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I'd pay to save time and money on groceries

Grocery shopping is my idea of torture.

I'll gladly dash into Thornton's for milk.

And I'm overjoyed to make a Target run.

But when it comes to "we need eggs, trash bags, yogurt, bananas, pancake mix" and so on, I feel like the luckiest wife on the planet that my husband is willing to grocery shop on weekdays after work with a curious almost-2-year-old in tow.

As I stood in the lobby of Kroger on Sunday night, furiously scrubbing the grocery cart with a Clorox wipe, I remembered why I hate grocery shopping.

It seems like busywork.

Retrieve a cart, clean the cart, search for 15 items hidden among 15,000 on display, dodge the Valentine's candy lurking around every corner and touch every item I plan to purchase over and over – from the shelf to the cart to the conveyor to shopping bags.

I load shopping bags into the cart, then into my car and into the house before each item finds a home on a shelf in the refrigerator or pantry.

Thank goodness we'd eaten dinner before my trip to the store, because excursions like this make me want to sink into the couch and eat a bowl of Cheerios for dinner.

As silly as it may sound, I feel stressed about grocery shopping even when my husband is the one doing it.

There must be a better way.

If the sky's the limit, some people dream of hiring a housekeeper to wrangle dust bunnies, scrub floors and press laundry on a daily basis.

But first on my list would be hiring a personal grocery shopper. And it's cheaper than you'd think.

Walmart is testing an online grocery service in San Jose, Calif., called Walmart To Go. Customers place an order on Walmart.com and have it delivered to their doorstep for a $5 fee.

Other chains, including Matthews, N.C.-based Harris Teeter Inc., allow customers to place an online order and pick it up four hours later. Customers are assigned a personal shopper to select and bag purchases for storage in a large refrigerator.

And the personal shopper loads groceries into the customer's car while they park in a loading zone.

For $16.95 per month, you don't have to get out of the car to bring home a trunk full of groceries.

For $16.95 per month, you don't have to call home and ask if we need tortillas because you can place your grocery order from your kitchen.

My grocery budget took a hit during my Sunday night trip to Kroger – $5 for a book I don't need, $8 to try a new moisturizer and $7 for a hair product that promises luxurious volume but has yet to deliver. 

For $16.95 per month, I'd save money. And time. What a treat!

I have no interest in handing my grocery money over to Amazon.com or an online-only grocery retailer.

But wouldn't it be great if a local grocery store would do the grocery shopping for you?

-Jacquelyn Hack, editor