What if I told you that it’s possible to have a Costco order delivered the same day or next day without setting foot in the store? And, that this same service applies to retailers like Whole Foods, Target, Petsmart, Toys’R Us, Staples, Sur la Table and more?
It’s true. You can replace time spent on regular, repeated shopping trips with something much more fun.
Meet Google Express
The savior is called Google Express and I tried it last week for the first time.
Instead of battling that horrible Costco parking lot, I joined friends at a pool party with peace of mind that a few clicks had taken care of a chore I dread. We’d just returned from three busy weeks in Europe and I the last thing I wanted to do was errands.
Don’t get me wrong. I do love Costco. Or, it’s more like a love-hate relationship. The convenience of buying certain things in bulk and browsing various offerings at a discount can’t be argued. But, the parking lot, navigating that huge cart, check-out lines as well as packing and unpacking the car make it a chore. Now, I can avoid it altogether.
How It Works
First, you need to sign up for Google Express which took just a few seconds since I already have a Gmail account.
Choose which store or stores you’d like to shop. As long as you meet each store’s minimum delivery threshold (it’s usually $15), it’s possible to order from multiple stores in one go.
I decided to focus on Costco since we were dreadfully low on necessities. I searched for items, placed them in my cart and was asked if I’d like substitutions if items were not in stock. My order was placed within minutes.
As promised, it was all delivered the next day. I appreciated that I didn’t have to sign for the delivery.
They also have an app to make ordering easy while on the go.
Google Express Benefits
It’s a time saver, first and foremost because shopping is done from home.
It’s convenient. My dog is having major surgery the same week that school starts which means I’ll be more or less housebound for quite some time. The more I can have delivered, the better.
I can use my existing Costco membership. In my experience, prices were the same as they are in the store. If you don’t have a Costco membership, you can still order with a 15% surcharge.
It’s fast. I never order from Target online because the shipping time is slow, but now it can arrive the next day. It’s the best place for users to buy birthday presents.
I will save money because I tend to impulse buy random things at Costco (and elsewhere) when shopping in person. I am more risk averse on the computer.
(I will say that I do wish that fresh produce delivery was an option. At the moment, it’s not an option for delivery via Whole Foods or Costco, but if you’re a CSA subscriber or like to pick out your own, this won’t be of concern. I am mostly a shopper of bulky nonperishable goods at Costco anyway.)