*I received a gift card for this review, but all opinions are my own*
I used to be the type of shopper that it didn’t matter what I was shopping for. As long as I was shopping, I was cool. However, I’m starting to have a love-hate relationship with grocery shopping.
Grocery shopping has become more challenging with a toddler in tow. Moms, I know you will feel me on this one. Between meltdowns, potential diaper changes/potty breaks and random stuff falling into your cart, what used to be an hour trip turns into a two hour + trip.
I was gearing up for another shopping trip reading the Marsh sales paper when I saw this:
This isn’t the first time I’ve heard of grocery delivery services, but this is the first time I’ve seen it at a local store. Seriously, I think the angels sang as I was reading. Can you say game changer?
You mean to tell me, I can shop online and either have it delivered to my home or business or pick it up without getting out of my car…praise! This is what moms and all busy people need in their lives.
Using the Instacart site and app is really easy. First, you see what stores are offered in your area. Right now, Instacart is not in my residential area, but they are in my work area so I had my groceries delivered there.
Stores available to me were Marsh, Costco, Whole Foods, a local store and a pet store. The great thing is, the prices that you see on the site are the same in stores.
You can pick items from multiple stores, but be warned that they count as two separate deliveries. The first delivery is free, but delivery cost $5.99 for orders of $35 and up. That’s pretty good if you plan on doing big grocery shopping, and the delivery fee is less than a tank of gas.
Once you place your order, you schedule what time and day you want it delivered and your personal shopper gets to work. This part was really cool because say there’s something not in stock, your shopper will call or text you to see if you’re OK with an alternative product.
Once they are done, they will text you that they are on their way and boom, you’ve got groceries. I ordered a mix of things like something refrigerated, diapers and pantry items. My order was accurate and packed neatly in the shopping bag.
I can’t wait to use Instacart again and I hope they expand to my area soon.