Kroger ClickList Versus Walmart Grocery

Kroger ClickList Versus Walmart Grocery

A comparison of both services.
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Being a mom constantly on the go, grocery shopping is something I dread. The last thing I want to do with two kids three and under is grocery shopping. A normal one hour trip for a week’s worth of groceries can take up to two hours with kids. Between reading labels, fighting kids and only half paying attention to the grocery list, you can see how it could take that long. Earlier this year, Kroger rolled out their new program called “ClickList” where you can order your groceries online and pick them up during your designated time. Walmart, being a huge competitor to Kroger, has rolled out their own grocery pick up called “Walmart Grocery”. Here are some of the pros and cons to both.

First, let’s cut to the chase and talk about money. Kroger does charge a small fee for their ClickList. At $4.95 for every time, the price can add up over the year. However, the first three ClickLists are free and the website keeps track of it. They are really good at sending out coupons in the mail for $10 off, so it balances out. Walmart, on the other hand, doesn’t charge a fee at all. They don’t accept coupons. The prices of their actual products do vary, so while something might be cheaper at Walmart, there could be other things cheaper at Kroger. I suggest checking all ads before deciding which store to go with. When comparing my monthly budget, I did notice that I spent almost the same at Walmart as I did with Kroger. The price difference was only by a few dollars. One major difference between the two stores – Walmart charges you the second you submit your order and at Kroger, you pay when you pick up.

Another thing that I take into consideration is time. Since we have lived in Murfreesboro, I have used Kroger for almost all of our grocery needs. Their store is located ten minutes from my house versus fifteen to twenty to make it to Walmart. I have never spent more than ten minutes at Kroger for any given pickup. That includes calling them upon arrival and the employee loading the groceries in the car. My trip to Walmart did take a bit longer, around thirty minutes, but with the newness of the program, that should improve with time. Another thing to know about both of these programs is that Kroger is only for next day or later, while Walmart offers same day or later.

As with every shopping experience, the customer service is equally important as time and money and can usually make or break any shopping experience. As an avid Kroger shopper, I was a bit surprised at the customer service provided by both stores. I have never actually had a problem with Kroger’s customer service. They are always happy, cheerful and very helpful and knowledgeable with their products. Anytime any of the products are out of stock and Kroger has to substitute it, they give you a better product at the cheaper price, and they always make a note of it when they bring the groceries out to you. Turns out, Walmart does the exact same thing. My trip to Walmart actually impressed me. The employee that brought out my groceries was much nicer, personable and knowledgeable than any of the Kroger employees I’ve had in the past few months. He even brought out a bucket full of candy so I could give my kids a piece of candy for the wait. That made both of my kids happy and satisfied for the trip.

The last thing I take into consideration is how easy it is to get the service. The websites are set up completely different for the stores. Kroger’s ClickList does not work well on mobile at all, where Walmart’s does pretty well mobile. I prefer the Kroger website because the load times seem quicker than Walmart’s. However, Walmart’s layout on their website goes smoother. They have different categories and subcategories like you would see walking through the store itself. Another thing I liked more about Walmart was that when you pull into the store, they have actual directions towards the pickup area. Arrows are painted on the pavement and there is a designated parking lane with at least five parking spots for pick up. Kroger has a designated area with three parking spots for pickup. They have signs, but no arrows or any other information designating the area.

Overall, while I am a big fan of Kroger products, I had a better experience using Walmart’s service. Everything from their website to their price beat out Kroger, which is surprising to me. They are rolling out the program at more locations every month, so make sure you check out their website to see if they have a store near you. Another pro for Walmart is that they offer a 10-10-10 reward. You can refer up to ten friends and get yourself $10 off for every referral and your referral gets $10 off as well!

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I'd Rather Be Single Than Settle – Here Is Why Being Picky Is Okay

They're on their best behavior when you're dating.
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Dating nowadays described in one word: annoying.

What's even more annoying? when people tell you that you're being too "picky" when it comes to dating. Yes, from an outside perspective sometimes that's exactly what it looks like; however, when looking at it from my perspective it all makes sense.

I've heard it all:

"He was cute, why didn't you like him?"

"You didn't even give him a chance!"

"You pay too much attention to the little things!"

What people don't understand is that it's OKAY to be picky when it comes to guys. For some reason, girls in college freak out and think they're supposed to have a boyfriend by now, be engaged by the time they graduate, etc. It's all a little ridiculous.

However, I refuse to put myself on a time table such as this due to the fact that these girls who feel this way are left with no choice but to overlook the things in guys that they shouldn't be overlooking, they're settling and this is something that I refuse to do.

So this leaves the big question: What am I waiting for?

Well, I'm waiting for a guy who...

1. Wants to know my friends.

Blessed doesn't even begin to describe how lucky I am to have the friends that I do.

I want a guy who can hang out with my friends. If a guy makes an effort to impress your friends then that says a lot about him and how he feels about you. This not only shows that he cares about you but he cares about the people in your life as well.

Someone should be happy to see you happy and your friends contribute to that happiness, therefore, they should be nothing more than supportive and caring towards you and your friendships.

2. Actually, cares to get to know me.

Although this is a very broad statement, this is the most important one. A guy should want to know all about you. He should want to know your favorite movie, favorite ice cream flavor, favorite Netflix series, etc. Often, (the guys I get stuck on dates with) love to talk about themselves: they would rather tell you about what workout they did yesterday, what their job is, and what they like to do rather than get to know you.

This is something easy to spot on the first date, so although they may be "cute," you should probably drop them if you leave your date and can recite everything about their life since the day they were born, yet they didn't catch what your last name was.

3. How they talk about other women.

It does not matter who they're talking about, if they call their ex-girlfriend crazy we all know she probably isn't and if she is it's probably their fault.

If they talk bad about their mom, let's be honest, if they're disrespecting their mother they're not going to respect you either. If they mention a girl's physical appearances when describing them. For example, "yeah, I think our waitress is that blonde chick with the big boobs"

Well if that doesn't hint they're a complete f* boy then I don't know what else to tell you. And most importantly calling other women "bitches" that's just disrespectful.

Needless to say, if his conversations are similar to ones you'd hear in a frat house, ditch him.

4. Phone etiquette.

If he can't put his phone down long enough to take you to dinner then he doesn't deserve for you to be sitting across from him.

If a guy is serious about you he's going to give you his undivided attention and he's going to do whatever it takes to impress you and checking Snapchat on a date is not impressive. Also, notice if his phone is facedown, then there's most likely a reason for it.

He doesn't trust who or what could pop up on there and he clearly doesn't want you seeing. Although I'm not particularly interested in what's popping up on their phones, putting them face down says more about the guy than you think it does.

To reiterate, it's okay to be picky ladies, you're young, there's no rush.

Remember these tips next time you're on a date or seeing someone, and keep in mind: they're on their best behavior when you're dating. Then ask yourself, what will they be like when they're comfortable? Years down the road? Is this what I really want? If you ask yourself these questions you might be down the same road I have stumbled upon, being too picky.. and that's better than settling.

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A Saturday In The Life Of A Freshman

Welcome to Darty Season

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Have you ever had a more stereotypical freshman's Saturday than my friends Maddie, Lauren, Jocelyn, Meg, Barbara, and I? Keep reading to see a packed day in darty season from a freshman's point of view.

9:00 am

My alarm that I meant to set for the day before goes off. I begrudgingly roll over, and turn it off, falling back asleep.

10:00 am

I finally wake up, roll, or jump, out of my lofted bed, grab my laptop, and do a little studying for my exam on Monday -- there's no time for that later today, so I've gotta get some of it done then.

10:30 am

Shower. Pick an outfit. Brush teeth. Makeup. Pack a bag of extra clothes.

12:00 pm

I walked downstairs to the lobby to meet two of my friends who were gonna walk with me to Tutweiler Hall.

12:30 pm

My friends and I at the fundraising event

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We arrived at Tut, met our friends, then left to go to a philantropy event at Sig Tau sponsored by B+, an organization that assists the families of children diagnosed with cancer. Their burgers and fries were top notch.

2:30 pm

The Hackberrys, a band comprised of UA students, played the event. We left to go back to Tut after a few songs.

3:00 pm

We finally got back at Tut, changed clothes, listened to music, hung out.

3:45 pm

We *finally* left for Pike (sorry mom!). You know how long it takes five girls to get ready, so don't act so shocked.

4:10 pm

Myself, super escstatic about having to wait in a mob of people to get in

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Have you ever arrived to a frat when it's at capacity? Yeah, around 100 screaming girls were shoving to get into the darty. It was an experience like no other, but eventually, we made our way in. It may have been in groups of two, and we definitely lost a girl to the crowd (she's fine!), but we made it.

6:30 pm

After dancing on an elevated surface or two, walking in circles around their courtyard, watching an active climb into a basketball goal, and waiting in a way-too-long line for the restroom, we decided to go back to Tut.

6:45 pm

We definitely made a stop to grab a snack or two on our way back to Tut.

7:15 pm

After realizing that none of the parties at night were gonna start until around 10 pm, we decided to watch some random YouTube videos and Netflix to pass the time. There was also another stop for snacks at the infamous Julia's on the first floor of Tut.

9:30 pm

My third outfit change of the day. We decided to leave Tut for frat row for the third time that day, too. I wanna say my total steps for the day was around 17,000? It was a lot.

10:00 pm

Best view in the house (Myself on the left, Maddie on the right)

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We got to Sigma Pi as the party was just starting to build up. Their band room was filled within the hour, and they had a pretty good DJ. Although the active yelling at me and my friend to get off the stage was no fun.

11:00 pm

Have you ever faked out a frat boy with a soccer ball? Well, now I can say I have.

12:00 am

After someone pulled the fire alarm on Sigma Pi, we decided to walk back to Tut.

12:45 am

My two Ragecrest friends and I decided to take the bus back because, after the stretch to and from frat row three times, we had no more walking left in us.

1:00 am

Canes chicken tenders. Enough said. It's the way to end a night.

It was a very packed, but very fun and eventful day. We pretty much hit all the spring semester stereotypes: walking along and to frat row, going to a darty, going to a frat party, going to a philanthropy event, and more. As crazy as the day was, I highly recommend trying a day like this once because you won't forget it!

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