Last week I tried out Wal-Mart’s grocery pick-up service for the first time. It was spring break, and we were being pounded by some of the scariest thunderstorms we’ve had in years. (Lots of tornados!) The last thing I wanted to do was go out in stormy weather, then wander around the store with them, and drive home in even worse weather. No thank you.
I came across a $10 off coupon for Wal-Mart Grocery Pick-Up and figured I’d give it a shot. Loading up my cart was easy. Every thing I needed was on the website. Produce, dairy, snacks, diapers, etc. Great selection and I didn’t personally come across anything that was unavailable during the purchasing part. If they’re out of something, you can opt for them to provide a substitution. If the substitute is more costly, they still honor the lower price of your original selection.
Pick up was easy. I downloaded the Wal-Mart Grocery app on my Iphone. When my order was ready, I just clicked the ‘check in’ button to let them know I was on the way. 15 minutes later I pulled into the pick-up parking spot, opened my app, and it automatically noted that I had arrived, and an employee would be out soon with my order. About 30 seconds later, a lady came out with my order, and proceeded to load it into my trunk. She let me know what item was out of stock (Teddy Grahams) and that I was not charged for it.
I was also presented with a cute little welcome bag full of free samples. I can definitely appreciate the freebies! Of course there are pros and cons to this service, so I’ll lay it all out below….
- Convenience, convenience, convenience!!!
- You can use your receipt for the Wal-Mart Savings Catcher app. Enter the TN number at the top of your emailed receipt and enter the date of pick-up (not date of order.) I got back $4.97!
- NO IMPULSE SHOPPING! You get what you order, and since you’re not walking around endlessly, you’re not adding unnecessary items to your cart.
- Easy to use. Shopping, check-out, check-in with app, and pick-up are easy!
- They will adjust prices! For example, I bought boneless chicken breasts for $11.64, but the pack I receive was $10.79. I was charged the lower price, not the website price.
- My main gripe is that Ibotta (a grocery savings app) does not accept the grocery pick-up receipts. I found this out before ordering and adjusted my list accordingly.
- Someone else is picking out your produce! My experience was great, but this could bother some folks.
- You cannot use manufacturer coupons for the products you purchase.
- If you do not have an Iphone, you’ll need to call 15 minutes prior to pick-up, and upon arrival. Not really a con, but not as convenient.
- The Grocery app itself is very, very slow to load.
- You need to order 24 hours before pick-up. Well, 16-24 hours. If you need something Monday, don’t expect to order it for pick-up that same day, it will have to be Tuesday during your selected reservation time!
- Edited to add: As noted in the comments section, the grocery pick-up service isn’t available at all stores! My closest store did not offer it, and I did drive a bit further for it (10 minutes.)
I LOVE it. Primarily for staple items that rarely ever have coupons or rebates. Meats, produce, dairy. I’ve used the service a second time already, and it was another great experience. As someone with young kids, who hates going in Wal-Mart to begin with, this is a wonderful, convenient service.
It doesn’t rule out in-store shopping completely, because I will try to save where I can. The $10 off $50 helped sway me the first time – and the bad weather – but if I have coupons or rebates for items we typically buy, I’ll suck it up and go inside.
If you’re interested in trying it out, here’s a referral code for $10 off! Not a paid post (ha!), I really did try this out on a whim, and noticed the referral codes while screenshotting some pictures for the post. 🙂
I’ve heard of similar curbside pick-up services with Kroger and CVS, but haven’t tried them out yet. Anyone given Wal-Mart Grocery Pick-Up a try? Good/bad experience?