Vons.com Grocery Delivery Review plus GIVEAWAY

The Angry Family is quite busy.  It seems like someone is always coming and going. We can never quite coordinate our meal times, and it is even harder planning our meal planning.  It is typical to get text messages from my husband stating, “food?” or even “do you want to go to the store?” I dread the going to the grocery store.  I never know what to get and end up wandering the aisles aimlessly.

The rain last week in Southern California really left me unmotivated to go to the grocery store and it seemed like the perfect time to order our groceries to be delivered.  A few years ago, we lived in a different house, and I ordered groceries online several times a month.  Angry Kid was a newborn and it was just easier to have the groceries delivered than wake up a sleeping baby to go to the store.

We’ve used Vons.com for grocery delivery on several occasions for the past five years.  I love how effortless it is to order groceries in my pajamas, right from my laptop.  I don’t have to take my list, circle around for a parking lot, and wander up and down the grocery store aisles like I usually do.  YES, I am one of those people who wander aimlessly throughout the grocery store.  It has been especially nice the past few weeks here in Southern California, where it is pouring rain.

Have you ever grocery shopped online?

It is really simple on Vons’ website.  I entered my zip code to make sure that delivery was available to my area, and then I created an account.  I then chose a delivery time; with an option of 1 hr, 2 hr, and 4 hr delivery windows.  For an additional fee, I could have a 1 hr delivery window for delivery.  I had the option of placing an order to be delivered tomorrow morning, which is super fast.  After selecting the delivery window (which holds for 2 hrs.), it was time to move onto my order.

1. Getting Started: Your are provided a selection of 112 of the most ordered items to chose from. These are basic items which range from Dr. Pepper (my favorite) to toilet paper.  You are also given information on whether the item is on sale, or the Vons Club price.  When you place an online order, you are automatically given the Vons Club price.

2.  Shop by Aisle: You can select your items depending on what aisle they would be found in, from baby to tobbaco.  After selecting the aisle, you are given further options to narrow down your choices.

3.  Shop by History: If you have made previous orders, you can make choices saved from those orders. This is particularly helpful for those items that you purchase every week, your household staples.

4.  Online Savings: A category where Browse through our many online savings options to find the best deals on products you use everyday. Low on time? Check out the savings spotlight for deals you just can’t miss!

5.  Express List: Enter all the items you are shopping for in list format, or separated by commas.  Click “Save and Find” when you are ready to start shopping. Save as many lists as you need, update them as often as you want.

I am completely picky about my groceries.  When I was sixteen, I was a courtesy clerk (bagger) for Pavilions for about a year.  You should see me in the store when I’m going through the check out line.  I am very particular on how things are packed, etc.   I have never had crushed bread or broken eggs ever with my online orders.  Everything is packed so nicely for delivery.

Here are some frequently asked questions about Vons.com online grocery delivery:

Do you deliver to my area?

Currently, Safeway.com offers delivery to residential locations in the following areas: Northern California: San Francisco, Marin, Greater North Bay, East Bay, Sacramento, San Jose, Peninsula, Monterey, Salinas Portland, OR Seattle, WA Greater Phoenix, AZ Maryland, Philadelphia, Washington DC To find out whether we service your area or to request this service.

Is there a minimum order?

Yes, $50 is the minimum

What if I have specific instructions for my personal shopper?
You can indicate product specifications (such as “green bananas”, “firm tomatoes”, “thick cut deli meat” etc) using the “Request to your Personal Shopper” feature. We will make every possible effort to meet your expectation.
*If you have any other general questions about the online delivery service.  You can check out their Shopping Help Page for further details.
Safeway which is Vons’ home company has many great offers on their page.  Every week they update their WEEKLY SPECIALS, where you input your zipcode to find out what is available to you.
Also, in their recipes section, I found some delicious appetizers and drinks that would be perfect for last minute New Year’s Eve potlucks.  I think the Cranberry Raspberry Spritzer sounds divine.
Vons.com always offers FREE DELIVERY on your first home delivery order.  It is a perfect way to try out their service.

AND, The Best Part?

***I’m having a giveaway for $50 worth of gift certificates to Safeway/Vons.  They are only good in the stores and not online, unfortunately. And I’m making it really simple to enter.***
1. Comment on “Why would you shop online for grocery delivery? Have you shopped online for grocery delivery?”
2. Check out Vons.com and all they have to offer.
3. “Like” Safeway on Facebook because you will also find grocery related deals, and offerings there also.
You may leave a only THREE comments which pertain to each of the above three questions/choices.  Only U.S. entrants please.  Contest ends on 1/3/11 at 10pm PST.  I will chose a winner via random.org a few hours later and request their information.  I will then mail the gift cards to the winner within the week.

Disclosure: I was provided with Safeway giftcards to review their online shopping and grocery delivery service.  They did not persuade me to write this review.  I used images from their site for my post.  Just because I post about grocery shopping, does not mean that I will actually “cook” the purchased food.  I wave my magic wand and it appears.  Enter to win $50 in giftcards.  You can use the money on whatever you want in the store, whether it be really expensive baby formula or booze, your choice. Happy New Year! Thanks Vons.com.