As big city women, we at L&C pride ourselves on making the most of what our respective homes have to offer. Whether that’s a new museum, the latest show or shop opening, we love to get out and experience our cities to the fullest.
But, not everything about living in the city is awesome, or easy. Example A: Grocery shopping. In the ‘burbs, you hop in your car, head to the store where you fill up your cart to your heart’s content, and drive it all back in your big, roomy trunk. In the city, you have to walk to the store, decide what the most important items on your list are (because you’re going to have to carry every single thing you purchase back your apartment, so put that bottled water back, because that ish is heavy), and schlep it all home.
So, when we were offered a chance to test out a new grocery delivery service, our answer was obviously, heck yes. So, Kaitlin and I both gave Instacart a try this week.
What is is: The service basically allows you to make your grocery list online (from the store or stores of your choice), and then takes care of all the shopping for you. The first thing we love: It’s available as an app, so you can make your grocery list while you’re on the subway, or waiting for an elevator, or sitting on the couch. Though it’s not the only service of it’s kind, we both loved the upgraded features like being able to order groceries from stores like Whole Foods and Costco (even if you don’t have a card).
What we thought: I made my first order this week, and especially appreciated flags like “Great Value” and the ability to choose between a wide range of recommended products. It’s also perfect for heavy (think sodas or liquor) or in-bulk items (like toilet paper) that are a hassle to carry from the store or your car.
I’m on a new health kick (for this week at least) so I chose mostly fruits, veggies and healthy snacks for my list, but of course had to add a bottle of some white wine into the mix as well. I ordered them on Sunday night for a Monday night delivery. The order was right on time, and they were able to find everything I requested without any replacements.
Another cool feature, and Kaitlin’s favorite part, was the personalized shopping service. Your order is actually assigned to a “shopper” who goes to the store for you. If there is something on your list they can’t find or that’s out of stock, they’ll call you to OK a replacement product. They also give you updates by text message about when your shopping is going to drop everything off at your house.
The final verdict: Anything that keeps us from having to carry groceries up the stairs of a walk-up apartment in the summer heat, we’re OK with. So, this might just become our new go-to way to grocery shop!
Editor’s Note: Both of our first grocery orders were discounted by Instacart, but our views and opinions are our own.