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Grocery Shopping Services

July 13th, 2018 at 06:39 pm

This week InstaCart came to our town. In the newspaper they had a code for $20 off a $35 order.

I of course wasn't going to pass up
1. Free groceries; or
2. The novelty of it

So, I put together an order and then tried applying the code.

It wouldn't work.

I emailed customer service.

10 emails later out of frustration I decided to try the code again. This time it worked!

However, there was a delivery charge and a service fee? I had thought the code gave free delivery, and there was no explanation for the service fee.

So it ended up being more like $10 in free groceries.

A nice lady delivered what I'd ordered - even brought them inside the door.

If they add Costco, I might be willing to use them once in a while.


Walmart Pickup

I used a code to get $50 of groceries for $40.

Pickup between 5 and 6.

I got to Walmart about 5:30 and kept checking my email for the notice saying my order was ready.

Luckily I'd picked up a book at the library …

By 5:53 I still hadn't gotten an email, so just drove to the pickup area.

A nice man came over and I told him what was going on - he checked his computer and found my order. Five minutes later I was on my way.

The email finally came around 6:30 ….

There were no extra charges for this, so truly $10 in free groceries.

I might be willing to do this once a month (have a code for two more $10 off.) Can't beat free groceries.


By the end of this month we are also getting Shipt here. No codes for free groceries, but the are offering a 50% discount on a yearly membership. Won't be doing that.

Man .. if one of these places picked up from Trader Joe's … (about a 25 minute one way drive - a little bit further than Costco.)

5 Responses to “Grocery Shopping Services”

  1. Dido Says:

    Good to know about Insta-Cart. We've had them for a couple of years, but I've never tried them. Still, as a single person, it's reassuring know that they are there if I am ill. There have been a couple of times when I've been ill where I asked friends to pick up groceries, and once when I was recovering from surgery, I hired a college student to do that and go to the laundromat for me until O was cleared to lift over ten pounds.

    Service from Trader Joe's would be a dream. It's an hour drive each way for me. I used to do it when a good friend lived in the same direction, but since she moved away, it's probably been 2-3 years since I bothered. Whole Fiids and Costco are closer, about 25 minutes, and I'll ship out that way maybe twice a year.

  2. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    TJ's has the oil free salad dressing which makes salads palatable - so I go there once a month or so to stock up. They also have cocunut aminos I use on my roasted veggies. Smile
    I hadn't even thought about it's usefulness for someone who's sick.

    I applied to be a Shipt delivery person. It'll be some nice extra income.

  3. rob62521 Says:

    We don't have Instacart here, but Kroger now has Click list where they shop for you and you pick them up at the door. I notice Kroger has special digital offers if you choose to do that.

  4. GoodLiving Says:

    I hope you're doing well and having a full summer.

  5. ceejay74 Says:

    Laura, you can waive the service fee during checkout. (I do, but add onto my driver tip, so it doesn't save me any money.)

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