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Have you ever tried grocery shopping with 2 little kids in tow? It’s no walk in the park! Our nearest and most budget-friendly grocery store is Wal-Mart and while we love their low prices well, let’s just say you all know what shopping at Wal-Mart can be like. After several rides on the struggle bus of trying to grocery shop at Wal-Mart with both kids, I decided something had to change.
I researched up. There is a whole slew of new ways to grocery shop from Shipt to InstaCart to order pick up at different stores. After using my free trials with Shipt and InstaCart I decided that neither of those was the right option for me. I definitely enjoyed having the ability to add in notes specifically with regards to produce but even with those notes, I got bad avocados. Tack on the hassle of trying to let the delivery person in the gate of my townhouse community. (I don’t have a local cell phone number, therefore, can’t sync the gate to my phone.) I had to walk all the way out to use my clicker to let them in then try to carry everything back into my house in multiple trips or try to explain to the driver how to find their way through the complex to my unit. What a pain! The convenience was totally a mute point at this juncture not to mention the fact that I wasn’t exactly excited to pay for delivery once the trial was up. Hello, $11.99 for delivery is a little ridic if you ask me. That’s almost the cost of 2 gallons of the dairy-free milk that we need for the baby. H-E-B is a large, well-known chain here in Texas that offers order pick up. I found that grocery shopping there was costing me significantly more than what I was spending previously and my choice of brands was limited. They also charge an additional fee for grocery pick up.
I was excited to see that some of our local Wal-Marts started to roll out the grocery pick up as an option and it was free of charge. Better still, the store that is on my route home from work was the closest location offering it. I was skeptical at first because I’m picky about my produce but I figured at $FREE.99 it was worth a shot. What did I have to lose?
I’m picky about my produce. Those bananas have to be pretty and chosen correctly.
I tried it and let’s just say I will never set foot in the grocery store again if I can avoid it. Total game changer. Not only have I gotten some of the best produce I have ever gotten (even better than when I choose it myself) the customer service at the grocery pick up is superb. It’s not the Wal-Mart quality service that you normally get in the store. You know, the one where every employee pretends like they don’t work there when you need help finding something type of service? It’s Chick-fil-a level service. The whole experience is so easy, helpful and convenient. I’ve started planning my meals for the week so I know exactly what to shop for. Gone are the days of being in the grocery store trying to remember if you needed a certain item because you forgot to check before you left the house. I haven’t felt limited in my brand choices when shopping online either. I simply click and add everything to my cart. It even remembers your past orders and pops up items you frequently buy in case you need more. Select your pick up location and time then boom, you’re done. They e-mail or text you, depending on your preference, when your order is ready. You drive to the location, park in the designated spots and check in on your phone. They bring it out, review your order details briefly, load your car and you’re good to go. I’ve only had 2 instances of getting less than perfect produce but I called customer service. It was quick and easy. They refunded my money and issued a $5 credit. They weren’t items I needed that day so I was satisfied with the quick resolution. Since that first pick up it seems that this is going to be an option at most or all stores in the near future. The location closest to my home now offers it as well. It’s perfect timing because I’m on summer break and it would be out of the way to drive to the other location I had been using. I’ve had 2 friends try it after telling them about it and both have messaged me to tell me how much they loved it.
Ready to try it for yourself? Email me here and I’ll send you my referral code.
(Article originally published on Sassy Direct on June 13, 2018)