With work getting busier for the both of us lately we’ve found we have less time to relax – especially on weekends.
For the past few years we’ve had a fairly steady routine on weekends when it comes to getting groceries for the upcoming week – take a quick inventory of what food is left, make a list of what we need and then head to the grocery store to buy groceries for the week.
I’ve personally been a bit frustrated with buying groceries lately – sometimes the parking lot is jam-packed and it’s difficult to find a shopping cart (especially in the winter), while other times certain items are advertised on sale but they’re sold out when I get there.
We decided to try something new – buying our groceries online from Spud.ca. Spud is an online grocery delivery service that is currently available in Vancouver, Victoria, Nanaimo, Calgary, Edmonton, San Francisco and Los Angeles.
How it Works
The process of buying from Spud.ca is fairly simple:
- Sign up online and setup your account.
- Choose your groceries like you normally would in a grocery store (except this time it’s done from the comfort of your home)
- Choose a delivery time. For us, we schedule our deliveries once per week and it doesn’t matter if we aren’t home at the time since the groceries arrive in a blue Rubbermaid container with dry ice to keep the produce fresh & cool
We placed our first order a couple weeks ago and it was set to arrive on a Thursday night. It actually arrived a couple hours late because their delivery vehicle had been in an accident. Their customer service team was quick to email an update and let us know what the status was.
When the groceries arrived they were packed neatly in a large rubber container and all in great condition.
We ordered the usual staples that we use during the week – milk, cheese, bread, fruits and vegetables. All of the items were local, fresh and organic – which means we’re helping to reduce pollution as well.
In the future we will likely keep the same schedule every week for deliveries and the nice thing is that since they’re left on our front step, we don’t have to be at home when they are dropped off.
Positive and Negatives
Here are a few positives about ordering from Spud.ca:
- They offer a flexible delivery schedule. If you need groceries in a short period of time, delivery can be arranged (for a small fee). Delivery is free with a minimum order.
- The products are high quality, local and organic.
- You don’t have to be at home when the groceries arrive. The products are packed in a rubber container with dry ice to keep the produce fresh. You can even receive a text message notifying you when they arrive.
- You can change your order up until 3PM before your delivery day.
- Time savings. The time spent going to/from the grocery store, picking out items, waiting in line, etc. is not something I look forward to on my days off and I love the convenience of having groceries delivered to our home.
There are also some drawbacks to the service:
- There is a minimum charge for delivery to be free (usually $35 depending on the area). For us this didn’t matter since we usually spend more than $35 on groceries weekly.
- You don’t get to see & feel the products you’re buying. For some people they prefer to visually inspect the food they buy. In my experience so far the quality has been as high (or higher) than a normal grocery store.
- You don’t get the in-store experience of a traditional grocery store. Like buying anything online, you don’t get to physically go into the store and check out what’s being sold. For me, I’d prefer to avoid going into a jam-packed grocery store on my weekends so this isn’t an issue.
- The prices. For some items the prices can be slightly higher but most items are similar in price to regular grocery stores.
Special Offer For New Customers
Spud is now offering $20 in free groceries for all new customers. The minimum order is $50, which means you can save 40% on your first order. There are no long term contracts to sign and you can always cancel after the first order if you aren’t satisfied. We’ve used Spud for a while and definitely don’t miss wasting time going to the grocery store every week.
- a flexible delivery service (free delivery with a minimum $35 order) – you don’t even have to be home when the groceries arrive
- local, high quality and organic foods
- less hassle – you place your order online and that’s all – no waiting at the grocery store
Spud is now located in Vancouver, Victoria/Nanaimo, Calgary, Edmonton, San Francisco and Los Angeles.
Use referral code CRCAL-WESJAD and click here to sign up to get your $20 in free groceries.
Conclusion: I was a bit skeptical about buying groceries online, but so far the service has worked out great. The products we bought were comparable in price, they are all high quality and the flexibility of delivery times means we don’t even have to be home when they are delivered. It also saves me the hassle of going to the grocery store on weekends and I can now spend that time doing things I like.
Would you ever consider getting your groceries delivered to your home?