We’ll be back to our regularly scheduled/themed posts shortly (I hope. Transitions are hard, you guys.) But I got an offer to share something with you that I just couldn’t refuse.
Since switching to a Paleo diet, I have found a new love for cooking. I love stocking my freezer and fridge with big batches of yum. What I still don’t love, however, is grocery shopping.
OMG I hate grocery shopping. Like, a lot. Like, I would rather have dental procedures done than be in a grocery store for more than 30 seconds. I don’t know why I hate it so much, whether its the overwhelming choices, the sights and smells or just all the (insert obscenity) people in my way. Luckily, I can usually beg Adam to do it for me.
Now he’s off the hook, thanks to Instacart.
Instacart is a grocery delivery service like no other. Using the website or smart phone app, you order the items you want from Shaw’s, Market Basket, Whole Foods or Costco (you can mix and match) and receive it in as little as an hour! One hour! That’s shorter than the amount of time it would take me to work up the energy to go to the grocery store myself. Personal shoppers do the leg work for you, and call if they have any questions or adjustments. These people actually like grocery shopping. They might actually be humanoid robots, I’m not sure, I don’t question it.
Delivery prices vary depending on amount spent and delivery time. It’s usually between $3.99 and $7.99 but there have been several times I’ve signed on and seen deals for free delivery.
My one concern, of course, when I first heard about Instacart was the possibility of inflated prices. I haven’t used any other grocery delivery services in a few years but last I checked, the prices were jacked up to the heavens. So far with Instacart, on most items, prices are fair. Because I’m
crazy dedicated, I made this chart for a few items that are almost always on my shopping list.
There were a couple surprises here (I see you, Whole Foods frozen broccoli, I see you) but overall the Instacart prices for Market Basket and Costco pulled out for the win. I should mention that shopping at either of these places without Instacart would be a pain. The nearest Market Basket to me is in Somerville which would be quite a hike on public transportation and Costco would require a membership – in this case, Instacart takes care of that and you do not need to be a member to order. 48 roll packs of toilet paper for everybody!
Are you intrigued? You know you are. Use this link to sign up and receive $10 and free delivery on your first order.
Disclaimer: I received $35 credit and free shipping on one order from Instacart. All opinions, including hatred of grocery shopping, are my own.