Saving Time - and Sanity - with Save-On-Foods Online Shopping

This post is sponsored by Crisp Media on behalf of Save-On-Foods. The opinions are my own.

I love to cook and I value home-cooked meals over eating out because I like having some control over what my family eats. Not in a creepy I-want-to-monitor-every-item-you-consume type of way, but I like knowing what goes into our food. I want my kids to appreciate the relationship between what they put into their bodies and how their bodies feel and function.

Cooking a lot of home-cooked meals means doing a lot of grocery shopping though, and navigating the aisles with a screamy baby and a 5-year-old who wants every treat he sees is not high on my list of priorities.

Save-on-Foods online shopping to the rescue! It's a busy person's dream. Just sign up for an account, shop the online aisles, and someone does all the shopping for you. Store pickup is free and easy (no need to park and go into the store; there's a handy pickup spot and someone brings your bags right to your car) or you can have your groceries delivered to your doorstep for a small fee. There is an order minimum to use the service but it's low - $40 (which, let's be honest, we can meet with our coffee and squeeze-y yogurt tube purchases alone). Check out the quick tutorial for an overview of the service.

I didn't need any convincing beyond "you don't have to get out of the car" (hello, sleeping baby!) but if you need to be swayed, let me introduce you to the My Favourites list. Under the "add" button on each product, there's a little heart which gives you the option to add the product to your My Favourites list. When I sit down to do my weekly shop, my first stop is My Favourites. These are the items we go through quickly but they're also the staples I like to have on hand. I do a quick scan and if any of our staples are on sale, I stock up. My Favourites helps my sleep-deprived brain remember what we use on a regular basis but it also helps me save money.

Looks like this week we're stocking up on peanut butter!

Looks like this week we're stocking up on peanut butter!

I was skeptical at first (how will someone be able to pick out my produce? I like my produce just so) but once I discovered that I could add a note to each item, I was appeased. I add notes to the items I'm a bit fussy about (I don't want a tub of yogurt that expires two days after I bring it home!) and the shopper does their best to abide by my requests. I also check the box that allows my shopper to make substitutions if an item is out of stock so I'm not left without something I need. The shopper reviews my substitutions with me when I pick up my order and I have the option to reject any that I'm not satisfied with. I've even had a shopper ask if he could go back into the store to find me a different replacement after I wasn't happy with his initial substitution.   

Building a useful My Favourites list and adding notes to my order are tiny time commitments compared to actually taking both kids grocery shopping with me, and I can do both (pantsless! drinking an icy cold g&t!) from the comfort of my own home. Scheduling grocery pickup fits easily into our lives. There are so many time slots available (7 days a week!) and you book a 2-hour window, not a specific pickup time (perfect for me because with two kids I'm never able to get anywhere at a set-in-stone time). I plan it around other events so I'm just making a 5-minute stop on the way home from the doctor or a playdate, instead of rushing around the store trying to remember everything we need and not lose my kid to the cookie aisle.

It's a no-brainer. Which is great for me because my brain hasn't been seen in quite some time (see: screamy baby).

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Save-On carries products you can't find anywhere else and I want to share how I use a few. These brick oven pizza crusts are so versatile and (it pains me to admit) taste better than my homemade crust.

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Apricot & Goat Cheese Flatbread

1 brick oven pizza crust
3 Tbsp apricot jam
50g (half log) goat cheese, crumbled
2 big handfuls (approximately 2 cups) baby arugula, washed and dried
2 tsp olive oil
2 tsp balsamic vinegar
salt and pepper to taste
balsamic reduction to drizzle

1.  Preheat oven to 425F.

2.  Spread crust evenly with apricot jam and sprinkle crumbled goat cheese evenly over top. Bake for 10 - 12 minutes until crust becomes golden.

3.  In large bowl, toss together arugula, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar. Season with salt and pepper.

4.  Top flatbread with arugula and drizzle with balsamic reduction. Slice into thin slices and serve immediately. Preferably with an icy cold g&t.