Ah, the weekly grocery trip. Honestly, sometimes I’d just rather not.
(This is a big reason I love couponing. Learn to coupon and you’ll naturally visit the grocery store less often.)
But in the meantime, here are some options for getting groceries without unbuckling carseats or being subject to impulse buys:
1. Stay in your car with Walmart’s FREE grocery curbside pickup.
You’ll save cash on your first Walmart order by using code REALEASY to get $10 off your $50 purchase. Plus refer friends to receive a $10 referral credit (up to $100) every time someone tries it out!
- Cost of convenience: Not a dime.
- Pros: Shop online, park during your reserved time, and wait while they load up your groceries. YOU NEVER LEAVE YOUR CAR. No extra fees and no tipping.
- Cons: You can’t use paper coupons. You also won’t get an Ibotta-friendly receipt, which is a HUGE bummer if you’re a loyal user (if you’re not using Ibotta, you’re missing out on seriously big savings). But you can use the Walmart Savings Catcher app.
2. Get groceries and household items delivered to your door with Amazon Prime Pantry.
As you fill up your Pantry Box, Amazon will tell you how much space each item will take.
- Cost of convenience: $5.99 shipping per Pantry Box.
- Pros: Prime members can get packaged groceries (see #3 if you want fresh meat or produce), as well as household, personal, and pet items delivered within four business days.
- Cons: If you’re used to Prime 2-day shipping, it may sting a little to pay $5.99 per Pantry Box and have it arrive up to four days later.
3. Get fresh groceries delivered to your door with AmazonFresh.
First, enter your zip code to find out if AmazonFresh delivery is available in your area.
Then, check the Fresh Deals page for instant savings. Get a free 30-day trial of AmazonFresh, but realize you’ll be automatically enrolled if you don’t cancel before the 30 days are up.
- Cost of convenience: Amazon Prime members pay an extra $14.99/month for AmazonFresh.
- Pros: Get fresh groceries like milk or eggs delivered same-day or next-day — including items from nearby restaurants and markets. You can still shop local!
- Cons: Orders must be over $40, or you’ll pay an additional $9.99 delivery fee.
4. Get free 2-hour delivery with Amazon Prime Now.
Get $10 off 1-hour restaurant delivery with code EATNOW10. Or get $10 off your first order using code 10PRIMENOW.
Also, Shop Amazon’s Weekly Ad where select items are up to 50% off!
- Cost of convenience: Delivery fees are included in your Amazon Prime membership ($99/year), or you’ll pay an extra $7.99 for 1-hour delivery.
- Pros: If you’re a Prime member living in one of the major qualifying cities, you can get practically anything delivered to your door for free within 2 hours. Pay $7.99 for 1-hour delivery, or get free 1-hour restaurant deliveries every day (minimum $20 order).
- Cons: Items will cost a little more than they would in a store — remember, you’re paying a premium for convenience. And the drivers accept tips, so you may want to budget to include one.
5. Get 1- or 2-hour delivery from Whole Foods, Costco, or Target with Instacart.
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Depending on your zip code, you can get virtually anything delivered with Instacart, and your first delivery is free!
Or try the free 2-week trial and cancel anytime. Browse the Coupons section first for the best deals at Whole Foods.
Plus, check RetailMeNot for Instacart-specific discounts too!
- Cost of convenience: $5.99 for 2-hour delivery ($35+ orders), or $7.99 for 1-hour delivery ($35+ orders). Or pay $149 for a 1-year membership that includes unlimited 1-hour deliveries on orders $35 or more.
- Pros: If you live in a major metro area, your Instacart membership means unlimited deliveries from a selection of stores including Costco, Whole Foods, Kroger, Petco, The Food Emporium, and more. Also, you can provide specific instructions to your personal shopper, or use the Shop By Recipe feature for meal planning.
- Cons: Certain stores claim their prices are the same in-store as they are ordering on Instacart, but some (like Whole Foods) can be marked up nearly 20%! Also, you might consider including a tip.
6. Use ClickList to get 3 free curbside pickups at Fred Meyer and other Kroger stores.
Your first 3 orders are free with ClickList.
Just link your Kroger card to your account for digital coupons. Keep an eye out for sale items highlighted in yellow.
- Cost of convenience: $4.95/pickup.
- Pros: Kroger trains their shoppers to pick out the best produce, plus you can use coupons. Oh, and you don’t have to get out of your car! #winning
- Cons: You can’t use cash, check, WIC or SNAP.
7. Use Jet.com for free 2-day delivery on bulk items.
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Jet.com is all about buying in bulk, so prices drop as you add more to your cart!
Look for items with the little pink tag next to them — they’ll lower your cost by fitting easily into your shipping box (like toothpaste). You can get a discount for using your debit card (instead of credit). And you can get a discount when you opt out of free returns — which is a no-brainer for items like toilet paper and diapers!
Save 15% off your first 3 orders with code WELCOME15.
- Cost of convenience: Free 2-day shipping on orders of $35+.
- Pros: As a direct competitor of Amazon, Jet.com carries many of the same selection — and their prices are similar or sometimes better! But you don’t need a Prime membership to get free 2-day shipping with Jet!
- Cons: Because Jet specializes in packaged bulk and household items, it might not make sense to use them for fresh foods like dairy and meat. (Unless you’re buying in bulk).
8. Get your groceries same-day when you use Albertsons/Safeway delivery.
Albertsons/Safeway has a “Free Item of the Week” with minimum purchase (usually around $150).
Look for saving selections on the left side of your screen like Promo Code Deals, Buy One Get One Free, and Club Card Specials.
Plus, you can get $5 off, plus free delivery for your first order with code HIFIVE ($49 minimum purchase).
- Cost of convenience: $9.99 delivery fee (orders over $150), or $12.95 delivery fee (orders under $150)
- Pros: Get same-day delivery if you order before 8:30 a.m. The “Request to Personal Shopper” feature lets you give specific directions like “provide soft avocados.” Plus meal planning is a snap with the Shop By Recipe feature.
- Cons: Unless you’re selecting sale items, Albertsons/Safeway tends to have higher prices, in addition to the hefty delivery fee.
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