With less than a week left in the month, I’ve clearly missed the boat on planning my One Green Thing for November. Ah, well, some months are like that. However, it occurs to me that this means I also haven’t updated you on my One Green Thing for October, which was trying out organic grocery delivery. I wanted to fill you in on how that’s been going.
As you may recall, I reactivated my account with SPUD.ca, a local business that delivers organic and locally-grown and produced food once each week. (Just a note – I am not being compensated in any way for this blog post, I’m just sharing my experience because I think you might be interested.) I had used the service a number of years ago, but stopped it because I found that I was spending too much on groceries. With a weekly commitment on Sundays making it difficult for me to visit my local farmers’ market, I decided to try them out again.
I am a month and a half in now, and it’s been a bit of a mixed bag. The pluses:
- A weekly standing order means that I never forget the basics like milk, bread, eggs, lettuce and so on.
- I really don’t have to visit the grocery store nearly as often – I’m averaging about once every three weeks now. Coupled with the fact I’m not frequenting the farmers’ market this means I’m spending very little time grocery shopping.
- My delivery driver remembered me, even all these years later, and was glad to see me.
- I know exactly where my food is coming from, because they tell me.
- They have an iPhone app, so when I finish something in my kitchen (like, say, mayo) I can order it right then and there.
- Like pretty much any grocery store, they carry some items I can’t find anywhere else, which I’m enjoying.
- While they carry almost everything I need, there are some things I just can’t get from them, like my husband’s gluten-free bread or certain spices.
- They definitely are more expensive than shopping at the grocery store, although I’m getting a higher percentage of organic food.
- Sometimes they mess up my order, or don’t have something in stock. While they work hard to make it right, it still means that I don’t have something I expected to have.
- They deliver to my house on Thursdays. It would be more convenient for me if I got groceries at the beginning of the week, so that I had more fresh food on hand for my kids’ school lunches.
One the whole, for me, the pluses are currently outweighing the minuses, so I’m keeping it. I’ll let you know if I change my mind again.
Have you tried home grocery delivery? What did you think?