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I tried Instacart — here’s why you should, too


I read the reviews on the grocery delivery service, the pros and the cons. The thought that followed was: “But I actually love grocery shopping.” And yet, there was the new baby, who made leaving the house feel like a herculean effort.


The first time groceries appeared at my doorstep—a mere two hours after ordering them on my phone—felt like that first time seeing an Amazon package: an assortment of bags arriving like magic.


The Instacart platform currently supports Wegmans, ALDI (its most recent addition), PriceRite, CVS Pharmacy, Petco, BJs, Restaurant Depot, Sam’s Club, and TOPS. Additionally, Buffalo-area Amazon Prime members will get free two-hour deliveries on orders over $35 from Whole Foods. 


Instacart is for the person looking to put a few hours back into their schedule every week. It’s for the new mom or the working person who, on the weekend, doesn’t want to spend a chunk of time grocery shopping.


A study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences indicates that when people spend money on time-saving services, such as a house cleaner or grocery delivery, it can make them happier. By comparison, money spent on “things” (e.g., clothing, shoes, cars) does not improve happiness. 


Spending money on tasks like grocery delivery puts the most precious commodity of all—time—back into our lives. 


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