Update: In reference to the last paragraph of this post, let me clarify by saying my guy does most of the housework. What I meant to say was I wish he'd agree to hire assistance with housework...hint, hint. :)
Remember this, Carol?
Food is a favorite topic of mine. It is one reason why I spend a lot of time on Mrs. L's blog reading entry after entry concerning food.
Way back when, I used to enjoy weekly shopping trips to the grocery store. Discovering new products and seeing how much I could save using coupons. In the last 10 years, I have found it to be a task I dread. Particularly when I discovered scrapbooking. Those shopping trips would eat-up 2 hours of my hobby-time every Sunday. I was beginning to get a little resentful.
And when I would arrive at the grocery store, I was struggling to come up with ideas for meals. This is a perfect example of not being prepared. I would promise myself that I would peruse the cookbooks seeking ideas for meals but never got around to it.
Today, I can thank the internet for simplifying my life when it comes to food. First, I can seek recipes online with the click of a button. Then, I can go to Peapod and create my grocery list. I try to initiate a grocery list every Monday and finalize it by Friday for an early delivery on Saturday morning.
There is also Net Grocer, which I've used in the past. They ship groceries to you. And I know friends who live overseas that have used them too. Net Grocer also comes in handy if you have elderly family members to look after. It provides peace of mind knowing you can get groceries to them from afar.
Like I mentioned yesterday, we have our Carry-Out Menu binder for nights when we do not feel like cooking. The internet plays another role when it comes to pizza. We have an online account set-up with Papa John's, Dominos and Pizza Hut. It is so convenient. With Papa Johns you can plan ahead (I haven't checked the other pizza websites to see if they do as well) with at least 2 hours notice. (In my attempt to be healthy, I order a thin crust pizza with black olives, no cheese & extra sauce...yum!)
Papa John's on Valentine's Day
One time recently I was traveling and talking to my guy on the phone. He indicated that there was nothing to eat at home. I happen to be in front of my laptop so I logged onto Papa Johns website and ordered a pizza to be delivered that evening. How's that for service!
Back to grocery shopping. I gave up on coupons long ago. It's a great way to save money but I found it to be time consuming. If you are a coupon user, Peapod does accept them. And their selection of meats & fruits have been far better than what you get in the grocery store.
There is no dispute in our household for the expense of using Peapod (around 6.95-9.95 per delivery). If I can only convince my guy that some assistance with cleaning our home would be worthwhile too. That's a subject for another day. :)