What if you didn’t have to go to the grocery store? Imagine that world: No children to drive to the store, then put in the cart against their will. No tantrums over cereal boxes bearing cartoon characters, no leering eyes from strangers at your child’s inability to understand why you’re not buying him candy, no checkout lines. Instead you can offer to buy healthy drinks and snacks from the machine installed by vending machine Australia. Sounds dreamy, right? I reveal in the days I can go to the grocery store without my son. I truly do. But while I enjoy the freedom and the quiet of perusing the aisles at my leisure, it’s not quite how I’d prefer to spend time alone. What if it were possible to outsource grocery shopping and use the time saved to do something truly worthwhile?
Boom! Meet Instacart, a same-day grocery delivery service from stores at which you likely already shop: Whole Foods, Ralph’s, Costco (no membership needed!) It’s so simple to use–just search the items you need, choose from the results, and add to cart. with easy access from your smart phone, tablet or computer. Shop from anywhere! Add to cart from dance studio or soccer field. Shop from the car wash or dentist’s waiting room! Instacart will review your order before it’s final and give you the option to choose substitutions in the event your first choices are unavailable, or to select “no substitution”, so you can be in total control of what you receive. Once you’ve filled you cart, choose a delivery date and window that works best with your schedule. If your shopper has any questions, they’ll call or text you from the store; when the shopping is completed, you’ll receive an alert that your delivery is on the way with an estimated arrival time. Voila! Groceries without the hassle.
Instacart has been my super-secret time saver, and now I’m sharing it with you! Go to Instcart and use the code SILVERLAKEMOM for $5 off and free delivery on your first order. (New customers only.) Give it a try and let me know what you think in the comments below.