How To Find Services For Order Online Grocery Delivery & Curbside Pickup At Restaurants
Here’s how to find services for order online grocery delivery & curbside pickup at restaurants while you’re practicing social distancing. We still have to eat and still need to feed our families. Today’s article focuses on how to get the food you need while minimizing contact risks during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Order Online Grocery Delivery
Grocery shopping serves more meals than just this one, so it’s a great option. Obviously, going to the supermarket lengthens the amount of time outside the house. That kind of defeats the idea of social distancing. The perfect mix seems like grocery delivery that you can order online. Here are some good options.
- Amazon Fresh – This is Amazon’s grocery delivery specialty. Order online using your Amazon account. You can also combine this with Prime Now for faster delivery, if available in your area.
- Boxed – Order wholesale items online or through their app. Imagine ordering from Costco or Sam’s Club (aka, large boxes of items) and receiving them at your home through Boxed delivery. Best part? No wholesale club membership required. Get $15 off your first order.
- Instacart – They offer grocery delivery service for items they’ll pick up at your local store from your online order. If you’re looking for some extra work right now, you can even sign up as a driver.
- Peapod – Order online and then they provide grocery delivery to your home or business. They can delivery most supermarket items, including alcohol (you must show ID at delivery time).
Grocery Curbside Pickup After You Order Online
If delivery isn’t available in your area, or maybe you can’t find a convenient delivery (these places are overrun, to be honest), curbside pickup is a good option. Place your grocery order online, then go to the store and pick it up right by the door. It saves time and lets you avoid crowds for the sake of social distancing. Here are some stores offering order online / curbside pickup options for groceries
- Aldi – An often-forgotten supermarket chain in the U.S., Aldi offers low prices and stocks everything you need for cooking at home. Order online and then pick it up at their store nearest to you.
- Kroger – For those in the Midwest, Kroger is a household name. They offer curbside pickup options where you receive a 1-hour time slot in which you can pull up to the door to grab your order.
- Ralph’s – For those on the West Coast, Ralph’s has you covered for grocery curbside pickup after placing your order online.
- Walmart – They offer both delivery and curbside pickup options. Chances are, if you’re in the U.S., there’s probably a Walmart near you. Get $10 off your first order.
If you’re looking to order a meal because it’s time to eat, restaurant delivery is your best option. Numerous restaurants are offering delivery services at this time. In some areas, that’s the only way to get food from the local restaurants. Aside from calling the restaurant itself, there are also third-party services where you can order online via website or an app.
- DoorDash – Order online or via app, choose your restaurant, pick from the menu, and then receive your delivery. Get $5 off your first 3 orders.
- Grubhub – Like DoorDash, Grubhub lets you browse menus from local restaurants, order via website or app, and have it delivered to your home or work. Get $5 off your first order.
- Seamless – Similar to the above, browse local restaurant menus and place your order via website or app.
- Uber Eats – Uber started with their rideshare/taxi service, but Uber Eats now offers food delivery. Browse local menus and order via your Uber app.
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Curbside Pickup From Restaurants
Nearly any restaurant in your area will be happy to have your business. In fact, many of them are desperate for it. Chain restaurants like Chili’s, Olive Garden, Applebee’s, etc. are all making noise to let customers know it’s available. With chain restaurants, you can easily order online from their website.
Local restaurants are less likely to have an order online-curbside pickup experience that’s this seamless, but they’re also more desperate at this time. Call whatever local restaurant you like and ask about curbside pickup–or maybe even delivery.
If all else fails, try delivery.com that can deliver nearly anything, including dinner, laundry, alcohol and more.
While we practice social distancing, there’s an important moral consideration to make here. If I’m staying home to protect myself and my family, is it right to expect others to pick up my food, groceries, etc? The Guardian U.S. has a great article about whether it’s safe and/or ethical to order online right now. On one hand, you may be helping a local business / delivery driver pay the bills during economic hardship. On the other hand, we are asking others to take risks that we aren’t willing to take. The article also has some great advice on minimizing risks, such as leaving your tip outside the door before the driver arrives, so neither of you has to touch/breath on the other.
If you do order online, remember that these cards can offer perks:
- American Express Gold Card – $10 monthly statement credit on orders from Grubhub, Seamless, The Cheesecake Factory, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Boxed, and participating Shake Shack locations.
- American Express Platinum Card – receive $15 per month in Uber credits in the app, plus $20 credit in December. Yes, you can use the credit for Uber Eats!
- Chase Sapphire Reserve – get $0 delivery fees on your DoorDash orders and $60 per year statement credits (as a lump sum) on DoorDash purchases in both 2020 and 2021.
If you’re looking for other resources during this time, check out these helpful guides:
- Free online classes, homeschool resources, online workout videos, museums, and other items to beat your boredom
- Free trials of streaming services for TV, series & movies
- Daily live zoo streams to learn about animals