I think I’m in love. At least greatly infatuated.
I just tried my first Walmart grocery pick up. I kept hearing about it; you order online and they deliver the groceries to your car when you arrive. It sounded almost too good to be true. It’s FREE! Two of my friends had tried it and had posted on Facebook that it was amazing.
My hubby just had knee replacement surgery 6 days ago and I haven’t left him home alone yet; so this was the perfect time to give it a try. He promised not to get out of his chair while I was gone. If he absolutely had to go to the bathroom he was to text me when he got up and text when he was safely back in his chair so I would know he hadn’t fallen. I was gone from home less than an hour including time to stop and get Jessie an icee on the way home! My grocery order consisted of 22 items. Amazing!
I placed my order online. I loved that as I added each new item there was a running total, so at all times I knew how much I had already spent. In my case, when I placed the order late Sunday night the first available time for pickup was Tuesday, but I had my choice of most any time of the day for pick up. The first times to fill up for weekdays seemed to be 5:00 and 6:00 pm, right when folks are getting off work.
I went here for a promo code for $10 off first grocery pickup. $10, what a great coupon! It looks like that promo code is good through the end of August.
I downloaded the Walmart grocery app. I had already placed my order on my browser before I realized there was an app. I received an email that told me my order was received and that I should “check in” to say I was on the way using the app when going to pick up my order. There is a number you can call if you don’t have a smartphone to use the app.
At the end of the order it asked if there were any items they couldn’t substitute if they didn’t have the exact item. I didn’t check that there were any they couldn’t substitute but that worried me a little. When I picked up my order though, there were no substitutions and no deleted items. The young man who delivered let me know that when I signed for my groceries.
In the email I was given a cutoff time until which I could make additions or changes to my order. After placing my order, I went back twice to the app to add additional items. After the initial time that I put my card number in I never had to do it again, it held my card number and it showed up as 3 separate charges/transactions when I checked my bank account online.
I was very curious that it didn’t mention letting them know when you arrived. I mean, you could be 15 minutes or 45 minutes away when you’re “on the way”. Not sure how it was all going to work, I waited for a minutes after I left the house before I checked in so it would be closer to my arrival time.
When I “checked in” the app asked permission to have my location when the app isn’t in use, so that they could know when I arrived. As soon as I said yes, it pulled up my location on GPS and let me know I was 14 minutes away and they would have my groceries ready when I arrived! When I drove up, I looked at the app and it said something like, “You’re here. We’ll have your groceries right out.”
All over the parking lot there are orange signs with arrows pointing the way to the pickup area.
It was easy to find and there were 10 spaces marked 1-10 for customers waiting for their delivery. When I parked there was only one other person waiting. When I left, there was the same car and one other waiting.
I got home about 20-25 minutes after my grocery pickup and my frozen items were still well frozen. I didn’t purchase any produce or meat but I read online that Walmart is conscious of choosing good produce for their customer because they know a customer might be hesitant to buy produce they didn’t pick for themselves. I did buy 3 limes, but you don’t have to be very choosy about those.
I had ordered a 40 lb bucket of cat litter. Knowing that my husband wouldn’t be able to help me unload groceries I was glad the young man that brought out my groceries had lifted it into the trunk so I only had to lift and carry it once. Nice bonus.
For moms with multiple small children, wives with husbands who have had knee replacements, moms who don’t want to say, “Come on, come on” fifty times while in the store, or, “No, we aren’t looking at makeup today.” this is an awesome service. I foresee this making my life so much easier.
Sometimes Jessie does just fine going to Walmart but it always takes me much longer than I could shop if I was alone. Sometimes that’s okay and sometimes it makes me want to pull my already gray hair out.
Jordan, my oldest who is a physical therapist assistant, was like, “Mom! Don’t do that!” She
told encouraged me not to use this service all the time. She worries that I won’t stay active enough. She sorta implied it would make me lazy. I told her I would rather spend that time and energy pulling weeds in my garden or planting something, cutting the grass, or doing almost any other thing that would keep me moving and active!
I really dislike grocery shopping. I seriously would rather clean house or would choose lots of other home keeping tasks over grocery shopping. I think that’s because those other things leave you with a visual effect of having accomplished something.
I asked the young man who brought out my groceries and loaded them in my trunk if he could accept a tip. He said no he couldn’t, that it was just a part of their service.
I hope this service is here to stay. Although it seems almost too good to be true that the service is free, it is. And I love it.
Hope you all are having a great week!
*Here’s a link to where the pickup service is available