Do you shop for groceries for your parents?

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For the past 5 years every week I gets Mom's grocery list and head to the store. I am not in the best of health, this has become very tiring for me. Since my parents cannot get to the grocery store themselves there seem to be no option.


Well, yesterday I found a new option. Took Mom's grocery list and went grocery shopping on-line in the comfort of my own home. Then I could set a time where I would be able to pull up to the front of the store [curb-side service] and the attendant would get the order from a refrigerated/freezer compartments located in front of the building, and place Mom's order in my vehicle.


Since this was the first time doing this, Dad wanted to ride along with me to see how it worked. I had to laugh.... Dad said "this is the first time I've been grocery shopping and hadn't needed to unbuckle my seat-belt". It worked out great. After we got home Mom was pleased with the items, including the produce, and deli ham order.


What is great is that the website saved Mom's order, making it easy to re-shop next week. And this curb-side service is free. The grocery store also has at home delivery but there is a delivery charge. What a time saver and stress saver. Anyone else use this service?

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lep, mine costs the same, I even get the sales. They charge a flat $10 fee. SO worth it!
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I LOVE it! It stops me from buying all the junk food and impulse Items. I only have "pick up" available, but it's the difference of leaving Mom for an hour and a half, or 20 minutes.
I shop for my my Brother too. His gets delivered. He's a very busy man and appreciates it a lot.
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Just an update on using the on-line grocery shopping and curbside pick-up service... it's been six months, and it works great for ourselves.... it's still a learning curve for my parents. I can't get everything that Mom likes to use, so she still wants me to go inside the store to shop instead of trying a substitute product... I tell her if I have time I will go inside the store next week.

I do find it comical, but sometimes frustrating, if I get her the same identical product through the on-line service as I would get inside the store, for some reason the on-line service product "taste funny"..... [sigh].

This on-line and curb pick-up service has been a welcome relief for my poor aching back.... inside the store all the reaching up to the top shelf for products, no fun when you are aren't real tall, and bending way down to get heavy cans off the bottom shelf and attempting to get yourself upright afterwards :P Whew !! And in today's world, gone are the young high school guys who use to load your groceries into your car. One has to do it yourself or ask the cashier if someone is available to help.

This on-line service also has home delivery for a fee... sounds great for those times when you can't get out of the house :)
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I e considered doing that, and with your health, you are doing a great thing. I send our caregiver shopping (I have chronic migraines) and Mom spends too much & constantly buys groceries we already have. I checked into it where I live, but it costs about 20% more than going to the store. So I will try to go one day, and the caregiver will go another. My Mom needs to be placed in Long Term Care in the near future, so it won't be an issue for much longer, thankfully.
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I heard Harris-Teeter has this service at some of their locations, but unfortunately not at the Harris-Teeter where I shop. It does sound great.
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freqflyer Wow forgot about party lines! A blast from the past!
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My Dad was telling me back in the early 1900's in his small home town, his grandmother use to call the small local grocery store and give her order, and they would deliver it... and the grocery store clerk would write her order with the prices on the grocery bag. Sounds like what is old is now new again :]

Of course back then, one only had party-line hand crank telephones so you had to wait until whomever was on the party-line to finish before you could get the *operator* to connect you to the grocery store.
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What a great find for you and it will help you immensely in grocery shopping for your parents!

I know of at least one store here in St. Louis that does this and maybe our 2nd biggest chain does as well. It's perfect for the elderly and is a wonderful service.
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Wow! I've never heard of that service until this second. I wish there would have been something like that here, every now and again. Most of the time I actually enjoyed grocery shopping. It got to the point where I had no option but to do all the shopping myself. It got me away from my mom for awhile, which was a good thing, and I like food and cooking, so it took awhile. I usually enjoyed that. But now and again, when I really just didn't feel up to it, it would have been a godsend to shop for food online and have it waiting. Awesome idea. I would have used it in a skinny second had I known it was an option, especially in the later years when things got really hard and tiring. .
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Blannie, Peapod is what I tried for the first time this week. At least now I know if I can't drive for whatever reason, I can order my parents their groceries and Peapod will bring the groceries to their home. One less stressful ordeal, as my Dad thinks because I am a woman that I love grocery shopping.... NOT.
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