What you need to know about Walmart grocery pickup, before you shop! This is my honest review, with pros, cons, and pro tips for the best experience possible.
I’ve spent a lot of time in grocery stores, trying to find good deals on real food so my family and I don’t go broke while trying to eat healthy.
I’ve been able to pass on my shopping experiences from all my favorite stores: ALDI, Trader Joe’s, and Sprouts Farmers Market, as well as help my readers decide whether a Costco membership is worth it or not.
Recently, though, grocery shopping online has become popular, so I’m here to share with you my personal experience and honest review of Walmart grocery pickup!
How Walmart Grocery Pickup Works
Walmart grocery pickup is a service that many, but not all, Walmart locations offer. To see if your local Walmart offers grocery pickup, click here.
The process for Walmart grocery pickup is fairly straightforward:
Step 1: You place your order online and choose a pickup date and time.
Step 2: Walmart will email or text you with any issues concerning your order, like substitutions or out of stock items.
Step 3: Walmart will email you and send you a text when your order is ready for pickup.
Step 4: You tell Walmart you’re on the way, via their app.
Step 5: When you arrive, you tell Walmart which pickup spot you’re located in and the color of your car.
Step 6: An employee brings your groceries out to you and loads them in your trunk. If there were any substitutions or out of stock items, they discuss this with you before they load the groceries.
Step 7: You sign their device to acknowledge receiving the groceries and you’re done!
The prices for everything are online and you get an idea of how much your total will be, but if they’re adjusted for weight – as in the case of produce – you’re charged or refunded the difference when you sign your name.
I confess – I’m a picky shopper. You don’t learn how to feed your family real food on a small budget by having a laid back attitude when it comes to the food you buy and the money you spend!
However, I’ve had a really good experience with Walmart grocery pickup so far! Here’s what they’ve done well:
- Most items are in stock (pandemic shortages excluded…because, let’s face it, NOBODY had toilet paper!).
- Acceptable substitutions. When an item is out of stock, I receive substitutions that are pretty close to the original.
- Correct orders. Not once has my order been wrong or an item been left out, which, honestly, is a little better than my own shopping track record!
- Free pickup on orders of $35 or more.
- No hidden fees or shopping charges. What you see is what you get. That means it doesn’t affect your grocery budget, and that I can certify Walmart pickup as Grocery Budget Bootcamp– approved!
- They remember past orders. This makes it easy to update and create new orders based on your standard shopping lists.
- You can order non-grocery items. Walmart now has a combined app for all its products, so it’s easy to pick up extra items along with your groceries.
- You don’t have to get out of the car. Whether you have toddlers strapped in the back or you haven’t made it out of your yoga pants today, this convenience makes grocery pickup appealing.
- Sometimes they’re out of stock of something I need. Prepare to make a quick stop at your local favorites, like Sprouts, Trader Joe’s, or Aldi mid-week to cover your bases if needed.
- You can’t pick the specific produce you want. Sometimes I want wrinkly jalapenos or a perfectly ripened avocado for a spicy vegetarian chili or Tex-Mex Migas this week. Sometimes I want a smooth jalapeno for a pizza topping on Friday. With Walmart grocery pickup, you don’t get to touch and feel the produce to ensure it’s exactly what you want.
- You can’t find markdowns or clearance items. This is a big deal, because this is largely how we were able to get our grocery budget as low as it is.
How to Make Walmart Grocery Pickup Work for You
- Plan meals ahead and make your list. This way, you know exactly what you need, and you won’t buy extras or leave crucial ingredients out.
- Order the day or night before. It’s difficult to get same-day pickup, so plan ahead.
- Leave notes on your order if you want something specific produce-wise; slightly green bananas or ripe avocados, for instance. You’re more likely to be happy with your order.
- Download the app when you make your first order so you can easily check in for your pickup.
- Choose an early morning time, preferably later in the week when the store has been restocked following the busy weekend, for less store traffic and more in-stock items.
- Edit your orders before midnight. Forget something? No problem! Just edit your order before the clock strikes!
- Tell them you’re on your way via the app. That way, your order will be ready to go when you get there.
- Plan to go into the store now and then to search for good deals to meet your budget.
- Stock up on pantry staples like coffee, canned goods, and pasta, and take advantage of the low prices on these items.
Bottom line: I use Walmart grocery pickup at least twice a month, if not more often. I buy a lot of our pantry staples there, like dry beans and canned coconut milk and frozen corn and decaf tea.
There are also a handful of things that we eat every single week – like bananas, oranges, spinach and spring mix – that I buy from there as well. Knowing that Walmart has the best price in town for these types of things, using Walmart grocery pickup is super convenient.
How does the Walmart pickup work?
Using the Walmart app or website, you can place your order, schedule a time for pickup, and have your order delivered curbside and loaded into your car at the designated time.
Is Walmart pickup good?
Overall, yes! I’ve never had an item missed on my list, and when there are unavailable items, a substitution is made. The prices are the same in-store or through the app, so my budget stays on track, and it is convenient! Follow the tips above to make sure you have the best experience possible!
Is Walmart pickup always free?
Walmart pickup is free on all orders of $35 or more.
More Shopping Options
Not a Walmart fan? Check out these other Shopping Guides!
- Which is cheaper, Costco or ALDI?
- Ultimate Guide to Shopping at Trader Joe’s
- Ultimate Guide to Shopping at ALDI
- 9 Practical Ways to Save Money at Whole Foods
Has anyone ever been able to check in for curbside pickup using the Walmart app on a tablet? Tried multiple times on several different devices and it always gives a technical error when I click to check in. The only difference between using a tablet and a phone is most tablets are only WiFi. And I’ve seen a couple comments elsewhere on the net about other parts of the Walmart app that work correctly using cellular data but not WiFi. So, I’m wondering if anyone here has a) had the same problem using a tablet and b) knows a tip or trick to be able to check in curbside using a tablet? TIA
I love the easy to use Walmart app, the product selection, the fact that they send me a confirmation email of my order, and allow me to edit my order before midnight. They will let you know if there is something out of stock or substitutions made(if you prefer or not- your choice). So helpful for busy people. Thank you Walmart. The workers are always so nice!
Great article. I don’t think they offer “notes” on the orders any more, but you can uncheck items you don’t want to take a substitution for.
Also, you can place a $35 order up to 6 days ahead, then add to and delete items up until (usually) 1:45am on the day of the order. That way you don’t risk missing the pick-up time you really want. It’s like adding to the grocery list on your fridge during the week!
My Walmart ( Florida) sends me a text and email for any substitutes or out of stock items. I can choose whether I want or don’t want them.
I always let them know I’m on my way- it saves time for me and helps them get the cold & frozen together for my order.
I’m in the process of deciding if I want to join Walmart’s membership. There are many benefits.
SJ - Team Crumbs
Thanks for sharing your experience Cathy!
Useful post! I really need this type of article.. this is very useful for me.
SJ - Team Crumbs
You’re most welcome Kabayan!