It’s one of those weeks where the out of office response is on as I travel from New York City for Social Good Summit and come home for just a couple of hours before catching an early morning flight to San Francisco for just over 24 hours so I can be home in time for my husband’s work trip at the end of the week. It’s one of those weeks where my job seems glamorous through Facebook and Instagram because I don’t post the photos of me disembarking a train at 1:30 am, the bags on my eyes that I try to sleep off in my aisle seat, or the revolving door of travel that is our lives on certain weeks. In other words, it’s just another week for working parents everywhere as we do our best to do it all. But I have a secret that I’m happy to share because it is a lifesaver.
Peapod’s Mobile App
When Thomas was an infant and Emily was a toddler, I’d order groceries from Peapod from time to time. With a full assortment grocery basics to farm-fresh produce, meats and seafood, sliced to order deli meats and cheeses, organic and specialty foods; store brands like Nature’s Promise, time savers and more, it still seemed indulgent for me to have groceries delivered as a stay at home mom. But all parents know that trying to take little kids into the store, while trying to finish your shopping before the bewitching hour ends, and trying to hold a baby on your hip as you carry heavy jugs is the ultimate balancing act. So online grocery delivery was a lifesaver then and I’ve recently rediscovered the convenience of ordering groceries through the Peapod app.
New Peapod users can download the app (iPhone, Android, Kindle) and start shopping while existing customers can download it, sign in, and find that the app pulls their recent orders and favorites to streamline shopping they’ve done online.
The newly redesigned app interface is makes it easy to find what you’re looking for fast so you can quickly build your grocery list. It’s intuitive, easy to use, and features vibrant images that you can click on to see in more detail. While some might like to Browse Aisles or take a look at the Weekly Specials that are the same ones you’ll see in the printed circular, I like to use the Search function to find new things I need while pulling in favorites from my Past Orders to streamline my shopping.
Other features that are helpful include Filter, which allows Peapod customers to find items based on needs that matter to you and Order Genius, an intuitive search recommendation engine with smart functionality that’s exclusive to Peapod.
Local Farm Box
As a patron of a local CSA (community supported agriculture) where we obtain a full share of produce 36 weeks during the year, I was glad to see the Local Farm Box offering that is a collection of items from area farmers. Our Farm Box was $29.99 and contained 6 items. While it was considerably smaller than the copy paper size box and a bit more expensive than the weekly share we pick up from our farmer’s market, I wasn’t disappointed by the selection that arrived inside.
We received a spaghetti squash, head of broccoli, what looked like a pound of green beans, large head of cabbage, beets, and beautiful red kale.
Everything was nicely packed and looked as fresh as the items I get in our CSA share. A single sided flyer inside gave me a recipe for cabbage salad and listed 3 of the 6 items that came in the box. I wished it had a list of the items and a bunch more recipes on the back for the other produce in the box. As a seasoned CSA veteran, I have no problem knowing exactly what to make with each of the items but the Farm Box could be a bit intimidating for those new to ordering it.
If time is money, then I’m sure you’re wondering how much Peapod costs. Honestly, it seemed like the groceries were exactly the same price if I were to shop at my local Giant. Using the Peapod app and website allows me to take advantage of advertised specials and I even discovered some app-only coupons that I could instantly add to save a bit more money on my purchases.
The delivery fee varies according to the dollar amount of your order. For my $121 order, delivery was an additional $7.95 but since I chose an attended delivery (meaning I’d be home to accept the order) to come during a non peak time, I saved $2 so my actual delivery fee was $5.95. I tipped my driver $5 for having to make two trips up our large set of stairs in the front yard while carrying a gallon of milk, two gallons of apple cider, the Farm Box, and all of our other items!
Was it worth my time to place my order online plus the cost of delivery and tip? YES!
I honestly don’t mind grocery shopping but sometimes thinking about the long list of items we need and the unpredictable factors like long check out lines (or malfunctioning self checkouts) makes it seem like a daunting task. Peapod’s website and mobile app work well together to save busy parents time shopping for essential items they need for their family to help us spend more time doing the things we love.
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I received a gift certificate to try Peapod’s mobile app. All opinions are my own.