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Instacart Review – How Much Extra Money Are You Spending Now

Are you Looking for credible grocery delivery services near you? Or have you been testing and trying various online stores during the pandemic? Then you may have come across Instacart.

Online grocery delivery has become extremely popular during this pandemic. And Instacart has been in the lead.

Inevitably, online grocery delivery has several perks. In addition to maintaining social distancing, you also enjoy the convenience of having your necessities delivered to your doorstep.

But, on the other hand, there are some drawbacks as well. Hence, this article will outline a detailed review of the Instacart services. Stay tuned till the end!

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About Instacart

Instacart is an online grocery delivery service. It operates by hiring personal shoppers on your behalf, ensuring that you get your groceries delivered to your doorstep.

They work in affiliation with well-established grocery chains and stores to provide same-day deliveries across the registered cities.

For instance, Instacart Costco and Instacart Publix are collaborations where you can get Costco’s or Publix’s items delivered via Instacart shoppers.

The service has expanded to almost all 50 states and their metro areas in the United States and Canada.

Instacart Subscription & Coupons

Want to get free deliveries from Instacart? Then sign up for their exclusive subscription service, Instacart Express.

This subscription offers you coupons that you can use to avail of free deliveries on orders that are above $35 per annum. You can save up to $7 per charge with this subscription.

All in all, if you frequently use Instacart services, then this subscription can prove to be highly cost-effective for you!

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The Cost

For starters, you must pay delivery charges worth $3.99 on every order. In addition to this, Instacart also charges a service fee worth 5% of your total costs. You order alcohol, Instacart will charge you a separate service fee.

You may also end up paying a separate service fee on alcoholic beverages. At the same time, certain grocery items might be more expensive if you purchase them through Instacart.

Then you also must remember to tip your Instacart shopper. Hence, the tips should primarily be in your grocery budget from the get-go.

However, if you have subscribed to Instacart Express, then using the service will become budget-friendly.

What are the advantages of buying groceries through Instacart?

When it comes to Instacart, there are several perks. However, the convenience it offers remains on top of all these advantages.

Firstly, Instacart offers a safe way for people to buy their groceries during the pandemic allowing them to maintain all SOPs of social distancing.

Moreover, the senior and the disabled citizens who cannot physically travel to the stores can easily purchase their groceries via Instacart.

Another main advantage of Instacart service is same-day delivery. Even if you need emergency delivery to your door within 2 hours, you can opt for Instacart services. Furthermore, you can also place advance orders.

So, if you add up all these advantages with the Instacart Express subscription plan, not only will you enjoy ultimate convenience, but you would save tons on your budget as well.

What are some of the drawbacks?

  • The service is not accessible in rural places,
  • In the absence of a subscription plan, you would have to pay delivery + service charges on every order,
  • Certain items can be expensively priced,
  • Older citizens may find the service difficult to use,

The main drawback of Instacart service is that it is not accessible in rural areas. There aren’t many grocery chains located in such areas.

Moreover, you may end up paying a lot more for certain items if you order them through Instacart, combining the service fee and the delivery charges, but articles on Instacart are expensive.

Even though Instacart provides special customer assistance for elderly citizens, many people still do not find the service user-friendly because of the lack of smartphones and the internet.

How To Complete And Use The Instacart Application?

Instacart Application

Before placing your first order with Instacart, you must complete the below-listed steps to register your account with Instacart and then place your order:

1. Download The Instacart App

The first thing you need to do is download the App for Instacart and register your account.

Once the app has downloaded, follow the prompts to complete the registration. Type in your complete name, valid email address, and come up with a secure password for your login.

2. Set Your Location And The Store

When you have logged in to the app, type in your Area ZIP code, a list of stores in your area affiliated with Instacart will pop up.

Select the store that is nearest to your home. You can change this selection at any point in time. If you have an Instacart Express subscription, you can easily select more than one store as well.

Before browsing the available items, make sure you go through your chosen store’s entire pricing policy. It will give you a fair idea of the increased price rates.

3. Enter Items In Your Shopping Cart

Once you have selected your location and the store, you can begin shopping.

You can find items by browsing through the categories or merely combing through the whole website.

You can also use the “savings” option to browse all the items on sale. When you use the app frequently, your frequently purchased items will get saved in history.

Once you have browsed through the site and selected your required items, simply tap on the button “add to cart.”

4. Choose Your Preferences For Substitution & A Time For Delivery

Once you have finished shopping through Instacart, tap on the cart icon to finish placing your order. You can review all the items and make any changes as well.

You will have to select a time for delivery. Your order will get delivered on the same day. However, you can choose to get it delivered later on.

However, you may have to select a time frame for delivery. Once you do that, simply place your order.

5. Type In The Payment Details

Once you have reviewed all the items in your order and are satisfied with everything, you will enter the payment details. Enter the required credentials, amount of shopper’s tip, and place the order.

Remember, you will be able to make any changes to your order until a shopper gets assigned. But even during shopping, you can chat with your designated shopper if need be.

Moreover, you can also view the status of your order at any time. Using this feature, you can check the items that your shopper has picked. In case an item is unavailable, you can also view and approve the suitable substitutions.

Lastly, you can get notified of your order through email and text messaging as well.

6. Get Prepared To Receive The Order

The final step is to receive your order simply. Usually, the order will arrive in your chosen time frame. However, if there is any delay shopper will notify via call, text, and email. You may also receive a text, call, or email when your shopper is on his way to you.

Instacart Vs. Shipt

One of the biggest competitors of Instacart is Shipt. They are both high in demand online grocery delivery services operating in the United States and work on the same principle of hiring shoppers to do your shopping for you.

If we draw a comparison between the two services to analyze which one is better, then accessibility will be the deciding factor here, among other reasons:

  • As a shopper, both Shipt and Instacart allow you to reject or accept orders. You can refuse small orders if they are not worth the payment.
  • Both of the services will give their shoppers a special debit card that you will use to pay for your assigned customer’s orders. Once you purchase the groceries, you will have to deliver them to the designated location.
  • Shipt and Instacart both provide all-day customer support and help to cater to your issues and queries. This support includes email and calls support. They even assist through Facebook and Twitter as well.
  • The major drawback of Shipt is that it is accessible only in a handful of locations in the United States while Instacart is available in all major areas of the 50 states.

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In The End

To sum it all up in a nutshell, Instacart is a convenient online grocery delivery service operating all across the United States and Canada. It is associated with all famous grocery chains and stores, while its subscription allows you to save $7 on every order.

All in all, if you are looking for a reliable, credible, and prompt grocery delivery service in your vicinity, Instacart is an ideal option.

Thank you for reading and I hope I was able to leave something for you. If you have any experience that you would like to share or want to leave a comment or a question. Leave them below and I will certainly get back in a timely manner.

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10 Comments

  1. Thanks so much for sharing a great review on Instacart, as you well mentioned on your article, this could be the solution for many about how to get their groceries during the pandemic. You did a very good work on your review and at the first read this service might look expensive as it charges almost $4 for each order, plus 5 %, but as a solution during the pandemic, is a price I would be happy paying, but the sad side is this is not working on the rural areas, but I’m sure many who live in cities will be glad to get to know about it. 

    • Instacart is steadily growing so hopefully a rural area solution will be coming. Thank you for ready and your comment. I will update the article if anything changes in where instacart is delivering.

  2. Great post but I do have a question. How is there such a thing as “Pro shoppers?” I mean come on that is just crazy to read that on this site. Do you do this as a part-time job?

    I love to shop on my own but having this on my laptop is very helpful for me, I look forward to learning more from your website. But do you use Instacart as well? We have used it once about three months ago and they are great for us. 

    • My daughter works for instacart. She only does it part but only because she loves her full-time position. However, she earns more with instacart as a “pro shopper” than she does as a chef. She could do it full time if she chooses. She can move through a grocery store faster than anybody I know. I do use instacart on occasion but not regularly. I hope I answered your question if not get back to me. Thanks for reading and for your comment

  3. Hello there, Chuck! I have heard of services like Instacart and they seem like great services to try. I think it is perfect for those who have difficult making it out of their homes such as a lack of access to a vehicle and especially with the time of the COVID-19. You mention deliver fees might be up to $3.99 regularly but if you shop enough times, you should be able to get your money’s worth depending on the monthly cost of the service. Thanks for this review!

    • Thanks for reading and your input.  Services like this are becoming a necessity for just about anyone these days

  4. Thank you for sharing this informative post describing who Instacart is.   The review is thorough and the timing is excellent given the current world pandemic.  I’ve used similar services in Canada e.g Grocery Gateway.   It is a super convenient option even without the need to social distance during the past normal.   The layout of the review is nicely done.  

    • Thank you for reading I feel that the pandemic has brought out the best in some service such as instacart and other companies

  5. Not living in America or Canada I wouldn’t be able to use this service but it sounds terrific. How lovely to have your groceries delivered to your door at a time of your choosing. It does sound a little costly with all the tips and charges but for older or sick people what a blessing.

    Fortunately in Australia, we do have home delivery too but like yourself not in the rural areas. It’s a great company and service.

    • Thank you for your comment Lily. I agree it is a great way for elderly who can’t get out to shop. Thanks for reading

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