Need to have your groceries delivered – or maybe just dinner? Here is a list of all the best delivery services to get all your necessities straight to your front door.
We have been using grocery delivery for a while, but with recent events, I imagine a lot more people will be interested in that service.
We all still need food and other necessities (like toilet paper), and below is a list of popular options for delivery to your home. Some of these delivery options offer local products if you’re concerned about the carbon footprint of the shipping. It seems that a lot of delivery companies are establishing protocols to limit or eliminate interaction with delivery personnel.
A lot of these services have discounts for first-time users, so you might want to try a few different services out to maximize your discounts. Make sure that service serves your address before you spend to much time looking at a service.
Be aware that prices don’t exactly match what is in a store or restaurant. Delivery services will increase the price of products a little when you purchase through them, and they can still charge a delivery fee or membership fee.
Additionally, it is customary to tip for delivery from a store or restaurant. In the end, it is incredibly convenient, you can improve your chances of not getting sick, and you limit impulse buys.
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Grocery Delivery Services
Pricing can be a little complicated, and largely depends on how quickly you want the delivery and if it is a busy time. Orders have to be over $10.
Instacart Express members get free shipping for orders over $35.
A yearly membership is $99, and a month-to-month membership is $14 a month.
Orders over $35 have free delivery, and orders under $35 are charged a $7 fee.
Shipt is owned by Target, so there are fewer fees to get Target products. Here is a full review of Shipt that we did.
Click here to read a comparison of Shipt versus InstaCart
Walmart Grocery $12.95 a month and $98 a year.
I believe Walmart grocery offers a 15-day free trial.
Amazon Fresh is a grocery delivery service in select cities. Free trial and paid members of Amazon Prime can use Amazon Fresh. Though, you do have to be invited, which you can request.
Amazon bought Whole Foods, so I would guess that influences their service.
SNAP EBT card holders in some states are given a free Amazon Fresh membership.
Prime Now, as compared to Amazon Fresh, is not exclusively focused on groceries, but the services are very similar. It would be unsurprising if they merged.
Prime Now is free with an Amazon Prime membership.
An Amazon Prime membership gives you in-store discounts at Whole Foods.
There are Pick-up options for Amazon Fresh and Prime Now in select locations, and it can allow for a quicker turnaround.
Thrive Market claims to sell the ‘highest quality, healthy and sustainable products.’
Membership is $5 a month. Thrive Market offers a 30 day free trial of their membership.
Products can be filtered by most dietary and lifestyle needs. We have tried their products before, and they do seem unique and of a high quality.
Google shopping seems to aggregate products from a lot of different retailers. It might be good place to compare prices.
You can check out straight from google shopping on certain products, or they will direct you to the site where you can purchase the product.
I feel like there might be issues with buying from a variety of sites.
There is a $35 minimum amount for free shipping through Google.
HungryRoot seems to have a healthier focus. From their website, they appear to provide a variety of recipes that you can make quickly with some simple/core ingredients. However, it don’t think it is exactly a meal kit.
The food seems largely plant based, but I nothing is stopping you from cooking up your own chicken breast and throwing on top.
It seems that they have three different size batches of ingredients. The prices are $69, $99, and $129, and it is about $10 a serving.
Fresh Direct’s focus is fresh food gets to you faster, thus tastes better and lasts on your shelves longer.
Fresh Direct largely serves the Northeast of the United States. Delivery costs without a Delivery Pass depends on the city in which you live.
Fresh Direct’s Delivery Pass $79 for six months, $129 for one year, and $39 for six months of Tuesday through Thursday deliveries. They currently have a 60 day free delivery trial.
They don’t deliver to my zip code in Colorado.
PeaPod seems similar to Shipt and Instacart, but a little fancier.
They have a scaled pricing for delivery. The more you order, then the lower your delivery fee will be.
PeaPod does have a pickup option if you want to avoid a delivery fee.
PeaPod is not available to my location in Colorado.
Boxed offers shelf stable products, that can be ordered in bulk.
They sell themselves as an alternative to Costco, Sam’s Club, etc.
They offer free delivery on orders over $49.
They do have an Express service for fresher products, but you’ll have to pay a little more.
Here is a comparison post we did on Boxed versus Costco a few years ago.
GoPuff delivers convenience store food and drinks. Their selection is largely shelf stable, and in smaller quantities.
Membership for unlimited deliveries is $5.95 a month, and individual delivery fees are $1.95.
Drive Up or Pick Up
Target Drive Up
We have used Target Drive Up, and it is very easy and convenient.
There is no cost for the service. You can click here for our Target Drive Up review.
Our experience with Walmart Pick Up has been positive. My most recent experience went very quickly.
Here is our full Walmart Pick Up Review.
A lot of local grocery stores offer these services as well, so check with your store to see what they offer
Meal Kit Services
Meal kits are pre-proportioned food items with a recipe that help you to make a meal. It helps you to create more of a home-cooked meal feeling to your family dinner.
Meal Kits can be helpful for busy families, for people who don’t want to go to the grocery store, or need someone to curate meals for a diet that they are having trouble with.
Most of the meal kit services will keep sending you meals, and charging you, unless you cancel. Though, it seems like they make it easy to suspend the service if you let them know soon enough.
Hello Fresh is one of the most popular meal kit services. Hello Fresh is delivered to your door. I have used Hello Fresh, and I liked the food and the experience. Generally, you get a few meals at a time, and we try to mix them in with our other meals. We tried to mostly use them when we were extra busy.
The meals were often something I wouldn’t usually make, but I enjoyed all of the flavors. I’m not very picky.
Shipping seems to be $8, and price per serving depends on how many meals you want a week, and for how many people, two or four. Prices per serving range from $7.49 to $10.99. The more you buy, the cheaper it is per serving.
I think that we’ve tried Blue Apron, and I think it was rather similar to Hello Fresh. Meal kits are helpful in avoiding food waste, because they usually give you just what you need. Though, I like leftovers, and there usually aren’t a lot of leftovers.
Blue Apron’s standard pricing appears to be about $9 to $7.5 a serving for meals that serve four people, and $10 a serving for meals that serve two. Some packages offer free shipping. The definitely offer discounts to first time customers.
Home Chef seems to be the less fancy meal kit option. It may be a little cheaper, but the price seems a little hard to nail down. Price per serving seems to be about $7-$9. I think the price is hard to say for sure because your order is very customizable. Again, it seems like the more you order the more you get things like shipping for free.
Home Chef meal kits are in a lot of Kroger family stores, so you could try out there product by purchasing it there.
MarleySpoon.com has another meal kit service. Martha is Martha Stewart, and they have 22 weekly recipes to choose from.
Their cheapest per serving option is 4 meals in one week for 4 people, at $6.99 a serving, but with a $8.99 shipping cost.
Daily Harvest lists smoothies, harvest bowls, soups, bites, oat bowls, chia bowls, and lattes as their main offerings. It is largely fruit and vegetable focused.
Their site says plans start at $6.99 a cup.
Sun Basket has oven-ready, pre-prepped, and classic cooking options.
The sell themselves as an extra high quality option, and prices start at $10.99 a serving. Prices go up to $12.99 a serving for two recipes a week.
Heat and Serve Meals
We have enjoyed Crust Club in our home. It doesn’t get much easier and homemade than Crust Club. They have crust in their name because they offer a lot of savory pies, like chicken pot pie. They offer desserts, casseroles, baby pies, and soups as well.
Pricing is variable. Their ‘The Original’ 8” serves four, and costs $17.
Schwan’s has been around forever. I remember seeing their trucks drive around my neighborhood in rural North Carolina when I was growing up, so I think they’re about everywhere.
Schwan’s sells a lot of different types of frozen food. Meals and food items are priced per item. It seems their delivery fee for orders less than $50 is $4.
Here is a long list of meat delivery services. A lot of the grocery delivery services deliver meat as well, but most of these services exclusively deliver meat.
- Butcher Box (I’ve tried. Excellent quality) Here is our Butcher Box review.
- Rastelli’s (I’ve tried recently. Excellent quality) Here is our Rastelli’s review.
- Omaha Steaks
- Snake River Farms
- Porter Road
- Crowd Cow
- Moink Box
- Carnivore Club – cured meats
If you just want restaurant food delivered here are some good options. I’ll skip pizza and Chinese/Asian take out places. No one needs to be told that those are options.
- Grub Hub
- Uber Eats