Yesterday, I put in an order of groceries to be picked up, today. I usually receive emails that my order has been received and reminders that it is ready for pick up, etc., but, this time, I didn't receive any emails or text notifications. I was concerned when I didn't hear from them by 10:45 a.m. and checked my order online, just in case I had made a mistake with the date and time of pick up, but, the website stated that my order will be ready for pick up at 11:00 a.m., today. So, I went ahead and notified them that I was on my way (they ask you to notify them and how long it would take you to arrive there).
Then, I drove to the store to pick up my grocery order. I parked in one of the pick up service spots and called the store, as usual. As usual, the automated check in service said the pick up team will be notified and to call back in someone doesn't bring my groceries out within 10 minutes. I waited for 20 minutes and two other vehicles pulled up, too. Still no groceries, so, I called again, and eventually, Tiffany brought over my groceries as well as the groceries for the other two customers. She verified my name, apologized for the delay saying the store's system was not working properly, put in the bags of groceries in the trunk of my car, told me I was good to go, and went over to load groceries in one of the other vehicles.
I drove home and just as I was turning into my drive way, my cell phone rang. But, by the time I had stopped the car and looked at who was calling (a number I didn't recognize), it had stopped ringing. I opened up the garage, drove in, parked the car, closed up the garage, and took in the two bags of groceries into the house - only two bags? I thought I had ordered more groceries than would fit in two bags. But, the bags were heavy and I thought maybe they packed everything in. I got inside the house and started to unpack the bags. That's when I realized that I had received only some of my groceries! Where were the strawberries? And the eggs? And the lettuce? And the frozen ravioli? I checked the website to check my receipt (once again, I didn't receive the email notifying me that my receipt was available), to check if anything was unavailable, but, no, the receipt showed that I had received everything I had ordered.
That's when I checked the phone call I had received on my cell phone, a few minutes earlier. Yes, it was the store calling; Tiffany had left a voicemail message apologizing that she had left three of my bags of groceries in the refrigerator. So, I called the store back and I was put through to Jennifer who apologized again for the forgotten groceries. Then, I drove back to the store and Jennifer brought the rest of the groceries out to me and apologized, again. I teased her that surely this would merit me a discount, but, of course, the payment had already been made and she couldn't give me a discount retroactively. She did thank me for my patience and good humor.
Then, I finally came home with all my groceries and put them away.
0.92 lbs. bananas (3) @ $.65/lb. = $0.60
1.19 lb. papaya (1 small "Caribbean Red") @ $.99/lb. = $1.18
2 mangoes @$1 = $2.00
1 lb. organic strawberries = $3.99 (I thought I was buying the 2 lb. non-organic strawberries that was on sale for $3.99, but, apparently, I clicked on the wrong strawberries; I was not very happy about that mistake as I wouldn't have bought strawberries at that price)
1 cucumber = $0.99
1 iceberg lettuce = $1.49
1 package (25 oz.) frozen beef ravioli = $4.29
1 doz. eggs (cage free) = $3.49 (reg. price $3.99; eggs have gone up in price)
2 cans (8.1 oz.) baking powder @ $1.99 = $3.98
4 x 1 lb. boxes baking soda @ $1.19@ = $4.76
1 container corn starch (16 oz.) = $1.29
2 boxes yellow cake mix @ $1.27 (with digital coupon; reg price $2.49) = $2.54
1 box pancake/waffle mix (32 oz.) = $2.59 (another item that has gone up in price)
1 bottle vegetable oil (48 oz.) = $3.79
1 loaf sandwich bread = $1.69
Total = $38.67
That was not the best grocery pick up, but, I am grateful that they had the corn starch that was out of stock last time and I received all the items I ordered. The store website had stated the baking soda was in short supply, but, I still received the four boxes I wanted (I use them for a lot more things besides baking). The frozen ravioli is something I have not had before; I wanted to try it.
May grocery budget - $100
Spent to date = $44.01 + $38.67 = $82.68
Balance = $17.32
I ate a banana as soon as I came home, then, had a salad for lunch. Dinner was leftover soup, followed by some of the expensive strawberries for dessert.
How is your grocery shopping coming along, this month? Are you staying on budget?