I’m totally loving this service! I tried it for the first time a few days ago & was *very* happy with the service! We desperately needed some groceries in the house, and I had zero time to get out & shop and still get everything done that I needed to accomplish throughout the day.
I have had this service in the back of my mind for the last couple months but just told myself, “Don’t be silly, you can do your own shopping, don’t be lazy!”.
Yes, my self pep talks obviously need some improvement. *sigh*
Anyway, I caved. I signed up with Instacart, filled up my cart, put in my information, chose my delivery time and hit ‘place order’. This was late Sunday night, but no word of a lie, my groceries were at my door by 9:20 am the next morning!! I was sitting on the couch and had just finished cutting out a huge stack of coffee sleeves. So while I worked, my groceries had been shopped for & delivered to my door with zero time or effort on my part.
For the size of my first large order, the service fee’s were just under $7.00 (shopping fee) and since I signed up for a free 2 week trial my delivery was FREE!!
A couple of things...
- Being the “Type A” type person I am, my husband even *worse* when it comes to grocery shopping, I was worried that they wouldn’t check any of the expiration dates. They were all fine, as far in advance as i’d have expected. I specifically asked my shopper if she checked them and her reply was that she *always* checks them.
- Produce. This made me the most nervous... that my produce would get here and look like it was on its last legs. Absolutely no worries here either. My produce was “picture perfect”. Literally.
- Substitutions. If the grocery store is out of a product, you have a choice to “do not replace” or “replace with a suitable substitute”. I decided to trust my girl and let her substitute. There were 3 items which needed to be substituted. Potatoes, they were out of the small bag, so she upsized. Fusilli was replaced with Rotini (same brand) and some Furlani garlic herb buns were substituted with Garlic & Cheddar biscuits (same brand). So all perfectly acceptable substitutions and probably what I would have done as well.
After my 2 week trial is up, membership is $99 for a full year which covers your delivery fee for an entire year. Delivery rates for Instacart start at $3.99 per delivery with a minimum order of $35.00. You can tip at the door or online. I’ve tipped $5.00 at the door both times.
Overall, I think i’m going to use this service a LOT and am 99% sure i’m going to go for the yearly membership. It honestly takes me 2-3 hours to do my shopping (depending on where I go) and since I don’t drive it takes even longer with buses, cabs, so on and so forth. I can get a lot of work done in 2-3 hours, so for myself, my time is ABSOLUTELY work the service fee and a tip! That and I hate grocery shopping. It also will cut down on “impulse buys” from wandering up & down the aisles, across the store when I forget something, ugh.
My plan is to take inventory of what’s in the house every week, check the flyer for SuperStore (the store I chose my items from), menu plan, fill my cart and get my groceries delivered to my door every week! While someone else is taking care of my grocery shopping I can spend time with my kids, work, clean the house, take care of social media, email, etc... in other words, I can do other things on my list which need my attention and which i’d rather spend my time doing (yes, even housework). I’d rather clean the kitchen than cook too for the record. LOL!!
This is going to be a sanity saver for me & worth every single penny!!
On that note, I need to get to work! I have busy day ahead of me...
How about you? Have you ever, or would you consider using a grocery delivery service?