Stop what you are doing right now. Open the front door, now shut the front door. Seriously what I’m about to tell you will change your life forever. Or it might have no impact on you whatsoever, but that doesn’t quite have the same impact. Please continue reading.
Recently I was informed about this new service Walmart has started at select stores. You can order your groceries online and pick it up at the store. I’ve seen these large blue pods at my local Walmart (Dundas & Appleby Line in Burlington), with the Walmart Grocery Pickup logo on them. I thought nothing of it. You know when you stare at something but what you are looking at doesn’t completely resonate in your brain. I hope that’s a thing, because it happens to me a lot. I’ve got 3 kids and I’m sleep deprived, so just go with me on this one.
Then I read somewhere else that Walmart has a Grocery Pickup service, so I thought, oh I guess that’s what those blue pods are for. But who wants to order online and then get out of their car and go into the store to get all the groceries from these pods. Sure, it saves a bit of time but you still have to get out of your car.
But I was wrong. Dead wrong. I’ve actually never been so wrong. That’s right. You do not have to get out of your car. BOOM. It’s actually the most amazing thing ever. I am clearly the ideal candidate for this kind of service, with 2 very small children, getting in and out of the car is a serious undertaking.
Do I bring the double stroller? But then I don’t have room for much groceries, do I carry one and put the other in the cart? But what if the little one doesn’t want to be carried, what if the 2 year old wants to walk? What if he bolts , WHAT IF??!!? Of course he’ll bolt. These are the things that go through my mind, every time I have to go grocery shopping with the littlest kids. It is seriously stressful.
So I gave this Walmart service a go. Last Thursday I went online when the kiddos were napping and I shopped while drinking my much needed coffee. The site is organized very well into categories, kind of like aisles in the store. They also have a good search engine. Rollback prices are clearly listed, so you can see what’s on sale and what’s not. If you are a price matcher, they have also made this possible. It’s a little tedious, but worth it I’m sure for bigger ticket items. You have to pay first and send in your digital coupons or whatever. You can read more about it here.
To qualify for the grocery pickup you need to spend a minimum of $50. I had no problem exceeding this of course. My bill was actually significantly lower than it has been in months though. Perhaps since I didn’t do any impulse buying? Or because I took my time and shopped for the best deals?
So I know what you are thinking, how much does this service cost? RIGHT?
15% of your order? NOPE. $10? NOPE.
It actually only costs $3. Yup, for $3 I can shop at home and not have to get out of my car while my kids may or may not be napping in the back seat.
I placed my order and then chose a time for pickup, the following day (Friday) between 12-2pm. Friday morning rolled around and I got a confirmation email with an order number and instructions.
Instructions were simple. 1. Go to Walmart 2. Park in reserved spot for grocery pickup customers 3. Call number and give your order number 4. Wait
So I followed their orders exactly. I was thinking I’d be waiting a good 10-15 minutes but in mere moments my groceries were being delivered to my van. There were two Walmart employees helping with the transaction. One lady came to my van window and got me to sign off, then another gentlemen loaded up my van. I legit didn’t even move. They were both extremely kind and polite and thanked me for using the new service. I told them they were my new heroes and they smiled and laughed. I don’t think they realized I was completely serious.
If you haven’t tried this service yet, I am telling you, it is extremely awesome. It is seriously ideal for moms with young children or just lazy people in general. It’s the real deal people. In fact if there was a song to encapsulate how I feel about this service this would be it:
Walmart, you are my hero.