Ah, a rare free evening. You’ve got nothing on the calendar except cracking open a bottle of Cabernet and whipping up a home-cooked meal. The only thing stopping you is the utter madhouse that is Trader Joe’s.
Instacart is about to be your new best friend.
Here’s how the site (and app) works: Choose a preferred grocery store and shop the online catalog of products. Sounds a lot like FreshDirect, right? Wrong. Here, a personal shopper handpicks and delivers your order to you that day (even within the hour, if needed).
Basically, before you leave work, you can order all the necessities (for, say, shrimp-and-pasta stew) and then hop on the train. The ingredients will be at your door soon after you’ve arrived home. Delivery is free for orders over $35 but costs only $4 for less than that.
Like most of these types of services, Instacart is testing the waters first and rolling out features slowly. For now, the only store to choose from is Whole Foods, but other cities (like San Francisco and Chicago) also have options like Safeway and Costco, so we’re sure expansion is in the works.
Sayonara to that miserable “the line ends here” sign.