In a time when everyone is looking for added convenience, there’s been a jump in interest for grocery delivery services.
Tops and Wegmans recently added delivery options using a service called Instacart. News 8’s Allison Warren ordered the same items from both stores to test how it works.
Creating an Instacart account just takes a few minutes. You enter information like your cell phone number, address, and credit card information. Once you’ve selected your items and scheduled a delivery time, the personal shopper will text you with any questions, and keep you updated on your delivery. News 8 asked for delivery within the hour, both Tops and Wegmans delivered in about 45 minutes and including the service charge, the totals were within a few cents of each other.
There are many local options as well. Hart’s Local Grocers and Hegedorn’s offer grocery delivery, but there are specific requirements, there may be smaller selection on certain items, and they don’t necessarily deliver to every zip code. You can check with your local grocery store to see if they offer delivery for you.
Amazon Prime members have the option to use Prime Pantry. This may be the best option if you have a smaller order of non-perishable items. The downside is that fresh items like chicken and eggs are not included in our area. A gallon of milk costs more than $15!
There is also the option to use a service like Walmart’s Curbside Pick-up. However, they only offer the service at specific stores, and there is a $30 minimum.
There are many convenient options, Allison Warren’s recommendation is to know what you need to order and check for coupons, discounts, and service or delivery charges. That will help you decide which delivery service is best for you for each order.