It is no secret that COVID-19 has changed nearly every aspect of normal day to day life.  One component that most people might not pay as much attention to is the task of stocking your pantry. Grocery stores are now portrayed as a hub of germs and contamination from an immeasurable amount of people which is cause for concern amidst the present pandemic we are currently facing.

Because of this shift, grocery shopping for many has transformed into a modern online delivery service.

Various only grocery shopping apps have become increasingly popular since the outbreak of COVID-19, but among the most popular is Instacart.  Instacart has two main components: the customer and the personal shopper. The app allows the customer to create a virtual grocery list from a wide selection of stores to then be purchased and delivered by a "personal shopper", all from the comfort of their own home.  This is extremely convenient, pandemic or not but it is especially remarkable during these trying times for a variety of reasons.

Firstly, people across the country have experienced job loss and pay cuts.  The stimulus checks only last so long and a lot of people have gotten creative about ways they can save and make money.  Instacart pays the shopper based on distance, mileage traveled, types of items being purchased, tips from the customer etc.  The shopper is guaranteed a minimum of around $10 per order that is purchased and delivered but when all the factors are weighed, the earnings can get as high as $30 per order.

Not only is it a good way to make some extra cash, but it is also a great way to help keep others safe.  While following social distancing and mask guidelines to the best of your ability, you make it possible for customers who may be immunocompromised, elderly, etc. from having to face that risk themselves.

If you or a loved one is looking for a way to score some extra cash this year, this is a great idea!

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