Alright Mamas….we know you got excited when Amazon Prime was made available in the Twin Cities and we KNOW their addition of Surdyk’s alcohol delivery really got you interested. So we were so excited to tell you about yet another delivery service that’s made it’s way to the Twin Cities!
Google Express has been working it’s magic in the Rochester area for a little while, but it’s finally HERE in the Twin Cities! Mamas, we’re always on the lookout for services that can make your life easier so we’re thrilled to tell you more about it and give it a try ourselves!
Here’s how it works: Much like another fave, Instacart, Google Express shops popular retailers for you and delivers your purchase for a $4.99 fee. It’s not available in all areas of the Twin Cities yet, so you’ll have to check the Google Express site and enter your zip code in the upper right corner to check for availability. We checked several suburbs’ zip codes and found that Burnsville, Woodbury, Blaine, Maple Grove, Maplewood, and others are covered so check yours to make sure.
If you have a membership, delivery will be cheaper. In fact, if you sign up for a six-month trial membership your deliveries will be free for the entire six months. If you do not have a membership, the fee is $4.99 for each delivery.
What’s the catch?
Actually, there are a lot of catches.
Prices may be higher than in the stores. They’re really upfront about that, so just consider whether sending Google to Costco for you is going to be worth it when you consider you’ll be paying a delivery fee and slightly higher prices than if you went yourself.
There also are some spending requirements. For example, to get delivery for $4.99 from Costco, you need to spend at least $15, which considering that Costco has higher price point items, that shouldn’t be too difficult. If you’re ordering cold groceries in a 2 hour delivery window you need to spend at least $35. (Note: As of right now, cold grocery delivery is NOT available and deliveries of all products are only overnight and 2-day delivery. This gives Amazon Prime Now a tremendous advantage!)
Deliveries also aren’t instant. Depending on your order and the stores you select your items from, the delivery could be in 2 hours, the same day or the next day. As of now, same-day delivery is NOT available. So if you were expecting to buy groceries like milk and eggs this way, you can’t do that. At least not yet. Maybe that will change. So take that into consideration when ordering. Right now, Amazon Prime Now offers 2-hour delivery on it’s in-stock items. Of course, Coborns Delivers is also an option as well and they also take manufacturer’s grocery coupons.
What are the advantages?
Check your zip code and see if you have access to Google Express if you don’t already get access to Amazon Prime. This might be a decent option for you if you can wait until the next day or longer for your deliveries.
Free deliveries for six months with a membership is also fairly attractive, but just be sure to cancel at the end of the six months if the service isn’t working for you. Memberships cost either $95 for the year or $10 a month if you choose a monthly option.
For more info about Google Express and to see if your zip code is included, check them out here.
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