Reclaiming “Me Time” with Instacart

Ronnie's Awesome List presents a guest article and giveaway from our sponsor, Instacart, a grocery delivery company that lets you shop online from major grocery stores and then delivers your groceries to you that same day, often within an hour or two.

Do you feel like you are running at full speed and loosing steam? Like a car with a drained battery, your burned-out brain won't start your engine. Trying to prioritize, organize and schedule your days are becoming more cumbersome. When your days seem so packed, it’s important to try and find that “me time”.

Maybe you have a few tricks that you use already to help save some time for yourself, like having your kids help clean up or participating in a rotating carpool with your friends.

Looking for more tricks to save time? A new on-demand grocery delivery service called Instacart just launched in Marin, and is great for the busy parent like yourself that is looking for more ways to create “me time” in your week. Read on for how to save time with Instacart and a giveaway!

With Instacart, you can order your groceries online at from your favorite grocery stores like Whole Foods Market, Andronico’s Community Markets, Mollie Stone’s, Smart & Final, Petco and Costco (no membership needed to shop Costco on Instacart!).

When you place your order, a personal shopper in your chosen store will handpick items from your order and deliver everything to your doorstep. You can choose to schedule your delivery within one hour, two hours, or up to a week in advance.

Let’s break down the approximate time savings you get with Instacart, so you can see just how much time you can reclaim this week by trying out our grocery delivery:

  • 30 mins: Corralling your kids and getting them into the car to visit the grocery store
  • 20 mins: Driving to the grocery store
  • 20 mins: Getting your kids out of the car and grabbing a shopping cart
  • 1 hour: Selecting groceries and checking out
  • 20 mins: Unloading your groceries and getting kids back in the car
  • 30 mins: Driving home
  • 20 mins: Getting kids out of the car and unloading groceries

Total: About 3 hours to get groceries from start to finish.

If you want to save some of that time, an Instacart order will only take you about 15 minutes to complete from start to finish, so you’ll get back 2 hours and 45 mins of free time!

Now it’s up to you: how will use your extra 2+ hours of “me time”?


Just for Ronnie’s Awesome list readers: a special Instacart giveaway*! One lucky winner will get $100 in credit to shop for groceries through Instacart.

To enter, the giveaway, you just have to click this special link and sign up for Instacart before July 8, 2016:

Signing up through this link gives counts as your giveaway entry. It’s as easy as that! And in the meantime, you can use this special promo code to get $10 off** AND free delivery on your first Instacart order: RONNIES10

We’ll announce a winner here on July 13, 2016. Good luck!

*Giveaway terms:

**Promo code terms: Credit expires 9/28/2016. Credit valid on first-time orders made through Instacart of $35 or more. Credit will be deducted from the total purchase price for all non-alcohol products. Credit cannot be applied to alcohol products. In order to take advantage of this offer, customers must have a valid account on with a valid form of accepted payment on file. Only one Credit per household. Instacart reserves the right to modify or cancel this offer at any time. Credit may not be sold, copied, modified, or transferred. Void where restricted or prohibited by law. Credit has no cash value. Instacart is not a retailer or seller. Instacart may not be available in all zip codes.

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