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I first tried out Peapod a couple of years ago. Peapod is a grocery delivery service that’s great for busy moms. I like it because I can get the grocery shopping done when it is convenient for me. Oh and still be able to use their coupons to save money.
As a frugal shopper here’s what what I love most about Peapod. By shopping for groceries online, I can keep tabs on my, well, supermarket tab as I add items to my shopping cart. If I only want to spend $100 on groceries, I can see right there on the screen when I’m nearing my limit. This helps to keep me on budget. That’s something that’s super important to do and not easy to accomplish at the supermarket.
Peapod was founded in 1989 and is America’s largest online internet grocery shopping and delivery service. While this service may have started in one area of the country only, that is no longer true.
Peapod works in two ways–home delivery (my preferred method) or pick up at the store.
Currently Peapod serves the following markets:
- Chicagoland (Illinois Customers – You can save $20 off your first pick up order, with code CJPUP20IL.)
- S.E. Wisconsin
- Rhode Island
- New York (Great news–Peapod is now in New York City, serving Manhattan! Get $15 off your first order with code NYCJ15.)
- New Jersey
- Southern New Hampshire
- Washington, DC
- Philadelphia (Philadelphia Area Customers – Save $20 off your first order with code AFFL20.)
- S.E. Pennsylvania
- Central Pennsylvania (Peapod.com now offers grocery delivery service to more than 60 new ZIP codes in the Harrisburg, Mechanicsburg, and Carlisle PA area!)
As Peapod continues to add service areas, it adds on savings incentives for new customers to use.
Again, Peapod has a special offer for Suddenly Frugal readers only:
Get $20 Off Your First Order of $90+ at Peapod.com with code SFRUGAL20.
Peapod partners with local grocery stores to bring groceries to your door, literally. So when I lived in the Philadelphia area, Peapod’s partner was Giant Food Stores (get $15 off). Now that I live in New Jersey, I shop Peapod through my local Stop & Shop (get $15 off). Peapod also offers an option to pick up your groceries at your local Stop & Shop. You can save $15 on your first pick-up order with code CJPUP15.
Here is what convinced me to give Peapod a try. I learned that Peapod prices items based on the average for your area. I was always under the impression that the Giant in my town was more expensive than Giant supermarkets in other nearby towns. So I was excited to see how much cheaper my groceries might be. Also, I learned that Peapod doubles coupons. When you shop Peapod.com, Peapod will double up to $.99 per coupon (unless otherwise specified on coupon). That’s the same coupon policy as Giant and Stop and Shop. (I get my coupons off of Coupons.com before I shop.) And you have access to thousands of sale items every week.
I just found that you can use the shopping app Ibotta with Peapod. (Unfortunately, this is no longer true.) However, Ibotta helps to put cash in your pocket with every shopping trip. Download the free app from Ibotta.com. Now you can use it for shopping at stores other than grocery stores!
I originally tried Peapod in 2013 when I lived in Pennsylvania. Since I’ve continued to use the service after moving to New Jersey, I’ll add in some up to date thoughts on Peapod as well.
Peapod doesn’t just serve homes, it delivers to businesses as well. Businesses can save $50 off your first business order with code E-AFFB2B50.
The biggest pro? I don’t have to go to the grocery store at all. Plus, I can shop when it is convenient for me right. I can do it from my computer. What I especially liked is that I didn’t have to go through that awful exercise at the supermarket of putting everything in a cart, then taking everything out for checkout, then bagging everything up and putting in my car, then taking everything out of my car into the house to put my groceries away. No, earlier this week the bright green Peapod truck showed up in my driveway, and the driver delivered my groceries right into my kitchen.
You Can Use Coupons
Another pro: as I was placing my order on the computer, I was able to toggle over to my favorite online couponing sites like Coupons.com, Redplum and Smartsource to see if I could find any coupons that matched what I had on my list. I found only one, which was kind of a con. Usually, when I food shop, I cash in dozens of coupons. But maybe the fact that I wasn’t buying stuff to use up coupons helped me to spend less money overall.
I’ve since learned how to be a bit more savvy about how many coupons I had and were able to use. Recently, my coupons added up to $10.50 saved on an order of about $100. That’s 10%! I realize that’s not Extreme Couponing savings but I don’t believe those are real anyway.
You Used to Not Be Able to Suggest New Products
The products available via the Peapod site may not be as extensive as the normal grocery store. My kids love V8 fruit juice in a punch flavor. I could only find the orange flavor on Peapod. However, this site has now added a feature that allow you suggest new products for them to add to their offerings. I like that! (So this tip in the con area should perhaps be moved to the pro area?)
As far as the cons go, there aren’t many with Peapod. One frustration though: certain products are not advertised by their brand name, so matching with coupons was harder to do. For example, last week I used Peapod again and chose to buy clementines. On the Peapod site, it just said “clementines mandarin oranges.” But when my order arrived later on, the clementines were actually Halos Clementines. I had a $2 off coupon for them that I could have used. So with my next order, I made sure to hand the driver my Halos Clementines coupon, even though, again, the site did not include the brand. But sure enough, they were Halos again. That means that I saved $2. Cha-ching!
You Do Have to Pay for Delivery
You have to order at least $60 in groceries to qualify for delivery–and orders of $60 to $100 are charged $9.95 for delivery. Orders over $100 get a discounted delivery rate–that original $6.95. That’s another reason I like to sign up for inconvenient delivery times to slash anywhere from $2 to $4 off my bill. However, as a busy working mom who uses coupons, $6.95 or $9.95 is worth my time. Also, if I can get the discounted rate rate for choosing my delivery time–minus $4–plus a few more dollars off in coupons, then having groceries brought to me is, like I said, worth my time.
Speaking of delivery, Peapod doesn’t seem to have same-day delivery. Of course, if you need to do last-minute grocery shopping, like right now, Peapod is probably not your best option. I’ve found that there is usually a 24-hour turnaround time for placing and receiving an order. However, they’ve gotten better about this. Last night I placed my latest order, which I’ll get this afternoon.
Where I Noticed Savings
After the first time I used Peapod, I brought my receipt with me to Giant so I could compare prices. Of the 22 items I ended up buying via Peapod, 13 were the exact same price. Of course that means that 9 weren’t–but not all of them were more expensive.
Where I noticed the biggest savings via Peapod was with meat. For example, I bought Top Round London Broil, about 2.5 pounds of it, and paid $6.24. In the Giant store that same meat was priced at $3.99 per pound. That means I would have spent $9.98 at the store.
Another meat savings was with ground sirloin 90 percent lean. On Peapod I paid $3.99 per pound, for only a pound. At the Giant store, that same meat was priced $5.44 per pound.
How You Can Save, Too
Best of all I saved $20 on my first order.
Here’s another way to save. Choose a delivery time that was convenient for Peapod versus what was convenient for me. On my most recent order, they knocked $4 off my order for doing this.
So in the end I’ve saved money AND I’ve saved time. I don’t have to go to grocery store to get my groceris. Plus, I feel like I can do a better job of keeping my grocery spending in check by shopping via a website.
Even better–at the holiday time, such as the crazy days before Thanksgiving or Christmas or Super Bowl Sunday, or on weekends when most people grocery shop, I can avoid the crowded supermarket all together by using Peapod. Now that’s worth more than money can buy.