I Tried Walmart’s Grocery Pickup – Here’s My Honest Review (Updated November 2018 + Coupon)
Retail giant Walmart rolled its online grocery pickup service to the Triangle in September 2017, and to be honest – I didn’t know it. I didn’t realize. And if I had, I wouldn’t have cared because USUALLY when you deal with grocery picking services there’s always some sort of fee or gotcha. And I HAD tried services like Peapod when they first got started and had had some really rough experiences. So it wasn’t that big of a deal for me to try it out.
But one Thursday, I thought, you know what – my Friday is going to be jam packed with clients, let’s see if I can make this thing work. And so, I want to share with you my honest renew of Walmart’s grocery pickup service.
Let’s start with the…
Too easy, really. They have an app for your phone, and an easy to navigate website especially for ordering groceries. Honestly, this saves me time TWICE because I was having to consolidate the list I kept on my phone, with the one on the refrigerator, and ask Manly Man if he needed anything. Now, just log in and drop it in the cart. #EasyPeasy
Cuts down on grocery costs.
So, I’m a big fan of meal planning. I know what I’m making for the week before I got to the store so I only have to go ONCE. I’ve got better things to do than spend time at the store. And I’ve got better things to do with my money than to throw unused food in the trash because I bought something with no clue what I intended to do with it. However, when I’m high-tailing it down the aisles, throwing elbows to get the last bag of pre-washed kale, I have tendency to make last minute meal plan modifications. Rump roast on sale? Honey, we’re having pot roast this week! Turkey on close out? PIVOT! When you’re sitting at your desk, only ordering what you need, there’s no opportunity for those grocery cart hop-ons.
It saves time.
So I mentioned that I tried the service because my Friday was jam packed. But you really only need 15 minutes, plus the time to get there and back home. Basically, you pull into a spot, either check in on the app, or dial the number and say you’re there. Wait a few minutes and they bring the groceries to your car and load them in! You don’t even have to help! But I always do. (And you don’t tip.)
You can avoid the #peopleOfWalmart but still shop at Walmart.
So, Walmart is great for deals, and is getting better and better about carrying organic and grass fed products. But sometimes the people still irritate me. And sure, I can tap, tap, tap as I walk down the aisles, but my momma taught me to drive my car with my hands at 10 and 2…. that’s how I drive my cart as well. Using the service avoids the weirdos and the #ChristmasCrazies
Get “upgrades” for the same cost.
This is a BIG ONE! When you order something that they don’t have, they offer you a substitution. You can either accept the substitution or not. Most of the time, it’s in your interest to do so. As an example…. order a 12 pack of soda and they don’t have it, you might get a 12 pack of 16 ouncers FOR THE SAME PRICE.
Here are a couple of real world examples:
- I ordered a 3 lb bag of Great Value chicken. They were out, so they gave me the 5 lb bag at the 3 lb cost.
- I ordered a single Pyrex pie pan. They were out. So they gave me the double set of Pyrex pie pans for the single pan cost.
But there might be one or two….
Not all areas have same day pick up.
If you need something same-day, you may have to just go in the store. Right now, where I’m at, the next day is your earliest option for pickup. And you have a 1 hour window that you reserve.
Cuts down on your step count.
Okay so don’t laugh, but my weekly Walmart trips were counting on my Fitbit total steps. Now that I’m not walking around the store, I have to get my steps another way.
Not all products available on the website.
There have been a few products that I know are in the store but for whatever reason they don’t show up on the website. So you may have to go inside anyway. =/
Not all Walmarts have the option.
The pick up option isn’t available for all stores, so you may have to drive to one you don’t frequent in order to use the service. I was already having to drive to more than one because we couldn’t get all our products from a single store, but that’s okay.
This one isn’t that big of a deal to me because I rarely by name brand anyway, and I have better things to do with my time than clip coupons. Though, big hugs to all you Coupon Queens out there. They don’t accept coupons with the pickup service right now. Just lettin’ you know.
The only way to pay for the groceries is through a debit or credit card, which you do at your desk or from your phone when you place the order – not in the parking lot (in case you were wondering.)
There’s a minimum order amount.
It’s $30. And I don’t know how anyone spends less than that!
You’ll still need to pick up your own produce.
In My experience, produce is something of a hit and miss endeavor. Almost every week I order lettuce, spinach, kale, mushrooms, etc. Many weeks my lettuce will be rusty or a day or two from expiring. The spinach may wilted. Or the mushrooms will be slimy. Yes, you can contact Walmart when this happens and they will give you a credit. But it’s almost just easier to go to the store and pick the produce and dates you want.
For me the pros far outweigh the cons. This service has been an incredible time saver, and I’m a very sad panda when I have forgotten to place my order and know I’ll have to actually GO into the store like a regular person. LOL
So all of that said, if you’re interested in trying the service, I encourage you to sign up via my referral code, you can get $10 off your $50 purchase and I will also receive a $10 credit. Then you will get your own referral code that you can share with friends and family too!
- Not strictly an affiliate link. Your email is not shared with me.
- You must be a new customer and spend $50 or more before taxes to receive offer. You must have a registered Walmart account to redeem promo code.