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8 Reasons Why We Love Walmart’s FREE Grocery Pickup & 1 Reason Why We Do NOT

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Have you tried Walmart’s FREE Grocery Pickup?

I don’t know about you, but the thought of not having to brave the busy grocery store to shop makes me giddy. 😆 NO crowded aisles, NO long checkout lanes, and NO fighting for a parking space at Walmart sounds like pure bliss, right? If you agree, you’re gonna love Walmart Grocery Pickup as much as we do! Here are a few reasons why…

1.) It’s a FREE service.

That’s right – NO service fees and NO markups with Walmart Grocery Pickup ! You’ll pay the same prices you would if you shopped in-store… and you can even shop select Rollback and Clearance items! Although you cannot sort by Rollbacks on the Walmart Grocery app or on the Walmart Grocery Pickup site, you can identify rollback and clearance items at and then search for those same items on Walmart Grocery. SWEET!

2.) You’ll save time AND money.

Too busy? Walmart Grocery Pickup is a lifesaver for busy moms! Just use the free Walmart Grocery App to shop anywhere (in bed, at home, on your lunch break, or while sitting in the carpool lane at school). Set a time window for your grocery pickup, and a Walmart employee hustles to prepare your order so you can pick it up when it’s ready! Note that a $30 minimum order is required and you cannot use coupons or gift cards.

I love not having to step foot inside a busy Walmart store. Plus, Walmart Grocery Pickup saves your list of most commonly ordered items to make ordering easy and fast.

3.) Walmart Grocery Pickup is for more than just food.

If you’re in need of a baby shower gift, school or office supplies, party decorations, pet food, or even toys (not to mention health and beauty products, household cleaners and more), you can purchase all of those items right with your Walmart Grocery Pickup order! You can even buy an Instant Pot, vacuum cleaner, tools, or an all-in-one printer – without having to go inside the store. Sweet!

4.) Get the items you requested… or better.

If an item’s price changes between the time you place your order and the day your order is packed, you’ll be charged for the lower priced item!

Also you can choose to allow for substitutions in your order (substitutions are made by the Walmart associate preparing your order). If an item you requested is sold out, they will substitute a similar item and you’ll pay the original price, even if the item substituted is higher priced.

That means if you ordered Great Value Cinnamon Crunch Cereal but it is out of stock, they can substitute it for GM Cinnamon Toast Crunch – and you will only be charged for the lower priced item.

P.S. I recently decided to try Walmart Grocery Pickup and placed a $50 order to take advantage of the $10 off $50 promo code WOWFRESH (for new customers). One item was out of stock, but they still gave me the full $10 discount even though my order was under $50! So awesome!

5.) Avoid impulse purchases.

Running in-store to grab a few items can quickly escalate into a free-for all stuff your cart kind of situation! With Walmart Grocery Pickup, you’ll avoid those impulse purchases, so you won’t be tempted buy those candy bars in the checkout lane or toys that the kids see while walking the aisles.

6.) Oops. Forget something? No worries!

Forget to add something to your order? With some exceptions, you can add or remove items (and even change the time/date for your order) until the day before your scheduled delivery/pickup. If you sign into your account and select My Orders, you can see the exact cutoff time for submitting changes.

7.) No need to get dressed or wake the kids!

Waking up grumpy toddlers to haul them into a store is THE WORST! Once your Walmart Grocery Pickup order is ready, you can roll up in your pajamas or with a car full of sleeping kiddos, and an employee will load your grocery order right into your car! So simple! You don’t even have to get out of your car AT ALL!

NOTE – Tips cannot be accepted, but a “thank you” and a smile are always welcome. 😀

8.) Possibly get free gifts.

If you’re a new Walmart Grocery customer, don’t be surprised if you receive a free goody bag while picking up your order! I’ve heard from several readers and friends that they’ve received a tote bag filled with samples or other freebies. Awesome!

In fact, check out reader Jeffery’s recent experience…

“Just wanted to share my experience today with Walmart Grocery. First time doing it and they were super nice. They made sure to explain that some of the stuff I ordered wasn’t available, so they either upgraded the item or took it off our bill. They also gave us a Valentine’s Day card, a tote bag full of goodies, and a free Walmart men’s grooming box. Just thought I would share with you.”


9.) The one reason why we are NOT lovin’ Walmart Grocery Pickup…

You ready for this?!
You cannot, I repeat CANNOT use a Walmart Gift Card on Walmart Grocery Pickup! WHAT?! 😮

When you go to checkout there is no place to enter a Walmart Gift Card. We called to verify this and it’s true. You can only pay with a Debit/Credit Card or an EBT card. This is the one downfall of Walmart Grocery Pickup. Honestly, it’s just totally bizarre that you cannot use a Walmart gift card at Walmart. 🤔 We are sure hoping they get this fixed soon.

Haven’t tried Walmart Grocery?!

First-time customers are in for a treat. Use the promo code WOWFRESH to save $10 off your first $50+ order!

Written by Mary for Hip2Save. Mary is a proud mom to 3 kids in Austin, TX, who thrives off Jesus, running long distance, bargain shopping, warm Texas weather, a yummy latte…and a little Candy Crush from time to time. She also loves quality time with family & friends and sharing great deals with others.

Mary is a senior copywriter with 9+ years in frugal tips & deals. She has a Bachelors in Human Resources Interdisciplinary Studies. Connect with Mary on LinkedIn

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  1. chickie

    Thanks for this review! I hadn’t tried Walmart’s service yet – but I don’t usually shop there either. I do Kroger’s ClickList. Kroger offers enough incentives/freebies, takes coupons (paper & digital), substitutes equal or better value items and has great CS, that they still sound much better & I won’t even bother trying Walmart. 😉 It’s bad enough they won’t accept coupons, I can’t believe they won’t even take their own gift cards! They may be “fee free”, but they are still making their money.

  2. Tiffany

    Just tried this service for the 1st time. I love it! We usually end up going to Walmart 2 or 3 times a week, because we almost always forget something. I can see how much easier it will be to shop from home & see what I have as I make my order. Less impulse buys, too!! Thank you for the info & review!


    I never get an actual receipt with my Grocery Pickup order, so how do you submit it to your Savings Catcher? I was thinking that would be your one reason not to like the service – no Savings Catcher. Help!

    • Amber (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Hi there! To submit to Savings Catcher when using the Walmart Grocery pickup service, you will need to “Enter the TC number and date of your receipt from your Online Grocery Pick-up confirmation email,” You can find those details listed over HERE.

  4. Jill Nagg

    hey, i’m sorry if this was asked earlier, but does anyone know if i can still use my Ibotta app and do pick up?

  5. Kathy Wyrick

    Looks really nice.

  6. Deborah Smalley

    My sister gets the Goodie Bags but I don’t. I’m jealous. I’ve been doing grocery pick up for about 3 months and did my first delivery today and never received one but she gets one every week. How do I get in on this?☹️

    Deborah Smalley

  7. Rachael

    The gift card issue isn’t a big deal to me, but the lack of receipt so no ibotta or other rebate apps, and no Kellogg’s family rewards, and no Starbucks bonus stars is a huge disappointment. The convenience trumps the savings for my husband but it still is super irritating for me lol

  8. Kris

    Another downfall of their service is the amount of plastic bags you get. I try to use reusable bags when I shop in person. There isn’t an option to go bagless on their website. I make a point to mention this to the employees and leave a comment on my review each visit, hoping they will eventually offer this option.

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