CLEVELAND -- These days, you can have just about anything delivered right to your front door. And if you haven’t tried grocery delivery yet, you’ve probably at least thought about it.
But where do you start? And is the cost worth the time you will save? Let’s take a look.
First the options: Instacart, Walmart, Target, Giant Eagle and Acme Fresh Market make up the bulk delivery service for Northeast Ohio.
First up: Giant Eagle. They offer Curbside Express pick-up and delivery.
To get Curbside Express info click here. (Make sure you select your own neighborhood store when ordering.)
There is no sign-up fee or monthly subscription required. The cost is $4.95 if you use their curbside service. Home delivery will cost you $12.95, regardless of how much you spend. There is a two-hour window and just remember, someone does have to be home when the goods show up.
Acme Fresh Market offers home delivery and store pick-up at select stores.
Check out Order Acme here.
You get a 30-day free trial, but then depending on zip code, same-day home delivery costs between $10 and $15. Tack on another $4.95 for the shopping. If you are going to pick up at the store, the flat rate is $4.95.
As of June 21, if you want Target groceries delivered, you'll head to Shipt.
Check out Shipt for the Cleveland area here.
This one is a membership-based service. It costs $99 per year or $14 per month. You can get all the groceries your heart desires delivered for free -- well, all orders over $35. And if you don’t hit that $35 minimum, delivery will cost you $7. They also recommend you tip your driver.
And finally, there's Instacart, which handles Costco, Dave's, Heinen's and BJ's to name a few.
Check out Instacart here.
For the most part, delivery is $5.99 for orders over $35, or $9.99 for smaller orders, but it will depend on when you want it delivered. That's because they have what's called busy pricing -- so it may cost you more during busier times. There's also a service fee on top of a delivery fee. That's going to be a percentage of your order. Buried inside Instacart’s website, you will find more on that service fee.
The service fee is not a tip, and does not go directly to the shopper delivering your order. And speaking of a tip, there's another five percent. It's suggested but will be tacked on unless you go in and change it at the end of your order.