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The coronavirus pandemic has leveled up stores’ offerings when it comes to delivery and pickup, keeping customers socially distanced while giving them the goods they need.
Closeout reseller Big Lots recently introduced curbside pickup for online orders, and now they’re partnering with delivery service Instacart to bring their closeout-priced goods directly to people’s homes.
All 1,400 stores in 47 states are now participating in Instacart delivery. Are good deals coming to your doorstep? Here’s what you need to know:
Big Lots grocery items appear to be cheaper than other grocery stores.
We price-checked a few items at various stores through Instacart, and Big Lots had the best price.
- Kellogg’s Pop-Tarts Frosted Strawberry, 13.5 oz (8 count): $2.99 Albertsons, $2.49 Kroger, $2.29 Target, $2.19 Big Lots
- Barilla Classic Blue Box Pasta Penne, 16 oz: $2.99 Albertsons, $2.29 CVS, $1.49 Kroger, $1.49 Big Lots
- Nutella Hazelnut Spread with Cocoa, 13 oz: $4.99 Albertsons, $4.69 Target, $3.99 Kroger, $3.59 Big Lots
- Axe Deodorant Stick for Men Phoenix 3 oz: $6.29 CVS, 4.59 Albertsons, $4.49 Target, $4.29 Big Lots
Tip: While Big Lots is often the cheapest option for groceries, the sheer number of products available is less than some larger grocery stores. Make sure you price-check yourself to make sure you’re getting the best deal on comparable products.
But Instacart’s prices are higher than Big Lots’ curbside pickup prices.
Those same Strawberry Pop-Tarts cost only $2.00 a box when you order from the Big Lots website for curbside pickup — $0.19 cheaper than through Instacart.
Nutella is $0.34 cheaper, the Axe deodorant is $0.39 cheaper, and the Barilla box of penne is $0.19 cheaper.
Plus, you’ll pay more after Instacart’s service fees and tipping your Shopper.
Big Lots is one of the few places you can buy appliances through Instacart.
Need a new air fryer, slow cooker or electric skillet? You can have them delivered to you from Big Lots in as little as 2 hours via Instacart.
They also offer home goods, kitchen and dining, beauty products, pet items, personal care products, office and craft supplies, toys and more.
Yes, they’re also more expensive on Instacart than via curbside pickup.