Instacart Promo Codes (And Other Ways to Save Money)

When we’re in a rush to get somewhere, we contact Uber or Lyft for a ride. When we’re too busy to cook, we have GrubHub or Uber Eats bring us our favorite meal.

When we don’t have time to clean the house, we use Handy to find someone else to do it for us. It seems like there are always new services popping us to help us get through our busy, hectic schedules.

And now, with Instacart, even the way we grocery shop is changing.


How to Save Money on Instacart Deliveries

The first way to save is to use an Instacart promo code. Instacart sometimes sends out coupon codes that you can use to apply toward free delivery or a discount on your next order.

Save $10 on your first order with this Instacart Promo Code: BRETTH114164

The second way to save is with credit. If you have an issue with an order or a delivery, Instacart may issue you a credit that you can apply to your account and use toward a future order.

Instacart issues promo codes and credits to entice new people to use the service. They also want existing customers to return and use the service again and again.

And, like other on-demand services, they know that promo codes are a great way to get people to try them out.

When it comes to Instacart, beware of coupon sites, as many promote fake codes that don’t work. Only use coupon codes from legitimate sources, or directly from Instacart itself.

Keep reading to learn more about how Instacart works, how to apply an Instacart coupon code, and how to become an Instacart shopper.

How Do I Apply an Instacart Promo Code or Credit to My Order?

Once you have an account, it’s easy to apply a promo code or credit to your order.

Adding a promo code via the Instacart app:

1. Tap the profile icon in the top left corner

2. Tap “Add promo”, then tap “redeem”

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3. Enter BRETTH114164 and tap “Redeem”

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Adding a promo code via the Instacart website:

  1. Go to the Instacart website and login
  2. Click on “account”
  3. From the menu, click “Add promo code”
  4. Enter BRETTH114164 and click “Redeem”

Any promo code added to your account will be automatically applied to your next order. So if you want to add a code to the order you are about to place, don’t wait till you get to the checkout point to do so. Add it before you start putting items in your cart.

It’s also easy to view existing credit in your account so you can check to see how much you can use toward your next order. To do so through the app, tap the account icon, tap “add promo,” and you’ll see a list of applied credits and promo codes that are already in your account.

To do this on a computer, click “account” at the top right then click “promo codes” on the left. You’ll see a list of any Instacart coupons, codes, or credits that you have listed under the title “Available Credit/Discount.”

Like promo code offers, credits are automatically added to your next order.

It’s important to note that Instacart has the right to discontinue a promo code at any time and some have expiration dates. Make sure you’re up-to-date on the terms and conditions of promo codes.

Refer Friends and Save Money

One of the things we love about Instacart is that you can send your friends credits and earn credits too!

When you refer friends, who are new users of Instacart, and get them to shop, you both win.

There are two ways to do this:

In the app tap the account icon and tap “invite friends.” You can connect your contacts by tapping “invite your contacts” or you can share a referral link to a specific friend by tapping “share with.”

To do this on your computer, login and click “account.” In the drop menu click “your account” and then on the account page tap “refer your friends.”

You can share your referral information with a link, on social media, or by adding a friend’s email address.

Instacart users are allowed to refer up to five friends. But just inviting friends won’t earn you your credit.

The friend needs to place an order for you to benefit, too. When their first delivery is complete, your referral credit will appear in your account.

Alternatives to Instacart

We’ve heard some people say that they’ve tried Instacart but weren’t that impressed. Other people just like to try various services to find the one they like the best.

If you want to get groceries delivered but don’t want to use Instacart, there are a few other services you can try.

Google Express

Believe it or not, Google Express is one of the cheapest grocery delivery options out there. The store minimums require you to spend anywhere from $25 to $35, but if you hit that minimum order amount, you can get free delivery.

For people in smaller towns, this is a great option. Google Express operates across the continental US. Instacart and other delivery services aren’t available in every city, so this is a great option.

You can browse tons of items from a variety of different stores and brands. In some cases, you’ll be able to enjoy same-day delivery. In some cases, you might have to wait three days for delivery.

It all depends on where you’re located, what store you’re shopping from, and what your schedule is.

To learn more about Google Express, click here.

Amazon Fresh

According to Amazon, “AmazonFresh is a grocery delivery and pickup service available exclusively to Prime members in select cities. Prime members can get the benefits of AmazonFresh for an additional monthly membership fee of $14.99.”

You have to be a Prime member to enjoy the service, and you have to pay the monthly fee. But people love it anyway because it offers a variety of flexible delivery options to meet your busy schedule.

Orders under $40 will incur a $10 delivery fee. There’s just one trick you need to keep in mind when placing an order.

Make sure that the items you order are categorized under the “Fresh” category. If they’re not, they’ll be ordered just like regular Amazon products.

One of the best things about this service is that Amazon offers a 30-day refund on any item if you’re not completely satisfied.


Shipt is one of the newest grocery delivery services to enter the industry. They are only available in 249 cities so far, so they’re not the most significant player in this space. But, despite its size, there are some pretty cool aspects to the service.

With Shipt you order groceries right through the app. You can sign up via desktop or mobile, but all orders must be placed on the app. Before you get excited, check to see they operate in your area.

You can choose from two different membership plans. The annual plan is $8.25 per month. The monthly plan is $14 per month. If you’re not happy with the service, you can cancel at any time.

You’ll find over 40,000 items on the app from favorite brands like Annie’s and Larabar to Crest and Folger’s. If there’s something you’re looking for but can’t find, you can leave a note for your shopper to look for it when they’re in the grocery store.

In select cities, Shipt will even deliver alcohol. You can schedule your delivery to come at any time that’s convenient for you, so it’s a great option that offers a lot of flexibility. To learn more about this service, visit the Shipt website.

Instacart FAQ

Q: Can I share a shopping cart with friends?

A: Yes. You can set up a Group Cart by following the steps below:

In the app:

  1. Tap the Shopping cart icon
  2. Tap My Carts
  3. Tap Create a cart
  4. Tap Create a group cart
  5. Tap Share to share the cart link with friends

On a computer:

  1. Login in and click Account
  2. In the drop down menu, click Group carts
  3. Click create a group cart
  4. Enter the Instacart account email addresses for friends you want to invite to your cart

To join a Group Cart, follow the steps below:

  1. Locate the invite email and click Join Group Cart
  2. Log into your account. You’ll be able to go straight to the cart.

To learn more about Group Carts, visit:

Q: Can I order from more than one store?

A: Yes. You can shop from multiple stores when placing an order on Instacart. To do so, follow the steps below:

In the app:

  1. While browsing, tap the Store name at the top of the screen
  2. Tap the additional store name for the store you’d like to search
  3. You’ll be taken to the store’s landing page. Browse, search, and add items to your cart as desired.
  4. Go back to the original store as desired using the same method.

On a computer:

  1. While browsing, click the Store in the top left of the page
  2. Click the additional store name
  3. You’ll be taken to the store’s landing page. Browse, search, and add items to your cart as desired.
  4. Toggle back to the original store as desired using the same method.

Q: How can I leave notes for my Shopper?

A: If you prefer a certain item, you can leave specific instructions for your shopper to ensure they complete your order correctly. To access the notes section of your order:

  • Cart: click “Instructions” on the item you’d like to leave a note for
  • Checkout page: Once you submit your address, delivery window, and payment method, tap or click “Review” to confirm your items and enter notes for your shopper
  • After you’ve placed an order: Visit the Order page to confirm items and enter notes

Q: Can I order alcohol through Instacart?

A: Unfortunately, alcohol isn’t available at all retailers in every Instacart market. At this time, Instacart cannot fulfill Special Requests or replacements for alcohol items. Customers who are purchasing alcohol through Instacart are required to enter their date of birth at checkout and confirm they are 21+. To learn more about Instacart’s alcohol policies, visit:

Q: Can I reschedule a delivery?

A: Yes, you can reschedule a delivery. You can reschedule a delivery anytime until the Shopper begins fulfilling your order.

In the app:

  1. Tap the “Account” icon
  2. Tap “Your orders”
  3. Select the order you’d like to change
  4. Next to the delivery date and time information, tap “Edit”
  5. Choose a new delivery time and/or date
  6. Tap “Reschedule delivery time” to confirm the new date/time

On a computer:

  1. Login and click “Account”
  2. From the dropdown menu, click “Your orders”
  3. Locate the order you’re rescheduling and click “View Order Details”
  4. On the Order Details page, in the Order Info box on the right side of the page, click “Edit”
  5. Choose a new delivery time and/or date
  6. Click “Save” in the upper right corner
  7. The new delivery date/time will update in the Order Info box.

For more Instacart answers, check out their Help Center.

Sick of spending hours grocery shopping, bagging, and carrying groceries into your home? With Instacart, that is a thing of the past.

The app and website are straightforward to use. It’s easy to sign up and even easier to shop for all of the things you need.

Not only can you shop from a variety of different stores, but you can also save money with promo codes and credits. If you have a promo code be sure to use it; there’s no reason not to save a few bucks or take advantage of free delivery.

Save $10 on your first order with this Instacart Promo Code: BRETTH114164

Just be wary of fake promo codes. Unfortunately, there are a lot of invalid promotion codes out there. Don’t assume every promo code you see online is real.

Stick to those that come from credible websites or Instacart directly, and you’re sure to be able to save a few bucks!

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Last updated July 25, 2019


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