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2 · SATURDAY, AUGUST 19, 2017 Dear Jill, I’ve been thinking about using a grocery delivery service instead of going to the store. The one I’m looking at charges $15 to deliver the groceries. Do you think it’s worth it? —Kim D. Depending on where you live in the U.S., you might have noticed grocery delivery services are far more prevalent than they were a few years ago. In Chicagoland, which I call home, even area supermarkets and superstores are getting in on the groceries-to-go game. The convenience of shopping from home means less time spent in-store. Your groceries arrive at your doorstep — especially convenient if there are physical or logistic issues that prevent you from going to the store as often as you’d like. Depending on which grocery service you utilize, you also might be able to save a shopping list of your frequently purchased items to make future grocery orders even easier. So what should you keep in mind? Most grocery delivery services do charge a delivery fee, so you might find that it’s worth placing a larger order to justify the delivery fee. If a supermarket in your area offers grocery delivery, you might find that the in-store sale prices apply to the groceries being delivered as well. Other grocery delivery services have a different set of pricing for their online offerings. Of course, you’ll want to see if your grocery delivery service accepts coupons. Check whether you can apply online coupons to the items you’re ordering for delivery. Depending on your service, you also might be able to apply paper coupons to your order at the time it’s delivered. Another option to consider is curbside pickup. One national superstore is currently rolling this service out around the country, and several large drugstore chains already offer it, too. Place your order online, then drive to the store, where an employee will bring your purchased items directly to your vehicle. If you’re interested in trying grocery delivery or curbside pickup, it’s worth looking for introductory offers from your retailers of choice. One drugstore chain offers $10 off your first $20 curbside order, while others offer free delivery on your first order of groceries. When a large supermarket in my area began offering grocery delivery, they sent out a mailer for $25 off my first order. Dear Jill, I’ve seen a lot of commercials lately for boxed dinner delivery kits. You get a box of ingredients: Meat, vegetables, sauces and spices. They also send the recipes to make the food. The box shows up and you have a week’s worth of dinners ready to make. Have you tried these and are they worth it? The price seems a little high to me. —Gertrude P. Like grocery delivery, the meal kits often have attractive introductory offers. Some services allow you to browse and choose the recipes you’d like included in your kit, while others ship a predetermined meal plan for the week. Having the “What’s for dinner?” question answered for you every night of the week certainly seems attractive, especially to this busy mom. While I’ve looked at few different dinner kit services, I haven’t taken the plunge. Of the ones I’ve examined, the average cost of them works out to around $10 per person per dinner. When I’m feeding four hungry mouths on a nightly basis, it’s simply not cost effective for us to spend close to $300 per week just on dinners. My weekly grocery bill for all of our meals, breakfast, lunch and dinner typically doesn’t break $100. In looking at the recipes provided on some of the dinner kit services’ websites, I know I could make similar meals at home for less — especially pasta-based dishes, which typically are inexpensive to prepare. That said, if you’re a single person or a couple without children at home, you might feel differently. Take a look at the meals offered by the kit in which you’re interested, and consider howmuch it would cost to make similar meals with ingredients from the supermarket. Jill Cataldo, a coupon workshop instructor, writer and mother of three, never passes up a good deal. Learn more about Super Couponing at her website, jillcataldo.com. Email your own couponing victories and questions to jill@ctwfeatures.com. SUPERCOUPONING Can delivery be a deal? Jill Cataldo saves hundreds by making the most of the common coupon. You can too. Here’s how. adno=6312735 1X6-FIL-1 Passion. Experience. Integrity. 119 Mulone Drive Sarver, PA 16055 724.295.9090 The faces of integrity at Passion. Experience. Integrity. 119 Mulone Drive Sarver, PA 16055 724.295.9090 The faces of integrity at Lori Lux Eric Davis Hutterer/Stahl Team Jack Hutterer / Joyce Hutterer Marilyn Stahl / Christine Meyer Brenda Berger Cranberry Twp. Kittanning Allegheny Twp. Butler Twp. SE 91 Celtic Ash Court 952 Roupe Ave. 131 Creekside Dr. • Sarver Mills Cranberry’s best buy! This is a home you don’t want to miss. Located on a cul-d sac street it is unbelievably private. This large, private 3/4 acre lot extends into the wooded area. Large pines line the left side while a beautiful wooded back drop allows you to see deer, turkey, bunnies ect. The two tiered stone patio has its own fire pit. Step inside this meticulous home with an updated kitchen granite counters, custom backsplash new stainless refrigerator, dishwasher and microwave. Beautiful sunroom with vaulted ceiling and skylight. Has everything from 2nd floor laundry to 1st floor office. The garage is oversized and heated. Hutterer/Stahl 724-504-3858 $329,900 MLS# 1292963 This 3 bedroom brick home offers plenty of space with a large living room, formal dining room, fully equipped kitchen, 2 sunrooms, and 2 additional rooms in the attic which can be living space. Minutes from Route 28! Move right in! Located in the sidewalk community of Sarver’s Mill, this townhouse features 1st flr master suite! Gleaming HW floors, raised panel wall in LR & abundance of natural light. Bright, cheery kitchen features white cabinets & plenty of counter space. 2nd floor has 2 BRs & 2nd full BA. Enjoy quiet evenings on back deck w/new awning & overlooks beautiful wooded area. Community of Sarver’s Mill has clubhouse, inground pool, play ground & access to Rails to Trails! DIR: Rt 356 North to right on to Sarver Rd, go past Buffalo Elementary to Sarver’s Mill on the right. Turn right into plan, make 1st left past pool then next left to home on the right. Ranch in great neighborhood w/ clubhouse, comm heated pool & playground. LR w/beautiful cathedral ceilings & opens to DR & KIT. DR has French doors to 12x10 ft. back deck overlooking prvt backyard. KIT w/ceramic tile back splash, disposal, pantry & all appliances! Laundry rm off KIT. Master BR has 7x5 ft. walk-in closet & full master BA. 2nd & 3rd BR w/double closets. Home on cul-desac w/plenty of parking space in 2 car attached gar & lge driveway. 8x6 ft. covered front porch, plus huge basement w/high ceilings & ingress & egress window! DIR: Rt 56 E to 356 S. Allegheny Woodlands On Left, Evergreen Court Is First Right Off Treeline 204 Thornwood Eric Davis 724-421-6977 $185,900 MLS# 1249485 Brenda Berger 724-448-3988 $79,900 MLS# 1293681 OPEN HOUSE: SATURDAY 1-3 Brackenridge Lori Lux 724-316-3496 $210,000 MLS# 1285496 OPEN HOUSE: SUNDAY 1-3 114 Water Tower Rd. Conveniently located just out of town. Don’t miss out on this 3 BR 3 BA home that just might have everything you need. Entertain your family & friends in large 20x13 eat-in kitchen that has an open concept into living room. Vaulted ceilings w/ skylights in master bedroom that also has on-suite bath & walk-in closet. A really nice extra feature of this home is the huge newer room, once used as a family daycare with its own entrances, 1/2 BA & office space. Outside you have ample parking for any gathering w/4 car large garage w/ many extra spaces off drive way & don’t forget the view of town from deck!!! Definitely worth checking out!!! Jennifer Tresco 724-664-1649 $139,900 MLS# 1297127 Buffalo Twp. OPEN HOUSE: SUNDAY1-3 Hutterer/Stahl 724-504-3858 $424,900 MLS# 1243527 NEW LISTING Jennifer Tresco OPEN HOUSE: SUNDAY 1-3 Stunning brick home w/beautiful features. Professional landscaped w/ irrigation system & external lighting. Cherry cabinets & indirect lighting in KIT, double tray ceiling w/crown molding & wanes coating in frml DR, 1st flr master suite w/walk in closet & dble sink. 2nd sty catwalk over looking lrg FR w/FP, to 2 lrg BRs & BA. Home also offers plenty of storage space w/unfinished storage room upstairs that can be converted into living space & very lrg unfinished basement w/separate entrance from gar that could be converted to a mother-in-law suite or something more creative. DIR: Rt 356 N to straight at light, past sunnyview to L onto McQuistion Rd., L into Meadowood, Keep R then R onto Thornwood Dr. to home on L 325 Evergreen Court adno=6501236


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