30 Tips to Make More Money with Instacart (Instacart shopper advice)
If you’ve signed up for Instacart or are already a shopper here are 30 Instacart shopper tips so you can make more money!
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30 Instacart Shopper Tips and Tricks
Making more money with Instacart ultimately comes down to your speed and efficiency. The faster you shop and pick items the more you will earn per hour since you earn a fixed price for each delivery.
Here are 30 tips summarized from Aleks Haugom’s fantastic video with some more bonus tips sprinkled throughout:
1. Shop Fast
The faster you shop the more you earn per hour. Shopping slow can make $12-$14/hour but if you learn to shop fast you can earn $25-$30/hour.
2. Don’t Worry About The Due Time
The due time is not the same time the customer sees so there is no need to be unnecessarily worried by it.
3. Use Large Bags
Use large reusable bags that can hold a lot of groceries. Invest in a quality bag or else it will break down. Here are links to 3 bags:
- Ikea Bag
- Collapsible Cart
- Cooler Bag
4. Grab Multiple Carts (If Needed)
Do this if you’re doing a large delivery and there are lots of bags. You can also grab a basket to grab multiple items while you park your cart in an aisle.
5. Park Near a Cart Rack
This makes it a lot easier when leaving the grocery store.
6. Drive A Small Car
If possible, drive a small car if you’re in a city. Easier to park and better on gas (which means more profit). If you don’t have a small car, have patience while you drive 🙂
7. Leave Bags At The Persons Door
If you knock on the person’s door and they are not home just leave the bags by the door. Since more orders equal’s more money you won’t be wasting time waiting. Take a picture of how you left the bags and send it to the customer. This can also be proof if there is ever any disputes with HQ.
8. Always Carry Spare Change
If driving in a city makes sure you always have dimes, nickles, and quarters for parking.
9. Don’t Speed
Drive safe and don’t get tickets
10. You Probably Won’t Get A Ticket On Private Property
Try to pay attention to who has jurisdiction to give parking tickets. If the place can’t issue a ticket or the tow truck can’t get there in time just park there if you’re willing to take the risk.
11. Familiarize Yourself With The Order
Don’t start shopping right away. Scan through the order on your phone and visualize what isles you’ll be going through.
12. Don’t BackTrack
Scroll up and down through your order a lot. It’s better to go slower while you shop and not miss anything than to continuously backtrack.
13. Get A Portable Battery For Your Phone
Don’t let your phone die if you’re doing a long day! Alternatively, you can keep a charger in your car.
- Portable battery
14. Take Quick Photos
Photos do not matter. Just take them quickly and click “Force Mark as Found”. No one looks at them.
15. Check Dates Of Food
Make sure the food you’re buying (produce, meats, etc) are not expiring soon.
Shop Fast and Earn more
16. Don’t Use Produce Bags
There is no need to use the bags in the produce section. Only do so if it makes you move faster.
17. Replace Items Quickly
If you can’t find the right size item quickly replace it with a smaller size. If an item is out of stock don’t overthink it. Make a decision quick.
18. Stop Timer As Quickly As Possible
When you get your last item force through the end of the timer and take screenshots of the barcodes for when you go through checkout. The faster you appear to the algorithm the larger your orders could be.
19. Walk Fast
Super simple time saver. You can also pull the cart behind you to peak around corners quickly and safely.
20. Checkout Quick
Scan the barcodes and run the payment first. Then pack your items.
21. It’s Ok To Not Accept Some Orders
If a location is super far you don’t need to accept it. Just decline but head towards a grocery store to get prepared for your next order.
22. Bring Snacks
It can be a long day and you’ll save money from buying take out.
23. Buy A Cart
If delivering to apartment buildings this will be a life saver. Make sure to get a quality one and don’t skimp out.
- Collapsible Cart (On Amazon)
24. Cover QR Code
If the app can’t recognize a barcode when taking a photo, try covering the QR code with your finger.
25. Download Store Apps
Some grocery stores are very large and it’s hard to find items. Download the store apps so you can see which aisle each item is when Instacart doesn’t provide that.
26. Talk With Customers
Use voice to text to message customers. This is a faster way to communicate and it’s also good to send messages to your customer for a chance to increase tips.
27. Save Deli Orders To The End
Save deli orders until after you hit go to checkout and enter all your receipt information. This way the deli orders don’t count towards your average time.
28. Hit Delivery Button When You Get In Your Car
Make sure you’ve paid for the groceries and are at least walking out before you tap Start Delivery. This way it seems like you’re getting to your customer faster.
29. Talk To Customer
When you deliver the order ask the customer how their day is going and chat with them. Your tips will increase from this in the long run.
30. Find More Ways To Be Faster
There are hundreds of other hacks you can find while shopping. If you keep searching for them you can go from making $12 hour to $25+ an hour.