I love having my kids home in the summer, but one of the downsides is that they have to come grocery shopping with me! My kids are pretty well behaved in the grocery store, but it definitely adds on some time and money to my grocery trips. This is when grocery delivery saves the day!
Grocery delivery can be an enormous time saver, as well as a money saver! Even though most will have you shelling out a delivery fee, think about all the times you stroll down the aisle and deviate from your list– that alone will save you money. Grocery delivery helps me really stick to a budget in that sense. A quick Google search can often find a coupon for free delivery . Some also have referral fees, so if you refer a friend, they’ll remove your delivery fee from your next order. Many of these services will take coupons, too!
There are four grocery delivery services in our area that I have tried, with mixed results.
I do so much shopping on Amazon, so why not try their grocery delivery service? Amazon Fresh offers a free thirty day trial of their grocery delivery service, and after that, it is $14.99/month for Prime Members. Delivery is free for orders over $40, and deliveries below that have a $9.99 fee.
- Unattended delivery, which meant I could have them leave my bags on my steps when I wasn’t home. They have insulated totes, and I set it up for shortly before I would be home, so they wouldn’t sit long. The downside of this was that we had to wait for the next delivery to return the totes, and they took up a lot of space.
- Easy to order via the Amazon app
- Scheduling was very easy (also done through the app.)
- Selection was the worst of every service, so bad that continuing didn’t make sense.
Peapod is probably the biggest player in the grocery delivery service business. They’re national, and in each market, team up with an existing grocery store to provide their products. Here in Boston, Stop & Shop is their partner.
Peapod’s delivery fee ranges in price depending on your order size. Orders over $100 have a $6.95 delivery fee, and that was where we always seem to fall in terms of order size.
- Because they’re sourcing from a local store, the selection was excellent
- They ALWAYS have coupons for free delivery– I actually had one that offered free delivery for 60 days!
- They offer discounts for opting for an off-time delivery– typically $2/off
- Coupon discounts are applied to current order
- Referral service offers further discounts
- Even though they source from a local grocery store, they don’t offer the same sales
- Their delivery people were often early, which was very inconvenient for me
Instacart is a personal shopping delivery service, so it’s a little different because you have one person going to a grocery store for you and doing your shopping. They offer shopping at a variety of stores, so if you’re partial to a certain store, there’s a good chance that they offer it. Delivery charges range from $3.95-$7.95, and they markup some grocery items in addition to that fee.
- Shopper can call you for substitutions
- More choice over where your food is coming from
- Same day delivery
- Easy to use app
- Pricing markups
- Can run into issues with timing– since they’re doing the shopping at the store for you instead of from a warehouse, they may be held up at busy times
Roche Brothers – please note – this is a Boston delivery option
Roche Brothers is the only store in our area with their own delivery service. Their delivery is $9.95.
- Excellent produce
- Can typically get next day delivery
- Refer-a-friend for further discounts
- No app
- They have also showed up too early, which is inconvenient
- Coupons are applied to future orders, so you only benefit if you plan on ordering from them again.
Grocery delivery is a HUGE time saver– but it’s not something that I can commit to every week. I really do feel that it’s not a perfect science, but at busy times, it’s an easy thing to outsource in my life. I suggest giving it a try when life gets chaotic!