Monday, July 6, 2015

Traveling with babies? Use a grocery delivery service!

Welcome to this month's Blogorail Black Loop. Today we are sharing our must haves when we are traveling with little ones.

This weekend, I'm heading down the Jersey Shore for a little rest and relaxation. That used to mean packing a small bag with a bathing suit, a few pairs of shorts and a few tee shirts, but with a six month old, that means that we've been packing the car for two days.

If you had to add one more item to our mid-sized sedan, I honestly don't think you'd find the space. And that is precisely why, in November when we travel to Walt Disney World for eight days, we're using a grocery delivery service.

Why Delivery?

When I go to Walt Disney World, we never rent a car. If you're staying on Disney property, I believe a car is more than unnecessary, it can be a time waster. However, now that we need groceries, this limits our options.

Recently, we have started to get our groceries delivered via delivery service. In New York, we use Stop & Shop's Peapod service. As a mom that works full time, I decided that I didn't want my nights and weekends spent on things like grocery shopping. I rather spend that time with my son. Likewise when I'm vacation, even if I had a car, I rather spend a few extra dollars and have someone else shop for me.

Garden Grocer in Orlando

 Garden Grocer Banner SmallIn November, I'll be using Garden Grocer (affiliate link) for our trip. Garden Grocer offers all of the items I need. Diapers, formula and baby food for my son. Cereals, coffee, laundry detergent and snacks for my family. We are staying at the Grand Floridian Villas and we plan on stocking our kitchen fully for the eight days we will be in Orlando.

Garden Grocer will deliver our food on our arrival day directly to the resorts. Often they will leave the packages with bell services; other times, if you get a slow day, they'll bring the packages directly to your room. Either way, you cannot get more convenient than this!

The Price of Doing Business

You will pay slightly more for your groceries through Garden Grocer, but you have to consider the price of your vacation time. There are always sale items you can view, but overall I don't believe the prices are too bad. While you may pay slightly more than your neighborhood store, it is well worth it in my opinion.

Also, my favorite airline JetBlue just began to charge for checked bags. It costs so incredibly  much to check bags with an airline. Diapers, food, etc. take up so much space in your very limited space. I rather pay for my groceries than deal with extra luggage and skyrocketing fees.

Here's What You Need to Know

  • When placing your order you will select the delivery date and a 2-hour time "window" for your grocery delivery. 
  • Deliveries are made from 8:00 am till 9:00 pm, 7 days a week.
  • There is a $40 minimum on food/drink items.
  • There is a $14.00 delivery fee. Big spender? If you spend $200 the delivery fee is only $2!
Have you used a grocery delivery service? Stay tuned for my review this December. 

For more information on what to bring when you are traveling with little ones, check out the other great posts from the Blogorail!

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