Fresh Direct: making moms’ lives easier (giveaway)

Raising a family in New York City has its benefits and its drawbacks, but when people tell me they can’t imagine living here ,I think it’s because they truly can’t.  “I could never live with all that noise,” people tell me, and they’re right– because by “there,” they mean the Marriott in Times Square on New Year’s Eve. (I couldn’t live there either.)

Another assumption non-New-Yorkers have about living here is that the grocery shopping experience must be horrible. “Do you go every DAY?” they ask. “How could you ever get a big delivery of food home on the subway?” When people say this, I smile sweetly, and say, “You have no idea how good I have it.”

I’ve been a loyal customer of FreshDirect since 2002, the year that they opened for business and I became a mother. Fresh Direct allows you to order your groceries online and have them delivered to your door at your convenience. They have healthy kids’ meals. They have heat-and-eat lunches on the go. They have the best fresh guacamole anywhere. And my 7-year-old swears by their meatballs.

Here’s how I shop for groceries: I sit down with my computer. “What do you guys want for dinner this week?” I yell. They tell me; I add it to my cart. If one of my kids is jonesing for lasagna, I can look up a lasagna recipe on FreshDirect’s website and add all the ingredients I need to make it to my cart with one click. After the kids go to bed, I’ll finish up my order over a glass of wine and a DVR’ed episode of the Daily Show. The next morning? Home-delivered perfection.

I LOVE FreshDirect. They make my life easier. And now I love them even more, because they’ve become a national sponsor for Listen To Your Mother, a national series of readings “giving Mother’s Day a microphone” coming to ten cities in the next month. I’m directing the NYC premiere on May 6th. (You do have your tickets, right?)

Not only is FreshDirect supporting our show, they’ve given us a promo code for new customers! 15% off your first order with code PR12LTYM. (FreshDirect currently servesthe five boroughs of New York City, parts of Westchester, Connecticut and New Jersey currently; they’ll be expanding to other delivery areas soon.) If you’ve been thinking about trying FreshDirect, now’s the perfect time to give it a shot (and support Listen To Your Mother by using the promo code).

AND! I am giving away a $50 gift card to shop at FreshDirect!

Good stuff. To enter, comment below and tell me why you want to win.

You can get additional entries by doing one of or more of the following– just let me know in the comments which you’ve done:

  • Follow FreshDirect on Facebook.
  • Follow FreshDirect on Twitter.
  • Tweet out: I just entered to win a $50 gift card for @FreshDirect! via @amywlsn

This giveaway will end on Sunday, May 6th. Winner will be posted on this site. Happy shopping! 

This post is sponsored by FreshDirect, a sponsor of Listen to Your Mother.

  • MarinkaNYC

    I want to win (I must win!) because I love Fresh Direct. Next day food delivery? Who wouldn’t love that!

  • Stacey

    I’d love to win to save myself the hassle of going to the supermarket and click & shop from home!  Sounds fabulous!

  • Melanie

    have a 6 year old, and twins who are almost 5! They are my top three
    reasons for LOVING FD!!! Along with … their Strawberry Cream Cheese,
    Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies, frozen Boules, Banana Bread, Heat &
    Eat Chicken Parm, and all their fabulous
    fruit and veggies … I could go on and on! There are so many ways to
    spend a yummy fifty dollars at FD! And, my kids have a great time
    coloring their boxes. I also follow them on FB!

  • Courtney

    Isn’t that just like Peapod? Regardless, i want to win because I have a 5 month old and a 3 year old and work 45 hours per week outside of the home, and yes, we are all busy and deserve to win, but I am such a bad grocery shopper (good with preparing healthy meals, just bad at GETTING to the grocery store) that my child had a bowl of oatmeal and a coconut popsicle for breakfast this morning. Not too shabby, but could be better!

  • Courtney

    nevermind, i do not live where fresh direct delivers. oh well.

  • Erin

    I miss Fresh Direct with every fiber of my body. 

  • Nancy

    I love the convenience, selection, and reliablility of Fresh Direct.   It’s one of the great perks to living in NYC!

  • Mollie

    Fresh Direct was there for me when my only other option was the filthiest Gristede’s in Manhattan, and I’ve been devoted ever since. I once had a conversation about FD with a friend who happened to be visiting when my groceries arrived, and I was so sincerely enthusiastic about the un-bruised bananas, reasonable prices, excellent prepared foods, etc. that my roommate came in to ask if we were recording a commercial.

    Now that I’m married and home with a baby (and living near a few not-gross not-Gristede’s options), I find myself in a real grocery store a couple times a week. But I still get most of our groceries from Fresh Direct. Aside from the convenience, my favorite thing about Fresh Direct is the “What’s Good” section on their website – I’m always trying new fruits and vegetables based on what they recommend, and I’m very seldom disappointed.

  • J poko

     Iwant to win so I never have to go to the store again!

  • Eileen

    I don’t know what I would do without Fresh Direct!  Time saving and life saving.  

  • Monica @MacaroniKidNYC

    I love Fresh Direct! With a newborn baby in the house, it’s the only way the rest of my family gets fed!

  • Monica @MacaroniKidNYC

    I follow Fresh Direct on Twitter as @MacaroniKidNYC:disqus 

  • Annie

    Hi! I would LOVE to win this gift card because we use Freshdirect EVERY single week and even with their fair prices, food shopping for two growing little boys (and their parents!) gets pricey! Raising kids in NYC is pricey enough as it is! Even out here in Brooklyn!
    I don’t often splurge on Freshdirect’s per-made items but this would be the perfect time to try.

  • Annie

    I ‘liked’ Freshdirect on Facebook!

  • Kevin

    Fresh Direct is the greatest!

  • Melissa

    I would LOVE to win because the kabobs and stir fry kits save me hours of prep and clean up time!

  • Sharilbrooks

    i love Fresh Direct!  I’ve placed last-minute orders and have received everything I’ve requested the next morning.  What a comforting feeling to know that when you’re in a bindand can’t make it out to the market, fresh direct does all the shopping for you.  Hassle-free and pleasurable!

  • Phoebe Keating

    I want to win $50 worth of yummy FreshDirect guacamole!

  • Samantha C.

    I would love to win because I have always wanted to try home delivery for my groceries.

  • Diane Wilson

    LOve Fresh Direct! I want to win because I feel like getting some guac, chip, and lemonade delivered-perfect summer treat!

  • Kpiccini

    If I won I could have my groceries delivered to WORK!!!! Which would be amazing and since I live in PA but work in NJ..I’d be an awesome advertisement in my “neck of the woods” for them! 😉

  • Kpiccini

    I am following on twitter!!!

  • Kpiccini

    I liked them on Facebook!!!

  • Alybabar

    IFD is the ultimate luxury for me, so a gift card is beyond beyond!!