People love to hate on Walmart, but is it really that bad? Millions of Americans still shop there for a reason, right? In addition to its everyday low prices, here are some other reasons why some of us just can’t (or don’t want to) quit them:
1. It’s convenient. 90% of Americans live within 15 minutes of a Walmart.
According to The Boston Globe, about 140 million people shop at one of the 4,000 U.S. stores every week. That’s 44% of Americans!
2. You can get paid for your purchases when you use coupons.
Walmart is one of the few stores whose policy is to give the customer overage (cash back or applied to the basket purchase) if the value of a coupon exceeds the item’s price. Check out all these moneymakers, like the one above for Hawaiian Tropic sunscreen. I made $0.46 when I used Ibotta.
3. They’ll do the shopping and load your car for you…for free!
Order your groceries online and choose the most convenient time for pickup. Walmart grocery experts will shop the freshest ingredients in the store, then load your car for you. This means there’s no risk of going into the store and overspending by purchasing more than what you need. The best part? It’s completely free! No tacked on fees, just the same low prices you’d find in-store.
4. Walmart almost always has the lowest price.
When comparing Walmart’s prices with competitors, Walmart wins again and again. Aside from grocery store loss leaders or special buys, expect Walmart to have the best prices.
5. You can find organic and locally sourced food.
Believe it or not, Walmart is one of America’s top two organic food retailers (its only real rival being Costco), selling both name brand and private label organic food items. You may also be surprised to hear that Walmart has partnered with about 1.3 million small and medium-sized farmers, helping local economies while providing affordable food options. They’re also the biggest seller of organic milk in the world.
Tip: Purple labels indicate Great Value organic food options in the produce aisle and throughout the store.
6. The Savings Catcher app will ensure you get the lowest price in town.
If a local competitor has a lower advertised price, Walmart Savings Catcher will credit you with the difference. All you have to do is snap a photo of the receipt QR code.
7. You can price match—even on meat and produce.
At most stores, you don’t even need to bring an ad to price match items. Cashiers will look it up for you.
Meat and produce can be price matched as long as there’s a specific unit price. For example, pound price per pound price should be clear when asking to ad match. Keep in mind that Walmart won’t honor competitor deals like “Save 50% on your entire purchase” or “Free gift with purchase.” Be prepared to show the exact individual unit price when matching produce and meat.
Note: As of June 2016, Walmart stopped allowing price matches at 500 of their locations (you can still price match Walmart.com, though). Their reasoning: commonly price-matched items will automatically be more competitive in cost, with long-term rollbacks that will help you save more every day. Make sure to check with your local store for additional details on their price match policy and remember that price matching as well as coupon acceptance is up to the store manager.
8. They guarantee jobs to veterans who’ve been honorably discharged.
Through the Veterans Welcome Home Commitment, Walmart has pledged that no veteran will have to fight for a job when he or she separates from service. Since the program started in 2013, Walmart has hired 130,828 veterans (15,176 who have been promoted) and plans to hire 250,000 more soldiers by the end of 2020. That’s huge.
9. They take competitor coupons.
In addition to using one manufacturer coupon per item at Walmart, you can also use competitor coupons! As long as the coupon has a specific price—like a Walgreens coupon that states soup is on sale for $0.89 or a Target coupon that says $1 off peanut butter—Walmart will honor it. BOGO store coupons are also accepted—just make sure a specific price is mentioned (ex: “Buy One for $5, Get a Second Free”).
10. You don’t have to scan individual product bar codes when you use Ibotta.
Unlike other stores that offer Ibotta rebates, you don’t need to scan individual product UPCs for purchases made at Walmart. The QR code on the receipt tracks all of that for you. Just upload a pic of the QR code after purchase.
Speaking of rebate apps, make sure you try these rebate apps in addition to Ibotta for your Walmart purchases:
11. 81% of the materials flowing through their American stores are diverted from landfills.
Through their Zero-Waste-to-Landfill program, Walmart donated 571 million pounds (368.6 million meals) to food banks and hunger relief organizations like Feeding America in 2013. Stores also create 50 separate waste categories—from cardboard to plastic to aluminum—making recycling a priority.
12. You can often get free products with coupons and rebates.
Walmart has an extensive trial size section comprised of items priced around $1. When a manufacturer coupon’s fine print doesn’t exclude trial/travel size items, you can score free products! If your coupon value exceeds the price of the item, you’ll receive overage. Without the complexity of reward points, gift cards, or redeeming other programs, it’s easy to coupon at Walmart.
13. Traveling with an RV? Park it in a Walmart parking lot overnight for free.
Camping in a Walmart parking lot may not seem very appealing to some people, but when you’ve been traveling long hours on the road and can’t find a nearby place to rest, Walmart can be a haven.
Walmart policy states, “While we do not offer electrical service or accommodations typically necessary for RV customers, Walmart values RV travelers and considers them among our best customers…”—read more here.
Note: Remember to ask the store manager for specific parking details.
14. They’re always open.
I don’t know about you, but I love hitting up Walmart around 11 PM when the kids are asleep and I can take my sweet time strolling the aisles. The stores are less crowded then, too.
Note: Check with your local Walmart location to see what their hours are. While most Walmarts are open 24/7, there are some stores in suburban areas that close early.
15. Clearance items can be found frequently and for as low as $1.
Clearance prices are even lower than rollback prices at Walmart. I’ve purchased baby clothes, dresses, and even packs of socks for just $1. Look for the best clearance sales at the end of each season or when new products are being introduced and the store needs space. The sales, inventory, and prices may vary at every store, but it’s typical for every Walmart store to have clearance items. Often, coupons and/or rebate apps can be applied to clearance items in grocery, health, or beauty products for even more savings!
16. The selection of products and services is unbeatable.
A typical grocery store carries 30,000 – 50,000 individual products. A Walmart Supercenter carries an average 142,000 different items. I mean… really, where else can you shop for aquarium fish, organic produce, face wash, and a TV all while getting your tires and oil changed?