A few months ago, I ordered an Instacart Gift Card from online supermarket. The idea of having an instant credit card was so exciting, I figured I'd try it out. What happened next is what I want to tell you about. I opened up my Instacart email, excited about my new credit card. The first thing I saw was the promotion for Instacart Gift Cards.
“Buy an Instacart Gift Card from us and earn a $1500 prize!” The words came fast and I knew they were not referring to groceries. I quickly read the fine print, figuring that the only way I could qualify for such a large prize was if I purchased Instacart gift cards from them. Was I ready to take the plunge and purchase something I could use over? Could I really win a $1500 prize?
My answer was yes. Instacart offers a number of great incentives and benefits for those that choose to sign up and become a valued customer. You can redeem your gift cards by paying any remaining balance, which can often make a significant difference when you're trying to pay the bills. You can also choose the option to add a number of items to a gift basket that can save even more money each month. And getting a little extra spending cash each month can help take care of those forgotten grocery bills.
Now that I had an Instacart promo code to work with, I set out to find out exactly how the process worked. First, I went to the main web page to see if I could actually use the promo code. I clicked “redeemed” which was linked to a link that directed me to a page where I could enter my information and choose which Instacart store to redeem my gift cards from. It was pretty easy and painless, and I was able to complete my entire order without having to wait on line at the store.
A few minutes later, I received my confirmation email confirming my order and that my gift cards were now available. But what happened to my order total? Did it stay the same price or did it increase slightly? What is going to happen next? Thankfully, the website automatically moved the final total to a slightly higher amount on my statement.
Once I completed my online order, I went to my local Instacart store to pick up my groceries. As I walked into the store, I noticed that there was a sign on the counter that asked if I had a gift card for this particular store. I knew I had, so I simply asked if they could give me another gift card. Again, I wasn't very sure what to expect, but the cashier didn't give me a choice. She simply told me to come again and that she could not give me another gift card because that promotion had run out.
Of course, since I didn't have a credit card, I had no option but to pay the full amount with a debit card. This was really bad for me, considering I normally make my purchases online using a major credit card and rarely carry cash. Now I had to wait a few days while my checking account cleared and my credit card information wasn't changed because I didn't have a credit card. That made shopping for things a bit hard.
Luckily, I noticed that there was an option for those who don't have any credit cards. I selected this option and was delighted when I found out that I could still get an Instacart coupon for free! Once again, I went online and purchased my items, but this time, I went with the express membership. This option allowed me to get an Instacart coupon for free delivery, and I didn't even have to pay for a membership fee. Instead of paying a monthly fee, I only had to pay for shipping.