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Walmart+ Is the Membership You Didn’t Know You Needed

Here's how to sign up for free, plus five Walmart deals to shop.

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Convenience has always been king, but since the pandemic took over all of our lives seven months ago, it now reigns supreme. If a service makes life even a little bit easier, faster, or more efficient, we’re into it. If it makes it a lot easier, safer, and fully doable from home, then we’re all in.

Which is why Walmart’s newest subscription program, Walmart+, might be the best new membership to try out. The biggest draw of Walmart+ is its free delivery service, which requires no order minimum and offers same-day to two-day delivery. In addition to ordering online, you can also get your groceries (and any other in-store products) delivered from your local store* at no charge so you never have to leave your house. It makes it super-easy to get everything you need, even multiple times a week, without going out. Social distancing, what’s up.

A Walmart+ membership also comes with reduced prices on fuel at select gas stations and a mobile app that allows you to scan products and leave (no check-out necessary) if you do end up venturing into a brick-and-mortar store.

The program normally costs $12.95 per month, or $98 a year — which is a savings, especially if you’re ordering food delivery, and pays for itself pretty quickly — but you can now try it out for free for 15 days.

The deals at Walmart lately, in case you missed it, have been fantastic. Here are the five best gift deals we found this week.

This smart watch is the perfect gift for any of your always-on-the-go family members. Currently marked down from $279, the stylish wrist candy boasts impressive tracking devices in its small frame to ensure healthy daily routines. It includes sleep cycle tracking, reminders to exercise, calorie tracking, guided meditation and breathing routines to manage stress. Of course, as is expected with any smart device these days, it comes with bluetooth connection that enables you to make and receive calls, text, and access news and playlists, at the touch of a button.

You may have had an Instant Pot on your list for ages, but now that it's half off, it might be time to finally bite the bullet. The stainless black pot cooks for up six people, and includes up to 15 preset programs for soups, beans, rice, ribs, eggs and more.

We're in the 21st century. If you aren't making a robot clean your house for you, what are you doing? The hands-off vacuum innovation is no longer brand-new, but the technology has gotten much better, and this WiFi-connected, home-mapping vacuum, which allows you to schedule cleanings and hand-pick which rooms to clean, is currently half off.

Answers to how to navigate the world are meager right now, which is why finding out a little bit more information about your own ancestral background may be a good way to feel more grounded. The top-selling DNA kit offers a precise ethnicity estimate of your family tree in a few simple steps: after activating your DNA kit online, you send a saliva sample to their labs and can expect your results back within six to eight weeks. It's marked down from $99 right now.

Add last-minute holiday shopping onto your next grocery haul with this class Lego set, which normally costs $34. The 484-piece set offers limitless creative options for kids of all ages and skill levels.

* $35 minimum; restrictions apply.

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