How to Stop Impulse Shopping at the Grocery Store

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I feel like I am pretty good at sticking to a grocery list. I mean, for years I have meal planned (of course I have fallen off the wagon a few times) but I have restraint in the store.

For the most part.

Until I get to the seasonal items or if my kids are with me. When that is the case game over!

But there is a solution now to put impulse grocery shopping to an end! Online grocery shopping is going to change your life! With five kids underfoot, it is already a game changer for my family. My husband is even impressed with it!

I have had some friends tell me about it and how much it has changed their grocery budget and just saving time for their family overall.

Let me be honest, there are days that I dread the hours ahead because I know I have to grocery shop. I think of excuses to not go. I put it off and put it off.

Then, finally when we’ve used every square of toilet paper, ever last paper towel and all of the Kleenex¬†boxes are empty, I can fight it no more. I have to go to the store.

There is ONE THING you have to do in order to use Walmart Grocery’s online service. You just need to place your order the day before. That’s it! Easy enough, right?

I want to show you just how simple this is.

You literally just go to the site and start filling your cart. Shop by a department, enter basic item words, etc. If you use my link you get $10 off your first order. Go here to place your order.

I literally pulled up Walmart Grocery in one tab on my computer and my freezer meal plan list grocery list in another tab. I clicked back and forth and added everything from the list to the shopping cart that was not already in my pantry, fridge or freezer.

That is it!

Here is everything I ended up with in my cart.

I spent $100 and some change to get all of the things I needed to assemble freezer meals.


I also grabbed sides as well- fresh produce and all!

Then you select your pickup location.

You reserve your time slot. They give you one hour window options.



You enter your payment info and you’re done.

They give you pickup details as well so that you know exactly where to go once you arrive at the store.

Don’t believe how easy this was?

Watch our trip as we went to pick everything up- even with kids in the car!

We brought everything home and began our freezer meal prepping.

Here is a quick video of some of our cooking process using the pressure cooker to quickly cook FROZEN chicken breasts:


Here is what we made for the freezer:

  • Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo Bake
  • Slow Cooker Chicken Stroganoff
  • Chicken and Ranch Macaroni
  • Taco Soup
  • Upside Down Frito Pie
  • Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Walmart is now my grocery hero!! Seriously, where has this been my entire life?

Don’t wait like I did! Get started today!

Grocery Budget for Family of 8

Each month I spend a lot on groceries. That said, you have to remember I am cooking for 8 plus people at any given time. We have family who lives near by (grandparents, adult siblings, grandchildren (yes, I am 41 and have grandchildren) and can quickly increase our total dinner count to 13 plus people!

I do all of my grocery shopping online. As a homeschool mom with six kids still at home I have to streamline as many tasks and responsibilities as possible

My grocery budget includes all food, toiletries, paper products, etc.

You can learn more about my monthly grocery budget for our large family and see if there are any pointers you can use for your family, no matter the size!


  1. I keep meaning to try this and I haven’t done so yet. I need to do this because it will cut down on how much I spend and also on how much time I spend in the grocery store.

    1. Vera, it is a blessing and game changer. I am serious. I almost feel spoiled.

      Truth be told, I used it again yesterday. I just can’t believe I waited so long to try it!

  2. I hope my Walmart gets this soon!! What a great way to save money and time, those impulse buys add up so fast!

  3. Sounds like a great idea. I am an impulse shopper even when I make lists before I go to do my grocery shopping because I see every thing and want it all. It’s weird.

  4. Pam Wattenbarger says:

    This looks like a great way to shop. I am bad about making impulse purchases when I am grocery shopping.

  5. Angelic Sinova says:

    I can’t lie, I’ve definitely experienced impulse grocery shopping! The worst is when I do grocery shopping when I’m super hungry and end up buying a lot of junk food. Online shopping is always a great option!

  6. Wish our Walmart would have this program in place. I looked and they don’t serve this in our area. Otherwise I would be using it overtime for my grocery list.

  7. I have to admit I do most of my shopping online now as it means I don’t get distracted by all the awesome buys around the shop, that I really don’t need.

  8. These are great ideas! My problem is going grocery shopping when I’m hungry, bad decisions get made lol

  9. I love this service oh SO much! When I first heard about it I assumed it would cost but was blown away to find out otherwise.

  10. What a great idea! I forget half of what I need at the store. This might actually help me make a list and remember.

  11. Rebecca Swenor says:

    I tried this service a while ago and it really is an awesome way to shop. You can shop anytime during the night etc. and just make time along with place to pick up. it really is that easy. Thanks for sharing your experience.

  12. Wendy Polisi says:

    What a brilliant idea! I’ve never thought about it before, but it seem really useful.

  13. I am so guilty of this. I am always impulse buying and I’m so bad at shopping when hungry and buying just about everything I see. This is a great idea!

  14. I LOVE Walmart’s grocery pickup!! I work 12.5 hour days at a hospital and LOVE to just pick up my stuff on the way home instead of actually going in the store and fighting the crowd after a long day at work!!

  15. This is a great idea…I spend too much money on groceries! I always buy more than what I need.

  16. I am guilty of ulse buyi-ng when grocery shopping. I always have a list but then end up getting some items that aren’t on it.

  17. i love walmart. girl i am pretty good at impulse guys unless i am hungry when i go to the market. lol. if that is the case then i spend wayyy to much. lol. this would be perfect for me during that time. lol

  18. I’ve never done online grocery shopping but I need to try it out. I hate the grocery shopping process.

  19. I wish our local Walmart offered this! My kids are definitely the cause of my over spending on groceries; with three of them there’s always something someone is asking for. I’m pretty good about saying no but by the end of our trip I’m worn down and ready to do whatever I have to to just get out of the store.

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