No Time for Grocery Shopping? Instacart to the Rescue!
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Work, finish off your to-do list, or run those kiddos to all their 5,000 activities, and let Instacart take care of all your grocery shopping! It’s like having a magical grocery fairy in your life! If you’re new to Instacart, it’s a grocery service that delivers groceries to your door – in as fast as one hour! They connect you with Personal Shoppers in your area who shop for and deliver your groceries from your favorite local stores.
Even better, when you sign up for Instacart, you’ll score free delivery on your first order!
Like buying organic groceries? Instacart partners with leading retailers of natural and organic foods (like Sprouts, Natural Grocers, etc.) so you can conveniently get organic groceries delivered to your door!
And guess what? If you want to stock up the break room at work without leaving the office, you can even shop for office supplies or snacks without leaving your desk! Instacart offers same-day delivery or advanced scheduling for weekly supplies or special events. How convenient is that?
Still have questions? Here are a few FAQ’s:
How much is delivery for Instacart?
The delivery fee depends on the size of your order and the delivery time that you choose. However, you may be able to get free delivery just by purchasing qualifying items at select stores. Also, with Instacart Express (read more about this below), there is no delivery fee on all orders over $35 (service fees may still apply).
What is Instacart Express?
Instacart Express is a membership option for customers who want to use Instacart regularly. With a small monthly fee or one-time yearly fee, you can enjoy unlimited free deliveries on all orders over $35. Instacart Express members also enjoy the following exclusive benefits on every order:
- $0 delivery fees on orders of $35 or more (typically $3.99-$7.99 for non-Express)
- Reduced service fees (typically 5% for non-Express)
- No busy pricing fees during peak delivery hours
- Shop at a variety of stores with free delivery on the entire order
What is Instacart Pickup?
Want to pickup your groceries instead? Instacart Pickup allows you to order online, set a pickup time, and collect your order at participating stores (such as ALDI, Cub Foods, Food Lion, Price Chopper, Publix, Sprouts, Tops Friendly Markets, and Wegmans) in select locations. Depending on the store, you may be able to pick up your order inside or wait while they bring it out to your car.
To place an order for pickup, just shop your order in the Instacart app and select a time to come to the store to collect it. When your order is ready for pickup, Instacart will send you a notification on your phone along with directions for how to retrieve your order. Any item available for delivery is also available for pickup.
*Instacart Pickup is included with an Instacart Express membership on all orders over $35. Non-Instacart members will pay a curbside pickup fee that varies per retailer from free to $4.99.
Does Instacart honor in-store sales?
Instacart does not honor in-store discounts, but they do offer exclusive Instacart Coupons for select items. Instacart Coupons are manufacturer’s coupons that apply automatically to qualifying products at checkout to help you save money on the products you love!
Plus, there are sales and promotions available on Instacart that may not be available in-store – so be sure to keep your eyes peeled while selecting your items!
Do I need to be home at the time of delivery?
Yes! You will need to be there to receive your delivery. If no one is home at the time of delivery, Instacart will call your mobile phone to ask for options on how to complete the delivery. If a customer can’t be found or contacted for an extended period of time, the order may be cancelled.
If you’re not able to receive your delivery in person, consider reaching out to a friend or neighbor to get it for you. Just let the driver know of the change by adding a note in the delivery instructions or sending them a message through the Instacart app or website. You may be able to ask the driver to leave your order unattended in a designated spot (orders containing alcohol may not be left unattended).
Do Instacart shoppers accept tips?
Shoppers appreciate tips as a way of recognizing excellent service and 100% of your tip goes directly to the shopper delivering your order. By default a 5% tip is suggested at checkout, but tips are optional and the default tip may be adjusted at checkout or when rating an order after a delivery. You can add and change a tip amount up to three days after your delivery is complete.
Ready to start shopping? Get free delivery on your first order!