Close your eyes and imagine this for a moment: healthy ingredients at a great price and convenient, yummy meals the whole family will love, all delivered right to your door. How does that sound?
If your family is anything like many families in America, then that probably sounds like a dream come true. Fortunately, several grocery delivery companies have popped up over the last few years, making this dream a reality.
And with all the grocery delivery options out there it can get a bit overwhelming to pick the best service for your needs.
So, here is a simple guide to help you pick the best grocery delivery service for your family.
For Meal Planning and Convenience
HelloFresh & Blue Apron
HelloFresh and Blue Apron are for the family who loves yummy, healthy food but would like to save time planning their weekly meals. Both services work the same way. When you sign up, you’ll pick a plan that fits your family’s size, lifestyle, and dietary needs. You’ll also choose which day you want the food delivered. All the ingredients are portioned out, and each delivery includes recipe cards for that week’s meals.
For The Vegan/Clean-Eating Family
Purple Carrot is similar to HelloFresh and Blue Apron but focuses specifically on providing clean, plant-based meal plans and ingredients. They have three plans: 1-2 person, 3-4 people, and a high-performance plan that includes more protein for active people.
For Saving Time
Instacart promotes its ability to deliver groceries the same day. They have partnered with several stores and use personal shoppers to pick the products and deliver them to your home. Instacart is available in select cities so you’ll need to enter your zip code on their website to see if the service is available in your area.
For Saving Time And Money
Walmart and Meijer Grocery Pick Up Services
In some areas, Walmart and Meijer provide a grocery pick-up service. You can go online and order all the groceries and other household items you need and then drive to the store to get them. An employee will bring your order out to your car. This type of service is less expensive than a meal delivery service, and you have access to all your favorite brands and foods.
Google has gotten into the grocery delivery service with Google Express. They are partnered up with many brick-and-mortar stores like Target, Walmart, Kohl’s, and Bed Bath & Beyond. This is a great benefit to your family because you have access to all types of products, not just food. Google Express can also deliver items like electronics and pet supplies. The only items they can’t deliver are fresh fruits, veggies, and meats. And, as of August 2017, Google Express no longer charges a membership fee.
With the hectic holiday season right around the corner, it might be a great time to look into a grocery delivery service. The best thing about these services is that you can cancel and pause deliveries at any time. So, it won’t hurt to try them out.
Have you tried a grocery delivery service? Share with other families about how it worked out for you.
Sara Woodard-Ortiz, owner of The HeartFull Journey, is an ally for heartbroken moms who are going through separation and divorce. Her goal is to help moms love themselves during and after divorce as a way to build a foundation to attract a new, satisfying relationship. Sara lives in Danville, IL with her daughter, Olivia, and their cats, Bianca and Katniss. When Sara is not working on her business, you can find her playing Minecraft or drinking coffee at a local cafè.