When it comes to saving money, few stores can hold a candle to Walmart. Their “Everyday Low Prices” are just the tip of the iceberg. After reading about these Walmart shopping hacks, you’ll never look at this big-box store the same way again!
Take advantage of the price-match policy
You may have heard about the Walmart.com Price Match Guarantee, but have you actually tried it? If not, here’s how it works: To qualify, a product has to be the exact same (quantity, size, etc.) and must be in-stock at select competing e-tailers, including Homedepot.com, Amazon.com, BestBuy.com, and Target.com.
There’s a caveat: Walmart.com does not price match store pricing. However, if the price in-store is higher than the price on Walmart.com, you can speak to a store associate about matching the price you saw on Walmart.com.
Buy online and pick up in-store
Walmart has been known to price items differently online than in-store, so if you’re in-store, check the online price. If it’s lower, place an order online and visit the pick-up desk to retrieve your order! Bonus: lots of online items offer extra savings when you opt for in-store pickup. It’s called a “pickup discount” and it varies from 5-10 percent off.
Shop the endcaps
Endcaps are the small displays at the end of an aisle, and many big-box retailers, including Target, use this real estate for sale items. In addition to checking the endcaps for bargains, be on the lookout for less conspicuous displays (for instance, clearance electronics are kept in a glass case, not an endcap).
Items with Clearance stickers will continue to be marked down until they sell. Typically, these markdowns will occur in the first five days of the month, so keep that in mind when you’re planning your next shopping trip.
Though store clearance varies a lot (and often at managers’ discretion), these are pretty common clearance categories to look out for:
- February – March: Heavy coats, winter clothes and boots.
- Late August – September: Swimsuits, summer apparel & footwear, summer decor, pool toys, dorm supplies and school supplies.
- Late October – early November: Fall decor, fall clothing and shoes, coats and jackets.
- Late November – December: Tech and toys
Generic prescriptions are a steal
Next time your doctor gives you a new prescription, ask if it’s available in generic. If it is, look for it in Walmart’s list of $4 generic prescriptions. No insurance is needed, and you can even fill qualifying 90-day prescriptions for only $10. You can’t beat that! While you’re at it, get up-to-date on other health services like immunizations, flu shots, vision checks, and super-affordable care at the Walmart clinic.
Speaking of generics, keep an eye out for Walmart’s house brands, like Equate and Great Value. They’re often manufactured at the same facility and use the same ingredients as their name-brand counterparts but are significantly cheaper.
Use a cash-back app like Ibotta
There are tons of apps for saving money while you shop, but Ibotta is a great one for Walmart purchases. Once you’re done with your Walmart excursion, search the app for any items or categories you’ve purchased, select them, and scan your receipt. The app offers cash back on most categories, such as household goods, groceries, personal care products and the like. Once you’ve earned $20 on Ibotta, cash out your earnings in the form of gift cards or a PayPal deposit. Not too shabby!
Party on for less
Watch out, Dollar Tree! Walmart’s prices on party supplies, gift wrapping, and cards are often a better deal. Items in this category are plentiful and diverse and often come in larger quantities than other discount stores. At $0.97, you can party for less! Combine that with their $0.47 greeting cards and you’ve got a reason to celebrate!
Score free shipping
Take advantage of Walmart’s free shipping offers. You can get free 2-day shipping when you spend $35 or more online (excludes Hawaii and Alaska) or you can try that handy in-store pickup that we talked about. Items can be shipped to your nearest store for free, and you can even pick up certain in-stock items at your local store.
Sign up for their baby registry and get a free gift.
Walmart has many of the essential items you’ll need for your baby. Plus, when you register, you’ll get a free bundle, which will include a variety of useful samples, like formula and diapers.
You can trade in your unwanted gadgets
Ready for an upgrade to the latest and greatest video game console, tablet, or laptop? No need to hang onto the old one. Walmart will allow you to trade in your gently-used tech items in exchange for gift cards courtesy of their virtual Gadget to Gift Cards program. Simply visit the site, enter some info and ship your item off with their pre-paid shipping label. You’ll get a gift card once your product has been received and evaluated.
In a hurry?
If you’re a frequent Walmart shopper and like to receive your orders lickety-split, the new Walmart+ membership program might be for you. For $98 a year or $12.95 a month, you will receive free, unlimited, and fast (sometimes even same-day) shipping on all orders $35 or more. You’ll also get gas discounts at select gas stations and access to Walmart’s Scan and Go technology, which allows you to check out of their stores contact-free.
If speed is not a concern, skip Walmart+ and get free ground shipping on your orders of $35 or more.
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