The following post was put together with the support of Whole Foods.
Cooking an average of 15-20 meals a week depletes the cupboards pretty darned fast, so grocery-shopping is a non-negotiable part of my (and every home cook’s) life. My bi-weekly CSA share, farmers’ market shopping, and food swapping has shortened my grocery store lists significantly, but I still rely on brick and mortar grocery stores for staples (non-dairy milks, tofu, bulk legumes/grains, etc.). I’ve gotten better at surviving these frequent trips – list in hand, ear buds in, personal bubble of translucent steel erected – but finding the right time of day to navigate the aisles is getting trickier now that I am managing a larger workload.
Entre Whole Foods and Instacart. The one-hour grocery delivery service, Instacart, and Whole Foods have recently announced a new partnership that expands Instacart’s delivery service to also include convenient in-store pickup. I’ve tried the home delivery option (thank you, Whole Foods!) and although really nice, I don’t see myself using it on the regular. In-store pickup seems more my speed. I can pull my grocery list together as I plan my meals at home, take stock of the fridge/cabinets, and assemble a cart for pickup later in the week on a day that work life carries me downtown. You still have to manage parking at Whole Foods, but saving the 30-45 minutes it takes to navigate the aisles and checkouts is worth it.
Finding groceries in their virtual grocery store was surprisingly easy and knowing that this convenience only costs me $1.99 (when I spend at least $35 in groceries) helps the guilt subside as well. Pickups can be scheduled for same day or as far out as a week, so you can totally plan ahead from the comfort of your kitchen. Austin and Boston are the lucky pilot markets for the new in-store pickup so give it a swing if you find yourself strapped for time in the coming weeks.
Love this! Thanks for sharing. I am a new reader to your blog and moving to Austin at the end of this month. Looking forward to many home cooked meals and using this lifehack to save time and increase convenience!
thanks for reading and welcome to austin!
I just tried instacart for the first time and they were really great! Called about substitutions, picked out nice produce, and delivered on time. A++.
The shoppers have been super helpful! So nice. 🙂 I feel a little spoiled doing it, so for now… the in-store pickup feels less guilt-ridden for me.