- If I can whine for a minute…I am so freaking tired. I don’t know why, but I almost fell asleep at a stop light. It’s why this post makes little sense.
- O’s classmates made her get well pictures and her teacher mailed them to the house. It’s the sweetest thing ever.
- I made this earlier this week and it is delicious. I wish I could say kid approved, but she won’t even try anything new lately. J and I loved it at least!
- I think we’re going to decorate for Christmas this weekend.
- I’ve been poring over Caitlin’s gift guide. Caitlin does the best list of holiday gifts, you should check it out. I think I did most of my shopping last year from her list, and I’ve been pinning this year’s.
- If you’re not following the Bloggess on Twitter, you are missing out. She’s been sharing tweets of ultimate awkwardness. They are hilarious.
- If you’re in Huntsville, the Galaxy of Lights starts tomorrow. We’re hoping to hit a walking night next week.
- Costco has amazing pumpkin cheesecakes. We’ve had two so far.
- I’m going to go ahead and end this here. Lisa out.
First, let me say I’m sorry if this reads like a sponsored post. I swear it is not (well, not sponsored but I do have an referral link). This has just made my life so much easier that I want to share.
I hate grocery shopping with a passion. Meal planning and making a list aren’t too bad, but the whole getting presentable enough to go out in public and going to the store–hate. I was thrilled to hear that Walmart was going to start doing grocery pickup in our area. I will fully admit, I have issues with Walmart and hadn’t shopped there in years, but they offered pickup and I sold out and started shopping there again. I love being able to just pick up my computer and shop sitting in my jammies, drinking wine. Then I can pick up groceries in my jammies too, if I want.
So, this is what you do: Go to grocery.walmart.com (or if you’d like save $10 and help me save some money, you can use my referral link) and type in your zip to see if pickup is available in your area. I’m hoping it is available in more and more areas, since I think it’s been really popular where they’ve tested. If it’s available to you, create an account and start shopping!
The site is pretty easy to navigate. You can browse by department, or search. I find the search the fastest way to find new things on my list. A handy thing, after you buy something, it goes into your favorites list, which can be accessed at the top right of the screen. That makes it super easy to zip through and buy your staples.
After you’ve completed your order, click the Check out button and reserve your time slot. What Walmart employees told me is they need to have a day’s orders pulled by 8 am that morning, so if you order after a certain time (which might be as early as 2 or 3 am, I’m not positive) you can’t get same day pickup. This might vary in different areas! At ours, I place an order and then reserve the time to pick it up the following day.
I typically order on Saturday night, and then plan to pickup on Sunday morning, usually in the 9-10 am window. At the beginning of your pickup window, Walmart will call to tell you that your order is ready. They ask that you call them back when you are about 10 minutes away from the store so they can pull all of your items from freezers and fridges and put them on the cart (we are lazy and rarely do this). There is a special area, usually around the side of the store somewhere, where you will pull in and park. Then you either press a button on a call box and tell them your name, or there will be a number to call to let them know you are outside. We’ve found that stores do phone numbers when they’re fairly new, and then eventually get a covered area to park with call boxes. Pop the trunk and wait for the associate to bring out your groceries!
There are some downsides to it. You don’t get to pick your produce, for one. Ours tends to give kind of underripe produce, which is fine for some things that will ripen and not cool for others. You also don’t get to pick exact quantities. Everything is ordered by the pound, so you can’t just pick up 3 sweet potatoes, you have to buy 1 or 2 pounds of them. Same for lunch meat, no getting half a pound of sliced deli meat. Also, you might be able to order something online that they don’t actually have in the store. For example, I ordered strawberries this week, but they were out and I didn’t know it until pickup. If they can substitute, they will try. This one isn’t a huge deal for me. If I have turkey bowls on the menu that week and the store is out of lowfat turkey, I wouldn’t change my menu on the fly, I’d just pick up the fattier turkey, which is the kind of substitution they will do for you. You also can’t use coupons. They occasionally have promo codes specific to pickup, but there is no way to use manufacturer coupons.
Only once have they ever forgotten something on our list, and if that ever happens, you can call them back and they will get it for you. Once we got some spoiled meat. I’m not sure what happened there, if the refrigerator was too warm or what. We’ve been ordering weekly for several months though, so I’d say their track record is pretty good.
The upside, besides picking up groceries in my jammies, is that we’re saving money. We’ve cut our grocery bill in about half. Part is not impulse shopping in the store, part is being able to see the total as I add stuff to my cart so I stick closer to my budget, instead of getting to the register and saying “blew my budget, oops!” Also, I’ve found Walmart’s groceries to be really reasonably priced. And they have a pretty good selection of stuff available for pickup–I’ve ordered makeup and O’s school supplies online.
We occasionally still pick up some things at Target that we can’t get at Walmart, or Costco for some bulk items, but the majority of our shopping is done online for pickup.
900+ words on groceries is ridiculous, and high five if you’ve made it with me this far. It’s just that people always ask my how I’m liking the pickup, what is the produce quality like, how does it work, so I thought I’d write it all out. Feel free to ask questions, I’ll answer what I can!