Tuesday, July 2, 2024

Knee Caps, Cars & Carts

Mercedes GLS SUV

A little knee cap update - everything is going quite well. My knee feels great and I see my surgeon next Monday. Fingers crossed that I can start driving then. 

Speaking of driving, I have a funny story. I went out to dinner on Saturday night and my date showed up in a beautiful brand new but very large and very high Mercedes SUV. It would have been impossible for me to get in and out of even if my knee was 100%. I literally had to be lifted in and out of the thing. You know if something has step boards you are in trouble.... A deal breaker - LOL. I am a luxury sedan girl, but if you get an SUV, why in the world does it need to be so high that anyone under 6 feet tall is going to be seriously challenged getting in and out? Maybe he should start dating tall men or models....

I did want to tell you all about how much I love Instacart. My experience to date has been A++++. You pay a small delivery fee, or you can sign up for unlimited free delivery for orders $35+ with a monthly fee of $9.99 or $99 annually. You put in your zip code, pick your store, and add things to your cart. In under 2 hours (you pick your delivery window), a personal shopper selects and delivers your groceries. And it it not just grocery stores. Also stores like Costco, Home Depot, Lowe's, Target, Petco, and more.

I don't love grocery shopping at all. I consider it to be a necessary evil. Yesterday I ordered from Publix via Instacart and in under an hour a lovely young woman showed up with all my items. Nothing missing, everything perfectly chosen including all the produce. A great experience. I got a 2 week free trial, but will sign up for an annual account for sure.

The downside? You are paying for the service. There is the delivery fee, tip, and some stores charge more for the Instacart prices than in store prices. It is a luxury, but so is getting my hair done, manicures, pedicures, meals out, and more. And I am saving on gas, my time, and wear and tear on my car. Instacart has also makes me more deliberate and focused in my shopping - shopping Publix sales and BOGOS, yesterday my receipt showed I got over $100 worth of groceries for a little over $50. Not bad at all.

They usually have a deal for new customers like your first 3 deliveries free or 2 weeks unlimited free deliveries so check it out. BTW, you have your personal shopper's name, photo, and they will leave your groceries at your door or bring them inside as you wish. Whether you use it on occasion say if you are under the weather or in inclement weather, or on a regular basis, you should know about this service.

So kudos to Instacart. Learn more here. It is my lifeline right now not being able to drive and I have discovered something I will definitely be continuing after my knee is better. Oversized SUVs however will not be in my future.


  1. If one can't get around without help, then Instacart gets a medal. Well worth the money, but they do charge more and the fees add up. The tradeoff is not having to search isles for heavy or cumbersome stuff you only buy now and again. BOGO is read first.
    Good to hear your progress. Was wondering. You'll be out doing somersaults before long. Just keep away from ridiculously high cars that try to outsize 18 wheelers.

  2. I've used instacart almost exclusively since before the pandemic and pay the yearly fee. Wouldn't do it any other way.

  3. Glad you are feeling good...I used Instacart during the pandemic and continue to do so for heavy /bulky items and big hauls from Costco. Definately worth it for me.


  4. I love Instacart. I started using it during the pandemic and have never looked back. It’s great to use on vacation if you’ve rented a house.

  5. So glad to hear you are feeling better. It's definitely no fun being immobilized because of an injury. I'm a luxury sedan girl too. I once considered a luxury SUV, which are very popular here in CA, so when I drive in traffic, I sometimes feel as if I am sitting on the ground, because I cannot see past all the SUV's surrounding me. I found I didn't care for the rear window design on many newer models SUV's, though. Even though there are rear cameras, I had difficulty seeing out the back windows.

  6. I am glad to hear you are doing so well Beth & thank you for mentioning the beautiful Peony. My favorite along with the Lily of the Valley; their short season makes me appreciate them even more.
    Many thanks Beth,
    Melissa M., Loudonville, N.Y.