Thoughtful Thursday: Instacart vs. Postmates – Which is Better?

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My Completely Honest (and Unapologetic) Instacart Review

We live in a wonderful world where people can make money instantly doing just about anything, right? If only it were that simple. With new companies like Doordash, Instacart, Postmates, Grubhub, and more, it’s become even easier to replace your full-time job with some part-time ones, or even just to make some extra money on the side to pay bills.

This post is reviewing two of those apps. I have signed up for both Doordash and GrubHub as well, however, Doordash is such a saturated market that I never received opportunities in my area and Grubhub was so saturated with drivers already that it wasn’t taking on new ones. SO. This post will review the pros and cons of both Postmates and Instacart.


I really enjoy working with Postmates for the following reasons:

  • Usually can get at least one delivery per hour in my area, sometimes more.
  • Payments can be transferred to my account the day I start working.
  • They sent a FREE thermal bag when I signed up to keep food hot/cold during transport.
  • The app is very easy to use, finds deliveries even if you’re sitting in your house 3-5 miles away from the place.
  • If I don’t want to work for a day or two, the app doesn’t bug me; I have the option to not work and they don’t pester with notifications.
  • There’s no waitlist or hours scheduling – you just get the orders when your app is on. Super easy!

Here are the cons that I’ve noticed working with Postmates:

  • Low Income: I usually only make $4-7 per order. During peak times they do offer a $2 bonus for every delivery made, but this is definitely not something that can make you a ton of money. Need a side gig? This one is GREAT!
  • Inaccurate Pricing: The other thing I’ve noticed is that when I’m looking at an order, there’s an estimated price that Postmates gives per item and I have noticed that it is consistently WAY lower than the actual price…I don’t know if customers can see that on their end or not, but it can be misleading.

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I will continue shopping with Instacart for now, as long as I need the money, and here are the pros for why:

  • Great earnings potential! I have made on average $15-30 per grocery order as a full-service shopper/delivery person. The days that I work 8 hours, I can average about $20/hour.
  • The shopper app in the store works fairly well, sometimes better at some stores than others. The customers have always been nice and I enjoy serving them.
  • Earnings can be paid out the day you earn them – and usually show up in my account within 10 minutes.

Now for the cons:

  • If you don’t commit to working full-time (at least 30-40 hours each week), you’ll be bumped off of the Early Access list. If you’re not on the Early Access List, you’ll have to wait to reserve hours until the following Wednesday…meaning all you can do is try and get the highest spot on their waitlist and pray there someone doesn’t show up for their shift so you can steal their hours. AKA – NOT a steady income source unless you start strong and continue strong.
  • The app can be glitchy. I’ve had it go through days where I’ll navigate to the correct store only to have it tell me I’m in the wrong place. There’s a way to push past this in the app, but it’s still annoying when you’re trying to shop.
  • Not all products are in the right category in the app. Again, this is a little nuance and I’ve learned to just suck it up.
  • If you’ve scheduled yourself for hours, you have to work them, otherwise you’re penalized for not taking batches and they give your hours away for the rest of the day. There is an option to take one 20 minute break during your shift.
  • Tips are only paid out once per week – and with my bank it takes about 3 days after they’re sent to show up.
  • I had to pay for their cooler bags. My first $26.99 that was earned went to four bags…and they’re amazing bags and I love them, but I was sad that the company didn’t provide us with one or two to get started. I had to make up my own for the first week until I made enough to earn their green ones.
  • Finally, it should be noted that this job is a LOT of work and heavy lifting, so if you can’t handle that – don’t do this. Some orders are nice and small while others have 3 cases of water and a cart-ful of other things that adds up to $200…and you see about $30 of that. So if you can’t take the heat or the heavy workloads, this may not be the job for you.

There are my two honest reviews! Honestly, I love the money that I get from Instacart and I love how easy Postmates is, so that’s why I do both.

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