I Tried Instacart for BJ’s & Here’s What Happened

I'm here to tell you I gave the whole thing a try, and I have some honest feedback on what it was like. It's been a long time coming. I, a BJs member, am giving Instacart ago!

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With over 500 posts to my name in just five years at mybjswholesale.com– (and counting), today is finally when we dive into this partnership with Instacart, which has proven controversial for both parties involved.

You will need a BJ's membership to use Instacart with BJs Wholesale club. However, you can get a discount on BJ's membership here. That's only $2 per month.

It was a snowy, cold day, and my youngest daughter was on day two of being homesick. Of course, my kids seem to stay home when I have BJ's trips planned.

We were on our last roll of toilet paper, and I decided to see if I could try Instacart.

It's been over a year since I compared prices, and I was pleasantly surprised at what I found.

The website is very user-friendly. I find it easier to navigate than BJ's website. It was easy to find coupons and add items to my cart.

All the items I added to my cart were the same price if I were to walk into BJ's and purchase.

This was exciting and finally makes sense.

Now I can justify the delivery fees. However, I and others in our Facebook group noticed something.

I have a video below of my experience. Otherwise, you can scroll down for the review and questions.

Here's What I ordered with Instacart.

  • Berkley Jensen Bath Tissue $18.99 · 
  • Meadow Brook Milk, 2% Reduced Fat $2.97 ·
  • Chobani Non-Fat Greek Yogurt, Vanilla Blended $4.99 ·
  • Berkley Jensen 160-Sheet Choose-a-Size Paper Towels, 12 pk .$15.99 
  • Wellsley Farms Sharp Yellow Cheddar Cheese $6.49 · 
  • Thomas Original English Muffins$5.79 ·
  • Banana 3 lbs. $1.49 · 
  • Land O Lakes® Land O Lakes Half and Half $2.29 

Items Subtotal $63.99

Sales Tax $2.80

Tip $3.20

Had $50 in Credits ( If you refer five friends, you will get $50 too. 5 friends is the max limit )

Final Price: $19.99

Now, this was an excellent deal because I had the credits, which I had no idea about. Sadly, each account only lets you refer five people. But, if you sign up, it's a great way to share on social media with your friends.

The delivery fees were waived because I used a code. You will also get free delivery on your first order here.

Before you continue, I noticed a SIGNIFICANT difference in Price if I went through BJs.com and Instacart.com. You must go through BJs.com and hit the same-day delivery to get the same IN store prices. If you keep scrolling, I have pictures and explain this in detail.

If you are curious about BJ's paper towels, we made a comparison here.


review on instacart for BJ's

I chose the within two hours for a delivery time. It was awesome. I was notified when the shopper was in the store. When the shopper left the store and was on the way with a time they were coming.

My order was set to be delivered at 12:45, and she was right on time.

The website is adorable to use. I find it user-friendly and easy to access past orders. However, you will need to create an account if it is your first time.

I was highly impressed with the friendliness of the shopper. She brought my groceries right up to the porch and then got the rest of the items in the bag. She first brought up the HUGE packages of paper towels and toilet paper.

She had her own reusable insulated bags. When you use Instacart at stores without bags, you can choose to be charged for bags if you want to keep them. So it wasn't a big deal for me to have her unload the items right on my porch.

I was already on the high of having someone do my grocery shopping and deliver it to me.

Overall I recommend Instacart. If you need a break from grocery shopping, this is a treat. If you are unable to get to the store, this is a lifesaver.

I suggest always looking for a free delivery code FIRST to save money. The tip, in my opinion, is well worth it. Also, this is a great option now that I know the items are not marked up.

After you get your order, you receive another text asking about your service. You can rate it by stars and quickly leave a review.

This way, if you are not happy with the service, you can let them know. For example, I gave my shopper five stars. She was awesome.

I loved getting the text updates on when she was arriving. Instacart shoppers are not supposed to leave groceries if no one is home, so schedule when you know you will be there.

You can choose specific times as well.

BJ's Wholesale Club charges a flat $14.99 delivery fee if you don't have a free delivery code.

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How Does Instacart Work with BJ's Wholesale Club?

If you've never used Instacart, it's an online grocery delivery service that allows you to shop for products from your favorite stores and deliver them to your door.

To use Instacart with BJ's, visit the Instacart website or download their app and select BJ's as your store. You can then browse their catalog of items available and add them to your cart.

Once you've made your selections, you can check out and schedule a delivery time that's convenient for you. You will be charged a $14.99 delivery fee. Check here to see if there are free delivery codes available.

Are the Prices the Same as in Club at BJ's?

The prices on Instacart may differ slightly from those in the club, as they're subject to Instacart's pricing and service fees. However, the prices are generally considered competitive and offer great value for BJ's members who prefer the convenience of delivery.

BJ's in club coupon book good through 9/13/23

Can you use BJ's coupons with Instacart?

You can not use the BJs coupons in your booklet or through the BJs app with Instacart. Instacart has its coupons you can clip. However, these are not always lined up with the same in-store coupons.

How Much Should You Tip Instacart Shoppers?

Instacart shoppers rely on tips to make a living, so it's important to tip them generously.

A good rule of thumb is to tip 15-20% of your order total, but you can adjust this to reflect the level of service you received. You can add a tip when you check out or choose to tip after delivery.

How Do You Add a BJ's Membership Card to Instacart?

To add your BJ's membership card to Instacart, log in to your Instacart account and go to your account settings.

From there, click “BJ's Membership” and enter your membership number and expiration date. Once you've entered this information, click “Save,” your BJ's membership card will be added to your Instacart account.

Do you need a BJ's membership to use Instacart?

Yes, for same-day delivery with Instacart, you need an Inner Circle, Business, or Perks BJs Membership.

What Can You Pay With?

The Payment methods with Instacart are all major US credit and debit cards, Google Pay, and Apple Pay.

You can not use store gift cards or prepaid credit cards.

Will you still get perks rewards?

Unfortunately, you will not earn any perks or rewards when you purchase items through Instacart.

Where can you see pricing for retailers? Like I said above, if you go through the BJs website, you get in-store prices on Instacart. If you go to Instacart.com, you will pay higher costs at BJs.

“Beneath the retailer's logo at the top, you'll see the pricing policy: “Everyday Store Prices,” “Higher than in-store prices,” or “View pricing policy.” You can read the full pricing policy on the Instacarts website.

Look at the side by side where you can find the info on the pricing.

review on instacart for BJ's
This is what you see for BJs when you head directly to the Instacart website. They do not say they have in-store pricing.

As a side note, I tried this for Aldi, and both platforms offer the exact Price. Also, I tried it for Tops Markets, a local grocery store near me, and it has a view pricing policy whether you came from the Tops website or straight on Instacart.

So this is something to note if you plan on using Instacart with BJs.

I would love to hear from you. Have you tried Instacart? Will you be trying it now after this review?

Any questions you have, use the comment form below and I'll get back to you.

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