Remember this post a few months ago asking how you guys handle meal prep? Several of you recommended Instacart for ordering groceries online and I have to say it’s been a total game changer for us (thank you to those who recommended it!). I’ll share more about my experience below, but I did want to say I signed up for the Instacart Express membership about a month ago and have since convinced my parents to do the same. I’m a long way from being the next Ina Garten, but I love going on and ordering fruits, veggies, etc. for the weeks we’re not traveling and know we’ll be eating at home. I love the Instacart Express membership, but if you’re looking to test it out you’re in luck! Until June 25, when you order $35 worth of P&G products (think Bounty, Tide, Cascade, Crest, etc.) you’ll get free delivery.

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I was kind of blown away the first time I ordered on Instacart. For some reason I thought I’d be ordering a box of groceries to arrive two or three days later, but I scheduled a delivery for within 1-2 hours (!!!), got text updates as someone was shopping and could select replacements for anything that was sold out, and had a delivery person show up with three bags of groceries less than 90 minutes later. Needless to say I’ve been hooked ever since. I might be living off of avocado toast and veggie rice bowls for the time being but hey, baby steps!

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I’ve also been using Instacart for all our household essentials in addition to actual food items. Think dishwasher detergent, laundry detergent, paper towels, shampoo, razor blades, toilet paper, toothpaste… I have them all saved in my Instacart favorites so I can just hop on and place an order any time we’re running low. When Instacart reached out about a promotion they’re currently running with P&G, I knew this was the perfect opportunity to share my experience with you and encourage you guys to try it out for yourselves! Right now when you order $35 of P&G products (brands like Bounty, Charmin, Crest, Downy, Gilette, Olay, Pantene, Swiffer, and Tide) your entire Instacart order will ship free. And if you’re an Instacart Express member, you’ll also get $5 off your order. Find out which stores near you are available on Instacart here!

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*This post is sponsored by Instacart. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Design Darling!


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  1. I’ve heard great things and want to check it out but I have a few questions that I can’t easily find answers for. Is there a premium on the individual items? Is there a delivery fee? Is that he waived when you reach a minimum spend? Can you take advantage of weekly store deals (like bogo)? Can you apply manufacture coupons? Thank you!

    1. Hi! I don’t believe there’s a premium on individual items as the prices are the same as what I’ve seen in the grocery store. Instead you pay a service fee and a $5.99 delivery fee, but the delivery fee is waived when you sign up for the annual Instacart Express membership, similar to Amazon Prime. There are weekly coupons and promotions at the top of the page so you can take advantage of those each time you order. I hope you give it a shot — it’s made a big difference for us!

    2. Hey, Nadine!

      I use Instacart a lot. Prices can be higher than in-store, but Instacart will tell you. I live in DC, where we have a variety of grocery stores, and it seems the only place where the prices are the same as in-store is Whole Foods. It probably depends on your delivery area, because I know my friend in Chicago gets in-stores prices on Instacart for Aldi’s. Delivery is free w/ Instacart Express on orders of $35 or more, otherwise it ranges from $3.99-13.99 unless you do a specific spend on certain advertised items. And, to answer your final question, there are coupons/weekly deals and you can also use your in-store members card (e.g., Kroger Card). Personally, I love Instacart. It’s great for when I don’t have time to go grocery shopping or when I don’t want to deal with crowds!