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Walmart Grocery Pick Up Review
I received an offer in the mail to try out Walmart’s free grocery pick up. The offer was for $10 off of my first $50 purchase. With Chase Freedom’s 4th quarter including Walmart, offering 5x UR points, I decided now was the time. Let me tell you, I loved it, but it did come with a few drawbacks.
How it Works
The process is fairly easy. You go to Walmart’s grocery department section online and select what items you would like to purchase. Once you have everything added to your cart you submit the order. Then Walmart will ask you to select what day and time you would like to pick it up. Shortly before your pick up window Walmart will email you that your order is complete.
The email will ask you to click through to the Walmart app to alert them when you are on your way. The app will track your vehicle and will alert the Walmart employee when you enter the parking lot – pretty slick! If you don’t want to download the app you can call a number when you arrive to tell them you are ready to pick up.
The pick up location will usually be on the side of the Walmart location. The email will tell where the pick up area is located. It will be highlighted on the app as well. You should look for a set up similar to this.
I pulled into one of the spots and 2-3 minutes later a Walmart employee wheeled out my items in a cart. She went over if there were any substitutions etc. and then had me sign that I had made the pick up. She even helped me load the groceries into my car. I got the feeling most people sit in their car and the Walmart employee loads the groceries, so that is an option. That would be pretty handy in bad weather! Walmart even gives you a little gift bag full of drinks and snacks with your first order.
Pros and Cons
I think the pros outweigh the cons for this service but here is a list of both:
- You can shop from the comfort of your own home.
- It should be possible to use a shopping portal to increase your savings.
- You save time not having to walk around the store and actually shop.
- No lugging small kids around the store!!!!
- No need to leave your car in bad weather.
- You won’t be tempted by those impulse buys – thanks reader David!
- Prices can change from the time you order till when you pick up (but they can also drop).
- I could not locate a place to pay with a gift card so keep that in mind.
- They will substitute similar items which is a decision you do not get to make. (Reader Fivegirls says you can un-check substitute for the items. And two other readers said you usually come out on top when you get substitutes)
- You can not pick your own produce type of items (my Walmart’s produce is terrible anyway).
There were two items substituted with my order. I had ordered a 24 oz jar of pickles which they subbed 2 – 16 oz jars for the same price, no problem. I also ordered 2 bags of Tostitos Crispy Rounds tortilla chips which were subbed with Tostitos Scoops chips. The Scoops were actually cheaper so they filled it with 3 bags instead of 2 for the same price. I probably would not have grabbed the Scoops if I had been shopping in the store but I appreciate that they gave me more for the same price.
I found the Walmart Grocery pick up program to be very useful and I plan on using it in the future. While it is probably best used on non perishable items, that alone cuts down my shopping time considerably. I don’t love the substitution policy but both times I came out with more than I had originally paid for, so that may be the trade off.
It is currently limited to specific stores so you would have to check and see if one near you offers it. If you do have a store near you I think it is definitely worth a try. Especially with the $10 off of $50 they are currently offering via our referral link below.
Have you tried Walmart Grocery pick up before? What did you think? If not, will you be giving it a try?
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