Eating In? The Top 5 Grocery Delivery Services
Grocery shopping isn’t all that much fun, when you think about it. There’s the jostling in too-small aisles with the bulky carriage. The walking from one end of the store to the other looking for that one item or brand you can’t seem to find. The lines at the checkout counter (so long you sometimes can scan an entire People magazine from cover to cover). But a grocery delivery service can put an end to that tedious, time-consuming process. With these five services, saying good-bye to grocery shopping is in the bag.
What: Two grocery ordering options: having your order delivered to your doorstep or placing your order for a pickup window and getting the goods delivered to your car at the store.
Where: Same-day delivery is available in 46 states.
Pricing: Delivery and pickup prices are the same as if you had shopped in the store, but there’s a $30 minimum for the services.
Membership requirement: None.
Delivery cost: A program called Delivery Unlimited costs $98 per year or $12.95 per month; you can sign up for 15 days of free delivery.
Coupon policy: Coupons not accepted for pickup or delivery orders; the Savings Catcher app can verify that you received the lowest possible price and give you reward dollars.
What: Peapod is affiliated with Ahold-Delhaize grocery stores, including Food Lion, Giant, and Stop & Shop. Unattended delivery is available in some areas so you don’t have to be home when your delivery arrives (groceries are left in an insulated container).
Where: Not available nationwide; enter your zip code to see if the service is available in your area in New England, the mid-Atlantic, and the Midwest.
Pricing: Delivery prices are comparable to in-store prices.
Membership requirement: None. Peapod offers PodPass, which provides unlimited deliveries for orders of $100 or more at a set price. The rate for 12 months of unlimited delivery is $119 plus tax. Three- and six-month subscription options are also available, which cost $49 and $69 before tax, respectively.
Delivery cost: You must order at least $60 worth of groceries to get delivery, which costs $67.95 to $9.95; the larger your order, the cheaper the delivery. You could pay as little as $2.95 for delivery with certain discounts, and additional delivery discounts are available if you choose off-peak times. Peapod also offers a pickup option in some areas; there’s a $30 minimum order and a $2.95 charge for pickup.
Coupon policy: Peapod accepts manufacturer’s coupons and doubles them up to 99 cents.
3. AMAZON FRESH
What: Available to Amazon Prime and Amazon Prime Student members; offers attended and unattended delivery, but does not delivery to dorms. Pickup is also available in some cities.
Where: Not available nationwide; check website for locations.
Pricing: Regular Amazon prices.
Membership requirement: Membership is limited to Amazon Prime members ($119 per year) and Amazon Prime Student members ($59 per year).
Delivery cost: Most regions offer free two-hour delivery on orders of $35 or more.
Coupon policy: Save your coupons for somewhere else.
What: Delivers from a variety of grocery stores; liquor delivery available in some locations.
Where: Available throughout the U.S.
Pricing: Shipt prices are slightly higher than if you had gone to the store and done your own shopping.
Membership requirement: Shipt charges you $99 annually or $14 per month for unlimited free delivery.
Delivery cost: Members must spend at least $35 to get free delivery; for orders less than that, a $7 delivery fee is required.
Coupon policy: In-app specials on items are accepted; manufacturer’s or store coupons aren’t.
What: Delivery available from a variety of grocery stores, drug stores, pet supply stores and, in some areas, liquor stores.
Where: Available in all 50 states, plus Washington, D.C.
Pricing: Deliveries from most locations offer “everyday store prices,” but some locations have deliveries that cost more than in-store prices.
Membership requirement: Membership isn’t required. To skip the delivery fee with every order, sign up for Instacart Express and for a fee of $99 per year or $9.99 per month, you’ll receive free delivery for every order over $35.
Delivery cost: Delivery costs between $5.99 and $7.99 per order for nonmembers; orders under $35 cost more.
Coupon policy: Store or manufacturer’s coupons aren’t honored. Special promotions are available.