If you know us, you know we love our new Wegmans Montvale. And while part of the fun of the beloved chain is going there, strolling the aisles, sampling the samples, drooling over the cheese section, or even grabbing lunch, it’s not always easy to squeeze in a visit. Sometimes we can barely get through our day’s to-do list, are just a few hours away from dinnertime, don’t feel like heading out in 20-degree weather, and wish our groceries would just magically appear in our kitchen.
Luckily, Wegmans has pretty much granted our wish by partnering with grocery delivery service Instacart.
How It Works
The service will deliver to residences within a 20 minute-drive of the store. All you have to do is visit Instacart’s Wegmans page, enter your zip code and start shopping. Set up a quick account with a name, email, and password, and you’re in. After filling you cart, you can then select your delivery window, which can be within two hours of placing your order, later in the day, or another day if you choose.
Wegmans makes shopping super simple by site like it does its store – bakery, frozen stuff, snacks, dairy/eggs ... you get the idea. You then find exactly what you’re looking for within clickable subcategories like fresh baked bread, ice cream, produce, and pasta sauce. And you can get pretty much most of what the store offers, including Wegmans-branded items – from its read-to-cook turkey burgers to California rolls to pre-cut stir-fry veggies.
What the Service Costs
As soon as you sign up, a free delivery offer will pop up. It expires in seven days, so don’t forget to use it. Beyond that, each delivery is $5.99 but you can sign up for Instacart Express, which includes free 1-hour rush delivery for $149 a year (which is pretty much a no-brainer if you plan to use the service more than twice a month). You can give Instacart Express a spin for 14 days for free and see what you think.
The site clearly states that its prices are higher than in-store prices (hey, you’re paying for convenience) and that it doesn’t honor in-store sales and coupons. That said, it does run some sales and deals of its own. The day we checked out the service you could get $5 off brands like Frito-Lay and Health Warrior if you purchased a certain amount. And there’s also a coupon page that offers more, usually smaller, discounts on certain products.