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5 Grocery Delivery Services For Your Life and Budget

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Kate MurphyGuest Blogger
May 22, 2016 · 1k Views

Americans lead fast-paced lives. The responsibilities of work, family, and everything in between leave us with very little free time. And on those rare occasions when you have a couple of hours to do whatever, grocery shopping is probably not the first thing that comes to mind. The grocery store can be a dreaded, money-draining place. It is crowed and filled with aisles of tempting items you had not intention of buying, but end up in the cart anyways. This is why more and more people are turning to online grocery delivery services.

With all the grocery delivery service options that are available now, it can be difficult choosing which one is best for you. To make it easier, we scoped the scene. Here is a list of the 5 best grocery delivery services to consider if you want to cut the time and cost it takes to make those weekly grocery trips yourself.

 

1. Google Express

Source: Official Google Blog

In addition to groceries, if you want to get shopping for things like home office and home repair supplies and beauty items out of the way, Google Express is the best option. The site is a one-stop shopping place where you can order from Costco, Target, Barnes & Noble, Staples and more. A drawback is that Google Express only offers delivery of cold items to some Los Angeles and San Francisco areas. Alcohol delivery is limited to areas as well. Offers same day and overnight delivery.

Cost

Enroll in a membership plan for $95/year and get free delivery on eligible items when you meet store minimum. Non-members pay $4.99 per order from each store you shop.        

Conclusion

Google Express is ideal for those who are fine with making a quick trip to the grocery store for fresh produce if it means they can throw that power drill and printer ink in with their order.

2. Amazon Fresh

Source: The Verge

For orders over $50, you get same-day and early morning delivery. A membership costing $299/year is required, but you’ll also receive the benefits of Amazon Prime.  Along with food, shop for household and beauty items. Offers delivery of produce and cold items to most areas. The site also lets you place orders from your favorite local stores.

Cost

Annual membership cost $299 and includes free delivery on orders over $50.

Conclusion

Yes, the cost of membership might be more than you want to pay. But Amazon Fresh offers comprehensive shopping options and competitive prices. An added takeaway is that membership includes Amazon Prime. So you can catch up on Transparent while waiting for your food to be delivered.

3. Postmates

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Postmates is a delivery service offered through an easy-to-use app available on iOS and Android and Web. You can order from any restaurant or store in your city and expect delivery in 1 hour. Immediacy comes with a price – deliveries start at $5 and a 9% service fee is applied to the purchase price of your items. Postmates operates 24/7 and delivers 365 days a year.

Cost   

No membership fee. Deliveries fees start at $5 and depend on the distance from pick-up to drop-off. Factor in a 9% service fee for the price of purchased items.

Conclusion

Postmates speedy, around-the-clock service can’t be beat. Life is all about balance, so the option to place orders from you favorite local pizza joint and Whole Foods scores points.

4. Safeway

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Safeway’s grocery delivery service lets you shop for pantry staples, fresh produce, and cold items. Shopping features include Shop by History, which fills your cart based on purchase history and the Just for U savings program, which adds personalized offers and digital coupons to your card. Home delivery rates for most areas are $9.95 on purchases of $150 or more and $12.95 on purchases under $150. Order before 8:30 am for same day delivery. 1-hour delivery is also available.

Cost

No membership fee. Delivery fee of $9.95 for orders over $150 and $12.95 for orders under $150. A fuel surcharge may apply.

Conclusion

Personalized grocery shopping features and coupons set Safeway apart from the rest of the crowd. Some of us lead unpredictable lives, so no membership alleviates the pressure of commitment. Delivery areas are limited, check the website’s homepage to see if your area qualifies.

5. Instacart

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Instacart saves a trip to the store by connecting you with personal shoppers in your area who will shop and home deliver groceries. Type in your zip code on the website to see at which stores orders can be placed. On average, prices match those in the store. Shop for pantry and cold items. Cost of regular delivery for orders over $35 is $7.99 and orders under $35 is $11.99.  The annual membership plan, Instacart Express, is $149/year. Members get free delivery on orders over $35 and 2-hour deliveries.

Cost

Membership fee for Instacart Express is $149/year. Deliveries under $35 cost $11.99 for members and non-members. Non-members pay $7.99 for orders over $35.

Conclusion

Having a personal shopper whose job is to hand pick produce means you’ll get the freshest on the floor. The website lets you know if you will be paying more for items by ordering through Instacart. Compared to Amazon Fresh, the membership fee is lower and includes a wide selection of cold items. While Instacart delivers to many cities and areas throughout the US, states in the central and mid-west regions are not serviced.

Grocery delivery services certainly have their benefits. You can look forward to convenience, making better use of your free time, and avoiding supermarket crowds and impulse buys. Luxury comes with a price though. But depending on the demands of your life and budget, that price might be worth every penny.


 

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Kate Murphy is a native of Pennsylvania. After receiving a degree in art history, she moved to New York City to test the waters. She enjoys writing about art, culture, fashion, design, and travel. In addition to writing, Kate works with artists, leads, street art tours, and moonlights as an illustrator.

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