First, I logged into my WalMart Grocery account. It asked me what location and what time I wanted to pick up. I was doing this on a Saturday afternoon at 1:00 and thought it might be Monday before I could find an opening, but was surprised to see they had openings as early as 9:00 the next morning. I opted to pick up my groceries between 3:00-4:00 Sunday afternoon. Then, I started shopping. I typed in what I wanted and it immediately appeared. I took a screenshot below of what the screen looks like. I typed in a variety of products to see what all you could purchase and it looks like most products are available, including food, school supplies, over the counter medicines, beauty supplies, clothing and even toys.
After I placed my order, I was told I had until 1:00 AM to make changes to my order. I entered my payment info and logged out. Pretty easy!
I am going to address a few of the ordering pro's and con's before moving on.
Let's get the bad news out of the way, first:
When ordering produce, there were a few items that I had to order a pound of. For example, I only needed 2 poblano peppers, but had to order a pound. They weren't that much money, but now I'm stuck with eight extra poblano peppers. On the flip side, I only needed two limes, and limes are in fact measured by quantity, not poundage (I'm not sure that's a word), so I guess it depends on what type of produce you are ordering.
The only other downside to the ordering process, was the fact that I could not read the product's labels. I watch my carbs and sugar. I was going to try a new spaghetti sauce, but was not able to read the label to see how many grams of sugar it contains, so I stuck with my old trusty. I could of opened a new tab and googled that product and read the label, but it would have been convenient just to have it directly on the WalMart site.
The Pro's of ordering though the site:
They're pretty smart...you could spell yogurt, ygurto and they figure out what you're talking about! I also found I spent less because there were fewer impulse buys (aka tank tops and nail polishes...this could also be listed under the negatives.) Also, you don't get stuck behind an old lady pushing a cart slower than a snail. My ordering standards are obviously low. This is going to work for me!
The ordering process took about 45 minutes, which is way less time than I spend meandering around that big store. My next order will be even faster because WalMart saves your previous purchases under favorites. If you are like me, you tend to buy the same things for lunch and breakfast, so these will be faster to get through next time.
The day of the pickup, WalMart called me promptly at 3:00 to tell me my order was ready...which meant I had to pry myself out of Ross where I was
buying shoes and sunglasses wasting time. When I placed my order the website showed me where to park for pickup. There were ten or so spots reserved along the side of the building for pick up with the phone number to call when I arrived. I called the number, told them my name and my groceries were promptly delivered and loaded, YES, LOADED into my car. He also handed me my bread and eggs for safe keeping.
The friendly WalMart employee gave me a welcome gift and explained to me how the process works. There were three items the store was out of, in my case they were all produce items, so no substitutions were made (and I wasn't charged for those items). But, the associate explained they do have a substitution process that works for other goods. In fact, if needed, WalMart will substitute with a similar product and not charge you any difference in price. I think I left off the best part of this service...it is FREE!
Here's my welcoming gift...
On a side note, if you are not using the WalMart Savings Catcher...sign up for that, too. All you have to do is scan the bottom of your receipt each time you shop at WalMart. I have linked the info for you, but basically, if you buy yogurt for $1.00 at WalMart, and your neighborhood Target has the same yogurt on sale for $.75, then you get $.25 deposited into your Savings Catcher account. Since I started using Savings Catcher in 2014, we have accumulated approximately $250 into our Savings Catcher account. We usually use this right before Christmas and order the kids a few toys. Free money, friends!
Back to the grocery pickup, I honestly can't think of anything to make it any easier. I will definitely be using the grocery pick up again and again. And, will this girl be tagging along on my future grocery store runs? Of course she will. There's a Bahama Bucks right next to WalMart. Win, win!
I never thought I would be this excited about grocery shopping!
Have you used the grocery pick up at WalMart yet? If not, what are you waiting for? To get you started, click here for $10 off of your first grocery pick up order! Thanks, WalMart!