Tips on Getting Your Groceries Delivered
You may have never thought you would see the day where groceries could be picked up or delivered – busy moms and dads your wish has been granted.
Instacart allows you to pick your groceries on the app from local stores, and they are hand-delivered the same day by personal shoppers. Create a free account, shop for groceries and schedule a delivery time. instacart.com
Cost: The price of groceries plus delivery fee (First delivery is free). Over $35 is $5.99 per delivery; under $35 is $9.99 per delivery. Peak delivery times may result in surge pricing. Instacart Express: Annual, $149 per year. Monthly, $14.99 per month. Free delivery on orders of $35 or more.
Our Take: The app has GPS to follow your driver from the store to home. If they are shopping, you can see the items when added on the app. The tipping is tricky because they have an optional 10 percent service fee for shoppers working in the store and tipping the driver delivering your order.
Walmart Grocery Pick Up
Walmart Grocery Pick Up allows for free same-day pick up. Create a free Walmart account online or download the app, place an order and choose a time slot for pick up. Check-in when you get close and the app tracks your location so the order will be ready when you arrive. Walmart also offers a grocery delivery service for a fee. walmart.com/grocery
Cost: The price of groceries plus free pick up. For deliveries, the fee varies, and is based on the time slot you choose. The delivery fee for your order is shown at checkout.
Our Take: Make sure to check in on the app so that your groceries will be ready when you arrive. If an item on the list isn’t available, the shopper will gladly sub it with another type and let you know.
Amazon Prime Now
Amazon Prime Now is a benefit of Amazon Prime that allows members to place orders for same-day delivery. Once you reach the order minimum and your order is placed, you will receive tracking updates via text message. You’ll be prompted to pick a two-hour delivery window.
Cost: The price of groceries plus free delivery in a two-hour window and delivery within one hour for $7.99 per order ($10 off your first order total). Yearly: $14.95 per month plus the cost of an Amazon Prime membership.
Our Take: The grocery items come in reusable bags that can be collapsed for easy storage. It is different than the personal shopper experience because the items are not hand-picked. I ordered the groceries to be delivered between 6 and 8 a.m. and they came timely at 7:30 a.m.
Kroger ClickList is an online grocery pick up service from Kroger. Ask for a free Kroger card and then create your Kroger account online or download the app to place the order. You can shop online, schedule a pickup time and pick up your order at the store. kroger.com/topic/clicklist
Cost: The price of groceries plus $4.95 per order (first three orders are free).
Our Take: Plan ahead and get a Kroger card/ account if you don’t already have one. Pay attention at pick up to items on sale, because Kroger’s sales change frequently.
Shipt is a company that sends personal shoppers to hand-pick the items you put on your list from area grocery stores. Purchase your membership plan, and through the Shipt app, you choose your items, pay for them and schedule a delivery. shipt.com
Cost: A Shipt membership: Annual, $8.25 per month. Monthly, $14 per month plus the cost of groceries plus $7 delivery fee for orders under $35.(Fee is free on orders of $35 or more for members). Shipt does not utilize surge pricing, even for deliveries during peak times.
Our Take: The Shipt app is very user-friendly. When ordering groceries it allows you to view recipes and the list of ingredients to make them. Simply click the list and order the ingredients needed to make dinner.
– Teresa Farkas
Advice for your first try
Have a list prepared before you begin the process. Most sites save your list online so that shopping is easier the second time.
Make sure the store, app or website you are choosing serves your area. On most websites you can enter your zip code to see the closest pickup location or delivery range.
Check and see what type of payment each service accepts. Most are credit or debit card only through the app, website or in person.
Think about the time you schedule delivery or pick up. To ensure the freshest produce, make sure you will be at home in time or able to get to the store when your order is ready.
Check order minimums. You may want to hold off on ordering groceries until you have a larger amount. Some companies require a minimum order amount or wave delivery fees for orders over $35.
It can sometimes be confusing when to tip with these services. Tipping is up to your discretion, and can be done in person or through some apps.
Kroger: ClickList Associates are not allowed to accept tips.
Walmart: Tips cannot be accepted by Walmart employees. You can complete the post-order survey to let Walmart know how the specific employee did.
Shipt: You may tip in cash to the shopper or within the app up to 24 hours after you receive your delivery. General tips range 15-20 percent.
Instacart: 10 percent is the default service fee amount added to your order. You can adjust the amount upon checkout and also add a tip for your driver.
Amazon Prime Now: Tipping is optional and can be changed up to 24 hours after delivery. If you choose, the tip is added when you place your order.