15 Stores That Offer Free Grocery Pickup

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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.

1. Albertsons

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Albertsons offers its DriveUp and Go service at many locations. Select the groceries you need online from the Albertsons’ website or by using the online shopping app.

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

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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.

Look for items eligible for “free pickup” when ordering from the website or app.

3. Fred Meyer

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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.

Order your food from the Fred Meyer website or app.

4. Giant Eagle

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Shop for groceries online from Giant Eagle and get your order within your designated pickup time via curbside service.

Order using Giant Eagle’s grocery shopping app or straight from the store’s website. You must spend at least $35 to use curbside pickup.

5. H-E-B

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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.

Shop online from H-E-B’s website or using the mobile app. Online prices may vary from prices in store.

6. Hy-Vee

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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.

Use the Hy-Vee app or Hy-Vee Aisles Online website to place your order.

7. Kroger

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Kroger offers a pickup service that you can schedule up to seven days in advance. Select a one-hour time slot when shopping via Kroger’s website or mobile app.

Orders must be at least $35 for free pickup. Store associates will bring your order straight to your vehicle.

8. Publix

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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.

Follow the prompts on Publix’s website to create an Instacart account or download the Instacart app.

9. QFC

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Order groceries from QFC online and pick them up using the store’s curbside service. You can shop using the QFC app or directly from the store’s website.

Orders must be at least $35 for free pickup. You can place an order up to seven days in advance.

10. Safeway

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Shop online using Safeway’s DriveUp and Go service for orders of at least $30. You can virtually shop from Safeway’s website or using its mobile app.

11. Sam’s Club

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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.

12. Target

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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.

Order from Target’s website or app for in-store pickup or use the app for curbside pickup. Orders are typically ready within a couple of hours.

13. Walmart

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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.

14. Wegmans

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Wegmans offers curbside grocery pickup at most locations. You can place orders from its website or app.

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

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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.

Pickup can be available as soon as one hour after placing your order. Shop from the Amazon app or go to amazon.com/wholefoods.

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