10 Timesaving, Money-Saving Hacks for Shopping on Instacart
As much we all hoped we'd be back to dining in restaurants, drinking in bars, and traveling around the globe by now, the reality is that the pandemic has anything but subsided. As the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has stated time and again, we should all be wearing masks, staying at least six feet apart from one another, avoiding crowds, and washing our hands often. But it doesn't stop there—as new cases of COVID-19 continue to soar, now may be a good time to reconsider the safety of our day-to-day habits too, including the ways we could be tweaking our lives to help stop the spread.
Take, for instance, grocery shopping. It's a necessary task for us all. But shopping in person is neither risk-free nor compulsory. "If possible, limit visiting the grocery store, or other stores selling household essentials, in person," states the CDC on its website. "In general, the more closely you interact with others and the longer that interaction, the higher the risk of COVID-19 spread. Order groceries and other items online for home delivery or curbside pickup (if possible) or check with your local grocery store to see if pre-order or drive-up options are available."
While grocery delivery isn't accessible to 100 percent of the population, the increased demand in the last year has helped grocery delivery services expand like never before in the United States. One of the most widely available services is Instacart, a grocery delivery service where personal shoppers select your items from the store and then deliver them to your door. You can often get same-day delivery (even within an hour), depending on your location. Store options are vast, and include major retailers such as Albertsons, ALDI, Costco, CVS, Kroger, Loblaw, Publix, Sam's Club, Sprouts, Wegmans—even your local pharmacy, fishmonger, wine shop, Sephora store, or Sur La Table is likely on Instacart. In response to the pandemic, it has introduced many new features to help you get fresh groceries delivered to your home safely, such as a contactless delivery option to promote social distancing (groceries can be left on your doorstep or in your lobby) and a special Senior Support Service for customers over age 60.
Whether you've been using Instacart—or another grocery delivery service—for years or you're ready to get started, here are a few genius tips, tricks, and hacks for using the app to its upmost potential. (Because safety first, but endless hours of your life back second.)