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.