In terms of delivery, Instacart is a clear winner, but if you’re looking for the best deals you’ll want to stick with Walmart Delivery or Walmart Grocery Pickup.
As someone who has years of experience with both Walmart and Instacart I wanted to share my opinions with you today as well as share a few tips for saving a few bucks when grocery shopping online.
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Is Instacart reliable?
Instacart is a reliable online delivery service that will bring your purchased items directly to your doorstep as soon as the same day.
However, as someone who uses both Instacart and Walmart Grocery Pickup, I feel as though Walmart is the better option for me personally, despite them both having their own set of drawbacks.
With Instacart delivery you are able to approve refunds and substitutions in real-time while with Walmart you are not.
However, with Walmart Grocery Pickup if the substitution costs more than the originally ordered item you pay your original price whereas with Instacart shopper substitutions you will be charged more.
In terms of reliability and trustworthiness, both companies are reliable and trustworthy.
Are prices on Instacart inflated?
It does appear that prices are inflated on Instacart.
The prices you see on Instacart are often not the prices that you’ll find in-store. However, convenience does cost more if we’ve learned anything from ordering from DoorDash and UberEats.
This source says all potential consumers should read the fine print on the Instacart app to see exactly how much using Instacart is costing you vs shopping in-store.
Personally, when I use Instacart, I’m aware that I’ll spend more money than doing Walmart Grocery pickup. However, I only use Instacart in emergency situations (i.e. I’ve started making dinner and I notice I’m missing an ingredient).
How does Instacart pickup work?
I only have experience using Instacart pickup at Food Lion. So, my Instacart pickup experience is based on my experience with Food Lion.
Basically, it’s similar to Walmart Grocery Pickup. You make your order and then select the time that you want to pick up your order.
If you’re wondering can someone else pick up my Instacart order the answer is “Yes”. I don’t drive, so I never pick up my Instacart or Walmart Grocery Pickup orders.
For both, you just arrive at the store and they load up your car.
I will note, that when doing pickup orders, my partner does log in and use the app so they’re able to match up my delivery like that. Before using the app check in I believe he just had to show his id as he was already added as the pickup person.
Overall, if I had to do a quick Food Lion delivery Instart review I would say it’s a pretty straightforward process. Read my first time doing a Food Lion grocery pickup post for more in-depth details about what to expect when you do Food Lion grocery pickup.
Does Instacart go to Walmart?
In my specific area, Instacart doesn’t go to Walmart. However, I have heard that in some states Instacart shoppers do Walmart orders.
From my experience using Walmart Grocery delivery, the delivery goes through DoorDash.
If you’re wondering can someone else pick up my Walmart Grocery pickup order the answer is yes.
On the checkout page, it gives you the option to add a primary pickup person and an alternative pickup person.
Walmart Plus vs Instacart Plus
Let me start by saying when it comes to Walmart Plus vs Instacart Plus I’m not a current subscriber to either. For me, it’s just not worth it.
I maybe do 1 Instacart delivery a month and I use Walmart Grocery Pickup once a week.
However, in the past, I did subscribe to Walmart Plus for 30 days (in hopes of securing a PS5) and Instacart Plus for their trial period (to get the free delivery).
If I wasn’t an Amazon Prime subscriber and had to choose between the two though, I would most definitely subscribe to Walmart Plus.
I’ll give you a quick rundown of the pros and cons of each (in my opinion) so you can decide which one is best for you.
Walmart Plus: Costs more than Instacart Plus on a monthly basis, but is slightly cheaper on an annual basis. It also comes with free one-day delivery (without minimums) and free grocery delivery. Plus, it comes with members-only gas pricing.
Instacart Plus: Instacart Plus is cheaper than Walmart on a monthly basis but slightly higher on an annual basis. It includes free grocery delivery, but also adds in delivery from multiple stores (i.e. Petco, Bestbuy, etc).
Tips for saving money when shopping online for groceries
With a family of six, grocery shopping can get expensive. When you add in the current inflation rates, I’m no longer able to feed my family of 6 on $500 a month.
Thankfully, to cut costs I do have a few options and I’m currently exploring more.
First, when using both Walmart and Instacart I enable my chrome extension for Rakuten. Rakuten allows me to get cashback directly to my PayPal account from shopping at their listed stores (both Walmart and Instacart are available options among others).
Since signing at the end of 2019 I’ve gotten more than $400 cash back.
Yes, I know it doesn’t seem like I lot but for doing nothing other than enabling an extension, which takes less than a second, it’s a win for me.
In fact, if you join via my link, you’ll get $30 in cash back for spending $30.
Secondly, I’ve started using Ibotta. They do require more work than Rakuten, but by using their app you get to see cashback offers available on individual items vs the entire shopping trip.
I’m still new to using this app, despite the fact that they have millions of users and have been around for years. However, from what I’ve seen so far it does seem like a very promising app when I’m willing to put in the time and effort to go through their offers when doing my weekly online grocery shopping.
Use the Ibotta code CLEFVWA and get a bonus the first time you earn cashback using their app.
My final online grocery shopping savings hack is to start getting paid for your opinion and use that income to pay for your groceries.
Read my post about how I get paid for giving my opinion for ideas to start getting paid for your opinion.
This month alone I’ve made over $500 dollars giving my opinion for Profolic and Ibbu (feel free to email me for referrals to get started).
I had my groceries delivered by Instacart and this post clearly shows why I’ll be sticking with Walmart Grocery Pickup for the most part.
It works best for me and keeping my groceries within my budget for my family of six.
Feel free to share your thoughts regarding Instacart vs Walmart delivery below.