Digital grocery shopping, which one is the best for you

Options for grocery pick-up and delivery

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - Grocery shopping, you either love it or you hate it. Now thanks to technology, you can shop without leaving your car or in some cases your house.

But how do the services in our area compare? Heartland News tested them out for you.

The first thing you have to decide, do you want to pick them up at the store or have them delivered to your house?

We’ll start with Walmart Grocery Pickup, the first thing that stands out is most times you can’t get your groceries the same day, you have to schedule it for another day. Once you pick your time you can start shopping but there is a $30 minimum.

Picking up the groceries is really easy, if you have the app you just check in and tell them which parking spot you’re in. If you don’t have the app they have a number posted on the sign you can call to let them know you are there. You also can stay in your car the entire time they are loading your groceries.

What about not having to leave your house at all? Several local stores use Instacart, you fill up your cart and in just a few hours your personally shopper delivers them to your door.

“They can select anything from the store and it’ll say in the app what exactly you’re supposed to go and get and you have to scan a bar code to to make sure you are getting exactly what they asked for and if it’s not right it will tell you,” said Caylee Wheeler, who drives for Instacart.

She said she enjoys grocery shopping, and when she’s shopping for someone else she doesn’t just like she would for herself.

“I’m going to make sure there are no bruises or deformities or anything like that. They can also in the app say if they want a certain type of produce,” said Wheeler.

Target also has a pick up service, but with them you can’t get groceries. I ordered baby formula to donate to the Women’s Center and they had my order ready in about an hour.

So which of these online delivery service gives you the most bang for you buck?

At Walmart,about 100 percent of my money went to grocery’s including taxes.

With Instacart about 84 percent of my money went to grocery’s that’s including taxes, 4 percent went to service fee and 7 percent delivery charge and 3 percent went towards a tip.

At Target, 100 percent went towards the things I bought including taxes.

So which one is for you? With Walmart and Target you still have to go to the store to pick it up, that could mean having to load your kids in the car and then unloading them and your groceries when you get home.

With Instacart, you have to pay a delivery fee but you can do it from the comfort of your home.

As far as how the groceries looked, both Instacart and Walmart gave me fresh food that was good quality.

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