It can be an all-out event to go to the grocery store, especially if you have kids.
So what if the grocery store came to you? Or had your groceries waiting for you when you get to the store? TODAY'S TMJ4 tagged along with a busy stay at home mom in Racine as she tested three different options.
But this time, it wasn't a store employee checking off her grocery list. Instead, a third party contractor through a company called Instacart did all the shopping. Julia says the shopper called her a couple times to check in. Making her more comfortable about someone else picking out her family's produce.
“Something was going to be expiring so she offered an alternative item,” she said.
The busy mom also tried Peapod. The service didn’t leave as much time to change her delivery order as she did with the local pickup options. But she could modify her list the day before.
“We have some groceries and we didn't have to go anywhere. The fruits and vegetables look great. Everything was cold,” said Rasmussen.
As for the prices, the companies say they are the same you would see in stores.
One week Sendik's had the cheapest gallon of 2 percent milk. When it came to bread, Pick ‘n Save and Peapod tied for the lowest price.
Julia says she was able to get her week's worth of groceries for about $150 at each store.
Plus a fee under $10 for the services.
“I told my husband I'd pay that anytime as Iong as I never have to sit in a grocery store again. It's awesome!” she said.
You might think with delivery being roughly the same price, Julia would use that option over a pickup, but she surprisingly liked the human interaction experience choosing to use Pick ‘n Save for the future.
Julia told TODAY'S TMJ4, that even with the half hour long drives, she would switch over to doing in-store pickups.
A couple days later, a store in her neighborhood started doing the pickup option.
TODAY'S TMJ4 reached out to all the companies who say as they have plans to expand, more stores will offer the services.