Want to Skip the Grocery Store? My Review of Instacart.

July 18, 2018

 

Today’s post isn’t a recipe. It’s my review of a Thyme-Saving service: Instacart.

 

This post isn’t sponsored, but I felt it was an important one to write since the goal of this blog is to help people simplify their busy lives!

 

How it Works: Instacart is a website and an app that allows you to order groceries from a local grocery store and have the groceries delivered to you. You get a personal shopper assigned with each order, and recieve a notification once they’ve started shopping. 

 

You can search for all the groceries individually, add to your cart, place your order and select a delivery time frame, starting with “within an hour.”

You get a notification telling you who your personal shopper is, and when they’ve started shopping. They deliver your groceries right to your front door.

 

Cost: I clicked on a friend's promo link and got my first order for free delivery, then of course signed up for a free trial without reading the fine print. About a week later my credit card was charged $150 for a yearly membership. I was fine with it though. If you divide this over all the orders I have and will placed for this year, it’s probably going to come out to less than $5 each time.

 

There's a purchase minimum of $10 per order. 

 

You are encouraged to tip your shopper. 

 

My Experience: I’ve had 2 different girls deliver my groceries, and both have been really nice. If the store didn’t have the exact item I wanted, they’ve found good substitutes, and they’ve both done a great job of picking out fresh produce.

 

Pros:

  • You don’t have to go to the grocery store and battle for a parking spot!

  • The app and website are super user-friendly. Anyone could figure it out.

  • For me this means taking my time in the morning because I don’t have to hustle like a crazy person to beat the rush at Trader Joe’s.

  • If you have kids you don’t have to get them all packed up and drag them along on your grocery run.

  • You don’t have to search the aisles of the store to find what you need. When you search for an item, the app shows you every brand and type of that item they carry.

  • You save TIME! Getting this hour of my life back makes Instacart a must-have for me.

  • This gives you no excuse to keep your house stocked with healthy choices during busy times. For example, I’m in the middle of moving and I haven’t had time to go to the store this week. I was able to order my groceries from my desk at work, in about 5 minutes, and they were delivered when I got home! This also means not having to spend money on takeout.

  • If you use this a lot, the cost is reasonable.

Cons:

  • You don’t get to pick out your own produce, which I’m sure bothers some people.

  • Not every grocery store is included in this.  A lot of major chains are, like Whole Foods, but Trader Joe’s is my favorite (if I get there before 10 am, otherwise it’s a complete zoo and I go into full panic-attack mode while I’m shopping) and I can’t order from there through Instacart.

  • Like most things, this convenience app takes some human interaction and the act of actually having to go through life and run errands out of the equation. I think there’s something to be said for going grocery shopping and doing things that help you to get steps in during your day. But whatever.

My General Feedback: I’m a huge fan! I now alternate between shopping on my own and ordering through Instacart. I will continue to use it!

 

If you want to try it and get $10 off, click here to use the site, and use code JENNZ11C

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