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Those of you downtown are probably familiar with Peapod, the grocery delivery service. Maybe you've seen the trucks parked on the street while making a delivery. Well I tried them out this weekend at their request and it was kind of awesome. I was pretty surprised because I love grocery shopping, and didn't think I'd like shopping for them on the web. Let me start by describing my usual routines:

Sometimes I walk over to the Star Market near the Prudential Center with an empty backpack (45 min), do all my shopping (15-20 min), pack what I can & carry the rest, and then walk to the T and hop on to get back home (20 min).

On other occasions when I go to Costco, I drive out to the one in Avon - they sell alcohol there - (30 min), do my shopping after ogling all the huge tv's out front (20-30 min), drive back to my apartment (30 min), circle the block looking for a temporary parking space (10 min), unload the groceries into my apt (10 min), get back in my car and drive to the parking garage where I park (10 min), park my car and walk home (15 min).

Now let's talk about Peapod. I went to the website and created an account (2 min), surfed through the pages looking for stuff to buy (10-15 minutes), chose a time when I would be home and wanted to have my groceries delivered (2 min), and I paid via credit card (2 min).

I placed my order Thursday night and chose delivery on Saturday morning. I figured on a Saturday morning, there was a 99.9% chance that I'd be sleeping in so it wouldn't be a big deal to open the door to receive some groceries and then go back to bed.

A few of things do still bug me though. One, I'm a bit of an impulse shopper so I like to see things on the shelf. Second, I felt a little bit like I was waiting for the cable guy when I had to choose a delivery time. My original window was 7:30am-11am, which Peapod then narrowed down to 9am-11am. My guy ended up showing up a few minutes after 11. And third, the minimum order amount is $60. As a single guy I don't usually spend $60 at the grocery store in one sitting.

Overall though, Peapod was kinda awesome. It saved me so much time and effort. I don't think I'll completely get rid of regular grocery shopping, but I think I might be adding Peapod to the routine for those times when I'm just really busy or when it gets really cold out.

My suggestion - try it out for yourself and see what you think. To make things better, the folks at Peapod gave me a $20 promo code to give you guys so you can try it out. When you log in to Peapod, on the lower right hand part of the screen, there is a box for promo codes. Use: BLOGPOST11 to to get $20 off your order.

Try it out and let me know what you think. Or for those of you that already use it, any helpful hints for the rest of us?

Click (here) to go to the Peapod site.

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6 Response to "Review: Peapod Is Kinda Awesome & $20 Promo Code"

  1. Dan Dan Said,

    Is there a delivery fee in addition to the prices there? Because the prices are actually not too bad...

    Posted on 9/30/08, 9:25 AM

  2. Ravi Said,

    Just signed up to give a try... thanks for the promo code!

    Posted on 9/30/08, 12:16 PM

  3. Beantown Bloggery Said,

    Yes there is a delivery fee. For orders under $100 it's $9.95. Which isn't too bad for me because I drive a huge car - $9.95 worth of gas would last me about 30 miles. There was also a "fuel surcharge" of about a dollar on my bill. And i tipped the delivery guy a few bucks. I believe that covers all the additional costs.

    Posted on 9/30/08, 1:35 PM

  4. Anonymous Said,

    I like peapod, and I don't mind the fee because of the time it saves. (time is money) I also try to use promo codes. To meet the minimum order I to stock up on canned goods, because those can get really heavy to carry on the T and walk home!


    Posted on 10/2/08, 9:38 AM

  5. Anonymous Said,

    Thanks for the promo code! And for the good review - I signed up afte reading it. My experience was v positive!

    Posted on 11/21/08, 9:26 PM

  6. Anonymous Said,

    I just got my first Peapod delivery today. The whole process went extremely well. The Sunday morning slots after 8am were taken, so I picked the 6-8am. It was worth getting up early to have over $200 worth of groceries delivered to my door. There are usually 2 kids in tow at the store, and I am sure they will not miss going. For I plan to implement this into my weekly schedule.

    Posted on 11/23/08, 11:37 AM


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