Peapod provides online ordering and home and office delivery in the metro areas of Chicago, Boston, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Madison, New York City (all five boroughs), suburban N.Y. (Westchester County and Long Island) and Washington, D.C., and communities in the states of Illinois, Wisconsin, Maryland (Montgomery County), Massachusetts, Connecticut (Fairfield County and greater Hartford), Virginia (Fairfax County), Rhode Island (Providence area), Philadelphia area (Philadelphia, Montgomery and Delaware counties), Harrisburg, Mechanicsburg, and Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. If Peapod doesn't yet deliver to your area, check Safeway, Vons or our online grocer guide. I'm telling ya, try Peapod once and you'll be hooked. You haven't lived until someone carries 40 bags of your groceries to your countertop. Plus, I haven't found the prices to be any more expensive than what we paid at the neighborhood grocery. And the delivery fees are reasonable; in Chicago, for example, the fee is $5.95 for orders over $100.
Your first order takes a bit longer to put together because you have to use the site's search engine to find each item. But once you've placed your first order you can use a list of items from your previous orders to point and click. On average, it takes me about 20 minutes to finish my shopping at my computer every few weeks. I also make far fewer discretionary purchases than I used to (i.e. those sale cookies that catch your eye as you leave the doughnut aisle). Peapod also takes grocery coupons -- you hand them to the delivery person and they're credited on your next order. Peapod offers many instant coupons while you shop; simply click the link and the coupon savings are added to your order.
People often ask about produce, because you're trusting someone else to pick it out. But on each item you buy, you can type in specific instructions, i.e., "Green bananas, please." I've never had a problem with the produce that's been included in my order. Peapod also offers regular weekly sale items, just like any grocery store, and occasionally throws in a freebie, e.g. during one promotion, they included a free quart of strawberries. And one great feature about ordering
online is that you can click on any item to see a photo of it, along with its nutritional information. You also can sort items by price, by price per ounce or alphabetically. Notes: Peapod doubles manufacturer coupons up to 99 cents.
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