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Amazon Fresh, Instacart & More

Amazon Fresh, Instacart & More
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Running to the grocery store was always a chore. After a global pandemic breaks out, grocery shopping begins to feel even more difficult. As if online shopping wasn’t cool enough, you can also take all your purchases from the comfort of your couch. Buying groceries online works in one of two ways: having your merchandise delivered, like a regular parcel, packed into a warehouse; Or a local shopper, stocked with your grocery list, does all the work for you and delivers it to your door (contactless, too, if you prefer).

A few things to consider when deciding if an online grocer is right for you are whether it is available in your area, minimum order requirements and delivery fees. Some services, like Amazon Fresh, make sense if you already have an Amazon Prime account, while others, like Thrive Market, cater to those who just want to buy you good products. After you take these factors into account, find the next nine grocery delivery services that work for you.

Amazon Fresh

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Delivery Charge: Free on orders $35 +
membership: Yes, Amazon Prime $119 per year
Availability: More than 2000 cities, but no housing

If you already have Amazon Prime, it only makes sense to take advantage of Amazon Fresh included. The digital interface is similar to shopping on the regular Amazon marketplace, so you don’t have to teach yourself how to navigate a new website. Finding what you need is as easy as shopping on Amazon, plus the availability is almost unmatched by the other services on this list. Shopping on Amazon Fresh means you get access to Whole Foods products, and orders can get to you within an hour.

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Delivery Charge: Free on orders $49 +
membership: Optional, $49 per year for free delivery on orders $20+, 2% cash back rewards and exclusive perks
Availability: nationally

Boxed is an online retailer, so it’s like Costco but virtual. Get bulk copies of your most frequently used groceries like produce, dairy and eggs, and also get pantry and household items. Expect your orders to be delivered within one to three days, with express delivery available.

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Fresh Direct

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Fresh Direct

Delivery Charge: $6 to $16, depending on location
membership: number
Availability: New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Washington, DC

Those on the East Coast may choose to shop from FreshDirect, which offers typical groceries as well as alcoholic beverages and ready-to-eat meals. At certain locations, you can get your order in about an hour, and you can schedule delivery a week in advance. Those who have already shopped with FreshDirect are quick to note the brand’s high-quality products, which are often organic.

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Delivery Charge: 10 dollars
membership: number
Availability: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Maryland, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, South Dakota, Virginia, Washington, DC, Wyoming

While the East Coast has Fresh Direct, the other half of the country has Safeway, a chain of supermarkets that also offer delivery. Because Safeway is a regular supermarket, it delivers at supermarket hours – between 8am and 10pm – but you can shop online 24/7. The minimum order requirement is $30, and while the $10 delivery fee is higher than most other delivery services, purchases over $150 may lower the delivery fee.

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Delivery Charge: Free on orders $35 +
membership: Yes, $14 a month or $99 a year
Availability: more than 200 cities

Shopping with Shipt is like hiring a personal shopper to collect your merchandise from the different stores your service partners handle, like Target, CVS, and Costco to name a few. As long as the store is open, you can get your stuff fairly quickly. Shipt is as widely available as other in-person shopping services, but you can shop from popular stores widely, and exclusive coupons and savings are available regularly so you can easily make a quick buck and redeem your monthly or annual membership fee.

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Instacart

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Instacart

Delivery Charge: $4 for orders $35 +
membership: Optional, $99 per year or $10 per month for free delivery on orders over $35
Availability: nationally

Partnering with more than 500 retailers across the United States, Instacart gets local shoppers to help buy and deliver all the items you want without ever having to leave home. You can also order from warehouse clubs — like Costco and BJ’s — without requiring a membership in those clubs. You’ll get live updates on your order, and if something’s out of stock, a shopper will reach out to you to ask if you’re interested in an alternative item.

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The market is booming

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The market is booming

Delivery Charge: Free on orders $49 +
membership: Yes, $60 a year
Availability: nationally

Thrive Market is an online marketplace for good-for-you products from household care items to food. As Thrive says, they sell “organic, non-GMO, sustainable, and non-toxic products for every lifestyle.” The company also strives to keep its prices low, so that items are more accessible to regular people. Thrive also offers free memberships, called Thrive Gives, to certain individuals, which includes low-income families, students, educators, veterans, military members, and first responders.

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omamicart

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Delivery Charge: Free on orders $49 +
membership: number
Availability: Northeast (Check availability here)

Umamicart sells Asian groceries that you might not find in your typical grocery store (or online grocery store). The website makes it easy even for those unfamiliar with Asian cooking styles or ingredients while providing basically everything you need to cook your favorite Asian dish. The website is constantly bringing in new products, so logging into the site can feel like a treasure hunt.

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Walmart Grocery

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Walmart

Delivery Charge: 8-10 US dollars
membership: Optional, $98/year for FREE UNLIMITED DELIVERY
Availability: nationally

Get all the Walmart groceries you know and love for you the same day you order. If you live near Walmart, you can drive to the location and pack merchandise into your vehicle. Besides getting only groceries, you can also get just about anything else Walmart has to offer at the same low prices that make the retail giant like your go-to.

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