Walmart Grocery Pickup *Review*

Hi Guys!

I recently tried Walmart’s free grocery pickup service (i know, i’m totally late to the party) and i thought i would let you know my experience.

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The first thing that really struck me was how easy it was to use. A few clicks and you have a “cart” full of groceries. I placed my order in the evening and the next morning i was able to pick it up. I never even had to get out of my car. I also love that it is a free service!

The prices were comparable to what they have in store. Which is different if you have used something like Albertson’s grocery delivery, whose prices are higher online than if you were to shop in their store.

I also really like that with using this service there is less of a chance that you will buy things you don’t need. So many times with shopping in store i add extra stuff in my cart that i really didn’t need, but because i was either hungry or had a child with me who wanted a certain product i end up buying more.

So to recap the pros – It’s easy, prices are the same in store & online, could potentially save money (not buying extra food or unhealthy food), and it’s also a free service!

A few things that i have noticed that i don’t like…

  • You can’t inspect things like eggs for example. In my order, one of my eggs were cracked.
  • Produce isn’t what i would pick out myself. I’m super picky with what apples to grab or bananas or avocados. In my order, some of my apples were bruised and my avocados were too green.
  • Sizes. I really didn’t pay much attention to sizes, so i ended up buying a little container of oats, when i thought it would be a regular size.
  • You can only pay with debit/credit cards. If you use like the cash envelop system, or if you just like paying cash for things, you can’t do that with this service.

Those are my thoughts/experiences with Walmart Grocery Pickup so far. I really like how fast and easy it is, so i will probably be using them again. I might just buy my produce at another store and pick it out myself.

Have you used Walmart Grocery Pickup yet? What was your experience like?

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Is a Costco Membership Really Worth It? {Costco Review}

I became a Costco member when i was pregnant with my 5th child, seemed like a good time to start buying in bulk now that we were becoming a family of 7.

I have now been a Costco member for 2 1/2 years, so it seems like a good time to tell you all what i really think of having a Costco membership.

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Let’s just get down to the pros and cons of Costco…

Pros:

*Low prices – At my Costco, for example, i can get 2 gallons of Milk for $3.54, that’s only $1.77 per gallon.

*2% reward for Executive Members – I am an executive member, now i don’t shop often enough at Costco for this 2% reward to really add up, but it does give me a little something that i use towards my membership fee.

*Great products – I love love love their Kirkland brand baby wipes. I notice when i run out of these, and use other brands of wipes, my little guy ends up with horrible rashes. Kirkland products are seriously made with great quality.

*Buy online option – You can now buy non-perishable food and household items online and they will deliver it to you in 2 business days. If you spend $75 or more, there is no delivery fee. **side note: prices seem to be a little bit higher for this convenience.*

*Membership fees are minimal – I believe if you just wanted the basic membership it’s like $60 for the year. Not a bad price at all.

 

Cons:

*Store Hours – I am one of those people whom likes to shop early in the morning, like between 8-9. So it really kinda sucks that they don’t open, most days, until 10.

*Only a few locations – Where i live we only have 2 stores. Since we moved out to the country, i now have to drive at least 20 minutes to reach one of the stores. The other store would take me like 45 minutes to get to.

*Super busy– Because there isn’t a location on every corner, and because of their hours, the store is ALWAYS busy.

With all that said, for me, the pros totally outweigh the cons and it is definitely worth it for our family to have a membership.

I’m going to share some of our favorite products to buy at Costco and i’ll give you the prices i paid most recently for them, so you can see just how good the deals are.

My favorite Costco items:

Baby Wipes – $19.99 for 900 wipes – These wipes are the best.

Kirkland Paper Towels – $15.99 for 12 count.

Kirkland Toilet Paper – $16.99 for 30 rolls. I love this toilet paper. It’s the best quality. Not too fluffy, not too thin, just right!

Bounce Dryer Sheets – $9.99 for 320 count. This can last for me for about 6-7 months.

Dixie Paper Plates – $16.99 for 186 plates.

Kirkland Dish Pacs – $9.99 for 115 pacs. This usually lasts me like 3 months.

Kirkland Garbage Bags – $14.99 for 200 bags. This can last for us, about 6-7 months.

Muffins – $7.99 for two 6 packs.

Cheesecake – $13.99 for a 4.5 pound cheesecake. This is the best tasting cheesecake.

Dawn – $9.79 for 90 FL OZ.

Just keep in mind product availability and prices vary by location.

Those are my thoughts on having a Costco membership. Do you have a Costco membership? Has it been worth it for you? What’s your favorite things to buy there?

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January Grocery Budget Challenge *Update*

Hi Guys!

Last month i shared with you all my January Grocery Budget Challenge, and today i’m going to give you an update and let you know how it went.

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To recap, my challenge was to spend $150 a week on food items and $200 a month on non food items for our family of 7.

Honestly, i didn’t do that well with the challenge. First i’ll give you the numbers, and then i’ll tell you why it didn’t go so well.

  • Food Items:

Week 1 = $196.75

Week 2 = $163.18

Week 3 = $202.45

Week 4 = $310.46 (We went to Costco this week, that’s why we spent so much)

Week 5 = $135.39

Budget for 5 weeks = $750   ~~ What i spent for 5 weeks = $1,008.23 ($258.23 OVER budget)

  • Non- food items:

Week 1 = $23.11

Week 2 = $0

Week 3 = $49.53

Week 4 = $69.94 (Costco trip this week, we stocked up on a lot of paper goods)

Week 5 = 12.30

Budget for 5 weeks = $200 ~~ What i spent for 5 weeks = $154.88 ($45.12 Under budget)

It was really hard to stay on budget. My biggest problem was with menu planning, trying to come up with budget friendly meals was my weakness. Because i didn’t want to just feed my family rice & beans every night. A Costco trip during week 4 also blew our budget big time for that week.

My 3 reasons for taking on this challenge were:

  • To take more control over my budget
  • To stop wasting food
  • To see if it is even possible to do

My thoughts on the challenge, now that it is over:

  1. I do feel like this challenge has helped me become for aware of what i’m spending, i am no longer just throwing things into the cart.
  2. We didn’t throw away as much food as we usually do, during this challenge.
  3. I do believe it is possible, but it would take a lot of time and work to make it happen.

There are my thoughts on the grocery challenge. I don’t think i will challenge myself again anytime soon with my grocery budget. However, i did learn from it, so it wasn’t a complete failure.

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January 2018 Grocery Budget Challenge

Hi Guys!

I’ve decided to challenge myself this month with my grocery budget, and I thought maybe some of you might like to challenge yourselves as well.

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Here is my challenge for the month of January:

  • Only spend $150 a week on food related grocery items for our family of 7.
  • Only spend $200 a month on all non-food related grocery items (i.e. diapers, paper towels, shampoo, laundry soap, etc.).

Some of you might wonder why? Why challenge myself? Well, there are a few reasons i have taken on this challenge…

  1. To take more control over my budget.
  2. To stop wasting food.
  3. To see if it is even possible to do.

I’ve already done my first week of grocery shopping and to be honest i went over budget a little bit (i’m going to blame that on the holidays though and try to do better next week).

For my first week i spent $196.75 on food items and $23.11 on non-food items. So, like i said i went a little over budget on food items ($46.75 to be exact), but that included some items that needed to be restocked and that i won’t have to buy again for awhile.

Let me know, in the comments, if you want me to update every week with how much i spent that week. At the moment i’m not planning on sharing every week, but if that is something you guys would like to see i can definitely do that.

Either way I will give a final update, sometime at the beginning of February, to let you all know how i did with my budget challenge.

Also, let me know if you are going to join along with my challenge or if you have some sort of grocery challenge going on for yourself, i’d love to hear about it.

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