Wednesday, November 6, 2019

A Day in the Life of an Aspie (Part 5) Rest and Relaxation (FINAL PART)

Part 5 of "A Day in the Life" premieres today (Wed, 11/6) at 12:00pm CT.

In this final video of the series, I am resting, writing for my Vael fantasy novels, and I show you my sensory nook and TV/entertainment setup... and then bedtime!


Tuesday, November 5, 2019

A Day in the Life of an Aspie (Part 4) Computer Time! Facebook, AAC Phone Calls

Part 4 of "A Day in the Life" premieres today (Tues, 11/5) at 12:00pm CT.

In this video, I am working at the computer, on Facebook, etc. and I show you my custom AAC setup I use for making phone calls.



Part 5 premieres at 12:00pm CT tomorrow (Wed, 11/6).

Monday, November 4, 2019

A Day in the Life of an Aspie (Part 3) Stimming & Doggo

Part 3 of "A Day in the Life" premieres today (Mon, 11/4) at 12:00pm CT.

In this video, I stim and I pet my cute doggo Sammy!


Part 4 premieres tomorrow at 12:00pm CT (Tues, 11/5).

Sunday, November 3, 2019

A Day in the Life of an Aspie (Part 2) Autism and Driving: what happened to my car

Part 2 of "A Day in the Life" premieres today (Sun 11/3) at 11:00am CT.

In this video, I talk about Autism and Driving, and what happened to my car.



Part 3 premieres at 12:00pm CT tomorrow (Mon, 11/4).

Saturday, November 2, 2019

A Day in the Life of an Aspie (Part 1) Morning Routine, Sensory Needs & Executive Dysfunction

New video series! I recorded my activities for one day along with reflections on my life as an aspie. In Part 1, I talk about my Morning Routine, Sensory Needs & Executive Dysfunction.

It premieres at 10:00am today (Saturday, 11/2) so be sure to watch it at or after that time!

There are 5 parts and I will be releasing them daily, so expect Part 2 to be posted tomorrow (Sun, 11/3), premiering at 11:00am CT!



Thursday, October 3, 2019

I Tried Walmart's Online Grocery Pickup with EBT and Here's My Thoughts

A while back, I was super excited that Walmart is now accepting EBT/SNAP/food stamps for their online grocery pickup service. Sensory-wise, the store is difficult for me to shop in, so this option is a lifesaver!
 



I only ever buy food with EBT due to being low-income, so I usually have no choice but to go inside grocery stores to shop since most places typically don't accept EBT for online shopping, delivery, or pickup. Since I tend to shop at Walmart anyway, I was eager to try out their pickup service now that I could use my EBT card for it.
Here's how it works.

1. Choose items and add to cart

Go to Walmart Grocery online, choose your location, and then choose your items to add to your cart. There is a $30 minimum for each order, so definitely use Grocery Pickup when you need more than just a couple cheap items.




What's handy is you can favorite items using the little heart ♡ button, which allows you to easily re-add items you frequently buy in your next purchase. I find this saves me a TON of time (and spoons!🥄), so I use it a lot.



2. Reserve a pickup time

Next is to reserve a pickup time and complete the order.



Note: If you miss your time slot, it's okay! Walmart will hang onto your order for about a week (I think? I recommend getting it the same day or next day if you miss it). Showing up late is okay, but don't show up early or the order will not be ready.

3. Choose EBT as payment method


Next, choose EBT as your payment method at checkout. You don't have to input any information from the card at this point. You will swipe your EBT card when you pick up the groceries. If you ordered any non-food items, you can use a debit or credit card to pay for those at the same time you use your EBT card (similar to how you might when shopping in stores: use the EBT card first, then the credit/debit card). 

4. Check in at the reserved time, when you're ready to pick up.

From the app (though I think you can do it from a PC browser too), click "check in" right before you leave to go to the store. I try to press it a 10-20 minutes before I get there, because this does save some time--they will prepare it so it's ready by the time you arrive. (though there will still be some waiting time; just less waiting time compared to not checking in) You can also check in upon arrival. I haven't compared wait times to an exact number, but I think it's been faster when I check in before arriving.

5. Pick up the order!

Drive to the Walmart location where you scheduled your pickup. Look for the big orange Pickup sign outside, there should be some special parking spaces with orange lines and numbered signs--this is the pickup area.



Drive into a parking space, make sure you're checked in on the app, and wait for someone to arrive. Give them the name on the order (or your name, if that's what you inputted while checking out), and they will bring it out to you. They will even load the items into your car for you! Make sure to pop your trunk or have your doors unlocked and tell them where to put the items.

6. Pay for the order.

The pickup employee will have a card slider if you chose EBT to pay. They may present the card slider either before or after they load your car with the items. As mentioned earlier, 
if you ordered any non-food items, you can use a debit or credit card to pay for those when you are presented with the card slider. Be sure to use the EBT card first, then your credit/debt card.

FINAL THOUGHTS

I have used Walmart's Online Grocery Pickup several times since they have started accepting EBT, and I definitely prefer it to shopping in stores when I don't feel like I can handle being in a public building (I get severe sensory overload).

However, there is more planning involved and the wait time can be a downside; especially in hot weather when my car's A/C isn't the best! The wait times seem to vary from 10 - 45 minutes, so make sure you've got some time to spare if you use this method.

Here are some pros and cons:

~Pros~

  • Saves time if you have a large shopping list, are a slow shopper in the store, and/or find it easy to get lost.
  • More Sensory Friendly! No enduring horrible florescent lights or crowd noise, beeping, etc.
  • Generally more accessible: i.e. in the case of physical disabilities where reaching the shelves and picking up heavier items could be problematic.
  • The groceries are loaded up in your vehicle for you! Another bonus if you struggle with this.
  • Ordering the items online can be much easier for some people, since it can be done from the comfort of your own home and is fairly straightforward.

~Cons~
  • The $30 order minimum can be inconvenient.
  • The wait time could be annoying as it can range anywhere from 10-45 minutes.
  • Could waste gas if you need to keep your car on for A/C, heating or music.
  • Almost as much social interaction as being in the store (minus the crowd) as you still need to tell the pickup employee where to put the groceries.

I'm definitely going to continue using Walmart's online grocery pickup since I find it useful considering my disabilities. Give it a try if you think it might help you too!


Use Walmart's online grocery pickup here.

Note: This post was not sponsored by Walmart or anyone else, I just really like surviving and am happy that Walmart is helping me do that.

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Walmart Now Accepts EBT for Online Grocery Pickup! (A Victory for Low-Income Disabled People like Meeee)


WALMART IS NOW ACCEPTING EBT/SNAP/FOOD STAMPS FOR ONLINE PICKUP!!! This is a huge victory for low income / disabled people like me who struggle with shopping inside stores, especially Walmart, which easily triggers my sensory overload.

I shop at Walmart because it's affordable and I like their selection. Previously, I could use pickup for my non-food items since I have to use a credit/debit card for those (which helped cut my time in the store by 1/3), but I'd still have to go inside the store to shop for groceries since they didn't accept EBT for pickup orders.

Going inside a Walmart store is problematic for me, and the sensory overload I get from being in the building is so bad that I often cannot function when I get home; I end up sleeping all day, being anxious and depressed, and struggle to take care of myself. I don't like having to choose between being my sanity for a day and grocery shopping.

I've longed for online websites (like Amazon, Target.com, and others) to accept EBT, but they often don't for security reasons. I can accept that for now. However, I thought Walmart should at least accept EBT for pickup orders because the card could be swiped at the store, and I have to go to the store anyway to pick up my items.

I had contacted Walmart's management about this issue and explained why it was so important for them to accept EBT for pickup: namely, so low-income disabled and elderly people could shop more easily. Some of us can't even go into the store for reasons similar to mine, or others like chronic pain, physical limitations, or light-sensitive epilepsy (those florescents are terrible).

Walmart must have gotten enough similar request, because they finally implemented it! Proof here:




This new option means we can get our groceries with less needless suffering, and Walmart gets more customers! It's a win-win situation.

I'm really excited. I have placed my first order and am picking it up today. I'll leave a review about it after my pickup, so if you need to use their service as well, you'll know what to expect.

Use Walmart's online grocery pickup here.

Note: This post was not sponsored by Walmart or anyone else, I just really like surviving and am happy that Walmart is helping me do that.