I live an extremely busy life as a business owner, wife, mother and active member of my local community. There are often not enough hours in the day to accomplish everything I’d like to get done…and there have been dozens of times that I wished I had a clone…
While the world has not yet managed to clone me (and I’d be grateful yet freaked out and skeptical if cloning was happening), there have been developments that are nearly as good. Shipt is exactly one of those things.
Grocery Shopping Woes
I don’t know about you, but a trip to the grocery store is usually a 1-2 hour process, weekly or bi-weekly, depending on how good I’ve been about meal planning. As much as I love Publix, our local grocery chain here in Florida, I do not love the drive to and from, the parking lots, the shopping carts, dodging people, resisting impulse buys and sorting through 16 types of corn in the canned food isle to determine which is best.
Imagine being gifted with 2 hours in your week. What would you rather do instead of grocery shopping? Would you work longer, go get your hair cut, take a nap, read a book, write a story…? There are a lot of possibilities. And Shipt makes it as easy as can be to have someone else go grocery shopping for you.
How Shipt Works
The process is rather simple. First, you’ll need an account at Shipt.com. is a membership platform, and you can choose to join yearly for $99 or $14 per month. If your order total is $35 or more, shipping is free. That leaves tips to your shopper and the usual costs of your groceries…but you will likely have fewer impulse buys overall (especially if you shop with kids) and the value of your own time is far greater than either of those membership fees and $10 or $20 in tips over the course of the month. Plus you’ll also be saving on gas costs of traveling to and from the grocery store.You make your shopping list as usual. Then you go to the
Shipt is for members only, and you can choose to join yearly for $99 or $14 per month. If your order total is $35 or more, shipping is free. I usually tip my shopppers 10-20%, depending on my special requests and their level of service. The only other costs are for your groceries, which you have to buy either way. I think you will likely have fewer impulse buys overall (especially if you shop with kids) and the value of your own time is far greater than either of those membership fees plus $10 or $20 in tips over the course of the month. There is also likely some gas savings to take into consideration.
Once you have an account, you make your shopping list as usual – Shipt has a list making feature or you can add items right to your cart where they will be remembered). You can search for specific brands or items on your list by name. You can also browse categories of items, like things on sale, tailgating essentials, holiday party essentials, produce, dairy or pets. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, you can also make a special request and the shopper will do their best to find what you have requested.
Once you have your list of items together, you can indicate if you’d like your list to be followed exactly of if you allow substitutions and how you’d like for them to be handled. Then you send it off to Shipt and include any delivery instructions you may have, like how to gain access to your community. The Shipt shopper will also be given your cell number and usually stays in contact with you during their shopping trip. I’ve even had shoppers ask me if I forgot anything before they wrap up their shopping, which is really clever and certainly increases your impulse buys.
While I do shop some of the sales, I am not a bargain hunter nor am I always brand loyal. For me, I find the shopping experience with Shipt very easy to navigate and I like the number of options I am given through their provided inventory. I have even had a shopper request a rain check for me for a really good BOGO deal (without my request), something that I rarely even do myself. It blew me away!
Here are a few more of my thoughts in a recent video:
Will You Try Shipt?
I’ve used the service 4-5 times in the last few months, having groceries delivered to my home and office. I think the service is brilliant, and it saves an immense amount of time when I have too many things to do on my list.
Have you ever tried a grocery delivery service? Are there any available in your area?