The Must-Know Grocery Delivery Services to Save You Trips to the Store


By Cooking Panda

If you’re social distancing right now (and most of the country is), planning for multiple weeks of meals and grocery lists can be time consuming and frustrating. Meal and grocery delivery services can help you ditch the hassle. It can be hard to narrow down the best options for delivery services, so we’ve done the work for you!

  • For grocery delivery, Amazon Fresh is an amazing option! It isn’t available everywhere (only in about 2,000 cities), but where it is offered, there is a free two-hour delivery option which can be a lifesaver when you’re in a pinch! For an additional fee, groceries can be delivered within an hour. This service is included with Amazon Prime, do you do have to have a membership to utilize the service. 
  • Instacart is another great option that offers free two-hour delivery with Instacart Express but only on purchases over $35. You’ll receive live updates and can check the status of your order as it’s in progress. You don’t have to have a membership, but there is a delivery fee unless you upgrade to the Instacart Express. You can order from multiple stores though, which is a bonus!
  • Walmart is now offering same-day delivery.There’s no membership required, but there is a heft shipping fee of about $10. FreshDirect is a blend of high-end groceries and meal kits – delivered to your door for a small fee if you order at least $30 worth of groceries. There is a membership available called Delivery Pass (there are different levels) which waives the delivery fee. FoodKick is a branch of FreshDirect that delivers cold alcoholic beverages and fresh food, but only to folks living in NYC.
  • Peapod is similar to FreshDirect, but is only available in the New England states currently. They have a small fee for delivery depending on your total bill, but offer free delivery if you purchase an annual PodPass membership, and if you order $100 in groceries. 
  • Google Shopping is a great budget option, allowing you to order non-perishable items from Target and Costco, with no delivery fee with a minimum order of $25 or $35 respectively. 
  • Shipt is based in the southwest and is similar to InstaCart, except that you have to purchase a membership to use it, but then free shipping is offered to all customers with a minimum order of $25!
  • Thrive is a membership-only based service that offers natural and organic food options! There are plenty of keto, paleo, and vegan options which makes this a top choice!
  • Amazon has two other grocery services – the first being Prime Pantry, which only offers non-perishable items, while Prime Now offers groceries exclusively from Whole Foods, which is very similar to Prime Fresh. The two services are very similar and will likely merge soon to keep everything neat and tidy and use friendly!

With so many options, you’ll never need to run out to the grocery store again – Happy shopping!

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