26 Dec Instacart Review
There is nothing worse than having to run errands with a cranky toddler. I would rather pay someone to do my errands than take a leg-kicking, crying toddler inside stores. If you are a parent, I’m sure you’ve been there. On top of it, my monthly visit from Aunt Flo decided to arrive – I mean it’s just not my day. But what do I do when I need groceries for tonight’s dinner? Or maybe you just don’t feel good and you still need to grab groceries, but don’t want to leave your bed?
Can you believe you can do grocery shopping online, someone shops for you, and then delivers it to your house?! Is this real life? I’ve heard about different companies that do this and yesterday I finally bit the bullet to try it out. With Instacart, my first delivery was free and you can even sign up for Instacart express, which means you’ll always have free delivery for a monthly price AND you can shop at multiple stores. It’s about $14.99 per month for this feature.
Shops that were around me that Instacart shopped at was Publix & Costco. I just decided to do Publix, even though it’s not my grocery store of choice. I’m a Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, Fresh Market kinda girl. But they didn’t shop at them or I don’t have one in my zip code. As I was shopping on the website, prices were pretty much the same. I believe there was a little bit of an increase, but not much too scare me away. I mean, come on, groceries were being delivered to me!
The whole process was pretty smooth. You could pick a department to look at or just search for the product that you wanted. It makes finding the ‘sales’ really easy because they have their own ‘on sale’ category! (I rarely ever find good quality food item deals BOGO or something like that at Publix. Sales are usually the standard packaged crap.)
When I go to check out, it’s a pretty easy process. Double check your order. Put in your card. They charge you a 10% service charge and you can tip in person or on your card for the person that delivers your food. After you check out, you are able to watch the process. You can see when they are shopping for your food, when they are on route to your house, and when they get there. And voila! Grocery shopping done and you didn’t even have to leave your house. They do keep all the cooler items in a thermal bag, which is a plus!
So, I spent about $68 dollars in groceries and after all the fees and tips, I spent about $80. But if you think about it, I was able to do business stuff and start dinner with the ingredients I did have while she was shopping and I didn’t have to hassle the craziness in the store (especially around this time of the year!). In my eyes, I would definitely pay the extra $12. Think of the gas you aren’t spending too!
Would I do it again? You betcha! I think it’s a fantastic option to have if you are just having one of those days or you’re sick. What I want to do next is find out if they are able to shop at a store that isn’t in my zip code and still deliver. The driver mentioned they do shop at Whole Foods, but wasn’t sure if they still deliver if it’s in different zip codes. I’m on a hunt for the answer. 😉
In the meantime, find out if they have it in your area and try it out! Sit back, relax, and shop! (Unless you can’t relax because you have a cranky toddler and they are pitching a fit. One of those days. But hey, at least the old lady isn’t giving you a scolding look to take your kid outside. ;))