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I think I might be in love. In love with Walmart Grocery Pickup. Let me tell you why:
Do you know what the girls and I spent this morning doing?
We definitely did not go grocery shopping.
We skipped the whining and complaints of boredom while I simultaneously attempted to evaluate whether or not that jar of Nutella met the qualifications of my coupon.
We skipped the begging for candy in the checkout aisle.
We didn’t make a single impulse purchase.
Instead, we went to the zoo. We had fun, we laughed, we pointed at monkeys and gorillas and tigers and flamingos.
We fed a giraffe.
It was a delightful morning.
As I pulled out of the zoo parking lot with two sleepy kiddos tucked into their car seats, I whipped out my phone and checked in to the Walmart Grocery app so they would know when to expect us.
I pulled up to the store, had a pleasant Walmart employee load all of my groceries into the back of my car for me, and I was in and out in 5 minutes flat with everything on my list for the week. My kids slept through the whole thing.
It was a pretty far cry from the 1.5 hour stress-fest that is grocery shopping that I’m used to experiencing.
I used to avoid Walmart like the plague. The long lines, generally despondent-looking employees, and the inevitable “oops,I’vebeenstandinginlinefor10minutesbutIjustrealizedIneedyogurtcupswhichareapproximatelya14milewalkfromthecheckoutline” problem.
And don’t even get me started on the dysfunctional shopping cart situation. (Has anyone ever actually found a cart that wasn’t broken?? I mean really.)
The groceries were cheap, but you weren’t gonna find me there picking up my produce if they were giving it away.
Well, my friends, that all changed the day I tried Walmart Grocery Pickup for the first time.
Like, I don’t have to get out of my CAR.
Strapping kids in and out of car seats is possibly the worst thing known to man. I pray blessings on those who make it possible for me to skip even one occurrence of hauling my children in and out of a store.
Walmart Grocery Pickup is FREE
Unlike other stores with grocery pick up, Walmart Grocery Pickup is FREE for orders over $30. So if I’m too lazy to meal plan for a full week, I can throw some produce and ingredients for spaghetti into my cart and plan to pick it up later this afternoon. No need to make sure I buy enough groceries to make it ‘worth’ the personal shopping fee. I can order again in a couple days when I have my life together a little more – no extra charge.
Protip: Schedule a Walmart Grocery Pickup at your vacation destination for the day you plan to arrive. Order ahead, then get off the plane and pick up your groceries. No need to waste precious relaxation time running errands!
You’ll stay on budget and avoid impulse buys
Speaking of saving money, am I the only one that gets a little apprehensive in the checkout lane because you have absolutely no clue how much the total is going to come to?
It’s too late to turn back, but even if it weren’t, it’s too much of a pain to retrace your steps putting items back that you decide you don’t need.
You can say goodbye to that problem too.
When you order online, you can see exactly how much you’re going to spend. Got a little excited about those Twizzler’s on sale? It only takes a couple clicks to remove those 14 packages after you see that you’re actually over-budget.
Not that I’ve done that.
Walmart Grocery gives you freebie upgrades on your stuff
Anytime I get ready to go pick up my groceries, I’m always excited to find out what I might get for free. On my last trip to go get groceries, I had ordered the 85/15 variety of ground turkey. In an effort to save money, of course. It turns out that they out of stock on that kind, so what did the friendly Walmart employees do to ensure that I was a happy and satisfied customer??
They gave me the 93/7 for the price of the 85/15. Score!
It cracks me up because they’re always so apologetic about it: “Ohhhh sorryyy we didn’t have what you wanted,” and I’m just sitting there trying to play it cool like, “oh, yes, mmhhmm that will be fine,” whilst I try to restrain my inner happy dance.
This happens probably every other time I go! Sometimes they’ll give me a bigger package for free, sometimes it’ll be the namebrand instead of the store brand that I ordered, or sometimes, like in this case, it’ll be a better quality than the item I ordered. But the important thing here is that it’s ALWAYS equal or better.
Technically I think you’re probably entitled to get this same deal in-store, but who has time for that? I don’t want to be that cheapo who makes a big stink about not wanting to pay an extra 40 cents for the Lays chips when they’re out of the Great Value.
But if they’re gonna do it for me without even being asked…I’ll take it, thankyouverymuch.
They don’t make you wait.
I mentioned earlier that you can check in when you’re on your way through the Walmart Grocery app so they know exactly when to expect you. I drove up the other day after checking in and the nice Walmart employee was literally already standing outside waiting to load my stuff when I got there.
So obviously, I’m never setting foot in a grocery store again.
Especially not with my children.
Even better, if you click this button below, you can get $10 off your first order.
“But I like to pick my own produce!!”
“I never have time to plan my list in advance, I always just stop by the store on my way home!”
Don’t knock it ‘til you try it.
Trust me. It’s the best thing you’ll do all week.