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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

With two kids in tow, heading to the grocery store can be a headache for Kara Mach.

But today she tried online grocery shopping at Hy-Vee for the first time, and had nothing but praise for the easy new way to get groceries.

"It was really easy to go on. I just pulled up some of my past purchases, and found what I was looking for, and hit submit," she said.  She added that it saved her at least 45 minutes.

And that's the point--sometimes there just isn't enough time in the day.  Now you can order your groceries online for anytime more than four hours in the future, and pick them up without ever having to leave your car.

The process is easy.  You create an account, pick your store, and start shopping.  When you get to the store, there are designated parking spots for online grocery pickup, complete with a number to call to let store employees know you're there.  They have five minutes to get your groceries out to you, and get you on your way.

It's pretty easy for the store, too.  Hy-Vee Store Operations Manager Will Haugen says they take the order and shop it for you, scanning each item to make sure you get the exact items you ordered.  They keep all frozen and refrigerated items frozen and refrigerated until you arrive to pick up your groceries.

And while it may cut down on the impulse buying, Haugen says the volume of the orders should more than make up for it.

"Sometimes people may keep their grocery lists shorter, just because I don't have an hour to use over lunch time," he said. "I want to get other stuff done. I don't have two hours to invest when I get done with a long day at work."

He adds that orders of more than $100 have no service charge.  Orders under that carry a $2.95 service charge.

To find out if your local Hy-Vee offers online shopping, visit https://www.hy-vee.com/shop/onlinegrocery/onlinegrocerystorefinder.aspx.

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