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Have you ever missed a great moment at a sporting event because you were in line waiting for food? This happened to me last month during a charity softball game at Yankee Stadium.
My kids were captivated by the game and asked me to get them some dinner from the concession stand. They were having such a great time that I couldn’t say no. I ended up waiting nearly an hour for food at the one open stand and missed a few innings of the game. I should’ve fed them at home before we left.
I vowed to be smarter in the future. Going forward, we would “pregame” our dinner at home.
Saving time and energy
We were fortunate to partner with Peapod by Stop & Shop because they have proved to be my pregame solution. I wanted a service that would allow us to enjoy our precious time as much as possible and since they delivered, we were excited to try it out.
The online buying process was swift and easy. Our kids chose some fun items along with the necessities we needed the most to fill our virtual cart. An impressive feature of Peapod is that we could suggest an item or even a completed dish and its Express Shop option would suggest everything needed to complete the order.
Basics like ketchup, napkins and plastic cups for barbecues are the grocery items we tend to forget, but not anymore. The buying process was extremely simple as was the delivery. They offer an option of getting real-time updates directly to your mobile phone via text and because it involved technology, I had to use that feature.
We selected a next-day delivery time that worked for our family. We received a few text messages with the progress of the delivery, keeping us updated until all of our groceries were fully delivered.
Pregaming saves money
We call my kids “beasts” because they have voracious appetites. When we go to the ballpark that constant eating creates a huge hole in my wallet. The worst part is that my children don’t believe in sharing. They all need their own trays of food or all hell breaks loose.
Anybody that goes to a major league sporting event knows that some of the food is awesome … and all of it is expensive. When you have a family of five, you can easily spend more than hundred dollars in food at the game.
That’s the real advantage of pregaming. Since we order our own food, our kids can pick different things without us having to break the bank. Instead of paying $12 for one hot dog, we can buy a pack of eight for $4 and feed the whole family. That same $100 you spend at the game can feed your family and a bunch of friends before the game.
By pregaming and using a service like Peapod by Stop & Shop you can you can instead use that money on that cool limited edition Yankee jersey you always wanted.
Being fully present
Pregaming allows you to fully enjoy the game without risking the chance of missing out on something like I did.
That day I wasted an hour standing on a line for food (that didn’t taste as good as our own, by the way) could have been used way more efficiently. We were there for a charity game so I wish we could have spoken with my kids more about paying it forward. Instead my son had to fill me on the game.
Even though he was excited about it, I really let my chance to drill down on doing good for others. I also missed out on supporting a few of my favorite celebrities as they swung the bat for a good cause.
I missed the chance to be fully present at the game and it still bothers me today. This won’t ever happen again, from here on out I will be pregaming with the family for almost any sporting event we decide to go to.
Peapod by Stop & Shop made pregaming easy with its great features, ease of use and saved us a ton of time allowing us to enjoy the full experience of a game with no distractions.
Now if only I could get my kids to pay the bill! Need that feature ASAP!
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