On Facebook the other day one of my local friends, Crystal, tagged me in a post with her personal Walmart Grocery Pickup review. Our local Walmart has recently become a participating Walmart Grocery that offers free curbside pick-up service.
My friend was a fan. She said:
I just tried this and it was amazing! I took my time shopping, double checked my list against my week’s meal plan, price compared to other stores to make sure I was getting the best deal. And I did it all without my kids whining through the store or running down the aisles. So amazing! I will also say that they pick you the best produce. Better than I pick on my own in the store actually.
Crystal also shared that you can save $10 off your first order of $50 or more, and that she would get $10 for referring me.The $10 off deal is still valid through December 31, 2017 with code RD3XBB1B.
Also, after you sign up, you can refer your friends! If one of them uses your code, and you get a $10 discount code, know that you can use it multiple times!! I now save $10 on every Walmart Grocery order thanks to several friends signing up through my link! There’s a cap of 10 referral links though.
I like saving money, and I hate grocery shopping (and not because I take four kids grocery shopping with me), so I decided it was worth a shot, even if we usually shop at H-E-B for our groceries instead of Walmart. I figured it would be great to write up my own Walmart Grocery Review to share it with you (and this post is NOT sponsored) so you can know whether or not to try it out yourself.
What is Walmart Grocery Pickup?
Walmart Grocery is a new customer service feature where you order online and a Walmart employee does the shopping for you. Visit Grocery.Walmart.com to see if a store near you is participating. You’ll make your grocery order at that site with your Walmart account.
How does Walmart Grocery work?
Order groceries (and other household items) online in the convenience of your home. They have a wide selection of items and there are no service fees or markups. You get the same Every Day Low Prices found in stores. When I signed into my Walmart.com account it already had some of my favorite items right at the top based upon my shopping history. Since I scan my receipts with the Walmart Savings Catcher (inside the Walmart App), I’m guessing that’s where the history came from.
Once you’ve checked your list twice against your meal plan (or shopping list), you will schedule a pick-up time, and pay.
After you place your order they give you about two hours to make edits to your list. This is nice for when you forgot to add something, or 30 minutes later realize you are out of butter too. Or if you want to remove something. The grace period is a nice feature!
About 15 minutes before your designated pickup time window, you will get a confirmation email saying your order is ready. It’s recommended that you call them 10 minutes prior to your arrival or that you check-in as you head to the store via their Walmart Grocery App (You can download it on Android and iTunes for free – you can also use the app to add items to your cart all week and then schedule your trip when you’re ready!).
I called the number on my order confirmation 10 minutes before we showed up. He assured me that he would be ready for us when we got there.
We followed the signs at our Walmart for the Pickup area. As soon as we pulled into one of the six or so (empty) spots, two Walmart employees came out to meet us with our groceries. One introduced himself as my “Personal Shopper,” shook my hand, and went over my order. There were three items that were not available, and he was ready with alternative offerings, which I could accept or reject. Any rejected items were refunded to my credit card.
If the substituted item(s) are more expensive than the one(s) you ordered, Walmart will always charge the lower amount.
After we went through the substitutions, I signed saying I picked up my order, and he helped me load the groceries into the back of my car. He then handed me a little Welcome to Walmart Grocery goodie bag with some free samples!
The Pickup process took all of about 3-5 minutes. My family stayed in the car during the entire thing. No undoing of seat belts. No baby carrier required. No yelling at my kids to not touch everything within the store. No waiting in lines. No impulse purchases.
It was pretty spectacular.
It’s grocery shopping without having to go up and down the aisles.
Downsides of Walmart Grocery
*UPDATE: You CAN use their Walmart Savings Catcher on your Walmart Grocery Pickup order! You will need to wait until you recieve the “Your order has been picked up” email with the receipt. It will list the Savings Catcher TC# at the top of the email. Simply copy it and put it into the Walmart App. Instead of scanning the barcode, you will just have to type in the number listed in your email. Keep in mind that you can only add receipts 7 days after your order, and that it may not always work 100%.
*UPDATE 2: People have commented that they print off their email receipt and use that as their receipt for other money saving apps. I haven’t personally tried it, nor do I know if this in compliance with every apps’s terms of service.
I feel like I save more using their service as well as I can’t make impulse purchases at checkout (like a cool bottle of coke) and have to be strategic with my shopping.
They also don’t keep everything stocked, which meant I had to choose from alternatives, or not get exactly what I wanted. If you know what day your Walmart store receives new shipments, it may be wise to make your pickup date be those days so that they are fully stocked.
Also, not every food and drink item is available to order online, even if it is available in store. I tried purchasing Tampico (as they are an ongoing sponsor of mine) and I could not order it through Walmart Grocery, even though I know they have some in store.
And, lastly, a downside is sometimes you’re not always exactly sure what you’ll receive. This is true when buying certain products that come in various colors (like sippy cups I ordered once – the choosing was up to them) but also for items you don’t read carefully enough online to know how large or small they are.
If you don’t know what 8 oz of pizza looks like versus 24 oz, then you could be surprised when you are given a mini pizza versus a family pizza. Ordering online removes that tactile experience and sight that many people need and crave when grocery shopping.
Overall I think Walmart Grocery Pickup service is amazing! Pretty much life changing. I have never enjoyed grocery shopping for a host of reasons, and this is one way to make it extremely easy and fast! And the cost isn’t increased, there is no fee, amd I use a refer promo code every prder, so it’s a total win. While I won’t save those extra few cents and dollars from coupons and apps, the hour of my life that is saved more than makes up for that in my opinion.
I highly encourage you to try out Walmart Grocery for yourself! Get $10 off your first online order of $50 or more with code RD3XBB1B. Every order you make needs to be at least $30 and scheduled for the next day.
Will you try out Walmart Grocery Pickup? What’s your review of their service if you’ve tried it already?
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