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Costco shopping with no membership! Groceries on demand service Instacart expanding in Valley

Posted at 6:04 PM, May 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-30 00:22:49-04
Working parents are starved for time. The elderly are hungry for help. That's why Instacart operations manager David Holyoak said his company's service is great for a variety of Valley residents. It's virtual grocery shopping.
 
"There's a really easy search bar. There are categories if they want to choose dairy or produce," Holyoak said.
 
Instacart is expanding in the Phoenix metro area. How does it work? It's like Uber, but for grocery shopping. Milk, eggs, bread, whatever else you buy at the grocery store, can be delivered to your door in as little as an hour. It includes alcohol too. The cost is a flat fee of $5.99 for an order totaling more than $35.  
 
Right now, Instacart is only available in central Phoenix and parts of the east Valley, but on May 25 will cover all parts of the Valley.
 
Even if you're picky about your produce, Holyoak said you won't be disappointed. The "shoppers" are trained on how to pick the best items, and you can submit comments like how ripe you'd like it. If you're ordering from a partner store like Bashas' or Whole Foods, you'll pay the same through Instacart that you would in the store. 
 
"For those that are not partners, there's a slight mark up," Holyoak said. "It'll say prices may be higher than in store pricing."
 
All shoppers have a Costco membership, so you can shop from the warehouse giant's Instacart storefront. However, Costco is not a partner, so item prices will be higher.

Smart Shopper viewers can also get $25 off of on Instacart! If you use the promo code "ABCPHX25” you’ll receive $25 off your next order. The deal is good for current and new members to the app. This deal is only valid on orders of $35 or more.