Burns Family Meals
How I Use the Walmart Online Grocery Service (and why I love it)
When Walmart stopped their Price Matching, I was distraught.
I had a fantastic system. I saved loads
of money by tailoring my meals for the week
to the current specials.
Thought I'd never enjoy shopping that much again.
Then, I discovered their online grocery service
I live in Sahuarita, Arizona, and use the store at 2565 E Commerce Center Pl, Tucson, Arizona, 85706.
My first-ever online order was January 5, 2018.
Between then and today (November 25, 2018), I've had 50 orders; I average about one pick-up per week.
So, I've had considerable experience with the service.
If you end up trying the service after entering through this link
(or the one above),
then I get a $10 referral bonus (until the maximum allowed is reached).
(You can get the same referral bonus; click on the ‘Refer & Get $10’ on the top of your grocery page.)
How I Use It and Why I Love It
Put items in my cart throughout the week:
Say I'm cooking, and notice I'm low on butter.
I pop onto my computer in the next room and put the item in my shopping cart.
(Of course, I have my Walmart online grocery page bookmarked.)
My regulars become ‘favorites’:
When I search for an item, the one I want is usually right at top.
It's remembering your buying history and marking your favorites.
Of course, you can un-favorite something if you don't like it any more.
The time savings between finding what I want on my computer versus on a physical store shelf is immense.
Easy price/value comparisons:
Suppose I'm buying something new.
All the choices are on the same page, so it's easy to compare unit prices and find the best buy.
Much easier than trying to locate a product you're never bought before in the supermarket.
Much easier than trying to read the labels on the supermarket shelves.
Low Price Guarantee:
If the price goes lower from when I put it in my cart to when I pick it up at the store, I get the lowest price.
The lower price is marked on my online receipt:
(This was Thanksgivingmy son-in-law wanted a ham instead of a turkey!)
You can allow or disallow substitutions on a per-item basis.
I always end up winning on substitutions (better product and/or more product).
I'm bummed when there are no substitutions for an order!
Suppose you're doing old-fashioned in-store shopping.
They're out of the 20-oz size at 50¢/oz.
You need to replace with two 10-oz sizes at 60¢/oz.
Upon checkout, will the cashier give you the cheaper price? (In your dreams...)
But with online substitutions, you get the cheaper price!
Need to Fill Up Your Pantry?
When I click to choose my pick-up time and date, I'm shown a page with items
I commonly buy that aren't already in my cart.
Usually, I hate things like thisbut I frequently say ‘oh yeah, I need that too...’
No problems getting the date and pick-up times I want:
In eleven months, I've always been able to get within one hour of my desired time on my pick-up day.
And, usually I get the exact time slot I want.
I usually pick up my groceries on a weekday in the 1011 AM slot.
I usually schedule this pick-up the prior night.
There's a window of time (for my 10AM pick-up, it's about 1:30AM) where I can add additional items to the
Dedicated Parking Spaces:
There are five parking spaces that are only for online grocery pickup.
In eleven months, there has not been a single instance when a space was not available when I arrived.
They bring the groceries out, and put them in your car:
When I pull into the pick-up slot, I call the number on the sign to let them know I'm there.
(Since I shop often, the number is always near the top on my cell phone; I just press it.)
ONE time in eleven months, I had to wait about 30 minutes for my groceries, because their computers had failed (it happens).
Every other time, they're out in five minutes or less.
They ask me about any substitutions they've made, and I can refuse if I want (but never have).
They put the bags in the car. (I always help, but you certainly don't have to.)
Considering the time it takes for in-store shopping to:
this is a MASSIVE time and energy savings.
- go through the entire store, look for items, put them in your cart
- wait in the check-out line
- bag the groceries
- bring the groceries out to your car and put them in
The ‘Personal Shoppers’ do a fantastic job:
One time, I got a piece of produce that I felt was sub-par (maybe it was all that was available).
All other times, I felt the person who selected my produce took as much care as I would in selecting it.
Since I'm a regular, I know most of the people who shop for me, and every one is professional, friendly, and efficient.
As a regular ‘perk’, they give you a bottle of drinking water when you get your groceries.
Every now and then (like on holidays) I get a ‘goodie bag’ with lots of product samples.
Twice I got coupons that gave me $10 off my order (not counting the $10 off I got on my initial order).
I'm quite fastidious, so after I'm home and have unloaded all my groceries, I print out my receipt and
check that I got everything I was supposed to get.
One time in eleven months I was missing one item.
I called the customer service number and they immediately gave me a credit.
Shop for my father-in-law:
He's over 80, and it's no longer safe for him to drive himself to the store.
I get his list, and pick up his groceries at the same time that I pick up my own.
Curb impulsive buying:
If you're online shopping for particular items, you're never subjected to that box of doughnuts on the special display.
Even if it does show up in a search, the picture on the screen isn't as inviting (to me, at least) as the actual product in the store.
So, impulsive buying is curtailed.