So, if you would have asked me a few years ago about the idea of having someone else do your grocery shopping and then delivering them to your house or apartment, I would’ve said that’s only for rich people who have more money than they have sense, but then Instacart came out.
Similar to the Ubers of the world everything seems to be switching to this model of various businesses that do things for you from running errands, to grocery delivery, to restaurant delivery, to cab services, and I think it’s brilliant. Because it’s not only convenient, but it’s actually affordable, which really makes sense for the majority of people on the planet.
So, getting back to my Instacart story, I think the only reason I tried it was because they had a free delivery coupon for your first order or something, so I decided to give it a try. And after that first delivery I was hooked!
I mean I really really don’t like going to the grocery store anyways, I honestly couldn’t really tell much of a difference in the price I was paying for Instacart to shop for me and the price I would have paid if I would have gone to the store myself, and from a business standpoint the time savings is amazing.
I just plug in my order (and they everything that’s in the store on the website), tell them where I want them to deliver my stuff, and that’s it. You can enter in specific instructions for your deliverer if you live in an apartment complex with gate codes, etc. and the search engine on the site is great because it pulls up suggestions based on your other purchases and also remembers what you got last time, to make it quick and easy to order the same items again and again. And you can even make lists of items that you buy periodically.
So, I’m a HUGE fan now, and ever since getting my first delivery about 9 months ago I pretty much have never gone back to regular grocery shopping, unless I needed one specific item that I couldn’t find on the Instacart site for my grocery store.
I HIGHLY recommend if you haven’t tried Instacart before, that you do, and I’m almost certain you’ll never go back to traditional grocery shopping.
UPDATE: Another option is using a service called Shipt. Shipt is currently available in fewer locations but their membership is actually cheaper than Instacart and they pay you $10 per person you refer to Shipt unlimited. Instacart unfortunately caps you at just 5 referrals, so the most you can ever earn is $50.