Wondering if you can use coupons with Walmart Grocery Pickup? Or maybe even if you can use your EBT card with Walmart Grocery Pickup? Don’t worry, the answers are below!
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 recently became a participating Walmart Grocery that offers a free curbside grocery 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.
I was definitely intrigued by this, as a homeschooling mom of four little kids! 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.
But, first, what is the Walmart Grocery Pickup and does it save me money? Would it really be so amazing?
What is Walmart Grocery Pickup?
Walmart Grocery is a customer service feature where you order online or through the Walmart Grocery app and a Walmart employee does the shopping for you and brings it to your car at a time window you select.
How does Walmart Grocery work?
If you are wondering how does Walmart Pickup work, here’s a brief overview:
Order groceries (and other household items) online in the convenience of your home and even on the go. The pickup service is free and there are no service fees or markups and they do not accept tips. You get the same Everyday 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 on my shopping history.
Walmart Grocery has a wide selection of items, even non-grocery items.
I often order random items, like baby clothes hangers, a microwave splatter cover, wood glue, hair ties, kid toothbrushes, binders, bug spray, various cleaning supplies, and Benadryl, along with our groceries for the week.
I really love that I can order these random non-food items and not have to search up and down various aisles in-store looking for them!
Placing a Walmart Grocery Pickup Order
Once you’ve checked over your list against your meal plan (or shopping list), you will schedule a pick-up time, and pay for your order.
Every order you make needs to be at least $30 and scheduled for later in the day or for the next day, depending on the time you’re placing the order.
After you place your order they give you about two hours (or more) 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!
Picking Up Your Walmart Grocery Pickup Order
About 15 minutes before your designated pickup time window, you will get a confirmation email saying your order is ready and what if any substitutions you have.
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 have had issues with the app losing connection or otherwise “losing me” on my way to the store, for whatever reason. It’s not a big deal to call them when you arrive still.
The first time I used their service 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 store for the Grocery 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 loaded 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.
Walmart Grocery Pickup Referral Codes
Plus, because my friend Crystal shared her personal referral code with me to try it out, she and I both received $10 off our $50 orders!
Everyone can save $10 off your first order of $50 or more with code WOWFRESH. Then, once you sign up and place your first order, you can start referring your friends with a unique referral code! If one of them uses your code, and you get a $10 discount code and so do they!
You can refer up to 10 people and save $10 every time you make an order of $50 or more. Codes are sent via email and expire one year after they are issued.
I was actually able to use the unique coupon codes multiple times before they expired too, though I cannot guarantee that will work for you. But, saving $10 on every Walmart Grocery made using their service an even better deal!
Downsides of Walmart Grocery
Walmart Grocery Pickup doesn’t keep everything stocked, which means, even if it says it’s available online, I may not end up getting it when I pick up my order. This means I get offered alternatives or refunded those items.
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 once tried purchasing Tampico and I could not order it through Walmart Grocery, even though I know they have some in-store. They seem to be making improvements in this regard all the time though.
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 the sippy cups I ordered once – the choice of colors 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 too.
Also, you cannot currently pay for your order with Walmart Gift Cards or eGift cards. Payment has to be made by credit card or debit card.
Can I Use Coupons With Walmart Grocery Pickup?
I love being able to use coupons when grocery shopping and saving those extra dollars and cents!
So, one of my big concerns with using the convenience of Walmart Grocery Pickup is whether or not I can use coupons with Walmart Grocery Pickup service and save more money.
Unfortunately, this is one of the big cons of using their service. No, Walmart Grocery Pickup does not accept manufacturer’s coupons.
However, people have commented that they print off their email receipts and use that as their receipt for other money-saving apps.
I haven’t personally tried this, nor do I know if this in compliance with every apps’ terms of service, or if this is true for every app. You can try if you’d like, but as it currently stands, I don’t know that it is generally allowed by most of these apps.
Can you use iBotta with Walmart Grocery Pickup?
This is NEW, but the answer is YES! You can use ibotta for Walmart Grocery Pickup!
If you aren’t an ibotta member, join now with my referral link, and then once in the app search for Walmart Grocery and it should come up. If you click on their link before filling your grocery order, you can get $2 or $3 cashback!
It will take up to 30 days for it to no longer be pending in your account, but is a great way to save money on your pickup order!
Or, if you prefer, you can use Shopkick (join Shopkick now with my referral code FAGAN and get $5 cash back bonus after your first scan in the first 7-days) and get 450 points in your Shopkick account, which is equal to slightly less than $2 I believe.
Does Walmart Grocery Pickup Accept EBT?
Yes, you can now use EBT with Walmart Grocery Pickup orders! They accept SNAP/EBT (food stamps) at all participating Walmart Online Grocery locations. To learn how to use it as payment, check out this post.
Does Walmart Grocery Pickup Take WIC?
At this time, no, they do not accept WIC or eWIC.
Can You Use Savings Catcher with Walmart Grocery Pickup?
UPDATE: As of May 14, 2019, Walmart no longer offers the Saving Catcher App or price-matching. (Source)
Overall I think Walmart Grocery Pickup 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, and I often use a referral promo code, 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 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.
Also, be sure to check out my followup post with 11 Things You Need to Know About Walmart Grocery Pickup to learn a few more things about their service.
Will you try out Walmart Grocery Pickup? What’s your review of their service if you’ve tried it already?