Save Yourself a Grocery Trip (and Some Sanity) With Instacart

While it’s certainly not the first attempt at a grocery delivery service in Austin, Instacart appears to have figured out how to provide a great customer experience! After a few moments on their website, you’ll realize just how simple this process can be. Sunday night is for Game of Thrones, not dragging yourself to the supermarket! From adding fresh fruits and veggies to your shopping cart, to scheduling a delivery time, they’ve made the entire process painless.

Here are a few reasons I love this service:

  1. The H-E-B closest to my home is a nightmare. You know that one at Oltorf and Congress? There’s no parking, and the lines at checkout rival that of a secret show at SXSW.
  2. When I go to the store, I always end up buying 25 things that weren’t on my list. I can’t remember what I have at home, so I buy things I don’t need, or I shop while hungry and grab everything in sight.
  3. Instacart will shop where you want to shop. In addition to H-E-B, Central Market, Costco (you don’t need a membership to shop), they also provide delivery from Tomlinson’s, Sprouts, Spec’s, Randall’s, and Sam’s Club.

They have the ability to deliver within an hour of ordering, but I opted for a delivery around dinnertime. As mentioned before, the process is super easy. Visit www.instacart.com or download their mobile app, then enter your zip code (they serve the vast majority of the Greater Austin metropolitan area), add items to your shopping cart, and choose a delivery window (one hour, two, later in the day), then check out!

An Instacart personal shopper will receive your order on their smartphone; pick up your groceries, and arrive at your door with a smile.

If you want to dip your toe into this new lifestyle, you can get free delivery for 14 days with a trial of Instacart Express. It’s a membership that lets you get unlimited delivery on orders of $35 or more for a flat annual fee. Kind of like Amazon Prime, but for grocery delivery!

Listen, we may not have flying cars yet, but the modern world really can be cool. Let someone else do the shopping!