Have you used garden grocer? How was it?

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Have you used garden grocer? How was it?

I'm pricing out my options to get some grocery items while in WDW...trying to decide whether it's cheaper to get them delivered or to get a cab and pick up a few things. On the garden grocer web site it says that there is free delivery over 200...but I won't be ordering that much, any one have experience and know about how much shipping is? Do they calculate it by weight? Price? Flat rate?

Also, I will want to purchase some produce (and it would be weird not picking that out myself) if you've used garden grocer how did you find the quality of the fresh items? ( I'd be disappointed to get a bag of bruised apples or mushy oranges)

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Oh dear...I found an awesome site for you...lemme know what ya think!

www.mousehouseconcierge.com

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The site is cool but doesn't offer the items I'm looking for...I need perishables like yogurt and fruit for the morning to go along with my oatmeal.

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I have had great experiences with them. The milk and yogurt are always cold and the bananas were exactly what I ordered (they have degrees of banana ripeness you can select). I'd highly recommend the service!

They also call to double and triple check, then texted me once the delivery was made to the resort. They hit the delivery time every time. Our last two trips we got breakfast basics, plastic spoons, paper plates and bowls, tea, sweetener, two cases of water, etc. Cost was @ $70.00 and that included delivery - which I think was about $12.00.

Also, the bell service desks are pros at taking care of the cold stuff if you are in the parks during the delivery window, AND they will bring it to you once you get back to your room!

Great company, IMHO.

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I used them before and I LOVED it!! I plan on ordering again for my upcoming trip!

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I'm thinking about having a case or two of bottled water delivered to our room. We'll be at POR for 8 days and I've heard stories about Florida water yuck yuck yuck yuck

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Just keep in mind that you MUST buy at least 40 dollars worth of stuff plus a flat rate shipping fee which I think is only 12 dollars. Its not hard to reach the 40 dollar mark because it's a little expensive but it's SO convenient! You don't have to over load your suitcase with snacks and water bottle that may or may not survive the trip lol You also don't have to worry about getting a cab and spending forever in a grociery store walking in circles trying to find what you need in an unfamiliar store. We stayed at ASM and our groceries arrived before we did so they held it at the front desk. They even kept the cold stuff cold for us. I highly recommend it.

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petriedish wrote:
The site is cool but doesn't offer the items I'm looking for...I need perishables like yogurt and fruit for the morning to go along with my oatmeal.

My girlfriend was actually looking for perishables too, and she contacted Mouse House Concierge directly, and they said they could get absolutely anything from the supermarket for her and have it delivered directly to the hotel no problem. Their shipping policies and prices seem unbeatable. You should definitely contact them and see if they can get what you need...

We're gonna just buy a case of water...24pk for $17, free shipping, no fuel surcharges or anything. Here's how they compare for a case of water:

MouseHouseConcierge? 24pk, $17.

Garden Grocer?...$53.99

($40.00 minimum plus $12.00 delivery charge plus $1.99 gas surcharge.)....Yuck. yuck

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We've used them a couple years ago. We enjoyed it but you have to watch how much ya buy.... We ended up with too much. Lol

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For 4 people, would you say 12 bottles per person for 7.5 days will be enough? We don't want to run into having too much!

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I was looking around at prices and if your only getting water it looks like staples is the best price

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For 4 people, would you say 12 bottles per person for 7.5 days will be enough? We don't want to run into having too much!

I think that entirely depends on how much water you usually drink. My family will go through 2-3 bottles a day per person and we don't usually go during the really hot season.

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Also... if your just getting water... what airline are you flying? We fly South West and with the 2 bag policy... we always have a bag or two and we now put snacks, water, pop and such in them. As long as your under the weight... you'd be fine, and its A LOT cheaper. But thats if you have the extra room. And then those bags can be your souvenir bags.

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Mase wrote:
Also... if your just getting water... what airline are you flying? We fly South West and with the 2 bag policy... we always have a bag or two and we now put snacks, water, pop and such in them. As long as your under the weight... you'd be fine, and its A LOT cheaper. But thats if you have the extra room. And then those bags can be your souvenir bags.

Great idea! We are flying on American airlines and are military, so we get extra baggage allowances. I'm just not sure I can convince my husband to bring a case or two of water across the country lol

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Mase wrote:
Also... if your just getting water... what airline are you flying? We fly South West and with the 2 bag policy... we always have a bag or two and we now put snacks, water, pop and such in them. As long as your under the weight... you'd be fine, and its A LOT cheaper. But thats if you have the extra room. And then those bags can be your souvenir bags.

My friend brings a case of beer in her second bag.

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petriedish wrote:
I'm pricing out my options to get some grocery items while in WDW...trying to decide whether it's cheaper to get them delivered or to get a cab and pick up a few things. On the garden grocer web site it says that there is free delivery over 200...but I won't be ordering that much, any one have experience and know about how much shipping is? Do they calculate it by weight? Price? Flat rate?

Also, I will want to purchase some produce (and it would be weird not picking that out myself) if you've used garden grocer how did you find the quality of the fresh items? ( I'd be disappointed to get a bag of bruised apples or mushy oranges)

i use wegoshop.com they will go to your store of choice, i like winn dixie down there, and they don't make money on the groceries, the delivery fee is set for how much you order. The only downside is they don't have a shopping list that has items to choose from so you have to know what you want, they are great though, check them out WeGoShop.com

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JoAnn C wrote:
Mase wrote:
Also... if your just getting water... what airline are you flying? We fly South West and with the 2 bag policy... we always have a bag or two and we now put snacks, water, pop and such in them. As long as your under the weight... you'd be fine, and its A LOT cheaper. But thats if you have the extra room. And then those bags can be your souvenir bags.

My friend brings a case of beer in her second bag.

I like your friend.

And I may be in the minority with this, but if water is the main concern, why not just bring a reusable bottle for each person? There are plenty of water fountains around the parks and food courts.

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I hate the taste of most water from places that aren't my city. We are really spoiled with fairly fresh and good tasting water

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dontthrowsand wrote:
I hate the taste of most water from places that aren't my city. We are really spoiled with fairly fresh and good tasting water

Mhmm, I remember that feeling after leaving New York. My current city is pretty good though with water taste in the touristy areas. My guess is they keep the pipes up to date and clean. We just drink so much water that it's easier (and cheaper) than buying disposable bottles.

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dontthrowsand wrote:
I hate the taste of most water from places that aren't my city. We are really spoiled with fairly fresh and good tasting water

You can get one of those "Bobble" water bottles or Brita water bottles that have the filters right in them. DH and I each have a Bobble and love it, the water in our home town is disgusting but now all we drink is tap water in our Bobbles and it tastes like bottled water.

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We've used Garden Grocer many times. Yes, it may be a little more expensive than going to the store yourself, but the convenience is worth it to me. The only produce we've ordered was bananas and they were in perfect condition. As others mentioned Bell Services is very familiar with Garden Grocer and will store your cold items in their refrigerator if you are not available when they arrive.

We normally have ordered a case of water, but last year bought a couple nice re-usable filter bottles (similar to the Brita or Bobble ones mentioned). We still ordered water, just less of it, and then would throw those bottles in the freezer of the mini fridge so we'd have frozen bottles and about halfway thru the day they would melt to the perfect temp.

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Hi! DISLVR1025 thanks for the comment and welcome to WDWFG.

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Hi! DISLVR1025 thanks for the comment and welcome to WDWFG.

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We had a great experience with them... They delivered the items we ordered before we even arrived and they were waiting for us at luggage services. We were very pleased and would definately use them again!

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This make me look forward to using them because I really want bottles of water, cereal and some fruit in the room

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I find them ridiculously overpriced. When we fly and need goods, we book a sedan round trip with Happy Limo. They give you a free stop when you book a round trip. We pick up our stuff at the Walmart on 535.

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Breaufam wrote:
Mase wrote:
Also... if your just getting water... what airline are you flying? We fly South West and with the 2 bag policy... we always have a bag or two and we now put snacks, water, pop and such in them. As long as your under the weight... you'd be fine, and its A LOT cheaper. But thats if you have the extra room. And then those bags can be your souvenir bags.

Great idea! We are flying on American airlines and are military, so we get extra baggage allowances. I'm just not sure I can convince my husband to bring a case or two of water across the country lol

Being a military family we also we take advantage of the extra baggage. I usually take water and cereal bars or snack things like that. I don't do liquids beside water because if they burst that is a sticky mess in my suitcase.My friend did last year but she just put them in zip lock bags. Some of those bags are really big now. The space those things take up on the way down makes room for the things we are taking home.

One military wife to another be safe, be strong. muchlove

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