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Friday, January 4, 2019
Foodie Fridays ~ Using Online Grocery Shopping To Help With Sustainability (SPUD)
Since we are a larger family, one area we really want to focus on is being more aware and smarter about our grocery shopping. We began with trying to reduce trips to the store to decrease vehicle use, reuse grocery bags and make sure that we buy only what we'll need for the week so no food gets wasted. (I go through the roof if food is wasted or goes bad because it isn't cooked or eaten.) That's when I started looking into online grocery places that allow not only to be able to shop for groceries but will actually deliver the food right to your door. After giving several places a thorough look through, I decided to try a local place called, SPUD.
This amazing company started in 1997 through seeing a need to reduce waste in the environment as well as to help support local farmers and food companies. When you go to their website, you will see that they offer a huge variety of fresh produce, meat and dairy all from local producers. That was one winning point for me.
Most of what they offer is organic but they also offer vegetarian and gluten-free options. They also work with local bakeries, Italian markets and other business who offer products that haven't been tested on animals, are naturally based and on board the recycling train. Another winning point.
Finally, they bring their food right to your doorstep in recyclable bins or boxes and use environmentally-friendly cold packs to wrap certain items in if you aren't at home when the delivery is made. You can also select the most convenient days and times to have your order delivered as well as to pick and choose specific items that you want to get more often (eg: you can choose to have your milk delivered on a weekly basis as part of your 'standing order'). And if they miss something in your order, or an item isn't up to par, they will refund you. That basically sold me.
We do still go to the grocery store for specific items, but we get most of our produce and specialty items through SPUD. My grocery bill seems to have dropped quite a bit because I allot a certain amount for the store, then the rest with SPUD. One word of caution I have for future SPUD shoppers it that you have to be prepared to spend a bit more on certain things than you would in the store because it is local and organic. If you stay on top of weekly sales both at the grocery store as well as through SPUD, you'll get the best bang for your buck and still be able to stay on budget.
This is not a service I ever foresaw coming, but it shouldn't be a surprise. After all, places like Skip The Dishes will bring stuff to your home from almost anywhere including McDonald's, donut places or even 7/11. I believe even certain liquor stores will deliver these days. (In that regard, it's probably a good thing. We don't need drunk drivers out there.) I always saw this sort of thing as a huge sign of laziness. I mean, seriously. We hardly need to leave our houses for anything anymore! And I have always been a person who is extremely fussy about my produce and bread products. I'm one of those weirdos you'll see touching, squeezing, or even smelling stuff. But I figure if I'm going to put it in my body, as well as offer it to my kids, the food I get has to be of the highest standards. Period. And SPUD seems to feel the same way.
I highly recommend SPUD to help out with your grocery shopping. The items they offer are locally grown, my order always comes within the time frame they set for it and the drivers totally love what they do. Well, I can't say that for all of them but they're knowledgeable, polite, courteous and truly seem to care that you got everything you needed.
So, there is my foodie tip for today. Today more than ever we really have to start paying closer attention to what kinds of footprints we'll be leaving behind. Where and how you get your food is just as important as what you put into your bodies. Let's work together to maintain sustainability!
Oh, and for my readers outside of Canada, feel free to share a similar service in your area. :)
(As a sidenote, SPUD is only available in B.C. and Alberta right now. Maybe more provinces will take an interest and get on board soon too.)