Thanks to Shipt for collaborating on this post. As always, opinions are my own.
This past weekend, I had family in town (who I haven’t seen in 14 months!), we had basketball practice, I wanted to go for a run, we were all going to Biltmore for the afternoon and I had some household things to get done (laundry, dishes, etc.) and I managed to do it all – while simultaneously doing my grocery shopping. That’s right. Shipt has made it’s way to Asheville Target stores, and I was able to get my groceries delivered to my front door, just in time for lunch on Saturday.
Shipt is a membership based grocery service – you can pay monthly or annually – that offers unlimited grocery delivery of orders over $35. Shipt has been in Asheville for a short time, but I think Target is new (when I had checked on it a year ago, Target was not part of the service.) You can even sign up for a two-week trial and save $15 off your first order.
I do purchase a lot of groceries at Target. My downfall is the end caps, and going to Target alone. I will end up buying ALL THE THINGS that I do not need. This makes my husband less than pleased. I just can’t be trusted, but I do like going there for most of my groceries.
This past Friday night I knew I needed some groceries, and I started making our list. My tips for grocery shopping: meal plan and shop once a week. We meal plan every week, and even if I don’t have a full meal plan, there are always items that I know we need on a weekly basis. If I have to split my shopping between stores, I at least know the basics we use every week. I was able to get a good amount of our groceries, but I didn’t order everything during my 10:30pm shopping spree. I logged into Shipt, entered my basic info to get things started, and then started adding items to my cart.
I ordered milk, beef, chicken breasts, a whole chicken, taco shells, cheese, bread, cereal, yogurt…you know, the necessities. I knew I wanted to make tacos at some point over the weekend, but I also really needed cereal, milk and bread by lunchtime on Saturday. I almost always get a whole chicken because we slow cook one just about weekly.
Upon checkout, I selected the time I wanted my delivery (I chose 11am-12pm Saturday) and paid.
Come Saturday morning, after my son’s basketball game, I decided to go for a run. Shortly after my run, I received a text from my Shipt shopper that she was starting the shopping. She had a few questions for me throughout the shopping trip – the store didn’t have the exact brand of chicken I had ordered, and could she substitute that with a different brand. Same thing with the eggs. I had no problems with the substitutions. The next time I order through Shipt, I’ll more than likely add notes to certain items letting them know that substitute brands are fine.
She let me know via text when she was finished and heading my way. She arrived at my house well before noon, carried everything to my door, and I received a final receipt in my email. It was SUPER easy and I was more excited than I probably should have been. The difference in the final total of groceries was about $5 (the whole chicken and the chicken breasts were by pound, so that threw the totals off just a little.)
I basically went running with my toddler while also grocery shopping. When was the last time that happened?
Never. The answer is never.
So with those few grocery items, I’ve made so many meals already this week between breakfast, lunch and dinners. Dinner one night was our go-to slow cooker rotisserie chicken. I’ve posted about this chicken before, but I mix 2 tablespoons of paprika with 1 teaspoon of garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon of salt and about 1/2 teaspoon of pepper. I rub that all over a whole chicken. I put balls of foil in my slow cooker and place the chicken on the foil (so it isn’t on the bottom of the slow cooker) and cook on low for 8 hours. We tried the riced cauliflower as a side and even my 2-year-old loved it!
Have you ever tried Shipt?