Page 1 of 6 123 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 54

Thread: Groceries and Self-Isolation

  1. #1
    Site Supporter Chance's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Location
    D/FW, Texas

    Groceries and Self-Isolation

    I've seen tips and tricks about this mentioned in other threads, but I thought it might be helpful to organize it in one place. After my wife was exposed on Thursday, we're actively working under the assumption we're carrying the virus. We have a few N95 masks we can wear if we need to go into a store, but I'd prefer to be extra careful and just avoid those places for the time being.

    How are folks getting their groceries? We had used Amazon Fresh during the first week of the self-isolation wave. I had to get up at 2:00am to actually secure a delivery time, but it was doable. Now, Fresh appears to be limiting the number of items of each category to one. Meaning, one can of tuna, one can of soup, et cetera. Maybe that will change, but assuming it stays the same, then Amazon is not going to be a viable option.

    What else is out there? We live in the D/FW area, so most delivery / curbside services should be available here.
    "Trying is the first step toward irritating those around you who know better." - @angry_prof

  2. #2
    Moderator BehindBlueI's's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2015
    Location
    Midwest
    Quote Originally Posted by Chance View Post
    I've seen tips and tricks about this mentioned in other threads, but I thought it might be helpful to organize it in one place. After my wife was exposed on Thursday, we're actively working under the assumption we're carrying the virus. We have a few N95 masks we can wear if we need to go into a store, but I'd prefer to be extra careful and just avoid those places for the time being.

    How are folks getting their groceries? We had used Amazon Fresh during the first week of the self-isolation wave. I had to get up at 2:00am to actually secure a delivery time, but it was doable. Now, Fresh appears to be limiting the number of items of each category to one. Meaning, one can of tuna, one can of soup, et cetera. Maybe that will change, but assuming it stays the same, then Amazon is not going to be a viable option.

    What else is out there? We live in the D/FW area, so most delivery / curbside services should be available here.
    Understand this is a question because I've not looked into it myself, but do you have an operating UberEats or GrubHub? I know they've done groceries in the past.

    Some grocers will also do a curb-side service. Depending on vehicle type, they can put the groceries in the trunk (or truck bed), and never have direct contact with you. If you've got a van or SUV only, not sure that'd work out.
    Interested in a PF hat? Take the survey here: https://forms.gle/1E7ihN776ve3NY957

    Quote Originally Posted by UNM1136 View Post
    Maybe with talented students I would lube up with baby oil and then go at it.

  3. #3
    don't gaslight me, bro' blues's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2016
    Location
    blue ridge mtns
    I've pretty much decided that going to the grocery is a necessary evil. Yeah, it's not ideal but not something that can be avoided. Once every two weeks we'll make the journey into darkness.
    Last edited by blues; 03-28-2020 at 04:51 PM.
    Dare to speak the truth

  4. #4
    Did Instacart on Friday for Costco. Originally told they couldn't do it until Monday, but 30 minutes later started getting texts from the shopper about substitutions. Given everything going on right now it's what I'm going to do for the foreseeable future.

  5. #5
    Site Supporter
    Join Date
    May 2016
    Location
    Austin, TX
    Around here in Austin Randals, Heb, walmart, costco, and Aldis are doing curbside pickup. Whole foods has a home delivery service. All of them are difficult to get a timeslot. We also have ended up getting a fraction of what we ordered and many substitutions.
    My wife was told when picking up a walmart order that a timeslot earlier in the morning is more apt to get all its contents.
    You may have to go further afield. We've been going up to cedar park and leander.

  6. #6
    Iíve got enough dry and staples for a while but so long as grocery shopping isnít outlawed, Iím making runs between 5 and 9am (as early as store is open) to get more fresh eggs, greens and produce, which Iím eating every day to make sure Iím as full of nutrients as possible. I think Iím averaging one run about every 5-6 days. Gloves and mask, I donít care what I look like.

  7. #7
    "We have a few N95 masks we can wear if we need to go into a store"

    Maybe obvious, but FWIW: N95 and similar masks come in two varieties - with and without exhale valves. Most industrial use ones have the valve, because they make the mask a lot more pleasant to wear. Medical ones don't have the valve, because with a valve outgoing air isn't being filtered. So either protects the wearer from whatever bad things are out there, but the ones with a valve don't protect the outside from you.

    As to the grocery, I suppose the best you can do if you can't arrange delivery is to make as few trips as possible, if the stores aren't limiting quantities.

    FWIW, I just went to walmart.com and there is a lot of stuff out of stock, but I added to the cart pancake mix, dried milk, kidney beans, granola bars, canned green beans, and beef stew - just testing a random assortment of stuff. There is free delivery for most of it if you spend over $35. So that's an option.

  8. #8
    Site Supporter 0ddl0t's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2019
    Location
    Jefferson
    Instacart is working here as long as you plan 2-3 days in advance. Curbside pickup is 1-2 days.

    This is a heavily mormon area so most everyone already has a year of food at home for emergencies, but it is sure nice to get fresh produce while it is still available.

  9. #9
    Irony Connoisseur Sidheshooter's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2013
    Location
    PacNW
    Fred Meyer has an order online deal where you drive up and call, and they wheel your stash out to the car for you.

    Of course, thereís no guarantee that the people doing your shopping for you arenít a/mild carriers.
    Attached Images Attached Images  

  10. #10
    Site Supporter
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    Midwest
    Instacart here delivers for the big chain store (Price Chopper), Aldi's and a boutique store (Cosentinos) I have used those 3 w success. It says it will do Costco to but the price premium on the few items I sampled seemed to be 10%ish. There was a disclaimer. It also seems to work with CVS and Target here as well.

    I wipe it down and break it out of pkgs where/when feasible. I was my hands before, during and after the process. I do not lose my shit or get pissed when they do no knock loud enough and my ice cream sits outside in 65-70 degrees long enough to melt b/c everybody is doing their best in these times.

    The prior two orders, the shopper communicates in real time re timeline, substitutions etc. That did not happen with the Aldi load to include my ice cream. I will change the instructions to tell them to knock real loud until we come see them v. just leaving it on the back stoop as that door is much closer to the kitchen.

    I am having groceries delivered via this app to my retired brother/mother as well.

    Alcohol and tobacco products are not being delivered via Instacart in this area. IDNK re others.

User Tag List

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •