*Yawn* Excuse me! I have been binging on Korean and Japanese TV dramas on Netflix since my man introduced me to them — Thank you love! You may be regretting that decision now but I am ever so grateful! It’s my secret indulgence. Along with eating (giant) spoonfuls of Talenti icecream in the middle of the night whilst jotting my thoughts down or nursing our son back to sleep.
Another one of my indulgences is online apps (applications) that make my life a living heaven! That’s right. Today, I’m focusing on apps that are focused on making life easier when it comes to buying and retrieving/receiving FOOD! Wanna know what they are?
UberEATS: You guys…Despite the many doubts I had read about Uber after reading terrible articles about the Founder a few years back, I decided to get over my judgmental ass presumptions and just try it out. I had never used the Uber driving app before it got banned in Austin, and was so nervous about my first try with this food delivery app. The food options were so abundant…Seriously, there are so many different options you can choose from! If you’re not from the area, you can search by genre. For me, pretty easy to choose as I tend to stick with what I am used to — Asian, Italian and occasionally Mediterranean or bar & grill style. Okay, next awesome thing about UberEATS? Their delivery fee is ALWAYS a flat rate of $3.99. You can only tip the deliverer in person, not via their online app. << This can pose a problem for people who only have a credit card to pay with, but I always carry some type of cash on me so it works just fine for me! Each restaurant on the app shows the approximate time from when you order your food to how long it will take to get delivered, based on your location. I’ve never waited longer than 45 minutes! Pretty fast, especially when you have the option to choose from anywhere that you’re interested in eating! Everything I’ve ever ordered from UberEATS with exception to one restaurant that I shall not name, has been very decent! I’ve ordered from Banzai Sushi, Austin Ale House, Hurricane Grill and Wings, and Portobello Mediterranean & Brazilian Grill – All were so yummy, with Banzai being a regular place we order from at least once or twice a month! Drop me a comment if you want to know what my typical orders and favorites of each menu are!
Instacart: You guys, are the real MVPS! Kidding, UberEATS is also an MVP in my book. As a stay-home mom who is struggling to get the feels back for cooking fresh, and delicious meals for her family, Instacart can be such a dear friend in times of exhaustion and/or un-inspired moments…You guys really pull through for ya girl. I’ve only had one issue out of all of the times using Instacart, and that’s just because my shopper may have been in a rush during the Thanksgiving holiday. Instacart changed the way you can communicate with your shopper. Now, you can text straight from your cell phone, through the app and even through their website via desktop/laptop. These are in cases where you don’t approve of a subbed item (if they couldn’t find your first choice) or if your shopper needs to ask you specific questions/approvals for your items being shopped for. My shoppers have never been rude, always cheery and if they did have to replace any of my items…They always knew an appropriate replacement…Never had to correct them! Don’t be afraid to talk to your shopper though. I may have just gotten really lucky with my people! Another cool thing about Instacart is that you can update your order once you’ve made it and paid for it, as long as your shopper has not begun the shopping process. But again, if you chat with them about something you forgot, they’ll most likely accommodate your request!
Instacart Tips in Austin:
- Whole Foods grocery prices are the same as what you’ll find in stores. I believe all other stores on the app have higher grocery prices via the APP vs. in stores.
- Instacart EXPRESS is the option to pay an annual fee or monthly fee to always get your groceries delivered for FREE, as long as you spend at least $35 (pretty easy to reach)! The normal fees for delivery range from $5.99 – $11.99.
- You should always tip your deliverer. Your shopper gets the tip from your “service fee” on your initial shopping page. You can tip the person who delivers your groceries in person with cash, or tip with your card after your groceries are delivered via the app or online when you get to rate your overall experience.
- I’m not sure about the other stores, but with Whole Foods, you can order what you want online and either have your groceries delivered OR you can pick them up yourself near the guest services desk — Such an easy and smooth process if you ask me! I went right over to where my bags were with my name on them and picked two bags up from the regular rack and my other two bags that had cold items in them from their big green Instacart fridge/freezer. I like the pick up option in case I want to skip the hassle of shopping with my one year old on my hip (whilst pushing a big buggy cart) but still want to get out of the house! Also gives me the opportunity to pick up other things like alcohol (which you cannot order online) and other forgotten items, quickly while my other groceries have already been shopped, bagged and PAID for!
I don’t think there are any other awesome things I can say about these two favorite apps of mine except for…By using these tools, I’ve saved so much more time to spend with my family, avoid hectic grocery lines and lugging heavy items up the stairs, or heck just to enjoy quiet time at home or anywhere else for that matter! Thank you UberEATS and Instacart…
A hungry, tired and usually happy stay-home and work-from-home mom
Leave me a comment and I’ll send you $10 to use towards your Instacart shopping and $5 for your UberEATS delivery! (Must be first use for each).