With so many people staying at home these days, trying to stay safe, lots of people are turning to grocery delivery services.
Your shopping usually is done by someone who contracts with a company to shop and then deliver the orders. You want to be near your phone while your shopper is working, because he or she will text you if the products you want are not available to see what you would like to substitute. Previously, you met your shopper at the door, but now most are leaving the groceries outside and texting you to pick them up.
Walmart, Target and Costco all offer online shopping and delivery options. Whole Foods offers grocery ordering and pickup via Amazon Prime. Many local supermarkets provide deliveries via Instacart or Shipt. Some stores allow you to choose your items online, have a shopper gather them and them you drive to pick them up curbside.
In normal times, you get same-day delivery, often with a few hours of placing your order. In these times, you may need to order a few days in advance. Tip: If you are shopping at a grocery chain, changing stores may allow you to find more products or get your groceries sooner. The store closest to you isn’t always your best choice.
Some stores also may charge more for items ordered than for items you buy in the store.
Here is a comparison of grocery shopping services nationwide. Your local stores may offer additional pickup or delivery services. Note that fees and costs may vary by location, and some services may not serve all areas.
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