What are you waiting for?

By Perri Ormont Blumberg
January 06, 2019
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New year, new grocery budget.

If you're looking to save big this year, you may want to steer clear of the supermarket aisles. Make 2019 the year you knock off your grocery shopping list in your PJs and bookmark these sites stat.

1. Walmart

As Reader's Digest comments, "The retail behemoth is Amazon's main competitor, and also offers plenty of bulk-sized pantry items by mail through its regular search engine. However, because of its extensive brick-and-mortar presence, Walmart is more advanced than Amazon in its ability to sell you grocery items direct from its stores and warehouses, according to a New York Times report." In many cases, Walmart matches or beats prices available on Amazon Prime Pantry. Using the Walmart Grocery site, customers can place their orders online, and pick them up at your local Walmart outpost. Walmart also has a grocery-delivery services, which currently has a $9.95 delivery fee.

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2. Instacart

When time is precious, consider Instacart your ally in getting groceries to your home ASAP. "A number of grocery chains that don't have their own delivery services up and running are making their products available via an app called InstaCart. If you need items at Shaw's, Food Lion, Wegmans, Aldi, Publix, and even Costco, InstaCart can get them for you," writes Krista Carothers in the Reader's Digest article. Currently, Instacart is in a range of Southern cities including Houston, Atlanta, Austin, Washington D.C., and Miami. Check their website to see if they deliver to your area and for delivery fees. Do a lot of grocery shopping? For an annual charge, you can also join Instacart Express, which gives you free unlimited delivery.

3. Jet.com

Owned by Walmart, relative newcomer Jet is asserting itself as a stellar pick for those looking to buy their pantry essentials online. With an impressive smattering of pantry items at competitive prices, customers can order all of their go-tos with a few clicks. In the fall of 2018, Jet introduced same and next-day fresh grocery delivery service in New York City — so we're keeping our fingers crossed that the service expands.