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Groceries To Go – Which Online Option Is Right For You? - Quicken Loans Zing Blog

According to the Food Marketing Institute (FMI), Americans make on average 1.6 trips to the grocery store each week. That’s a lot of time and gas money spent on the commute to the store. This is especially true for the 50% of grocery shoppers who drive farther than their closest store to reach lower prices and better selection, says the FMI.

It might be easier to cash in on convenient savings with online produce delivery. Many grocery stores are getting smarter with selling food, offering shoppers the option to buy online and pick up items in-store or have them delivered to their door. Get your groceries to go with the following online services.

Amazon Grocery

Amazon offers groceries and gourmet foods so you can buy your cake, and within two to five business days, eat it, too. Refine your palate preferences with special diet and nutritional facts search categories. Also, fresh produce is now available to Prime Fresh members in eligible areas. Enter your ZIP code to find out if Amazon Fresh’s produce delivery is offered in your community.

With Amazon’s Subscribe & Save program, shoppers can clip coupons and save money through subscribing to scheduled deliveries of not just grocery items, but also household and pet supplies, personal and baby care products, and even auto parts. Amazon also offers diaper discounts and more to Amazon Prime members who join Amazon Family. Create a child profile during your signup for Prime membership to start saving on frequent purchases for your family.

Walmart Grocery

If you’re looking for a drive-through grocery experience, grab your groceries while on the go with Walmart’s grocery service. Walmart now does the shopping for you, offering free same-day pickup of the items you pick out online. They’ll even load your car for you (if only they would cook your food, too).


This online grocery service specializes in shipping traditionally hard-to-package items such as bread, as well as sauces or jellies in glass jars. With ShopFoodEx, there’s no minimum amount required to order, and you don’t need to fill a case to ship an item or two.

For military service member shoppers, ShopFoodEx won’t let an APO AE or APO AA address get in the way of grocery delivery. ShopFoodEx delivers grocery cart comforts via the USPS Priority Mail Service to men and women in uniform serving abroad.

Local Harvest

Local Harvest connects eaters with farmers producing locally grown food. The company maintains a directory with over 30,000 family farms, farmers markets, restaurants and grocery stores featuring local food.

Shop their online catalog or subscribe to a local Community Supported Agriculture program near you for a box a week of fresh seasonal produce.

Pre-Portioned Meal Prep Subscriptions

According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, a family of four wastes an average of $1,600 worth of produce each year. Meal prep delivery services aim to reduce some of that waste with perfectly proportioned ingredients for gourmet meals shipped in a weekly box subscription.

Blue Apron

You may have already seen Blue Apron on your Facebook feed or heard their commercials while listening to the radio. One of the better-known meal prep services, Blue Apron ships refrigerated boxes of ingredients with recipe cards to create specialty meals from seasonal farm produce, hormone-free meat and sustainably sourced seafood.

Take your online grocery shopping to the next level with Blue Apron’s monthly wine delivery. Selected to pair with Blue Apron meals, the $10 bottles are two-thirds of a standard-sized wine bottle – just enough for two to share.

Hello Fresh

Hello Fresh makes healthy meals easier with good-for-you, delicious, seasonal dishes. Personalized menus allow you to adjust the number of meal servings as well as dietary preferences. Along with Blue Apron, Hello Fresh has a smartphone app so you can manage meal planning wherever you are.

Martha & Marley Spoon

Martha Stewart now does your meal prep for you, taking the guesswork out of gourmet cooking. With Martha and Marley’s delivery subscription, downright delicious is as easy as one, two, three … four, five and six simple steps for every meal!

Take a date-night in with the two-person box or try the family box for kid-friendly recipes for four.

Delivery service isn’t just limited to your main meals. If you’re looking for snack options to arrive at your door, Savorfull offers free-from, allergy friendly snacks that you can munch on in between all of that cooking you’re doing!

Is the convenience of front-door food service worth the extra money you may pay in delivery costs? Even if the online service saves you an hour and the shipping price is less than your hourly rate of pay, the answer still often depends on individual values. If navigating the after-5 p.m. crowd at your local grocer is consistently stressful, then saving your sanity with ordering groceries online could well be worth any additional convenience cost.

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  1. You’ve left out Kroger Their Clicklist online shopping service and drive through pick up works great. First 3 orders were free and only $4.95 charge thereafter. No membership or other fees, all sale prices and digital coupons as well as regular coupons are honored while earning fuel pounts. It’s wonderful and a terrific help for someone like me who is physically challenged.

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