It has never been more accessible to grocery shop than it is today thanks to technological developments and excellent online services. Often, going to the grocery store for seniors presents a challenge. Driving, parking, walking through the store, and lifting heavy items can make buying groceries a tiresome errand.
If you live on the second floor and you need to haul twelve bags of groceries and two six-packs of water- well, forget it. Luckily, it is easy to order exactly what groceries you want online and have them delivered straight to your door and at a time you choose! You can enjoy total convenience without ever leaving your home. Below we’re covering how and why older adults should take advantage of these grocery delivery services.
If you use Amazon to order items like lightbulbs, clothes, or gifts to your home, then ordering groceries on Amazon will be a breeze. Amazon Fresh is a grocery delivery and pickup service available in select cities across the United States. To use this service, you will need either an Amazon Prime membership or be on the free trial of the Prime Membership. By the way, with Amazon Prime, you can enjoy free two-day delivery and exclusive deals, so in any case, it is likely worth the membership fee. If you want to order groceries on Amazon Fresh, simply search for the items you want and add them to your cart. When you checkout, you will see delivery time options available in a one hour or two-hour window.
Walmart’s food delivery services use Walmart employees to pack up your grocery items and the delivery company Postmates to deliver your order. Ordering is easy through Walmart’s website or their application that you can download from the Google or Apple store. Seniors looking to spare themselves a trip to the grocery store can order heavier items like wine, bottled water, canned goods, and much more. Walmart’s online grocery delivery entails a flat fee of $9.95 and requires a $30 minimum order. This initiative is quickly expanding across the United States, so check back with your local store if they have not started delivering yet. Walmart additionally offers an online order system in which you can pick up your items outside the local store. However you choose to get your groceries, both options are hassle-free.
Instacart is a wonderful grocery delivery option for older adults. The process works in three simple steps:
- Browse from your favorite local grocery stores online. You can do so on a computer, laptop, iPad, or iPhone
- Schedule your delivery time. You can have your groceries sometimes in as little as one hour. If you are thinking ahead, then schedule for later in the week
- Sit back and relax while your groceries are picked up by a personal shopper and delivered to your door
With Instacart, you can also choose the option to pick up your own groceries outside of the store, if that is easier for you. Instacart is available in select cities like Austin, Atlanta, Miami, Chicago, Houston, New York City, Washington D.C., and other locations. Simply download their app and check if they are available in your city.
FreshDirect is a wonderful option for seniors looking to have fresh groceries delivered right to their door. According to their website, FreshDirect built the perfect environment for food and found the shortest distance from farms, dairies, and fisheries to your table. Like many other grocery delivery services, to shop with FreshDirect go to their website or app and choose the items you are looking for.
Because this company prides themselves on the best quality of fresh foods, it is an excellent option for seniors buying groceries like milk, eggs, fruits, meat, fish, and vegetables. FreshDirect is so confident in their products that they offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee. That allows older adults who may feel unsure ordering online peace of mind knowing they will receive high-quality foods.
Ready, Set, Shop!
Older adults across the country are enjoying the benefits of ordering groceries online. Once you are comfortable with the computer or your smartphone, grocery shopping is an absolute breeze. Pick a delivery service option from the companies we listed above, and add your favorite items to your cart. You do not need to stick to canned goods- everything from fresh lettuce to local tomatoes may be available. Once you have chosen your items, head to check out. Choose a delivery time that is suitable for you. Once you have ordered, you can devote your time to more critical tasks and errands, all with the peace of mind that your fresh groceries will be delivered soon.