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I ordered Instacart delivery from B.J.'s and it was delivered the same day. They gave me a half gallon carton of milk instead of the two that I asked for. But I got ground beef, (fancy organic stuff), a roast chicken, ice cream, Swiss cheese, bread, yogurt, protein bars and diet coke. I was unable to get strawberry jam or peanut butter. I've ordered the jam on Amazon. The peanut butter is online, but at twice the price. Anyway, I am able to get most of the food I need. We'll get through this!
 

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i have heard services like that can be hit and miss on what they have and deliver and only sometimes delivering part of what you order. i do know around here most places that offer grocery pickup have more than a 1 week wait to pick up groceries which is just insane. you are pretty much better off going to the grocery store to get what you need. the lines haven't even been too bad lately. the grocery store near me actually had no line when i stopped in there today which was the only reason i stopped.
 

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took going to 4 food stores to get what we needed today, shoprite,weiss , ripoff's acme and stop and shop. of which both are double the price in shorite
 

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Cool, glad you got your delivery.

I was at Target a few weeks ago and they had bread and peanut butter, which kind of surprised me. I've eaten more PB&J in the last few weeks than I have in the last 10 years :) I've used up one jar, but still have one more on the shelf (stuff I had already, not hoarding). But it will have to be on my list of items to replenish before they are almost out.
 

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i have heard services like that can be hit and miss on what they have and deliver and only sometimes delivering part of what you order. i do know around here most places that offer grocery pickup have more than a 1 week wait to pick up groceries which is just insane. you are pretty much better off going to the grocery store to get what you need. the lines haven't even been too bad lately. the grocery store near me actually had no line when i stopped in there today which was the only reason i stopped.
With Instacart, they pick your order based on how much you tip. So, a 20% tip makes it a same day order. You give them alternate product choices or just write "any kind of ice cream" instead of a specific ice cream. It's pricey, but since we are older, it lets us stay in the house. My girlfriend is almost 80 now and probably wouldn't make it through a coronavirus illness. We've been in for over a month now and it looks like it may be another month inside. But, we won't get the virus if we stay home.
 

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is that a 20%tip on top of their normal delivery fees? that seems like quite a bit of money but i guess if you are up there in age better safe than sorry.
 

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Yes, the 20% is on top of the other fees and makes it quite pricey. It's worth it to not get the virus and be hospitalized for 10 days or worse. We used to eat out for lunch twice a week so it evens out cost-wise.
 

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I'm glad there are a range of solutions, to help people out.

Hopefully you can wipe down the groceries after they're delivered. We use paper towels with rubbing alcohol, and wipe down our groceries after we get them home.
 

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Cool, glad you got your delivery.

I was at Target a few weeks ago and they had bread and peanut butter, which kind of surprised me. I've eaten more PB&J in the last few weeks than I have in the last 10 years :) I've used up one jar, but still have one more on the shelf (stuff I had already, not hoarding). But it will have to be on my list of items to replenish before they are almost out.
Thanks, Red, I have also been eating PB&J with a glass of milk every night this week. I still have a jar left, but had to order strawberry jam from Amazon. I just ordered some frozen beef from Omaha Steaks. I have the freezer space and have not been able to get beef regularly around here. They ship with dry ice in an insulated polystyrene container.

An interesting fact about dry ice is that it "melts" (sublimates) into CO2 gas. So you don't want to travel with a load of frozen dry ice in your cooler in the back seat of the car with the windows closed. It will displace the air in the car.
 

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Heading out to Aldi's for the first time in a couple months.
I have a P100 respirator and my wife has a mask she made utilizing a HEPA filter bag made out of a Kirby Vacuum.
Yes, a clean one.
But they always said a used filter blocks more stuff than a new one, anyway.
 

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We tried online grocery ordering at one of our local stores last week for the first time. It worked fairly well, you park in the designated parking area and call the store to let them know you have arrived. Someone comes out with your groceries and places them in your trunk. You don't leave your vehicle, no contact with anyone and they do not allow tipping the delivery person, process took about 15 minutes. There was a small line of shoppers waiting to get into the store, maybe 10 -15 shoppers. The only issue is you don't find out until that day if there are any items on your order that the store is out of stock of. We have reserved dates 10 days and 20 days out. You can cancel anytime up to 24 hours in advance.

The local newspaper interviewed the manager of this grocery store about issues they are having with shoppers not following stay at home and physical distancing rules. He said the worst offenders are people in their 20's and seniors. Some examples he gave were more than one person shopping per household, shoppers who are there daily picking up just a loaf of bread or a carton of milk and people not keeping 6 feet apart.

A security person is at the door limiting the # of people entering the store, they ask everyone entering the store if they have traveled out of the country in the past 2 weeks, if they have they are not allowed in. One snowbird was at the checkout and told cashier he had just got back from Florida the day before and joking about lying to the security person, he was immediately escorted from the store. The lady behind him in line freaked out as she had an immune compromised child at home. Another guy freaked out and threw his groceries on the floor because the checkout line was too slow because the cashier was disinfecting the counter area after each shopper went through.

I have gained new respect for the people working in these stores, they are providing a very essential service, risking their lives to keep us fed. I make it a point now to thank them and other essential workers for what they are doing and let them know how much I appreciate them.
 

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yup lot of people at the stores not making social distancing easy. heck even the stores themselves are not always making it easy. i know there is a few stores with stuff placed in stupid locations so people are forced to come closer together.

definitely not something to joke about. i feel like anyone dumb enough to joke about it should be slapped with a huge fine. i know i am pretty sure i have seen a few things in the news about a woman that went into a grocery store and touched a bunch of stuff at the store and then claimed to have covid 19 and then they had to throw out about $50k in food just to be safe. there is a time to joke about this crap but it won't be for a while.
 

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Yes, the 20% is on top of the other fees and makes it quite pricey. It's worth it to not get the virus and be hospitalized for 10 days or worse. We used to eat out for lunch twice a week so it evens out cost-wise.
The GF wanted pizza from Pizza Hut. Usually I'll pick one up at Sams or Aldi and add a little garlic, some mushrooms, sweet peppers, some onion, artichoke hearts on her side and some extra cheese depending on what we have on hand. It had been a while since we ordered so I was surprised to find that during checkout you have to include the tip and it started at 25%. I normally go 20% when we're out to eat so it seemed a bit excessive to me that I had no option other than go myself. If it was me wanting the pizza I would have just driven over and picked it up but I wasn't in any mood to leave the house so I hit send.
That 25% is in addition to the $2.50 for a delivery fee that goes to the Hut. What is the $2.50 for ?? Like automotive service why not just call it shop supplies ?
Or just be honest and add $1.25 to each of the pizzas I ordered as it's just profit for them?

So am I just old, grumpy and cheap thinking tipping 25% for pizza delivery is a bit much ?

As for my latest trip to Sams, I'm a bit concerned about all the meat processing plant closing as the meat counter was pretty barren, hell . . . very barren. Might just be that I was there during the early morning old folks hours and it hadn't been replenished from the evening before. I hope it's not a tread as I'm not looking forward to being forced to go vegan !!
 

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Went to Costco today, the line wasn't that bad, 40 minutes from getting in line to putting items in the car and leaving the parking lot.
 

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had to go to wally world today. surprised how well they had things organized. everything was one way and people kept their distance. wanted beer real bad and grass seed. everything else was groceries. No TP though but everything else.
 

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I went to Target yesterday. Canned goods and frozen foods were still somewhat low, produce and meats were fully stocked, and I didn't see any hand sanitizer in the normal area (they may put it somewhere else now). Almost all customers and workers had masks on. But I was still disappointed to see so many customers using their cell phones, many with gloves on for supposed safety of hand transmission of the virus. Ugh..

Also, the store workers were wiping down carts, baskets and self service check-outs after each use.

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