How To Get A Walmart Grocery Order Spot Every Single Time!
These are crazy times we are living in, unprecedented times really. The Coronavirus pandemic is unlike anything I, and most everyone, has ever experienced. Most of us are trying to do the best job we can at practicing proper social distancing, staying safe and flattening the curve. One of the main ways to accomplish that is to stay out of the few stores that are still open. But we still need food so how can we avoid it? That is where grocery pick up and delivery has been key. That is if you can get a spot. So many of the posts I see on social media are people saying that they are unable to get an Amazon Fresh order, an Instacart delivery or a Walmart Grocery pickup order. Well I can help you with one of those. I can tell you how to get a Walmart Grocery order spot every single time, without fail.
What Is Walmart Grocery Pick Up
First I wanted to give a quick overview of what Walmart Grocery pick up is and how it works. I gave a more detailed review of the process previously but I can give a quick overview here. Walmart Grocery allows you to put together a grocery order online. You search for and select exactly what you want. Then a Walmart employee goes through the store and builds your order. You can place this order online or via their Walmart Grocery app.
When you first open the app or website you can check the Walmart store you want and select from the times available. You should first select your pick up time and then create your order and pay. You have until 1:45 AM the day of your delivery to make any adjustments needed to the order. Walmart Grocery will then alert you to any substitutions or items they couldn’t fill shortly before your delivery. You can refuse any substitutions once you get to the store but they usually are more expensive options so I almost always keep them. If the substitution is less expensive they make that adjustment too but they will never charge you more.
When it is your pick up time you check in online or via the Walmart Grocery app and drive to the store. Once there select the numbered parking spot and the color of your car in the app. Although I don’t think they normally get this info for whatever reason.
The Walmart Grocery employees are practicing social distancing right now so they make this a hands free experience. When they approach with my order I crack my window slightly to confirm my substitutions etc. and they sign for me so I don’t have to touch the handheld. Then they open up the back of the car and load in the groceries and we are on our way. It is pretty slick and about as risk reducing as you can get. I will give some more pointers on how to handle the groceries when you get home a little later.
But How Do I Get A Walmart Grocery Order Spot?
You may be thinking, that sounds great, if I could actually get a delivery slot. So let’s get into the meat and potatoes of it then.
Walmart Grocery opens their new delivery spots at
12 AM local time (update below), as do a lot of grocery stores with the pick up option. That is when you will have the best chance to grab a delivery. It is always for a day ahead. So if you go on Monday night (technically Tuesday morning at 12 AM) the delivery slots for Wednesday will open up. I have been able to get a delivery every single time by refreshing shortly after the clock strikes midnight.
If you are worried about competition then use the multiple browser trick. This only works if there are multiple options in your area. Open up a few browsers and have a different store set up in each one. Refresh them all at Midnight and you will find a slot at one of them.
You can reserve the slot without ordering so don’t try to rush an order through just select the time you want. You can then build your order the next day or add to it throughout the day as you come up with more items. I usually put together a base order and then add to it as I come across more things we need throughout the day.
So it appears Walmart changed their whole system / set up shortly after I wrote this and things that have worked for weeks no longer work. They no longer release all slots at midnight each evening. They are instead releasing 1 timed slot per store at the top of the hour. The schedule may start at 4 or 5 AM but I was not getting up that early. I can say they released one slot per store at 6, 7 and 8 AM. I imagine it will happen at 9 AM as well until all time slots are released.
A time slot was released on the hour at
- 1 am – 8-9 am time slot added
- 2 am – 9-10 am
- 3 am – 10-11 am
- 4 am – 11 am -12 pm
- 5 am – 12-1 pm
- 6 am – 1-2 pm
- 7 am – 2-3 pm
- 8 am – 3-4 pm
- 9 am – 4-5 pm
- 10 am – 5-6 pm
Here are some screen shots of my finding. They are also making you fill out a order within a certain amount of time now. You just need to pass the $30 threshold and you can still adjust all the way up until 1:45 AM the morning of your order.
What About Other Grocery Pick Up / Delivery Options?
I think a lot of the local grocery stores that offer grocery pick up also open up their calendar at midnight. It is worth a try if Walmart Grocery isn’t an option in your area.
Amazon Fresh is a little different as they release slots throughout the day so you have to continue to refresh to try to snag a spot. It may be worth trying early in the morning there to try to get a jump start on anyone sleeping in. I think Instacart is similar in requiring you to refresh throughout the day. If anyone has tips on these options share them in the comments section.
How I Sanitize My Groceries
These services are amazing but people are still touching my groceries. These are people that could be sick without knowing it or someone could have left behind traces of Covid-19 while shopping in the store etc. So how do I sanitize my groceries when I get home?
I shared my process for Amazon deliveries last week and I use a similar system for these orders. Anything that is perishable and needs to be refrigerated or frozen I wipe down with some Clorox wipes. In an effort to cut down on my use of wipes, and to keep my sanity, I leave anything else in the back of the car for 3 days. Since it is reported that Covid-19 can live on plastic for up to 3 days I just let it sit for that amount of time and then unload it. It makes the now cumbersome process of unloading and wiping down the groceries a ton easier.
Hopefully this article has helped you understand how to get a Walmart Grocery order spot every single time. And also how to stay safe once you do get your delivery. It is a great tool for maintaining proper social distancing and keeping yourself, your family and the workers as safe as possible. I wish stores would go to 100% pick up orders for the safety of the workers. If you are on the front lines I can’t thank you enough for what you are doing.
Also remember that Walmart Grocery codes as a grocery store so earn those bonus points when you go to pay. Even if the Walmart does not normally code as grocery these orders should. Check out our list of best credit cards to use on grocery purchases.
Share any tips or tricks you have been using in the comments.