Easy peasy

Favorite Texas supermarket rolls out $5 curbside pick-up to select Austin shoppers

Texas supermarket rolls out curbside pick-up to select Austin shoppers

H-E-B Curbside
H-E-B Curbside makes grocery shopping easy. Photo courtesy of H-E-B

Although we are sometimes loath to admit it, what we eat is more often than not determined out of pure laziness. But recently, while looking over the hundreds of dollars we have spent on delivery and impromptu dinners — not to mention the stack of unread Bon Appétit copies gathering dust on our coffee table — we decided we are going to start cooking more at home.

But we know ourselves. Braving the grocery store aisles is rarely a winning proposition after a long day at work, especially when there’s a P. Terry's drive-thru right next door. And since we are trying to save money, using a shopping delivery service doesn’t makes sense either. What we need is a middle ground.

Luckily, H-E-B has now answered our call with the H-E-B Curbside service, an alternative to apps like Instacart. The service is simple. Create a shopping list on the website, select a pick-up time in 30 minute increments, and let the grocery store’s staff do the rest. If an order is placed by 9 pm, it can be picked up as early as 7:30 am the next day. Same-day pick-up is available if an order is placed by 9 am. Bonus? It costs just $4.95.

The selections are organized via aisles (there’s even an option to donate to disaster relief), quick links for specialty products like gluten-free food or local products, or “collections” like Christmas (a section that includes everything from stocking stuffers to wines). There's even a section devoted to Meals in Minutes to help focus your (and our) efforts. The system also saves previous orders to make shopping for staples quick and easy.

The service is now available in select stores in Austin, Burleson, ​Corpus Christi, Granbury, Houston, New Braunfels, and San Antonio.

To find out if your neighborhood H-E-B provides the service, you can check here. Don't see your shop? Don't worry. The grocery chain says more stores will be added in the coming months.