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How to eat healthy: A guide to grocery store delivery

A list of 13 grocery stores that deliver right to your door

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I’m going to be honest here, for me, going to the grocery store ranks right up there with going to the dentist, cleaning the toilet and ironing clothes. I really don’t like it. I really can’t say why, it’s just not something I enjoy. Quite frankly, I have better things to do with my day.

Now, give me a good farmers’ market any day. I love the fact that farmers’ markets are smaller, outside, and friendlier, not to mention all that fresh food! But, unless you live in California or Florida, you can’t go to a farmers’ market in December.

So, it’s winter, you work full time, you have a PTA meeting, and you’re out of groceries, there’s no time to go to the store.  What is a  busy, health conscious foodie to do? My next two blogs will be devoted to that question. In this article, part 1, I’ve searched the internet and found 13 grocery stores that deliver right to your door. Six of the stores handle orders and delivery on their own, while the other seven have contracted through the online service Instacart.

Of course, there is a delivery fee, which varies, based on the amount you order, but typically runs anywhere from $6.95 to $9.95. Paying for someone to deliver groceries seems like an extravagance, and waste of money. Why pay someone to deliver groceries? I’ll answer that question with a question…How much money do you spend each month having pizza and Chinese food delivered to your home at $2 or $3 a pop for delivery fees? If you can pay to have a pizza delivered, can you pay to have healthy food delivered? Plus, compare the fees: $3.00 for 1 meal vs. $9.95 for approximately 20 meals (1 weeks worth of groceries), which works out to .50 cents a meal!

There is a big catch, however. I have found that grocery store delivery hasn’t reached all areas of the country yet. It appears to be limited to the larger cities at the moment. So, if you live in a small town in the midwest, I’m still working on finding options for you.

At this point you’re saying,  what about whole, fresh food? Most of the stores I found have organic fruits and vegetables, grass-fed beef, free-range chicken and wild fish. I don’t want to take up any more of your time, so, let’s get on with the list. And, stay tuned for part 2, where I’ll discuss the online services such as Amazon pantry and Blue Apron.

Here are the grocery stores that have “In store” delivery:

Now onto Instacart. What exactly is Instacart? Instacart lets users choose from a range of local grocery stores and provides delivery within two hours in most cases. Your first order is free, and subsequent deliveries start at $3.99 on orders of $35 or more. You have to place a minimum order of $10.

 

 

About Tamara Hoerner (499 Articles)
I am a student at Hawthorn University working toward a MS degree in Holistic Nutrition. For me, the name Purple Almond symbolizes “Good, nutritious, whole food bringing light and life to the body, awakening the inherent healing mechanisms within.”

6 Comments on How to eat healthy: A guide to grocery store delivery

  1. eathealthyonanybudget // December 29, 2016 at 7:53 pm // Reply

    I love grocery delivery! In the UK petty much every supermarket offers delivery – most straight to your kitchen or pantry so if that’s up a load of steps or out the back of your house they’ll even carry all your groceries there! They offer 1 or 2 hour delivery slots and you normally pay based on the time slot rather than the amount of groceries you bought, with the most expensive slots costing about 5GBP. Some stores deliver for free outside of peak hours. If the delivery is late some give you your whole shop for free!

    When we moved to the States I couldn’t believe that I couldn’t get my groceries delivered here – none of the grocery stores near us were offering delivery 3 years ago, though maybe that’s changed since. At first my husband and I used to try to bribe each other to go and do the shopping! To be fair, shopping here is a different experience. The stores are bigger and less crowded and the queues are shorter, but the time you get back and the elimination of impulse purchases totally makes grocery delivery worth the delivery fee in my opinion.

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    • Thank you so much for your input. I lived in the UK for 3 1/2 years. You’re right it is quite different. In my experience the UK & Europe for that matter are ahead of the US in a lot of things. I hadn’t thought about the impulse buying aspect, which is a huge factor for most people. I think the pros of delivery far out weigh the cons. In my research for this blog, I found that delivery is available in most large cities on both coasts, Florida, Texas, and some large Midwest cities such as Chicago, Detroit & Minneapolis- for the stores that use Instacart. For other places, ppl would need to chk with their local store. Thx again for your input! 😊🙏

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  2. I must be crazy, but I enjoy going to the grocery store! I don’t enjoy shopping, and hardly ever visit clothes stores etc, but grocery shopping is a mommy/daughter adventure in our family. My daughter and I grow a lot of our own food, but the ones that we need to buy, we buy on a weekly, or bi-weekly basis. We spent most of our time in the country, going to the store is a fun adventure!

    Happy New year!

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