Everyday low prices are great and all, but Walmart clearance can save you so much more. Any smart shopper’s gotta know how to find Walmart hidden clearance items and learn when to shop Walmart clearance in order to be a savings master. Did you know you can even find TVs on clearance at Walmart?!
I did some digging so you can know you’re getting the best deal when you shop Walmart clearance.
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1. Buy Walmart clearance toys when they hit 75% off in December and July.
If there’s one thing to keep your eyes peeled for when shopping, it’s for Walmart clearance toys. Kids lose interest in toys so fast and someone is always having a birthday party — so why not load up the toy closet for cheap?!
Find great prices on Walmart clearance toys starting in mid-December and July — when most clearance hits around 75% off — with discounts reaching up to 90% off the original price. In December 2021, I was able to grab a Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Lil Gamer Toy for $3.87 (reg. $9.99), Tonka Hard Hat Playset for $5.67 (reg. $28.95), Play-Doh Kitchen Set for $5.81 (reg. $14.96), and Melissa & Doug Doctor’s Office Set for $19.15 (reg. $79.99) just to name a few.
Towards the end of the sale, the toys that are left over will hit 90% off. But this selection is very thin. Although you could get toys for 90% off, I vote to buy them at 75% off so you have a wider selection.
2. Search for Walmart clearance online easily.
Don’t fret if you can’t go in store to hunt for Walmart clearance deals. Just head to Walmart.com and search “clearance.” From there you can taper down the search from product category, price, etc. I recommend going to “Retailer” and check off Walmart. This gives you only product sold and shipped by Walmart. You can also go to “Special Offers” and check off “Clearance.”
3. Use Brickseek to find hidden Walmart TV clearance.
The best time to buy a TV is late February through March. Starting in February, many stores have clearance sales as they make way for new TV models. If you’re in need of a TV now, your secret weapon is the Brickseek app to find Walmart TV clearance.
Brickseek.com is a great tool to use before going to the store to make a plan of what to look for. It’s a free website that reports store inventory by DPCI (department/class/item) or UPC (universal product code) at Target, Walmart, Lowe’s, and other retailers.
In Brickseek, search for products you want, and it’ll give you the best available Walmart clearance deals. One goody I found in November 2021 was a 65″ Onn Roku TV for $299 (reg. $494). Clearance TVs are still located in the electronics department but sometimes won’t be marked. If you think it’s a clearance item, just ask the associate to price check it for you.
4. Use Brickseek to find additional items at other Walmarts.
Let’s say you find some makeup that’s supposed to be on clearance, but it’s all sold out.
Search the item name or paste its UPC into the Brickseek inventory checker to see if it’s available in other stores and still on clearance. (This is how I knew what store to go to for the TV in the tip above.)
Brickseek has three different membership types. There is a free membership that lets you look up local store inventory, a $9.99 per month premium membership that gives you early access to deals, then an extreme deal hunter membership for $29.99 a month. If you’re planning to be an extreme clearance hunter, check them out to see if any are worth it for you.
5. Use the Walmart app to find hidden clearance in store.
If you’re not certain whether or not something is on clearance, just scan it in the Walmart app. If you have location services turned on, it’ll show you the current in-store price of the item.
In the app, go into the “Services” then “Store Tools” tab to scan prices with the “Check a price” tool. Note that lately this method has been hit or miss.
6. Most Walmart clearance markdowns happen within the first five days of the month.
If you want to be the first to score clearance deals at Walmart, be prepared to head there the first five days of the month. That’s when the most markdowns and the widest selection of clearance happens. Clearance items will still get marked down throughout the month depending on seasonal items and inventory, so always keep an eye out.
7. Look throughout the store for deals.
Don’t just beeline for the Walmart clearance section on your next trip to the store. Some stores leave clearance items on endcaps throughout the store or even tucked away in their respective aisles. I tend to find a lot down in the “home” section or near the garden (if your store has one still) until something else replaces them on the shelf. Electronic clearance items will still be in the security case too, so don’t be afraid to ask an employee to get them out for you.
Search the store, keep your eyes peeled for clearance stickers, and always check the endcaps.
8. Produce, meat, and bakery items go on clearance one day before their ‘best by’ date.
I’ve heard managers refer to this as a “customer value markdown.” Basically, they’ll mark down the items the day before their “best by” date, typically around 8 p.m. My store has a big wire rack of all the bakery items down by the milk and eggs section. I love to go there late at night to grab donuts for the kids to munch on in the morning.
But, if you notice that it’s the day before the “best by” date and it’s not marked down, simply bring it to a manager. If the system allows it, they’ll go ahead and mark it down for you. It doesn’t hurt to ask!
If the item’s starting to look pretty rough (think those strawberries you left in your fridge for too long), they won’t sell them at all.
9. Look out for dented cans and save a few bucks.
Most Walmarts will have a spot in the store where they put dented cans and discount them. Ask a worker to help you find this spot, or if you find a damaged item without a discount, ask for one.
Keep in mind, the dent can’t be too big and can’t be along the seams of the can. If that’s the case, the can gets thrown out.
10. Shop Walmart holiday clearance to get the lowest prices on seasonal items.
Shop a year early for all your holiday decorations to get the lowest prices.
When they’re trying to clear the shelves for the next holiday, Walmart starts selling the last season’s decor for at least 50% off (and the discounts go up from there the farther out you get from the holiday).
For example, Walmart Christmas clearance will start the very next day after the holiday. Walmart Christmas clearance begins at 50% off on Dec. 26, and will climb to 75% off between Dec. 31 and Jan. 10. Eventually, by about January 11th, Christmas clearance will hit 90% off.
Plus, you’ll get major deals on holiday-related items beyond decorations. For the past few years, I’ve used Valentine’s Day candy for Easter. My tip is to try and grab the not-so-holiday-looking items so I can repurpose them.
Walmart holiday clearance can be a little unconventional too. Halloween 2021 clearance included Wet Brushes with Disney Villains on them. At first glance, I wouldn’t ever think to scan these items, but sure enough, they were included.
11. … Or look for Walmart secret clearance on holiday items right when they hit the floor.
Now, you know all about the mad rush to get Walmart clearance sale items right after the holiday. But did you ever think to check for, say, Walmart Christmas clearance when the holiday items are fresh on the floor?
Sometimes Walmart puts holiday or Christmas clearance from last year on display to sell this year. In November 2021, my Walmart put the Elf on the Shelf Present Pileup board game near this season’s toys. The price tag on the display showed $31.52 but it scanned for $15.88. Can’t beat that, right?!
12. Ask store managers about any additional Walmart clearance sale markdowns.
Unlike Target, Walmart stores can have clearance sales unique to their location. Even if the clearance deal seems pretty good, the manager might give you an additional discount if it’s merchandise they’re trying to move.
In April 2021, I saw on Instagram that people were getting these nice gaming monitors for 50% off. Ironically, my family was in the market for a new monitor. My closest Walmart didn’t have any in stock but did confirm the low clearance price. I drove over to a Walmart that had it in stock, but when I got to the electronics department, the price tag showed full price! I told the manager, who saw it was a discontinued product. I just asked him if he would honor the clearance price that the other location was offering, and he did!
Basically, it never hurts to ask!
PRO TIP: Miss a Walmart clearance deal? Walmart doesn’t have an official rain check policy, but it’s up to the manager’s discretion. Always make sure to ask if something you bought hits the clearance aisle a couple weeks later.
13. Use Instagram to find Walmart secret clearance.
Finding Walmart secret clearance items throughout the store can sometimes feel like searching for a needle in a haystack. This is where Instagram comes into play. I like to use hashtags to see what others have found.
Some that are helpful are:
Searching these hashtags through Instagram before heading to the store can give you a little bit of an idea of what others have found. These are items that may not have a clearance sticker on them, or may be marked down more than what the sticker says.
In November 2021, I saw on Instagram that there were 8-inch tablets on clearance for $29, regularly $99. I checked Brickseek and saw my store showed 6+ in stock for $29. When I went to my Walmart, they were in the glass case in the electronics department marked $99 — but sure enough, they rang up $29.
14. Don’t look too deep into the last number on clearance tags.
If you’ve been deal hunting for a bit, you’ve probably heard there are certain “secrets” about Walmart price tags. I’ve heard people saying all Walmart clearance ends in “00” or that any item price ending in a “1” is the lowest it’ll be marked down.
Don’t believe the hype. All the price tag rumors I’ve come across aren’t true, except that Walmart clearance items will continue to see a price drop once per month until they sell. So don’t get hung up on the numbers.
15. You can return Walmart clearance items.
When it comes to Walmart returns, if you picked up a clearance item you weren’t happy with, you can return it just like any other item. As long as you’ve got proof of purchase, you’ve got 90 days for pretty much everything.
16. Don’t expect clearance prices to go back up — they’re not like Rollback prices.
Once an item is marked as clearance, it can still drop in price, but it’s not going to go back to its original price.
Rollbacks, however, can go back to their regular price.
Good luck on your Walmart clearance hunt! Make sure to drop some of the best deals you see in the comments.