With increasing technology and need for convenience it should be no wonder that online grocery shopping is now a thing! I was thrilled to try out the newer-to-me Walmart Grocery Pickup option. Between working full-time, juggling kids, and managing a blog there is little time for grocery shopping.
Going to the grocery store digs into my weekend time. I dread having to spend my Saturday mornings dodging crowds of people and waiting impatiently in the long check out lines. When I heard about online grocery shopping, I was skeptical but I gave it a chance. And I loved it.
If I ever feel the urge to do huge shopping trip in store, I can still do that. Hopefully now I’ll be able to get away with it only once a month. Online shopping reduces my need to make weekly shopping trips.
The process is simple. You log onto Walmart.com and start adding items to your cart. You choose your store and your pick-up time. Simply check-out and your done! Arrive at the specific “pick-up” location (always noted on the front of the building) and they will load your grocery into your car for you!
Before you checkout, make sure you get $10 OFF YOUR FIRST ORDER by clicking here!
Voila! The grocery fairies have filled a cart, bagged, and hand-delivered your groceries directly to you. All you had to do was hand them a list, pay and drive up to pick up.
A few things you need to know:
- Pick-up is always free! There is a $30 per order minimum.
- Walmart Grocery is available 7am-11pm, everyday.
- It is not limited to only food items, you can also order items from a variety of other categories as well.
- It is not available at all locations, but is steadily growing! I was pleasantly surprised to find it in my “smaller” town.
- Options are more limited online than in the stores.
- While in the middle of doing your online shopping items could become unavailable, especially if you let your order sit ideal before checking out. This happened to me the first time I tried it out.
- You can’t use coupons. Unfortunately they don’t accept coupons with online orders and since you don’t get a copy of your receipt with a code to scan (it’s an e-receipt) it’s not available for Ibotta redemption’s either.
- You will need to download the Walmart Grocery app to your phone. You’ll need this for “checking in” to let Walmart know when you are on your way.
- You may not be able to pick-up your order the same day. Availability is as fast as the same day but not always guaranteed.
- Updating information, such as adding or deleting items, is available but only for a limited time after you place the order depending on the time the order was placed.
- If you order your groceries in advance and the price drops on an item before you pick it up, the price drop will be guaranteed upon pick-up.
- The only payment accepted is credit/debit cards. Gift cards, cash, and EBT payment is not accepted, yet.
- Price-drops and clearance items are sometimes available through the Walmart Grocery as well!
- Do not miss or skip picking up your order! You could be charged a restocking fee, and for good reason because an employee has already invested in shopping for you.
- Occasionally an item may go out of stock between ordering and pick-up, if this happens a substitution of the same or greater quality/quantity will be made available to you. This happened to me and it was a better substitution. I order an 6 pack of Great Value paper towel and was given an 8 pack of Bounty paper towels for the same price. You have the right to reject the substitute as well.
- Some may like to tip their personal shopper or the employee who loads the groceries into the car, but tips are not allowed.
Steps for online ordering:
- Access Walmart Grocery and create an account, if you don’t already have one.
- Select your store and pick-up time (available in hour slots). Starting adding items to your cart and checkout. Don’t forget to use the $10 off $50 or more your first order!
- Before you leave for your pick-up, log into the Walmart Grocery app and select your order. “Check in” to indicate to Walmart that you are on your way. It will estimate your time of arrival and ask you what color car you are driving to make it easier for an employee to find you.
- One you arrive, select a Reserved Spot in the orange Pickup lot of your Walmart. Call the number listed on the orange reserved spot and let them know you have arrived.
- An employee will bring out your items within minutes and load up your car for you.
- Done! That’s it. You just grocery shopped and never let your vehicle.