Thinking of trying ALDI grocery delivery through Instacart and looking for reviews? These are my really honest thoughts on my experience with it! (You might also enjoy my honest Kroger Pickup Review!)
Last week, I took you along on my grocery shopping trip — and so many people said they found it really helpful for me to do so but asked if I could showcase different methods of shopping. So this week, I decided to try a different method: ALDI Instacart Delivery Service.
My Honest ALDI Delivery Review
I challenged myself to see if I could get everything we needed for our menu plan this week and spend less than $70 while using ALDI Grocery Delivery. Well, I definitely learned some lessons in the process…
1) Instacart Charges You More Per Item
I noticed right away that each of the items cost just a little bit more on Instacart than they do by shopping in-store at Aldi. It was just about $0.10-$0.50 per item, but that adds up quickly! I estimate I paid about $4-5 more than I would have spent in-store because of this.
2) Instacart Does Not Offer the Weekly Sale Prices
Also of note: I wasn’t able to get any of the weekly produce specials. Usually, I mostly just buy the produce specials at ALDI. Instead, I went with the more inexpensive regularly priced produce options, but I still would have saved probably $6-7 by purchasing only the sale priced fruits/veggies.
3) The Tip/Service Fee/Delivery Charge Add Up Quickly
Because I don’t have an Instacart membership, I paid $14 for the tip (15%) + service fee + delivery fee. You won’t pay as much each time if you have the membership, but you have to pay the membership fee — which is pretty hefty.
So, all total, I estimate I spent about $25 more by using Instacart than by shopping in-store. And there’s no way we could sustain a $70 weekly grocery budget if we were to exclusively shop ALDI with Instacart delivery.
In fact, the only way I was able to stick with our $70 budget this week was because I relied heavily on what we already had in our pantry and freezer that we have gotten marked down in previous weeks with different sales and coupons.
My ALDI Grocery Delivery Shopping Trip
- Broccoli Crowns — $2.28
- Tortilla Chips — $0.89
- 10-lb bag of Potatoes — $4.39
- 3-lb bag of Onions — $1.35
- 1 pint blueberries — $2.09
- 3-lb bag of Gala apples — $3.65
- 2 cans Refried Beans — $0.89 each
- Tater Tots — $1.65
- 2 cans Green Beans — $0.55 each
- Oats — $2.65
- Oyster Crackers — $0.89
- Crispy Oats — $1.25
- Milk – -$2.59
- Eggs — $0.95
- 16-inch Pizza — $5.49
- Salsa — $1.35
- 3-lb. bag of Jazz apples — $4.22
- 3-count Romaine hearts — $3.04
- Carrots — $1.55
- Cottage Cheese — $1.87
- 16-oz Mozzarella Cheese — $3.22
- 16-oz. Cheddar Cheese — $3.22
- Powdered Sugar — $1.55
- Tax: $3.50
- Delivery charge: $3.99
- Service fee: $2.60
- Tip (15%): $7.78
- Total: $70.12
4) You Might Not Get What You Ordered
While I felt like the price — with the extra fees — were more than I’d want to pay on a weekly basis, the overall experience was pretty easy and I was kind of excited to have the groceries delivered to our door… which felt like this crazy luxury!
The only thing was, when they were delivered, 7 items were completely missing! The shopper had just left everything on our porch and then we got an email that it was delivered. When we went out there, we discovered that probably what amounted to an entire bag of groceries was missing.
I’m guessing that somehow the groceries were delivered to a different house or left in her vehicle. It was probably a fluke thing, but it was definitely a disappointment.
The good news? I contacted Instacart and they quickly contacted me back and processed a refund for what I didn’t get…
I heard from so many people that they’ve had a good experience with Instacart Customer Service, so that was encouraging to me!
I thought maybe the person who got my bag of groceries may have needed the groceries or maybe it was a special blessing for them in some way.
This made me laugh! 🙂
I just had to share this one above. I love it so much!
Overall, I’d say my ALDI delivery review is that it’s probably not for me, but I could see how it would be really helpful for many families!! And based on the messages I received on Instagram, I do think my experience of having items missing may have been kind of a fluke thing.
Have you ever tried ALDI grocery delivery or Instacart? I’d love to hear your reviews, if so!
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- 25 Things You Should Buy at ALDI
- 5 Things You Should Never Buy at ALDI
- Kroger vs. ALDI: Which is Cheaper?
- An Open Letter to ALDI
- How I Save with ALDI Special Buys