Get your groceries delivered from local stores using Instacart to place your online order. Your groceries will be delivered to your home in as little as one hour. Instacart pickers and delivery drivers will look for high quality products. Just like you, they’ll pick the freshest foods and take care of your breakable items.
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All About Instacart
Instacart was founded in 2012 and has headquarters in San Francisco. The company is owned by Maplebear Inc., with services available in 5,500 cities.
Instacart has partnered with more than 350 retailers across the US and Canada. This means that shoppers are visiting stores like Costco, CVS, Kroger, Petco, Publix and Target for your groceries. Instacart shoppers accept your order, pick items from the shelves at the store, then deliver everything straight to your door in as little as 60 minutes. You can choose a delivery slot that fits around your schedule.
You’ll pay a premium for Instacart shopping, as well as delivery and service fees. Typical service fees are around 5%, with a minimum $35 order and $3.99 owed for delivery. You should also pay a gratuity on top of the service fees.
If you don’t want your groceries delivered, your Instacart shopper can pick your items and then leave them at the store. You can collect your own groceries without getting all your items from the shelves.
Use Instacart coupons to save on your groceries and the cost of picking and delivery.
When you use Instacart to place your order, choose from thousands of grocery items. Same day delivery is available in many US cities and towns. As you browse, look out for deals and ways to make savings and keep more of your dollars in your pocket. There are Instacart coupons that you can use to cut the cost of your cart.
What Instacart Sells
Instacart personal shoppers will visit your local stores. They can bring many of the items that you’d usually buy on your own.
Instacart products include:
- Household Essentials
- Dairy Products
- Frozen Foods
- Fresh Produce
- Personal Care
- Beauty Products
- Baby & Toddler
- Deli Produce
- Bakery Produce
- Canned Goods
- Dry Goods
- International Foods
- Pet Care
Instacart partners with many major and smaller retailers. Your personal shopper will visit stores like Petco, Publix, Target, Aldi, Sam’s Club, Kroger, CVS and Costco for your groceries. There, they can pick products from all your favorite brands.
Brands available at Instacart include Pepsi, Cottonelle, Ben & Jerry’s, Coca Cola, Annie’s Homegrown, Kettle Chips, Lay’s, Trolli, Lindt, Rubbermaid, Febreze, Nestle, Cadbury, Kraft, Heinz, Old El Paso, Colgate, Aveeno, Maybelline, Kellogg’s, Mam, Munchkin, Avent, Lansinoh, Disney, Dr Brown’s, Lamaze, Plum Organics, Campbells’, Betty Crocker, Reese’s and many more.
With an Instacart Express membership, you get free delivery on all your Instacart orders over $35. You also get a reduced service fee and save an average of $7 per order.
Instacart Express costs $99 per year. You can save money if you place more than one order each month.
Refer a Friend
Recommend Instacart to a friend and you’ll both get a $10 coupon. You’ll be sent your coupon after your friend has placed their first Instacart order. The $10 coupon can be used on your next Instacart order.
Share your referral link as much as you’d like. You can copy the link and share it on social media or might choose to send it by email to specific people.
Earn up to $50 in Refer a Friend coupons.
Instacart Gift Cards
Use Instacart Gift Cards for budgeting or give them as a gift so somebody else can get their groceries brought to their door.
Instacart Gift Cards are available in $25, $50 and $100 denominations.
Gift Cards can’t be used on alcohol purchases but can be used on all other Instacart products.
If you don’t want to wait at home for your delivery, you can choose Instacart Pickup. You’ll still be able to use Instacart coupons to save on the orders in your shopping cart.
Choose a pickup time and you’ll get a notification when your order is ready for pickup. Some stores will ask you to go inside, but others will bring your order out to the car. You’ll receive instructions when your order is ready, so you’ll know exactly what to do.
Items are kept in temperature-controlled storage until you collect them. If you’re running later, the store will keep everything safe.
Complete an Instacart survey to be entered into the Instacart Sweepstakes. You don’t need to have placed a valid order, and there are sweepstake draws every month.
One winner is drawn at random. They’ll receive a $200 VISA Gift Card.
Delivery usually costs $3.99. Your personal shopper will visit the store to buy the items that you want, then bring them to your door at your chosen delivery time. Choose a specific delivery time or select Fast & Flexible to get your order whenever there’s a shopper available.
You can order for delivery in as little as 30 minutes.
Refunds, Returns and Exchanges
If there’s a problem with your order, you should contact Instacart as soon as possible. You’ll get a refund for any missing or damaged product. You can also get refunds for incorrect items and poor replacement and substitute purchases.
If your order arrives later than expected, you may be entitled to financial compensation. You can report a problem online, and Instacart will offer a refund or Instacart credit.
Instacart accepts all major credit and debit cards including American Express, VISA, Discover and Mastercard. You can also use Google Pay and Apple Pay. You can pay for your order using Instacart Gift Cards.
Instacart runs a secure website with an encrypted connection, so you’ll be safe sending your payment details and order through Instacart online.
If you have any problems with your order, Instacart will work to quickly resolve and may provide a refund or store credit.
If you notice unexpected Instacart payments on your bank or credit card statement, you should first contact your bank or card provider to launch an investigation.
Ways to Save with Instacart
Here are some easy ways to save with Instacart:
Refer a Friend
Earn up to $50 in Instacart coupons by referring your friends. You can share your referral link or send it by email to your friends. Once your friend has placed their first order, you’ll get a $10 coupon. Your friend will also get a $10 coupon that they can use on their next order.
Instacart Express costs $99 per year. As an Express member you’ll get free delivery when you spend more than $35. You’ll also get a reduced service fee, which means that most Instacart Express members save more than $7 per order.
Instacart Coupons and Promo Codes
Use Instacart coupons and promo codes to keep more of your dollars in your pocket. You can use coupons to cut the cost of your cart, and to save on grocery delivery.
Some coupons may apply to specific items you order. Some coupons give you free delivery, and others might take dollars or a percentage off your order. You can apply any Instacart promo codes you find.
Always apply your Instacart coupons to make savings at the checkout. You’ll need to enter the promo code before you process the payment.
Whenever you make an Instacart order, check the Savings section. You’ll be able to view special offers and the latest deals and savings opportunities.
You can find multibuy savings and items that are on sale.
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Are Instacart prices higher?
Partner stores set their own prices on Instacart. In some cases, you’ll find that the prices are exactly the same as in stores. Sometimes, stores may raise their prices for orders through the Instacart website.
You can use your Instacart coupons to cut the price of your order. You can apply Instacart promo codes at the checkout when you order.
Can Instacart pick up prescriptions?
Instacart shoppers can pick up your prescriptions from participating Costco and RiteAid stores. In many cases, you can get your prescription on the same day.
Can Instacart deliver alcohol?
Instacart shoppers can deliver alcohol orders. You’ll need to show your ID, and have it scanned by your Instacart shopper.
Alcohol orders will not be delivered to customers that are already intoxicated or cannot provide proof of age.
What is Instacart Express?
Instacart Express costs $99 per year. Instacart Express members get reduced serviced fees and free delivery on every order. If you place at least one Instacart order every month, becoming an Express member could be a way to save money.
How does Instacart Pickup work?
If you want to collect your own groceries, you can arrange to use Instacart Pickup instead of choosing a delivery slot. Select a pickup time, then drive to the store once you’ve been told that your groceries are ready.
You’ll receive a notification when your groceries are ready for pickup. You’ll also receive instructions for collection. Sometimes, you can wait in your car and sometimes you’ll need to go in-store.
What is the Instacart service fee?
The Instacart service fee covers the cost of picking and packing your groceries. In most cases, you’ll pay a service fee that’s 5% of your order total.
The service fee doesn’t include the cost of delivery, or a gratuity for your Instacart shopper. Both are extra costs that you must factor into your order price.
Instacart, what if something’s out of stock?
If an item isn’t in stock and your Instacart shopper can’t find it, they might choose a substitute or replacement item. Your shopper will try to find something similar, so that you don’t miss out.
You can add your own replacement instructions. Ask your shopper to find a best match or choose your own replacement. Alternatively, ask that items aren’t replaced, and you’ll receive a refund instead.
If you receive a replacement item, you’ll need to pay if it costs more. If the replacement is cheaper, you’ll receive a refund of the money you’ve saved.
Instacart, where is my order?
You can check the progress of your order on the Instacart website. Just click the ‘View order status’ button at the top of the site, or click on ‘Your Orders’ from the Account section. You’ll be able to track the order and use the ‘Leave a message’ function to send a message straight to your personal shopper.
Which stores use Instacart?
Petco, Publix, Target, Aldi, Sam’s Club, Kroger, CVS and Costco are amongst the stores that partner with Instacart. You can choose any local partner store to order from.
To check which stores you can order from, enter your ZIP code online. Instacart will check for stores nearby, then you’ll select a store to see their products.
Not all products are available to order through Instacart.
Why are Instacart prices higher?
Instacart product prices may be higher than if you went to the store on your own. Instacart doesn’t set product prices but leaves this to its partner stores.
Some stores will set the same prices online as on their shelves. Other stores might make online prices higher, charging you more for their products. In some cases, you’ll find that some items have raised prices whilst others from the same store do not.
Instacart won’t price match the price on the shelves, so you must be happy to pay the price that’s listed on the Instacart website.
You can use Instacart coupons and promo codes to help you save money when you shop.