If you haven’t heard by now, Walmart has started a new service where you can order your groceries online and pick them up. When I heard this I said SIGN. ME. UP. So, this week I finally did it as my local Walmart got on the bandwagon. Here is my honest review with both the pros and cons.
So first I had to go online and order my groceries. The cool thing was since I already have a Savings Catcher account, they suggested some things based on my purchase history. So for things we buy all the time, like milk and bread, they were right on the front page. Then you can either type in the search box what you are looking for, or search by category. Then you add to your cart, change the quantity, etc. Some items are also by the pound so just pay attention when adding items.
Once I was finished adding my items I checked out and paid. Now, they won’t charge your credit card until you actually pick up the order. This is because if they are sold out of something they will offer a replacement, and the final total is based on actual weight of any weighted items you ordered. You then pick a one our time frame in which to pick up your order.
You will receive an email once your order is ready. You can either call them when you are headed there, or download their Walmart Grocery app (this is separate from the regular Walmart app) and check in that way. Then, you go to the store and follow the orange pickup signs to the correct area. Pull in the parking lot and you don’t even have to get out of your car. I did, just because it was kind of weird not to. The gentleman brought out my groceries. He showed me the two items that were sold out and what they had replaced them with and I was able to say if I did not want the replacement items. He then loaded them all into my car, I didn’t have to do a thing! I signed for them and off we went.
I even got a little gift for being a new customer, so that was a nice touch. When I got home everything was perfect, even the bell peppers and zucchini I had ordered (I heard sometimes produce is an issue). The only thing that did not go well was they froze my bananas and when they thawed they turned black. About two days later the final amount was charged to my card. So, there you have it, that is how it all works. Now, if you are like me and just want to see bullet points of pros and cons, here you go:
- Time – I was able to order my groceries on my lunch break at work and pick them up on the way home. It took no time at all.
- Convenience – Not having to go in the store or load the groceries was pretty awesome.
- Cost – Same price as the store and I got $10 off as a new customer, and if you decide to try it (which I highly recommend) you can use my link to get $10 off as well! Plus, they don’t charge for this service.
- Choices – It was nice that if they were sold out they offered a replacement.
- Bananas – What happened with my bananas was disappointing. But they were only $.49 so it’s not a huge deal. I am sure I could exchange them. They are probably still working the kinks out anyway as this is new for my particular store.
- Coupons/Savings Catcher – As they say, that is the price you pay for convenience. As of now, you cannot use coupons or savings catcher. For some, this is probably a deal breaker. For those more concerned with time and convenience this won’t matter. I am holding out hope that they will allow it in the future.
For me, this service is great for times that my son is in sports and other things and I just don’t have the time, or desire, to go grocery shopping. I believe this is also a wonderful service for disabled people and elderly people who find it a bit harder to get around. The pros definitely outweigh the cons for me. If anything, give it a try once and see how you like it. Don’t forget to use my link when you do to get $10 off.