Saturday, February 13, 2016

Review: Instacart - Easy Peasy Grocery Delivery Service in Chicago - plus a $5 credit and free delivery so you can give it a try, too! @instacart

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In my never-ending quest to simplify my life, I've discovered yet another solution: Instacart.

Here's how it works: You sit on your sofa, cuddled in your blankets with a cup of tea. Log onto (or download the free app) and select which grocery store you'd like to do your shopping at today. In Chicago, you can choose from pretty much every grocery store around: I've shopped at both Tony's and Plum Market so far. Most stores offer the same prices online as they do in store though some stores do not (Whole Foods and Tony's offer the same pricing as in-store, for example; Mariano's doesn't but I'm hoping they jump on board soon with same-as-in-store pricing).

Once you've picked your store, go ahead and do your grocery shopping. Click on what you need, price compare, meal plan -- all from the comfort of home. This is a Godsend, people. Considering that grocery shopping for me usually takes two hours or rushing like a madwoman through the store then schlepping the groceries home, instacart is saving me both money and precious time. And my sanity. It is so much easier for me to think straight about the groceries we'll need for the week from home. I don't overbuy and I don't impulse buy with instacart. Also, during the week, when I see that we are running low on something, I can just add it to my cart. No more writing lists or trying to remember what we need, or worse, forgetting something and having to go back to the store.

Next, submit your order. Yes, just press the submit button and your instacart shopper will get to shopping for you. You can even track them online while they're shopping. You can choose the timeframe for delivery. In Chicago, the under two hour time frame is possible, so if you're in a pinch, you can count on having your shopping done and at your door in under two hours. I arrange to have my groceries show up to my door a half hour or so after I get home from work.

And then your shopper will arrive at your door with your groceries. It's that easy. There's no catch, and no over-the-top fees involved. Delivery costs $5.99, and you'll want to tip your shopper.

Feel free to ask me any questions in the comments below and I'll be happy to answer. And here's $5 and free delivery to get you started - give instacart a try!

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