You already have the perfect utensils and recipe inspiration to craft your next MasterChef-worthy meal. But what of the days when you simply have no time to go to the store, to select your ingredients, and even to cook? Long gone are the days of subsisting on ramen noodles and fast food. Lucky for you, there is now a great assortment of money-saving online grocery shopping services that provide healthy, delicious ingredients and even full meals at your door! Read on for the top 10 services you simply must check out.
Innovative services to use:
- If you live in the Midwest or on the East Coast, Peapod is the service for you. The site carries all your grocery needs, from fresh produce to healthcare items. The prices are similar to those of your local grocery store, but check out the items they have for sale and stack up on manufacturer’s coupons, which Peapod will double up to a dollar. The company offers a range of delivery times, from next-day to a couple of weeks in advance.
- Want to eat from a restaurant but can’t make it there in person? DoorDash caters to a number of major U.S. cities and will deliver food from your favorite restaurants to your door. They have a range of fixed delivery hours per restaurant. Prices are the same as you would pay in-store, and the first delivery is just $1.
- If you live in the Bay Area or L.A. and your favorite restaurant is not delivered by DoorDash, consider using Fluc for a different assortment of restaurant food. Your meals will be delivered by friendly drivers for $5.99, and they are currently offering free first delivery.
- Amazon is already your go-to for all your online shopping needs, so why not add grocery shopping to that list? AmazonFresh offers a great selection of items from grocery stores as well as local restaurants and shops. There is also free same-day and early morning delivery on purchases over $35.
- Live in the Bay Area and need groceries in an hour? Yes, please! Instacart stays true to this model by employing regular people to pick out the food you order and deliver it to your door in little time. Prices can be steeper because of the level of personal attention, but well-worth it if you need your food pronto. Bonus: you get free delivery on your first purchase over $10! And if you have a little extra time, you can become a shopper for the company and get paid for shopping for and delivering groceries.
Subscription boxes: your way to effortless health:
- Monthly subscription services are all the rage. Need a healthy snack? Nature Box is one of the leading options – you can pay monthly or pre-pay 3 or 6 months (all options are under $20) and receive a customized box of snacks ranging from fruit peels to probiotic power mixes to delicious kinds of granola. You might start with a free trial ($2 shipping applies).
- Blue Apron sends you a box of pre-portioned seasonal ingredients from family-run businesses, which means you’ll always get a different combination and will support local commerce. You can choose a 2-person plan which supplies you with 3 meals per week for $59.94. And the company offers free delivery in refrigerated boxes, so there’s no need to worry for your pocket or the freshness of your food!
- Snack box options often cater to vegan customers – VeganCuts also caters to gluten-free needs and costs $20 per month. They mix full and sample-size products. And if you like the products they supply, you might also want to try their Beauty Box, which is always composed of items from cruelty-free brands.
- If you’re a vegan, UrthBox is another snack box option you could try. Their prices range from $9 to $37 depending on the length of your subscription, and you get a different monthly assortment of healthy, vegan full-size products.
Traditional grocers are still a great option:
- Safeway offers same or next-day delivery of any products you might buy in-store and at the same prices. Because every dollar counts, they offer a free trial and online-exclusive coupons you can apply to any purchase.
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