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Everyday low prices are great and all, but Walmart secret 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 a Walmart clearance sale.

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1. Buy Walmart clearance toys when they hit 75% off in December and July.

A person's hand holding up a Marvel Avengers toy in front of clearance signs at Walmart.

If there’s one thing to keep your eyes peeled for when shopping, it’s 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.

Toward the end of the sale, the toys that are left over will hit 90% off. But the selection by then 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.

A person using a laptop to look at the Walmart toy catalog on their website.

Don’t fret if you can’t go in the store to hunt for Walmart clearance deals. Just head to Walmart.com and search “clearance.” From there, you’ll have the option to view all clearance or clearance under specific dollar amounts. You can also choose to filter by “in store” which will give you the clearance products that can be picked up in store.

 

3. Use BrickSeek to find Walmart hidden clearance TVs.

A person's hand holding up a cell phone displaying BrickSeek.com's Walmart Inventory Checker in front of the display TVs in Walmart's electronic department.

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 and app (iOS / Android) 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 for Walmart Clearance to find additional items.

A person's hands holding a cell phone displaying BrickSeek.com's Walmart Inventory Checker in front of an empty shelf.

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’s 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 out the memberships to see if any are worth it for you.

 

5. Use the Walmart app to find hidden clearance in store.

A person's hand holding up their phone displaying the results from scanning a box of Pampers Cruisers on the Walmart app in a Walmart clearance aisle.

If you’re not sure 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 “Services” then the “Store Tools” tab to scan prices with the “Check a price” tool. Note that lately this method has been hit or miss.

Scanning in the Walmart app works excellently for Walmart+ members. If you don’t have Walmart+, be sure to have your location set to the store you’re in and connect to the Walmart Wi-Fi. This way you, too, will find the clearance prices without paying for Walmart+.

 

 

6. Most Walmart clearance markdowns happen within the first five days of the month.

A roll of Walmart clearance price stickers hanging off of a Walmart employee's cart.

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.

A display of items at Walmart with a large, bright-yellow Clearance sign on top of the shelf.

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 of Walmart clearance items down in the “Home” section or near the garden (if your store still has one) until something else replaces them on the shelf. Electronic clearance items will still be in the security case, 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.

A person's hands holding two stacked containers of clearance cupcakes in front of other baked goods at Walmart.

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. the night before that date. My store has a big wire rack of all the bakery items by the milk and eggs section. I love to go there late at night to grab discounted 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.

A person's hand taking some dented cans of food with clearance stickers off of a shelf of more dented cans of food at Walmart.

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.

PRO TIP: You can still use manufacturer coupons on dented cans as well as take advantage of rebates from apps like Ibotta and Checkout 51.

See the best food coupons available now.

 

10. Shop Walmart holiday clearance to get the lowest prices on seasonal items.

A person's hand holding up a box of Holiday Time string lights next to a sign that reads, "Clearance Christmas 90% off" on a Christmas Clearance shelf at Walmart

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 last season’s decor for at least 50% off (and the discounts go up from there the farther out you get from the holiday).

A graphic showing Walmart's Christmas clearance schedule. 50% off on December 26th, 75% off on December 31st, and 90% off on January 11th.

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 11, Christmas clearance will hit 90% off.

Plus, you’ll get major deals on holiday-related items beyond just 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.

Love Disney? See all the Disney deals here.

 

 

11. … Or look for Walmart secret clearance on holiday items right when they hit the floor.

Someone price checking a Little Tikes My First Pet Checkup set at Walmart during the Christmas Toy Clearance. The price checker reads "$29.00

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 store 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?! (Note: Some Walmart locations have removed scanners completely from the store floor. But you can still scan with your Walmart app.)

 

12. Ask store managers about any additional Walmart clearance sale markdowns.

A woman standing in a Walmart checkout lane, holding her wallet and talking to the cashier and manager.

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 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 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.

A person holding their cellphone searching Instagram hashtags for #walmartclearance in front of a Walmart shopping cart full of clearance items.

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 hashtags that are helpful are:

Searching these hashtags on 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 for $29.

 

14. Don’t look too deep into the last number on clearance tags.

A close-up of a Walmart Clearance tag on a shelf, marking an item at $5.00

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.

People standing in line for the Services desk in Walmart to return 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 have 90 days to return pretty much everything.

 

16. Don’t expect clearance prices to go back up — they’re not like Walmart Rollback prices.

A Walmart employee changing the price on a sign above some printers.

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.

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