L.C. asks from Downers Grove, IL on June 03, 2009
R.L. answers from Chicago on June 04, 2009
I've used Peapod for years, and find it too convenient to give up, even with the delivery fee and some higher costs. I haven't had any missing or wrong items since the first year or so, and I love the convenience of shopping off of my list, having someone bring it to my home, a shopping trip can take 10 minutes. There are money saving opportunities, like sorting items by price, timing specific sales for stocking up, and I find that when I do go to the store, it's only for a few things and I spend less overall.
L.W. answers from Chicago on June 03, 2009
I've used Peapod for many years. When they first started out they were affiliated with Jewel, then they branched out on their own and have their own warehouse of food.
In all honesty I would say that Peapod is more expensive. The prices tend to be higher, and when they have a "sale" generally the sale prices are what you would have paid normally elsewhere. Then of course on top of that you pay for delivery. I continue to use the service on and off because it's just more convenient when you don't have the time. But when I do use it, I keep in mind that I'm not going to get as many groceries as I would have shopping normally. Which is why I don't use the service for every shopping trip. Another convenience is that you can get more than groceries using Peapod. So that does help also.
Just so that you have the information you need to compare. I shop for a family of 4. I normally shop at Jewel or Meijer every other week, and I started using Peapod a few years before my youngest was born ... so I'd say I've been using it about 8 or 9 years or so.
Hope that helps!
P.S. L., I came back to add some things that I think you may want to know . . .
1. In all the time I've been shopping with them, something on each order has not been right. Meaning they either forgot items, or they brought the incorrect item. (They will issue a credit for this or attempt to redeliver).
2. If you use coupons, the coupons are credited to your account and the credit is given on your NEXT shopping trip. So if you don't use them again, you're not saving any money.
C.K. answers from Chicago on June 03, 2009
Has anyone used Pea Pod for groceries?
If so, are they more expensive than going to the store?
Depend on what the products are. Sometimes when they're on sale, it can be a bit cheaper or the same with grocery store.
And what store do they shop at? I though it was Jewel but im not sure.
I think now they have their own facility.
Im in Downers Grove and was thinking of trying it. Any thoughts?
I tried it couple of times, when I just had my baby. Use the coupon, it will cover the delivery charge. Their stuffs are pretty good and fresh. Sometimes they have stuff that kinda hard to get in the regular grocery. We pay for the convenience, nothing can really beat the price of grocery store when they're on sale ;)
M.J. answers from Chicago on June 03, 2009
Peapod has their own warehouse. They used to shop at Jewel, but not anymore. Their prices can be high, but when you put your items into your cart, you can see a running total. So in that sense, I found it to help me save money.
I had problems with them forgetting stuff and then trying to get them to deliver it instead of issuing a credit.
There are coupons out there for a discount for 1st time users. I would try to google it.
D.N. answers from Chicago on June 03, 2009
I think they were linked to Jewel when they first started. they have their own "store" now. I have checked them out. The prices are pretty comparable to Jewel, depending on what products and brands you buy. You can also save money by choosing a "store" brand like Country Delight milk or Dutch Farm eggs. A friend used to use them while she was bedridden and did like it but prefers to get out of the house now and it does cost a bit more sometimes. Of course, she tends to scour all the store ads for her area and gets fantastic deals.
M.S. answers from Chicago on June 03, 2009
Have not used them but have been on the web site. I do like the fact that you see how much you are spending, it adds right up in the upper right hand corner. You can also use coupons & they always have a tv coupon for your 1st visit, like $10.00 or $20.00 off.
Let us know if you try it & what you think.