Today I Outsourced My Grocery Shopping

by Michele Miller 18 replies
I thought what the heck, I can't stand grocery shopping, so I outsourced it to my neighbor who is young and unemployed. He was quite happy to take my list to the store and do the shopping.

It got me wondering what else I could outsource, lol. Has Internet Marketing taken over all avenues of my life, or am I just getting lazy?

I worked on writing my ebook while he was shopping, so I didn't sit around doing nothing.

I live in Florida, where they don't have this service yet, but my mum lives in England and for her I go online and order her groceries from Sainsbury's and they deliver them right to her kitchen for around $10.00. That's my kind of shopping...

Anyway, I was wondering, how many other Warriors outsource more than articles, ebooks, and the like? How much outsourcing do you do in your everyday life? I might get some more ideas...

Michele
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  • Profile picture of the author SandyDuPlessis
    Well... from time to time I manage to outsource the ironing to my husband - on the pretext that I have some really, really important IM stuff to do.

    I loath anything to do with housework with a passion! If I ever find a way (or the money) to outsource the lot I will.

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  • Profile picture of the author kf
    In one of Barbara Sher's books, she recommends out-sourcing anything that takes you away from your 'real' work. For example, if you pay the kid next door $15 to mow your lawn and you could make more than $15 during that hour, then it's something you should outsource.

    I would extend this concept further to include things that might cost you more to outsource but that would be a time or energy suck.

    Hmmm. Seems you've identified a hole in your local marketplace, why not go see one of the grocery chains and help them get set up for online delivery??
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  • Profile picture of the author kf
    Originally Posted by Brian McElroy View Post

    That's AWESOME.

    I outsource laundry, cleaning my apartment, almost all physical
    mail, and unnecessary worrying.

    -Brian
    You're in Rio, right?

    Cost of labor certainly influences what can be outsourced. In Mexico, I was outsourcing laundry, cleaning, most shopping and cooking, and weekly washing of my vehicle.

    Now who can I send my unnecessary worrrying to?
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  • Profile picture of the author KimW
    Originally Posted by Michele Miller View Post

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    I live in Florida, where they don't have this service yet, but my mum lives in England and for her I go online and order her groceries from Sainsbury's and they deliver them right to her kitchen for around $10.00. That's my kind of shopping...


    Michele

    Over the years I have seen companies attempt this service many times.
    There were quite a few when the internet first began to get popular.
    Maybe somebody will come up with a creative way to try again?
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  • Profile picture of the author BobbyWalker
    Originally Posted by Michele Miller View Post

    I thought what the heck, I can't stand grocery shopping, so I outsourced it to my neighbor who is young and unemployed. He was quite happy to take my list to the store and do the shopping.

    It got me wondering what else I could outsource, lol. Has Internet Marketing taken over all avenues of my life, or am I just getting lazy?

    I worked on writing my ebook while he was shopping, so I didn't sit around doing nothing.

    I live in Florida, where they don't have this service yet, but my mum lives in England and for her I go online and order her groceries from Sainsbury's and they deliver them right to her kitchen for around $10.00. That's my kind of shopping...

    Anyway, I was wondering, how many other Warriors outsource more than articles, ebooks, and the like? How much outsourcing do you do in your everyday life? I might get some more ideas...

    Michele
    I outsource my lawn and landscape duties, laundry and house cleaning...Kinda sad considering I work from home :~)

    Bobby
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  • Profile picture of the author Rachel Goodchild
    I outsource as much of my every day life as I can
    know it's bad when I consider outsourcing the odd date
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    • Profile picture of the author Scott Ames
      Originally Posted by Rachel Goodchild View Post

      I outsource as much of my every day life as I can
      know it's bad when I consider outsourcing the odd date
      LOL.. yeah that's bad.

      I outsource baby sitting, lawn care, handyman work, and have used maids in the past. There are a lot more things I really could/should outsource. It makes life so much easier.

      Those who are rich and famous outsource standing in line for tickets and taking the car to the garage for repairs. That's totally understandable.
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      • Profile picture of the author Ricter
        Originally Posted by Scott Ames View Post

        LOL.. yeah that's bad.

        I outsource baby sitting, lawn care, handyman work, and have used maids in the past. There are a lot more things I really could/should outsource. It makes life so much easier.

        Those who are rich and famous outsource standing in line for tickets and taking the car to the garage for repairs. That's totally understandable.
        I'm reminded of the old workingman's jibe, "can you even wipe your own a**?" : )

        Edit: oops, that looks terrible, sorry. Nevermind me.
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  • Profile picture of the author GuruGazette
    Originally Posted by Michele Miller View Post

    I thought what the heck, I can't stand grocery shopping, so I outsourced it to my neighbor who is young and unemployed. He was quite happy to take my list to the store and do the shopping.

    Ooooohhhhh! Roughly 11-12 years ago I was living in Tucson, and I discovered there was a two lady business who did this type of thing. I can't remember everything they offered, but the grocery shopping was a HUGE thing for me. They'd take my list, talk to me about preferences and such, do the shopping, bring it back and put it all away, then leave a rose on the counter too! (The business name was something to do with a Rose).

    When my mom died they were truly a godsend for me. I don't remember much of the details of that time because it was so traumatic, but I do remember these ladies made sure my kids had the proper clothes for the funeral and all sorts of things.

    I MISS them! And I'm hoping they're still in business when we move back next year
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  • Originally Posted by Michele Miller View Post

    I live in Florida, where they don't have this service yet, but my mum lives in England and for her I go online and order her groceries from Sainsbury's and they deliver them right to her kitchen for around $10.00. That's my kind of shopping...
    Wow, I'm just shocked that you don't have this service available. I've just put my order in for my groceries to be delivered tomorrow, took about an hour whilst watching TV (could be a lot quicker but I always look through ingredients and special offers), paid £4 delivery ($8) and they bring it to my door within an hour timeslot tomorrow. And there's a choice of four major supermarket chains to select from. I can't imagine the hassle of going around the store for a major shop now, just to pick up the essentials that don't keep so long.

    The right company in the States to offer the service could make a fortune.

    Next on my outsourcing list is house cleaning.
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    • Profile picture of the author Kim Standerline
      Originally Posted by impact-productions View Post

      Wow, I'm just shocked that you don't have this service available. I've just put my order in for my groceries to be delivered tomorrow, took about an hour whilst watching TV (could be a lot quicker but I always look through ingredients and special offers), paid £4 delivery ($8) and they bring it to my door within an hour timeslot tomorrow. And there's a choice of four major supermarket chains to select from. I can't imagine the hassle of going around the store for a major shop now, just to pick up the essentials that don't keep so long.

      The right company in the States to offer the service could make a fortune.

      Next on my outsourcing list is house cleaning.
      I do my grocery shopping online as well from Asda. I have to do my mother's shopping as well, so the time saved is huge.

      I actually went round Morrison's yesterday and ended up spending a fortune on all sorts of naughty but nice things, so its back to online next week lol.

      I keep threatening hubby I'm going to outsource the cleaning, but he hated it the last time we had a cleaner. (Used to go sit in his greenhouse). So I make sure he does his fair share now. Just a threat usually does it if he slackens off
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      • Profile picture of the author sevenish
        In NYC we have Fresh Direct from which I order stuff like cases of San Pelligrino, good pasta and other packaged goods, beer, whatever fantastic fish they might have. They carry good brands of detergents and other things, such as Seventh Generation, at a very good discount. So it not only makes practical sense from a time standpoint, but from a budgetary standpoint as well.

        Otherwise, if I want a case of San Pelligrino, I'll need to pay another 10-15 or so bucks just to get it home in a cab.

        For produce and fresh fish I hit the outdoor markets and other great neighborhood vendors for the best and freshest. My favorite fish monger fishes 3 times a week and brings incredibly fresh product to the neighborhood.

        But it's nice to get some of the staples delivered to my door. I don't drive here (it costs around 1K just to park a car for a month around here) so certain deliveries are crucial.

        As for house cleaning, totally outsourced for the last 15 years. Had enough of that.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ricter
    Is outsourcing a fancy new term for keeping a maid? : )
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  • Profile picture of the author ecoverartist
    Didn't they use to have a service like that in the states? Called Netgrocer or Green-something-or-other? Didn't it flop?
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    • Profile picture of the author jennstall
      Originally Posted by ecoverartist View Post

      Didn't they use to have a service like that in the states? Called Netgrocer or Green-something-or-other? Didn't it flop?
      I think the supermarkets in certain metro areas now just do the deliveries themselves. Netgrocer is still around however. But I don't think they deal with fresh food at all. It's all frozen stuff delivered by FedEx. There's another third party company called Peapod that operates in the Northeast that's still around though and I think they actually go to the supermarket and shop for you.

      When I lived in LA I ordered my groceries online from VONS and they were packed up and delivered by the nearest Vons supermarket.

      In Boston, I know Roche Bros. will deliver and some of the Whole Foods supermarkets do as well.

      In Orlando, there are several shopping services that will deliver to your resort so I imagine they do home deliveries too.
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      • Profile picture of the author Michele Miller
        LOL... there's some good ideas here. I must say I've never heard about outsourcing a date before, but that's pretty funny!

        Yep, we definitely need the online grocery shopping. Like Kim says, she's saving money by shopping online instead of seeing the eye candy at Morrison's.

        I'd love to outsource laundry too... guess I better start working harder to pay for it.

        Michele
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