We all have good weeks and bad weeks. There are some weeks when I’m so completely on top of it – when my husband and I can get all our groceries, meal planning and prep done, cook a couple nights, I crush all my work goals, and somehow make it to the gym 5 days in a row. Then, there are other weeks, when I feel like I’m glued to my desk and working ‘round the clock, or am recovering from travel exhaustion, and I barely have enough time (or energy) for anything, let alone meal planning and grocery shopping. Truth be told, there are some weeks our fridge remains empty, save for the non-perishable staples that are always there, and mayyyybe some wine (we’ve all been there – don’t judge!).
But that’s life! You win some, you lose some. We all have things we sacrifice when we don’t have time. For us, it’s the groceries, which means we end up spending far too much of our money on take-out and delivery (and I’m neither confirming nor denying that I’ve ordered a certain fast food restaurant from a delivery app, even though it’s a 5-minute walk from our house). So now that Metro has launched its new online grocery service, we don’t have to worry about the question of “what’s for dinner?”
Believe me, when it comes to how we’ve gotten food into our home (and subsequently, our stomachs), Alex and I have pretty much tried every method under the sun – from fast-food delivery and take-out, to meal delivery boxes…you name it! The issue with doing groceries in the past was really just not having the time to drive to the store, wait for a parking spot, wait in line to check out, pack the groceries, unpack the groceries. It was SUCH a process! On the other hand, fast-food obviously adds up (not good for the wallet or the waistline). Meal delivery boxes provide variety, but you still have to stock up on certain weekly staples, including what you plan to consume for breakfast and/or lunch. So, when you factor in the cost of the delivery box plus the cost of your weekly staples, you can end up paying more than you would for your weekly groceries.
At the end of the day, the best solution is the one that’s most convenient, and saves us time and money. That solution for us has now become Metro’s online grocery platform, which combines the best of all worlds!
Personally, I am so happy to have a grocer that I know and trust using an online platform. I found the previous options for online groceries to be so limited and/or they charged a premium. Now that Metro’s ecommerce platform has rolled out across Ontario, I can order the same foods and brands I’m used to buying literally in 10 minutes, all from the comfort of my home! When you place an online order, you have the option of either picking your groceries up for free (2 locations are currently available – Metro Millcroft and Metro St. Clair), or you can have them delivered to you for a nominal fee of $11.99. That’s money well-spent, in my opinion, considering how much time this saves!
Here’s how it works:
- You visit Metro’s online grocery website and register an account for free.
- You key in your postal code, so you can find the store that’s closest to you.
- You select a 2-hr. time slot for delivery. And here’s the kicker: you can actually have groceries delivered to you SAME-DAY. Yes, you read that right! If you place your order before 1 p.m., you can have freshness delivered to your door that same day (the cut-off time for next-day delivery is 11:59 p.m. the day before).
- You select your groceries, add them to your cart, and check out, paying with any major credit card (there is a $50 minimum order).
- Once your order is processed, a personal shopper then hand-picks your groceries in-store to fulfill the order. Personal shoppers are dedicated members of the Metro Online Grocery team that are specially trained to select the freshest items for you.
- Once dispatched, your order is placed on one of Metro’s exclusive Tri-Zone trucks for delivery. The Tri-Zone trucks maintain the freshness of your order across three temperature zones: temperate, refrigerated and frozen.
- And voilà! Your groceries arrive on your door step on-time, as fresh as ever!
I also appreciate that I can benefit from the same deals and promotions as in-store, and I can collect AIR MILES when I shop online too! There is no fee for cancelling or changing an order, and there’s even a dedicated customer service with a toll-free number available every day of the week!
For us, there really is no downside to doing all our grocery shopping online at Metro.ca. Now that this is available, time is no longer an impediment to getting fresh, healthy food into our home and our bodies!
Have you tried Metro’s new online grocery service?
Photography by: Laura Clarke Photography
*This post was done in partnership with Metro, but as always, all opinions are 100% my own.