I’ve been trying to find time all week to go to Costco but haven’t managed it. So I thought this might be a good time to try out Alice.com. This grocery shopping site launched earlier this year, offers free shipping on every order, keeps track of your grocery list, and reminds you when you might be running out of something. It will even auto ship items you use regularly. I’ve been lamenting the loss of the milkman for decades (even though I’ve never experienced the convenience of milk showing up at my door every morning.) So this sounded like it was for me.

It would be crazy to ship everything we buy at Costco. But there are a few things we end up running to a supermarket to get, either because Costco doesn’t have it or the containers there are too huge.

Could Alice fill that gap? I decided to give it a try.

After a quick confab with my husband, I had a list those few items I always send him out to get when he is making a beer run (because Costco doesn’t carry a brand he likes). Alice.com doesn’t handle produce or other perishables – which is often on that list — so I didn’t include those.

The List:

  • Chef Boyardee Ravioli in a can (My daughter is crazy for this stuff.)
  • Cereal in normal-sized boxes
  • The all-natural peanut butter we like
  • Popcorn (kernels not that stuff in microwave bags)
  • Beer
  • Dish soap in something less than a gallon size

I registered at Alice.com and used their cute little duck icon to identify categories of goods I buy. Then I went looking for the actual stuff we need. I did well with the cereal. And I found all sorts of “green” goods (including a dish soap in a normal size) I can’t get at Costco or my local grocer. The prices were very reasonable, too.

But I found no popcorn kernels, beer, peanut butter, or Chef Boyardee anything. So I guess Alice won’t be saving me from any of my grocery trips. I did order some things and even put a few things I always forget on automatic delivery. But I will still be spending tomorrow morning at Costco. And I will still have to run to the grocery store later in the week. Sigh.

Still, if I wasn’t trying to feed two growing tween/teens, a couple of dogs, and two cats, I might not need to shop with such military precision at Costco. In that case, I might quickly grow dependent on Alice. It would be great for shopping from the office or while traveling and for sending groceries to a college student.

And if Alice decides to stock beer, peanut butter, and popcorn (kernels not microwave bags!), my husband will be very happy.

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