Walmart is expanding its unlimited grocery delivery membership and it's cheaper than Amazon Prime
Walmart is expanding its Delivery Unlimited, a grocery delivery membership, to nearly 1,400 stores nationwide this fall. The membership allows customers to pay a flat yearly or monthly fee to receive unlimited Walmart grocery delivery orders—and it's cheaper than Amazon Prime.
Walmart first tested out its Delivery Unlimited option in Houston, Miami, Salt Lake City and Tampa at the beginning of this year, and based on the response, they're expanding to 200 metro areas where grocery delivery is currently available. By the end of the year, the retailer plans to expand the unlimited program to more than 1,600 stores that cover 50 percent of the U.S.
So while it may not cover as much ground as Amazon Prime's Fresh option, it is cheaper. Walmart's Delivery Unlimited comes with a free 15-day trial and costs $98 per year or $12.95 per month. (Comparatively, Amazon Prime costs $119 per year and Amazon Fresh costs an additional $14.99, totaling $133.99 a year.)
Walmart will continue to offer customers the option to pay a per-delivery fee without a membership, which is usually around $7-$10. But, if you shop weekly, or even once a month, you'll save money with the Delivery Unlimited program.
While getting your groceries delivered might seem unnecessary or even frivolous, there are more than few perks. The obvious one is convenience—no need to spend an hour or so walking through the aisles, waiting in line or avoiding chatty neighbors. Grocery shopping online also could also help you save money and make healthier choices, however. You to know exactly what you're about to spend before you checkout, which could also prevent you from picking up extra snacks and candy that you don't really need.
Walmart currently offers grocery pickup (shop online and just swing by to pickup) in nearly 3,000 stores nationwide.