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I woke up on Wednesday morning to a surprise in my email inbox. I received a nice little note from Google Express informing me that they were discontinuing memberships.
My Thought: “Crap! Don’t you know that I rely on Google Express to help me avoid the time consuming, mind numbing, stressful, impulse-purchase tempting grocery store trips?!?”
Back in June, I wrote about how I am a full-time working mom in need of more time, so I decided to outsource my shopping. The loss of Google Express would be a blow to my finely crafted avoidance of about 90% of my grocery shopping trips.
Well, apparently I wasn’t quite awake yet, because I should have read the email closer.
No Annual Membership Fee
Wait, what? Google Express isn’t abandoning me to the weekend shopping crowds? Rather, it is dropping the $95 annual fee that allows me access to the stores as long as I met the store minimums (usually $25-35)?
That’s right, Google Express just announced that they will no longer be charging an annual subscription fee for their free shipping access. I was still on a 6 month free trial period which was set to end later this month, so I feel like I dodged a bullet on this one.
More Stores and Walmart
In addition to scrapping their annual subscription fee, Google Express announced a partnership with Walmart. While I don’t typically shop at Walmart, there are a few well priced items I would like to purchase there via Google Express in the future.
In a New York Times article, I found out that the partnership between Google and Walmart is a bit more that simply a “join our network of Google Express stores”. Google and Walmart are attempting to join forces in an attempt to compete with Amazon for online shopping and grocery delivery. Interesting… I am intrigued to see where this goes.
The Bottom Line
In sum, I am a happy camper. I am dodging a $95 annual subscription fee for a service I have utilized often over the past 6 months. I look forward to continuing my no grocery shopping hack with the increased options!
Always an Adventure,
Mrs. Adventure Rich
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I wrote this article as an update to my previous article titled “I Don’t Grocery Shop Anymore” because, well, dropping the $95/month charge is a relatively BFD. I didn’t want to spam you with a ton of links within the post. However, if you are interested in checking out Google Express now that there is no longer the annual subscription fee in place, you can use my link below. It’ll save you $10 off your first order and it’ll give me $10 for the referral. Thank you if you choose to give it a try this way 🙂
Google Express– You get $10 off your first order and I get $10 credit for my next order.
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