Nontraditional Grocery Shopping

Posted May 9th, 2019

Summer is full of sun, fun, and flip flops. It means days spent by the pool and nights spent outside. It means grilling out, fresh fruit, and farmers markets. Wow. That’s a lot to pack into three months! So summer tends to be pretty busy, too. Well thank goodness our local grocery stores are catching up with our busy lives! Almost every major Decatur area grocery store offers some sort of grocery pick up or delivery. We’re going to break down each service so you can choose the one that’s right for you and spend less time shopping and more time swimming.

Kroger Pickup (formerly ClickList)

Kroger Pickup is an online grocery ordering service from, you guessed it, Kroger. You use their website to place an order, choose a pickup time, show up at that time, and an employer brings out your groceries and puts them in the car. The $4.95 fee is waived for your first three orders, but after that it’s charged per order. All coupons are accepted, but digital coupons are preferred. There is typically about a five-hour waiting period between ordering and pick up. Pick up is available every day from 7:00 am to 9:00 pm.

A review from a Kroger Pickup user: “I love Kroger Pickup! It’s a store I trust with products I am already familiar with. I don’t mind the $5 fee because it definitely saves me from buying unnecessary items while shopping. Best of all, it saves me so much time! I was worried my fruits and vegetables wouldn’t be chosen like I would have chosen them, but they’ve always turned out great.”

Walmart Pickup Today

Walmart offers a grocery pick up as well. It varies from Kroger in a couple ways. First, it’s totally free, there’s just a $30 purchase minimum. It’s also a slightly slower service with wait times of about seven hours in between ordering and pickup. Pick up works the same as Kroger with you pulling into a designated parking spot, calling the number, and waiting for an employer to load the groceries into your car. Walmart Pickup Today is available seven days a week from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm.

A review from a Walmart Pickup Today user: “I’ve used Walmart Pickup numerous times and I love it! In addition to the convenience, it saves money by preventing impulse buys and saves time by not having to wait in the checkout line. Walmart employees are kind and will provide alternative products [if my product is unavailable] as long as I give the okay.”

Instacart – Aldi, Kroger, CVS, Sam’s Club

Instacart is different from the previous two options for multiple reasons. First, it’s a third-party vendor, so it doesn’t come directly from the grocery store. Instacart is more like Uber or Lyft, but for groceries. It’s also a grocery delivery instead of a pickup. You place an order online, an Instacart driver goes shopping, then brings your groceries to your house.

Instacart can also often be completed in less than an hour, which is a lot quicker than any pickup service! The fee for this service varies. First, the items you purchase may be priced higher than if purchased in store. This price is set by the retailer. Next, the price of delivery depends on the price and time of the order, so that is always varied as well. If it’s a particularly busy time, the delivery fee will be higher. The delivery timing also varies depending on available shoppers and grocery store hours.

A review from an Instacart user: “Instacart is great because you get groceries without leaving home or work. If you’re like me, you have to grocery shop on your lunch hour so Instacart takes that errand away. Also, I can get my groceries within two hours of ordering, so even in a pinch I can get what I need quickly. It’s over the top great if you have a shopper who knows the ‘correct’ way to bag things, but that’s not always the case. You may also get a shopper who doesn’t exactly pick produce as if they’re picking it for themselves, or maybe they don’t know how to pick the best produce. Overall, Instacart is a win for my family!”

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