In the past four months, I found myself swamped. Too busy with work or too brain fried after a long week to workout, see my friends or even grocery shop. I know that sounds so pathetic but it’s the truth. Work consumed so much of my time and energy that when it came time to do anything outside of the bare minimum, it usually didn’t happen.
Really, the invitation to try Walmart Grocery to Go couldn’t have come at a better phase in my life. An online grocery shopping and delivery service? Sounded too good to be true.
Fortunately, it IS true!
Walmart Grocery to Go is super easy to use. The site is set up with all the categories you’ll find in a grocery store – snacks, beverages, frozen, etc – and then further segmented within each category so you can quickly find exactly what you’re looking for.
As I added items to my cart, I focused on staple items I could use as an anchor for building dinners. As I mentioned in my #BackToBasicsJanuary post, Alex and I have a ton of accessory items in our pantry; what we really needed were lean proteins and leafy greans.
Once you’re finished ordering, you’ll be asked to select a delivery time. You must be home to accept the groceries and, fortunately, there are convenient time windows throughout the day. You’ll also see if a truck is already making a delivery in your area during certain time windows which helps Walmart be more ‘green’ and deliver more efficiently! There is a delivery charge which varies between $3-7 based on the different time windows – more popular times are more expensive. Your first delivery, though, is free!
I selected 8-10 p.m. for my delivery – mostly because I knew I’d for sure be home but also because I saw a truck would be headed my way anyway. Bonus points!
Just before 8 p.m., I received a call from my driver letting me know he was 5+ minutes away. When he arrived, he introduced himself and let me know a few of my items were out of stock but I wouldn’t be charged for them. He then pulled out my bags from the truck and off he went.
Not in stock? Kale, frozen halibut and La Croix grapefruit.
When ordering, you’re given the option of letting Walmart substitute for a like item – I opted for no substitutions. If I had, though, Walmart would have replaced these unavailable items with something similar. I probably could have done this for the kale and halibut but let’s be honest – there is no substitute for LaCroix.
So what was in stock?
Frozen tuna, fresh chicken breast, grapefruit juice and argan oil for my dry hair.
With a pound of both chicken and frozen tuna, we’ll be able to make a handful of dinners combining these with various items we already have in the apartment.
As Kelly notes in her experience, we are more than pleased with the quality of our fresh chicken. I’d have no qualms about ordering fresh meat from Walmart Grocery to Go again in the future but would probably not opt to buy fresh veggies or fruit – those, I prefer to hand pick.
Would I use this service again? Hell. yes. As I mentioned before, the pace of life in our apartment is lightening speed right now – knowing I can order groceries online and have them delivered on date and time of my choosing is seriously a game changer.
Currently, Walmart Grocery To Go is only available in 3 cities – Denver, CO; San Jose, CA; and Bentonville, AR – with additional cities coming soon. If you’re in one of those cities and want to give Grocery to Go a try, click here to sign up and receive $15 off your first order.
Disclosure: as a participant in the Walmart Grocery to Go program, I’ve received a personal invite and payment for my time and efforts in creating this post.