Editor's Note: This story originally appeared on The Penny Hoarder.
Grocery shopping is a necessary errand — but that doesn’t mean you have to do all the work.
Grocery delivery services like Shipt and Instacart and meal subscription boxes bring food straight to your doorstep. The thing is, you’re almost guaranteed to have extra costs tacked onto your order in the form of membership fees, shipping costs, delivery charges or tips.
Grocery pickup, on the other hand, is a cheaper option to outsource your shopping process. For pickup orders, tips typically aren’t accepted and you don’t have to worry about shipping or delivery costs.
All you have to do is go to the store to pick up your order. Many stores even offer curbside service so you don’t have to leave your vehicle.
Although some stores charge a fee to provide a personal shopping service, here are some of the many places that offer free grocery pickup.
Pickup is sometimes ready in as little as three hours. Your order must total at least $30, not including tax.
2. BJ’s Wholesale Club
This warehouse chain provides free curbside and in-club pickup at all locations. You must be a BJ’s member with an in-club membership to use this service.
3. Fred Meyer
Pick up groceries from Fred Meyer through its curbside service. You can create an order and schedule a pickup during a one-hour time slot within a seven-day window. Orders must total at least $35 for free pickup.
4. Giant Eagle
Shop for groceries online from Giant Eagle and get your order within your designated pickup time via curbside service.
H-E-B offers free curbside pickup for orders over $35, excluding tax.
You schedule a pickup time slot, and when your order is ready, you’ll park in a designated curbside pickup spot and text the number posted on the sign.
Hy-Vee offers next-day curbside pickup service for orders of at least $24.95. If you want your groceries sooner, you’d have to pay a $9.95 fee for pickup in as little as two hours.
Orders must be at least $35 for free pickup. Store associates will bring your order straight to your vehicle.
Publix uses Instacart to fulfill orders for curbside pickup at most locations. While there technically is no pickup fee for groceries ordered from Publix, prices online may be higher than prices in-store.
Orders must be at least $35 for free pickup. You can place an order up to seven days in advance.
11. Sam’s Club
Stock up on bulk orders from Sam’s Club and pick them up from the store without having to leave your car.
Curbside pickup is available for those with a Plus membership. However, shoppers with a Club membership can enjoy this free service for a limited time. Plus members can pick up orders starting at 7 a.m., while Club members must wait until 10 a.m.
Shop the Sam’s Club website or app for items available for pickup.
Target expanded its grocery pickup service in 2020 to include hundreds of fresh and frozen items in addition to everyday pantry staples and shelf-stable food.
Walmart offers in-store and curbside pickup at many locations throughout the United States. Pickup is available as early as the same day, depending on availability.
You can also get curbside pickup for several non-grocery items.
Download the Walmart app or shop from the store’s website.
Online prices may be higher than in-store prices, however, there is no separate pickup fee.
Orders must be at least $10, and you can schedule orders up to six days in advance.
15. Whole Foods
Amazon-owned Whole Foods offers free grocery pickup at select locations. You must be an Amazon Prime member and purchase over $35 worth of groceries.