Our family recently tried out a new amazing time-saver: Hannaford To Go. And here’s what happened: *angel choir singing*. It was awesome! Hannaford To Go is a grocery service offered at many local Hannaford locations where you order your groceries ahead, and pick them up at the store. It is an unbelievable blessing for busy moms. It saved me time (no going into the store!), money (no impulse buys!), and the headache of having to unstrap the kids from their carseats and tell them to stop complaining 38493247 times while we did our shopping. Literally the only down-side to this service is that you have to plan ahead (easier said than done…)
Here’s how it works:
1. Select your store.
You go online and select a store here. The Portsmouth Hannaford does not currently offer this service but it is worth the drive to another local store! As of today, can find it locally at: York Hannaford, 2 locations in Dover as well as Exeter Hannaford.
2. Pick a delivery time.
You do this waaaay up at the top of the page where it says “reserve a pick up”. Don’t forget to reserve a delivery time! Especially if you are shopping at a busy time (like Monday morning). You can reserve your time before you even start making a shopping list. Once you pick a time, you have 2 hours to finish your list and confirm.
I missed this step and by the time I finished making the list availability had moved from as early at 2pm to nothing until 7pm! It ended up being no big deal, because I scheduled my pick up time for the next day when I knew I’d be out in that area anyway. But if you have limited availability you will want to make sure you pick your time fairly early in order to ensure availability.
3. Shop for your groceries.
You can stop using the search function for specific items (“bananas”) or brands (“polar”). You can also browse different categories or departments here. Another option is to shop the weekly flyer where you can add items directly to your card by hovering over them. You can save things to your shopping list so that you can use them again next time or just add them to your cart.
For me, this was the hardest part. I had to plan out what I wanted to eat ahead of time. But I also think that doing this helped save our family money because I didn’t make any impulse buys. Plus, I love the fact that once you’d made an order, you can always go back to it and add those items to your future order. You only have to start from scratch once.
4. Place your order.
All you have to do is set up an account and confirm your order. You pay when you pick it up!
5. Pick it up!
I was also a little nervous about this part. I wasn’t sure what to expect or how long it would take. I was very pleasantly surprised about how easy a quick it was. I was out of there in under 5 minutes!
All you have to do is park in one of the designated “Hannaford To Go” spaces. Then, you dial the phone number posted on the sign. An employee comes out and informs you if they had to omit anything or make any substitutions on your order (there was 1 on mine out of $150 worth of groceries). Then, they take your payment and bring it inside the store for you. The employee processes your payment and returns to your car with your groceries and receipt. While you’re signing, they load everything up.
When I got home and unpacked the groceries, I was very happy. Everything looked really nice, fresh, and was exactly what I had selected. The produce was beautiful (they even gave me green bananas as I requested in my order). All in all the results were much better than if I had sent my husband to do the shopping (hehe… kidding… kind of…).
In conclusion, Hannaford to go is fast, simple, easy, and perfect for new moms with a sleeping baby in the car! I’m not sure why I was reluctant to try Hannaford To Go, but I am sure glad that I did! I have been converted to a loyal customer and will be recommending this service to all of my clients (no, this is not a sponsored post, I really just think it is amazing). I can’t tell you how many times I have arrived at the store (20 minutes from my house) only to abort the mission because I had a sleeping kiddo (or 2) in the car. Here’s to Hannaford To Go for helping me avoid this issue in the future, saving me time, money, and my sanity!