Save Time Shopping from Home with Instacart

Save Time by Grocery Shopping from Home with Instacart

Author Headshot - Carmen
December 21, 2018

If y’all are anything like us there are several different family Christmas events to attend as well as church and friends Christmas parties. While this time with family and friends is filled with so many wonderful moments, small things like grocery shopping can get in the way.

There is a wonderful tool called Instacart. Raise a hand if you wouldn’t mind ordering your groceries from your favorite local grocery from the comfort of your own home. In your pajamas while drinking your favorite beverage. I have both of mine in the air, if you’re wondering.

Instacart is Convenient and Easy to Use

The website and app are both super convenient to navigate. To begin punch in your area code and the app will confirm if your area is covered. There have been times when a friend or family member was too far out of the city but the delivery service met them at an agreed location.

Once you have established your residence, pick the store you would like to shop. For instance, in Elkhart, IN Kroger, Aldi, Petco, and Walgreens are the available options. Usually I shop at one store because each store added to the cart requires a $10 minimum. Your first delivery is free, second delivery 7.99, unless you sign up to be an express member. Express membership costs $99/year but offers free delivery (order must be greater than $35).

My personal experience has been wonderful. The first time I tried the app we were driving home from a family get-together and I still needed to buy groceries for the weekend. Within 1½ hours after placing the order on Instacart my groceries were delivered to my doorstep.

One of my favorite features on the app is the ability to watch the progress of the groceries being picked up throughout the store. As your personal shopper adds the items to the cart, they are crossed off your phone in real-time. If you need to add something to your list before they get to checkout that you missed earlier, simply add the item to your list.

Your personal shopper will also notify you if there was a price change, if the store is out of stock on a particular item, and will ask you questions if needed through the Instacart app. Once they are in the checkout, you are notified that items can no longer be added to your list. Your personal shopper (that phrase is kind of fun to say) notifies you when leaving the store and estimates delivery time.

Let me just say that this app has helped maintain my sanity. I am not particularly fond of grocery shopping so I am so grateful to have this tool available. If y’all have more questions about the process go to You will not be disappointed.

For a limited time use code CARMENH185118 at checkout with a cart of $35 or more to receive $10 off.

P.S. This post is not sponsored by Instacart or their affiliates.

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