Walmart Grocery Pickup Review

This is my totally non-sponsored review of Walmart’s Grocery Pickup Service. Spoiler: I love it!
 
What It Is
 
Walmart Grocery Pickup allows you to order groceries and many household items (cleaning supplies, diapers, pet supplies, toilet paper, even makeup!) online then drive to your local Walmart and pick up the items without leaving your car. Most grocery items are available for online ordering (I’ve heard a few are not, but I’ve never tried to order something I couldn’t get) and you can even get a limited selection of office supplies, sports and fitness items, toys, and video games. You can’t order absolutely anything Walmart carries, but over the time I’ve been using the service I’ve noticed them adding more and more items.
 
If you’ve been interested in trying the service, you can pretty much always get $10 off your first $50 order. Codes vary by season but if you…
you get $10 (and I get $10 off on my next order.) After you use the service you’ll get your own referral code and you can get $10 any time one of your friends tries the service with your code. (There’s a limit to 20 referrals a year.)
 
How It Works – Step By Step
 
  • Go to grocery.walmart.com and sign into your existing Walmart account or create a new one. Enter your zip code and make sure Walmart Grocery Pickup service is available in your area. It’s available now in many major markets and expanding to new markets all the time.
  • Select your items. Search for items by name, or shop by department using the drop down menu. During holidays they add special “departments” which means you can fill your Easter baskets or Halloween candy bowl without walking into the store. After your first order you can go back and select items from your “favorites”. So, if you buy one gallon of 1% milk, a carton of eggs, and a loaf of your favorite bread every week, you don’t have search for those items individually each time. You can just look through your favorites list and quickly add them. Before you check out make sure you have at least $30 worth of items on your order – $30 is the minimum order amount.
  •  Reserve a Pickup time and date and double check that you’ve selected the correct Walmart location (Ever order something for in-store pick up on the other side of town? No one? Uh, yeah, me neither…) Some locations have same day pickup but I don’t think it’s available in all markets. I live in a smaller metro area but if you live in a large one they most likely have it. I can generally order 12 hours in advance at the earliest. Pickup times are in 1 hour intervals. For example, I always choose 9am-10am, meaning I have to arrive any time between 9 and 10 am. Enter your debit or credit card info (you can’t pay with cash on pickup.) If you forget to add an item to your order, you can add additional items until a few hours before your pick up time.
  • Optional: download the Walmart Grocery app. This app is different than the main Walmart app. You can use it to place orders just like online and check in when you’re on your way to pick up an order. 
  • When it’s your appointment time, drive to your Walmart and follow the signs that guide you to the pick up area. Pull into a Pickup parking spot and if you haven’t checked in on the app yet, call the number on the sign and tell them your name.

  • A nice Walmart Grocery Pickup worker will come out with your groceries. They’ll come up to your window, confirm that they have the right person, and if there are any substitutions they’ll let you know and confirm that they’re OK with you. What are substitutions? Sometimes when you go to pick up your order, the store is out of the exact item you wanted. In this situation Walmart always substitutes (aka upgrades) your product but does not charge you extra. For example, if you ordered half a gallon of milk and they’re out, you get a whole gallon at the same price. Or if you order a case of store brand soda and they don’t have it, they’ll give you the name brand equivalent. (These are both examples that have actually happened to me.) I’ve used Grocery Pickup many times now and only had a handful of substitutions, and I’ve always been very pleased with my substitute item.
  • Next they’ll put the groceries in the car (just pop the trunk), ask for your digital signature, and you’re on your way! If it’s your first time using the service you’ll get a little goodie bag with samples. I got a few granola bars, a can of soup, lotion samples, and a few other things.
  • Not long after you leave you’ll get an email with a receipt for your order and the process is done! Simple and easy!
 
Saving Money
 
Let’s be real: the biggest reason I shop at Walmart is to save money, and one downside of using Walmart Grocery Pickup is that you can’t use coupons. You also cannot use EBT or WIC and because you don’t leave with a paper receipt you can’t use Ibotta or other similar savings apps. 
 
Even though I can’t use coupons, I’ve noticed that I consistently spend less on groceries using the pick up service than when I shop inside the store. I save money in a few ways:
 
  • You can still use Walmart Savings Catcher, even without a paper receipt!  After you pick up your order you’ll get a receipt via email that contains you Walmart Savings Catcher TC#. Manually type the TC# into the app (The Walmart app, NOT the Walmart grocery app) to get your prices matched.

  • Even though you’re ordering online, you still get the same low prices and Rollback deals that you would get when shopping in-store. Plus there is no charge for the Pickup service so you’re not paying any extra fees.
  • Comparing price per pound, ounce, etc. is easier than in the store. Walmart does the math for you!
  • But the #1 way I save money using Pickup service is the simplest way: it’s impossible to buy anything that’s not on on your list! If I go into Walmart I know I’ll be tempted by sale items and yummy looking treats and my 3 year old will be tempted by matchbox cars and checkout aisle candy. If we don’t step foot in the store there’s no temptation!
 
Overall, I love this service and I’ve been waiting for other stores (cough cough Target) to follow suit! Happy shopping! 

Black Bean and Avocado Rice Tacos with Pineapple Salsa

Black bean and avocado rice tacos with pineapple salsa are a meatless meal the whole family will love!

A lot of people are looking for meatless meals that make the whole family happy, like these crispy black bean and avocado rice tacos with pineapple salsa. Black beans and rice are a classic combo, and when you add crispy corn tortillas, creamy avocado, fresh cilantro and parsley, melty cheese and a spicy-sweet pineapple salsa, who can argue with that? Leave out the cheese if you want vegan tacos, because they will still have plenty of flavor.

This recipe was inspired by Allie’s Avocado Green Rice, and it was a huge hit! My teen son devoured the tacos, but my favorite part was the pineapple salsa. It’s such an addictive flavor combination, I couldn’t stop eating it! I guess I did stop at some point, though, because the next day I used the leftover salsa to make nachos.

I developed this recipe for SoFab Food, so check it out on their site: Black Bean and Avocado Rice Tacos with Pineapple Salsa via SoFab Food


Spiral Sweet Potato Oven Fries

Spiral sweet potato oven fries are a perfect healthy snack or side dish that takes only 30 minutes to make!

I admit it, vegetable side dishes are kind of an obsession of mine! I’m also obsessed with cooking gadgets, so put two and two together, and you’ll know why I decided to make these spiral sweet potato oven fries. 

Regular sweet potato fries are delicious, but let’s face it, they’re not an everyday kind of food. These spiral sweet potato oven fries have a similar taste and texture, but they’re a lot healthier! They’re great as a side dish, snack, salad topping or burger topping. You can cut the sweet potatoes with a vegetable spiralizer, or you can buy spiralized sweet potatoes in many grocery stores.

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Out of the Box Chocolate Chip Cupcakes

Easy chocolate chip cupcakes are full of chocolatey goodness, just like your favorite cookie!

Recently, a dear friend asked me to bring cupcakes to a women’s event, and I started thinking about a cupcake recipe that would appeal to almost anyone. Chocolate chip is the most popular cookie flavor, I thought, so why not chocolate chip cupcakes? A few hours later I had 48 of these cute chocolate chip cupcakes – some for the event, some for neighbors, and a few to keep for myself and my family.

Cupcakes can be a lot of work, so I decided to use a “doctored up” cake mix recipe, spiked with decadent chocolate chips and piled high with vanilla buttercream. I love recipes that take a plain old cake mix and make it special. One of my favorite cookbooks is The Cake Mix Doctor, and I’ve made lots of fun desserts from it over the years. This recipe is not from that book, but it could be. 

It's hard to believe these delectable chocolate chip cupcakes come from a boxed cake mix!

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5 Ingredient Chicken and Black Bean Taquitos

These chicken and black bean taquitos are quick and simple. Only 5 ingredients and dinner is ready!

Mexican | April 1, 2017 | By

I don’t know about you but I’m always on the hunt for quick and easy weeknight dinners. Things can get so crazy on weekdays in our house that I try to plan simple meals, otherwise I know I’ll feel burned out at the end of the day and I’ll be about 200% more likely to just order pizza. My family  loves all things Mexican food – tacos, burritos, enchiladas, etc., but I never really had a good taquito recipe I could throw into my dinner rotation. These Chicken and Black Bean Taquitos require only 5 ingredients (yay!) and they’re great for dipping in your favorite salsa or sauce. 

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Cilantro-Lime Brown Rice

Simple and healthy cilantro lime brown rice.

Rice | March 22, 2017 | By

My family absolutely loves copy-cat Cafe Rio Cilantro Lime Rice. I serve it in tacos, burritos, or as a side dish with enchiladas or empanadas. In fact, lately we’ve been eating it so often lately that I figured I should find a way to make it at least a little more healthy. Using brown rice only takes about 20 extra minutes and I was worried my picky eaters would scoff at the change but they ate it up!

If you are looking for a vegetarian version of this recipe just substitute the chicken stock for veggie stock or water. You can use bottled lime juice instead of fresh if you’d like, but I really think the fresh lime juice makes a big difference in this recipe!

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Crazy Mixed-Up Oven Fried Chicken Fingers

A secret mix of ingredients forms a crunchy crust for crazy mixed-up oven fried chicken fingers.

Chicken | March 15, 2017 | By

Who doesn’t love chicken fingers? I guess technically they’re considered kid food, but adults love them too. I’ve been testing and perfecting this recipe for crazy mixed-up oven fried chicken fingers for a few weeks now, and I don’t think my family was the least bit upset that they had to try several different versions before I got them just the way I wanted.

Crazy mixed-up oven fried chicken fingers are crispy, crunchy and crazy delicious!

Oven fried chicken fingers are a little tricky, because deep frying is what makes restaurant chicken fingers so tasty. It takes the right combination of flavorful marinade, crunchy crumb coating and a light oil spray to create crispy, delicious chicken fingers without a deep fryer.

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Green Beans with Breadcrumbs, Garlic and Almonds

Easy green beans with breadcrumbs, almonds and garlic come together in 15 minutes with just a few basic ingredients.

Is it weird that I love, love, love veggie side dishes? Plain veggies are good for you, but dressing them up makes them a lot more appealing. I’m seriously excited about these green beans with breadcrumbs, almonds and garlic, a recipe I’ve been perfecting for several months now. This recipe comes together in just 15 minutes with a few simple ingredients from the freezer and pantry. I usually have the ingredients for this recipe on hand, so I can whip it up on short notice.

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Creamy Tomato Basil Soup for the Instant Pot

Easy, inexpensive creamy tomato-basil soup will be your new favorite recipe for the Instant Pot or electric pressure cooker.

If you read this blog regularly, you might have noticed that we make a lot of soup, especially tomato soup! Is there anything better than a hot mug of tomato soup with a grilled cheese sandwich on a cold winter day? One of my favorite recipes is this creamy tomato basil soup for the Instant Pot. My family loves this soup, and I love it because it’s easy and inexpensive to make.

I got my Instant Pot electric pressure cooker more than a year ago, and it’s become one of my favorite kitchen gadgets. The thing I use it for the most is making soup. It has a pre-programmed soup setting, so cooking the soup is automatic.

This creamy tomato basil soup is packed with flavor, and with healthy veggies. Just a touch of heavy cream gives the soup richness without too many calories.

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Strawberry Rice Krispie Treats

Enjoy this Valentine's Day twist on a classic treat any time!

Desserts and Treats | February 14, 2017 | By

Happy Valentine’s Day! Do you love Valentine’s Day? Are you maybe a V-Day hater? I find myself kind of in the middle. Valentine’s Day isn’t a huge deal in our house. My husband and I have our wedding anniversary a few days before and my kids are not yet school age, so we don’t make a big fuss over the holiday. I didn’t want to overlook it completely though, so this morning we’ll have our own Valentine’s Day breakfast and we also made these heart shaped Strawberry Rice Krispie treats for a few friends in the neighborhood. 

This recipe is just as quick and easy as regular Rice Krispie treats, and my 3 year old had a blast helping me make them. If you’re short on time today but still want to munch on something sweet or make something yummy with your kids, try these out. You might already have the ingredients in your cupboard! 

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