Walmart Has a "Refer-a-Friend" Promo That Will Give You and a Loved One $10 Off Groceries

Amanda Garrity
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From Good Housekeeping

With more people hunkered down at home due to the coronavirus outbreak, grocery stores around the country are trying to keep up with the growing demand. Many major chains like Walmart, Target, and Whole Foods adjusted their store hours to ensure that the associates have enough time to restock and sanitize the store overnight. Select stores are even offering special hours, so that seniors and at-risk customers can shop with less anxiety.

While it's still safe to grocery shop for essentials during the coronavirus outbreak, many people are exploring grocery pickup and delivery options to limit their exposure to others. And really, some — parents balancing work and childcare, especially — just need a more convenient way to fill their home with groceries and other household essentials. Walmart Grocery, the online delivery service available in 1,600 cities nationwide, is one of the most popular options out there. Before you place your first order, get all the details on its product selection, pickup availability, delivery capability, and overall cost.

How to Order Groceries with Walmart Grocery

Ordering your groceries online is surprisingly easy. Follow this step-by-step guide to stock your house with your family's favorites:

  1. Create an account with Walmart Grocery.
  2. Choose the store you'd like to pick up groceries from, or opt for delivery straight to your door. Find out if Walmart Grocery is available in your neighborhood by entering your
    zip code on the home page. Note: There is high demand for Walmart Grocery at this time, so available time slots are hard to come by. Visit first thing in the morning to secure a spot for the current or following day.
  3. Start filling your grocery basket by selecting "Add to Cart." Browse the departments or search for specific items until you find exactly what you're looking for. Click on the product to get nutritional facts, ingredients, and other details.
  4. All orders must hit the $30 minimum. Once your order is complete, confirm the pickup or delivery location, and pay accordingly. Note: Coupons and gift cards cannot be used.
  5. Use the Walmart app to check in before heading to the store for curbside pickup or to track your driver’s progress.
  6. On the off chance that your shopper wasn't able to find items on your list, they will try to "provide an item of similar quality." But really, it's up to you: You can enable substitutions for your entire order or just select items. If you're not satisfied with the substitutions, you can request a refund online.

How to Choose Between Grocery Pickup or Delivery

Due to the increasing demand in grocery orders, it might be hard to secure an available pickup or delivery time slot at this time. However, you can up your chances by heading to the Walmart Grocery home page early in the morning — and checking it regularly throughout the day. All pickup and delivery orders must be scheduled for the current day or following day, so you don't have the option to place orders days or weeks in advance. Here are the main differences between the two Walmart Grocery options:

  • Pickup: This free option requires you to be at your selected Walmart store at a scheduled time. Walmart has implemented no-contact pickup, so the store associates will fill your trunk with grocery bags, and you'll be on your way without signing.
  • Delivery: Prices vary, but most one-time deliveries cost $7.95. If you sign up for Delivery Unlimited ($12.95 monthly or $98 annually), then you get your first 15 days free. You'll be notified when your driver is on their way, and you can track their progress through the Walmart app. Right now, you can authorize the driver to leave the order at your doorstep rather than having to sign for it.

How to Save Money While Using Walmart Grocery

Walmart Grocery has an ongoing refer-a-friend promotion: If you refer a friend, they'll save $10 on their first order and you'll get a $10 credit when their order is placed. Feel free to share the link with as many friends as you'd like to rack up more savings.


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