This post contains affiliate links. If you’re too busy to make the trip, you have a sick child at home, or you’re trying to stay at home, you may be wondering where to buy groceries without going to the store. (And even if you do make a trip to the grocery store right now, you will likely be faced with empty shelves and an odd assortment of unusual ingredients that are still available.) These are some of the strategies we’re using to buy groceries for our family without stepping foot in a grocery store.
Where to Buy Groceries without Going to the Store
There are many places where you can order your groceries and have them delivered to you.
In our area, meat seems to be one of the more difficult products to find. These local and online retailers can help you get good, quality meat delivered to your door.
Luckily, a group that I’m part of is currently offering their twice a year group buy on grass-fed meat. My husband and I decided to go ahead and buy 1/4 side of beef because we’re unsure what the next few months will bring. We’ll be glad to have so much meat in the freezer.
ButcherBox (use my referral link, and we each get $30 off our order) is a company based in Vermont and offers one of the most flexible ways to order quality meat online. Simply sign up for a box, and either let ButcherBox choose which types and cuts of meat you’ll get, or customize your own box. You can also choose how often you want your box sent to you, and you can put the box on pause with no penalty. (Read my complete ButcherBox review.)
We regularly get a ButcherBox about 4 times a year, but now, since I want to stay out of the grocery stores for the foreseeable future, we’ll likely be getting one once a month.
U.S. Wellness Meats
Another one of my favorite meal delivery companies, U.S. Wellness Meats, is based in Missouri. You can choose any amount and any type of meat that you want shipped to you. (The minimum order is 7 pounds and $75. Shipping is free, but there is a $9.50 handling fee. If you sign up for their email list, you’ll automatically get a discount code for 15% off your order, and every other week their email contains a 15% discount code.
Grow a Garden
We’ve been in our house for 5 years, and finally, the soil is good enough for my husband to produce a decent garden. During this time, we’ve been lucky enough to have fresh lettuce and sugar snap peas as well as beets and kale. Our garden will be winding down as the Arizona heat strikes, but for most parts of the country, gardening weather is just around the corner.
If you’re able, plant a garden. And remember, even if you have just a little space, you can plant a container garden.
For the last three weeks, we’ve been getting our produce from Farmbox Direct. You can choose an organic box or an all natural one, and you can choose a small, medium, or large size. You can also choose to get all fruit, all veggies, or a mix of both.
I love that there is also a bit of flexibility in the box. A few days before it ships, you’re allowed to go in and sub out items you don’t want.
Each time we’ve gotten our box, the produce is amazingly fresh and still cool. The packaging is excellent.
We love Azure Standard. This company is my go to for ordering gluten free oatmeal in bulk as well as most of my herbs and spices. They are also a great place to stock up on dry goods like beans and rice. To buy from Azure, you need to find a drop site near you. Once a month, Azure delivers to your preferred drop. You must place your order about 10 days before your drop date.
Meal Service Kits
Another option that I’ve seen some of my single and couple friends use is meal service kits. The only one I’ve tried is Green Chef, and we did enjoy the meals that we got from them. I love that with a meal service kit, all of your groceries for the recipes are delivered right to your door. We would definitely consider ordering from Green Chef again.
You may be wondering, in these current times, where to buy groceries without going to the store. Whether you’re child is sick, or you just don’t have the time, or you are trying to avoid colds and flus, there are many ways to have groceries delivered to your home. These are just a few of the strategies we use.