 from the promo).

I needed a few other things from Kroger to supplement the week.

I’m really tired of going to the grocery lately and this time of year, it’s harder for me to find good produce. Kroger usually is my best bet, but it can be iffy and expensive at times.

My second order from Green Bean arrived last week and I continue to be pleased. The produce is excellent, mostly organic, and local where possible. What’s more — if I’m physically staying out of the grocery store, I will spend less. I make plenty of impulse purchases at the grocery anymore, and making my list online seems to help me curb that. It’s also much easier for us to eat more produce.

Ideally, I’d like to get to a point where I’m making a big monthly shopping trip for certain dry goods and maybe some meat, and then doing the weekly delivery service so I don’t have to go shopping nearly as often. Especially in winter, when the weather is so gross and I’d rather not push a shopping cart through a skating rink parking lot.

If the service were prohibitively expensive, I wouldn’t do it. But the price seems reasonable to me for what I’m getting. Price isn’t my sole consideration. I do like the convenience factor, and also I like to support local businesses with our grocery dollars.

Do you do a food delivery service? Would you consider it?

Note: This is NOT a sponsored or paid post. I received no incentive from anyone to post about this company. I just really like it :)


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