Well, after some surfing I found Alice! And let me tell you, she is amazing! This is my big secret I was anxious to share with you all! Alice is the latest and greatest thing for moms and their shopping! You pick out anything and everything you need, fill your cart (lots of items have coupons available even!), and check out. There is NO SHIPPING charges with Alice. Everything ships for FREE! There are household items for every room of the house. As long as it's a non-perishable, it's available! At a lot less than shopping cost! And did I mention it ships for FREE!!!!
On Sunday evening I decided to give Alice a try. I didn't want to go overboard not knowing what to expect so I just ordered seven items we needed. Sunday evening! My order shipped Monday morning via UPS and by Wednesday afternoon this is what I had on my patio
I opened my box to find that it was packed with some awesome bubble wrap to keep my items from shifting, busting, etc.
Now.... Alice is looking pretty good. Great packaging, name brand items (which was my daughter's first concern since part of it was hair products for her), and did I mention FREE shipping?! Plus, three of my items had coupons available so my coupon savings was $1.60. Not too shabby. Sometimes I buy items just because I have a coupon or they are on sale. Hence the Dial soap. Cuz I'm not a Dial fan, but it was on sale.
So, then I decided that if I'm really going to make sure Alice gets the credit she deserves I needed to do some comparison shopping. I went to three stores in my town. Hy-Vee, Pamida, and Dollar General. I can hear some of you now saying, why not Wal Mart? Hello! I would LOVE to have a Wal Mart where we live, but unfortunately it's a one hour round trip to get to the nearest Wal Mart. Another reason Alice gets my vote. I'm saving time, gas and extra money I would spend impulse shopping for things I DO NOT NEED when I step into the
I know the store clerks thought I was nuts so I made up a little fib that I was working on a project and had to do some comparison shopping, could I pick up seven items, have them ring them up and provide me with a receipt. "What class is this for?" Ummm.... an economics class! Yeah, that's it! HOME economics! LOL
I wanted you all to know for sure that I got exactly the same items, so I took more pictures! Yes, I'm the nut you saw in the store taking pictures in the deodorant aisle! :)
So, here's my breakdown:
Dial Round the Clock Gold (3 bars)
Dawn Dish Liquid (10 oz)
Degree Summer Rain Deodorant $2.96
Head & Shoulders Dry Scalp
Herbal Essence Smoothing Cream $3.69
Herbal Essence Shampoo $3.45
Reach Toothbrush $0.90
Making my grand TOTAL (w/FREE SHIPPING!) $19.34
Less than $20 bucks folks! I was a bit impressed. Then I went shopping.... and was thoroughly blown away!
PAMIDA (Our version of Wal Mart in our podunk town)
Dial Gold (3 bars) $3.49
Dawn Dish soap (they didn't have same size so I got $3.49
the cheapest available Dawn)
Head & Shoulders Dry Scalp $6.49
Herbal Essence Cream (NOT AVAILABLE!) OUCH
Herbal Essence Shampoo $4.29
Reach toothbrush $3.29
Making my grand TOTAL (MISSING ONE ITEM) $26.44
That's $7.10 MORE than Alice!
HY-VEE was next (I don't usually shop for these things at the grocery store but hey...)
Dial Gold (3 bars)
Degree (didn't have the 'scent' we use) $3.12
Head & Shoulders $5.78
Herbal Essence cream (NOT AVAILABLE) OUCH
Herbal Essence Shampoo (different kind) $3.83
reach toothbrush (didn't have, got cheapest brand) $1.88
TAX (we figured approximate due to voided receipt) $1.43
Making my grand TOTAL (MISSING ONE ITEM) $20.00
That's only $0.66 more than Alice but we didn't get what we wanted and items we use weren't even available!
Now, Dollar General was my last shot. I've shopped there. I knew there might be skeptics that would say, well you need a dollar store! NOT! Most of those stores charge you more because they sell in dollar increments and people don't even realize they are spending more. But, I knew it was worth the look see!
Dial Soap (3 bars - wrong scent) $2.10
Dawn dish soap $1.45
Degree (wrong scent again-hey teenagers are picky!) $2.50
Head & Shoulders $5.00
Herbal Essence Cream (NOT AVAILABLE....AGAIN)
Herbal Essence Shampoo $3.25
Toothbrush (different brand - cheapest kind) $1.75
All the other hair cream frizz static products were averaging $3.00
Making the grand TOTAL $20.52
That's $0.18 more than Alice. Not bad.
So, I'm going to become a 'planner' and do my shopping with Alice. Not only does she save me money (heck the trip to Wal Mart would have cost me $10 in gas alone!)...
I can shop while the kids are in bed asleep.
I don't have to get out and drive through this
Yeah, I know... looks real busy huh?! I live in the middle of nowhere people!
and this....(the road to the middle of nowhere from my house)
or pay for this....
and I can enjoy a whole lot more of this...
(that's sunshine folks!!! It's been rare in these parts!)
and a whole lot more of THIS....
So check it out!!!
You'll be glad you did!