Whether you’re a student, businessperson, or Farmington medical malpractice attorney, grocery shopping is a time-consuming chore. Moreover, it can be frustrating to guide your cart through crowds of people and waiting in line to check out. Alternatively, older people might not feel healthy enough to go shopping for themselves or being around crowds of people.
A solution that has been growing more and more lately is shopping online for groceries and having them delivered to your home within one hour or at a future time chosen by yourself. Two of the most popular companies that deliver online orders are Instacart and Shipt. Amazon has also jumped on board with Prime Now, delivering natural foods from Whole Foods in as little as two hours. Additionally, Amazon has Prime Pantry that delivers non-refrigerated items within a few days of an order.
With all the hype and development surrounding online grocery ordering and delivery, you might ask yourself if it’s worth it and something you would want to try out. Learn more here:
- Ordering your groceries online when you have some free time and then scheduling a delivery will save you a lot of time.
- You won’t have to go out of your way and risk getting into a car accident while driving to and from your home.
- Ordering online will allow you to order exactly what you need in that exact amount. You won’t have to buy more items than what you actually need or be tempted to purchase something that catches your eye that goes unused. In the long run, this will save you money on each of your grocery hauls.
- Delivery services don’t stop at food. You can also order pet supplies, household repair items, and alcohol. Services deliver from Publix, Lucky’s, The Fresh Market, Pet Supermarket, ABC Liquors, and more.
- Delivery services include coupons available at stores that you might overlook while shopping. In addition, services such as Instacart will notify you when items are “buy one get one.” Who wouldn’t want an extra item for free? In stores, you might miss a “BOGO” sign.
- Most of these services charge a delivery fee each time unless you have a membership. Many of these memberships cost $100/year without a promotional code.
- In addition to paying for your groceries and a delivery or membership fee, you should also tip your shopper. Although very debatable, people argue that a fair tip is around 5-15% of the total, depending on the order amount and service quality.
- If something is out of stock, shoppers can replace items for you. You might not be happy with that replacement and will have to quickly contact your shopper about it.
- There is always a risk that a shopper might bring you a wrong item.
- If you are picky about the items you buy, you won’t get to pick the exact selection that you want. (for example, your shopper might choose unripe produce that you were planning on using that evening).
Online grocery shopping and delivery is definitely something that is growing in popularity and advancement. Amazon is even considering using drones for deliveries in the future! If you are considering online shopping for groceries, many of these services offer free trials and first-time discounts, so now might be the perfect time to try one out.