If wandering the aisles of the grocery store looking for produce and peanut butter isn’t your thing, there’s now a way to get cheap groceries en route to your front door—without ever getting out of bed. It’s these same-day grocery delivery services that are beginning to show up everywhere!
It all started with companies like FreshDirect (founded in 2002) that both began shipping fresh groceries right to your front door. Next came followers like HelloFresh and Instacart, and then the huge companies (Amazon and Google) joined in. The latest news is that Google Express is now starting to offer same-day produce deliveries to select cities. Unlike most of its competitors, Google Express has opted out of having its own refrigerated warehouses and is instead teaming up with well-known retailers like Costco and Whole Foods.
As enjoyable and easy as these services sound, skipping the trip to the grocery store and getting it delivered does come at a steep price. In order to be eligible for grocery delivery, you must have a cart of $35 or more, along with the $95 yearly fee for Google Express and $3 extra charge if it’s fresh food. AmazonFresh will give you a free 90-day trial—and then charge you a whopping $299 annual fee to get their services.
Shopping online has its benefits, too—especially if you’re trying to stick to a weight loss plan. Among these positive aspects: Impulse purchases and processed temptations are far easier to resist; you can see exactly how much you’re spending as you add things to your cart; and the apps remember past purchases, making it even easier to reorder those organic raspberries and coconut water. Regardless of how you choose to acquire your groceries, make sure you check out 17 Simple Swaps That Save $255 A Month on Groceries first!