5 Reasons Walmart Grocery Pickup is a Terrible Idea + Extensive Review

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About a year ago, Walmart launched their brand new Grocery Pickup Service. Over the months that followed, they began to roll out this service to most of the company’s Super Centers nationwide. As the Walmart Grocery Pickup service continued to expand, I remember scrolling through various social media posts where comments touted anyone who might use this shopping options as “lazy!” and “SMH why are people too lazy to get out of their cars?!” and “THIS IS WHY THERE IS AN OBESITY EPIDEMIC!” and yes of course, the inevitable, “sad that people don’t even know how to shop like normal anymore.” Those are just some highlights.  The threads went on and on, as they tend to do.

Walmart Grocery Review and Coupon

Walmart Grocery Pickup Review and Coupon Code

So…. back in March, I decided to try it out for myself.  I used their Walmart Grocery Pickup coupon to save $10 on my first order over $50.

The first order turned into a second order. Before I knew it, I was placing weekly grocery orders at Walmart and I’m going to tell you right now: this is easily one of the most convenient services I have ever used. Today I picked up my weekly order with Landon, and as I drove off in less than 5 minutes with a whole trunk full of fresh food, I rolled some of those negative comments I shared above back through my mind.

And here’s what I decided.  There are definitely some reasons you should never EVER even think about using Walmart’s Grocery Pickup.  I mean, like NEVER.  It would be disastrous. 

Here are my top 5 reasons that using this service might be a terrible decision for you:

You hate convenience. You can place your Walmart Grocery Pickup order 24/7 via website or on their app. Running low on something?  Use the handy barcode scanner in the app to add the product right to your cart.

walmart barcode scanner

You hate the ability to customize things to your personal preference.  Once you make your list and add it to your cart on the site or the app, you can choose which items you are willing to accept substitutes for if they are out of stock. If there is an item that you are very brand-partial to, simply uncheck the substitute option next to it.  Oh, and when an item is out of stock and you have allowed a substitution? Walmart upgrades you to the bigger pack or bumps you from store brand to name brand while charging you the lower price of the original item you added to your cart.

Walmart Substitutes

You hate saving time. When you use Walmart’s Grocery Pickup service, someone else does your shopping for you.  So while you’re doing something else – working, watching your kiddo score a goal in soccer, grabbing a latte at Starbucks, someone else is navigating the store. You won’t need to deal with other shoppers, you won’t need to wait in the checkout line, you won’t even have to get out of your car.

Landon Starbucks

You hate free stuff. Walmart’s Grocery Pickup service is FREE!  FREE!!  Yes, you must spend a minimum of $30 on your order. But let’s face it, most weeks I’m at $30 before I even leave the product aisle. Other stores charge all sorts of “convenience” fees to shop for you. Walmart’s service won’t cost you a cent. Even better?  They give you a $10 off $50 coupon for your first order!

Sometimes you even get FREEBIES!!  I got a bag of free samples on my first trip and have gotten a couple other freebies since then.

walmart freebies

You love dragging your kids into the grocery store. Enough said.

Okay, so I guess you get the drift.  I flipping love this new service from Walmart.  This post is 100% UNsponsored, by the way. In fact, if you follow me on Facebook or Instagram you know that I have done a whole bunch of videos and stories from various Walmart pickups over the last few months.

Not only has this service saved me SO MUCH TIME, it has eliminated a big looming chore right out of our always-busy weeks. I simply schedule our Walmart pickup around a time when I know we are either free or (more often) when I know we’ll be heading home and passing by Walmart.  For example, last week I scheduled our pickup between 5-6 pm because I knew that on that night, Landon had ice skating lessons until 5:30 pm.  By 5:45 pm we are always driving past Walmart on our way home.  That night, we left the rink, pulled into Walmart, had an employee load our entire grocery order for the week ahead (an order that WE DIDN’T HAVE TO SHOP FOR) into the back of my car.

So simple.  So convenient.

One of my favorite uses of Walmart’s Grocery pick up so far?  Placing a big order for pickup the day we are leaving town on a camping trip. I can use all of my spare time and energy packing or doing some other trip prep.  None of that precious time has to be wasted spending an hour or more rounding up everything we need at the grocery store. I pick up my order the morning of our trip (or night before, depending on how early we are hitting the road) and I pull in the driveway and load the groceries right into our camper. How’s that for easy?! Grocery pickup before traveling is a game-changer.

Don’t forget – it’s Walmart. You can pickup more than just food. Toiletries running low?  Sunscreen needed for the beach? Batting helmet and baseballs required for your new t-baller? Done and done.

Coppertone Sunscreen Stick

Walmart Pickup

Okay.  I might try it. How exactly does this whole thing REALLY work?

It’s really really (really) simple.

Head to Walmart or download the app.

Add your desired items to your cart and choose your pickup time.  Sometimes if you order early enough in the day, there are some same-day pickup times available for that afternoon or evening. If not, you can usually get your order as soon as the next day.

Check out.  Don’t forget your coupon if it’s your first order!!

Day of pickup:

Walmart will text you and email you when your order is ready.  If you have downloaded the app, you will get a notification.

Walmart Order Ready

Check in on the app to let Walmart know that you are on your way.  If you do not have the app, you will see a phone number to call when you arrive.  Call the number and let them know you are waiting.

Waiting for Walmart

Enjoy life as your order is brought to your car and loaded into your trunk. The website states that no tip is necessary. Make sure you thank the employee though because, like, human decency and all that!

Walmart Grocery Pickup

Head home and put those groceries away!  The groceries that you DIDN’T have to shop for!  How satisfying!

Groceries in Car

Walmart Groceries on Porch

Have you tried this service yet?  If so, what did you think?  If not and you’re ready to try it, grab your $10 off coupon and get shopping (online! In your pajamas if you so desire!).


Walmart Grocery Pickup is a Terrible Idea + Extensive Review & Coupon

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7 thoughts on “5 Reasons Walmart Grocery Pickup is a Terrible Idea + Extensive Review”

  1. I have used this service after trying cub foods (Minnesota) that charges 3 fees. I LOVE it. I still mainly shop cub (Physically, myself) but will use Walmarts service when I have no time and need to send the hubby. He could never get a tiny shopping list right. Now with Walmart pick-up, he hasn’t messed up once! You are 100% right about everything you said. Upgrades all the time, and you can’t get them to accept a tip. I really want to know if this is added hours for the employees, or if it’s another job they too don’t have time to do. I would shop this way more if I knew I wasn’t pushing someone else over the edge with “having to do the shopping”.

  2. Shheeesus how much of a discount are they giving you for that load of junk? In your trunk or backseat…wherever?
    I’ll tell you right here and now, yours as stated above is not the common experience. You are, good lady, the exception to the rule.
    Indeed, enjoy it while it lasts. It’ll be a faded memory before you even have a chance to recognize it. .
    All the best to you. You might need it~~

    • LOLOL!! I hate to break the news to you, but I have been using this service for 2 years now, pretty much weekly. Not a single issue. I LOVE IT!! Also, I wasn’t paid a dime for this post. :)

    • Couldn’t agree more. Bruised produce, incorrect items (pork chops instead of chicken – how does that even happen?), meat 7 minutes away from expiring, curdled milk in the summer…… I kept trying it because Covid makes me want to hibernate but it isn’t worth the hassle. Each time I’d have to go to go out a second time to pickup missing items and replace the weird, unnoted substitutions. I also never got my order brought out in less than 25 minutes and shopping at my regular store takes 30 minutes so it wasn’t saving me any time. I tried Walmart grocery pickup 8 times between May and December, 2020. Not a single positive experience.

      • That really stinks! Sounds like your store really needs to get on the ball. We have used Walmart pickup since I wrote this post – so 3 years or so – and our store is fantastic. Have had maybe 3 issues with produce freshness in about 70 orders. I received immediate refunds for each issue reported.

  3. Since COVID, I’ve tried lots of curbside pickup options. Best Buy, excellent. OfficeMax/OfficeDepot, excellent. Walmart, absolutely terrible. They have to “pickup” their game. Horrible app, horrible customer experience. Plus, I’m doing InstaCart grocery delivery. Excellent option.

    • Awww, that’s a shame! I’m sorry to hear that the experience is falling short for you. We still use the Walmart pickup weekly and it’s almost always a seamless process. Happy to hear that Instacart is working well!


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