Walmart is known for its everyday low prices — and you can always find something on clearance. But when’s the best time to find clearance, and how do you know if it’s worth it?
I did some digging so you can know you’re getting the best deal when you shop Walmart clearance.
1. Clearance is marked within the first five days of the month.
The best time to find the widest selection of clearance at Walmart is right after it’s all been marked down, which happens at the beginning of each month.
2. Some Walmarts have a clearance aisle, and some have clearance items spread throughout the store.
And some have both. I haven’t seen many Walmarts that have an aisle just for clearance, but don’t expect to see that at most locations. It never hurts to ask.
Regardless, just keep an eye open for the yellow-and-white stickers, and look on end shelves.
3. Produce, meat and bakery items are marked down one day before their “best by” date.
They are all typically marked down the day prior at 8 p.m.
4. Ask a worker for a price reduction if a produce item is unmarked.
Read the fine print! If you find something that’s going out of date the next day that hasn’t already been marked, you can ask a worker and they’ll typically mark it down for you.
5. Save up to 90% on toy clearance.
Find great prices on toys during January and July — when most clearance hits around 75% off — with discounts reaching up to 90% off the original price.
6. Use Brickseek to find additional items at other stores.
Let’s say you find some makeup that’s supposed to be clearanced, but it’s all sold out.
You can copy the UPC and type it in on Brickseek to see if other stores have it and if it’s also discounted.
7. Corporate tells locations to mark down items, but managers can discount them even more.
Unlike Target, Walmart stores can have clearance sales unique to their location. If something’s on clearance at one store, that doesn’t mean it will be the same price at all stores.
8. Save up to $1 per can of food when you buy dented cans.
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.
9. Shop after-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, they start selling the last season’s decor for at least 50% off (and the discounts go up from there).
10. Clearance prices will never go back up — Rollbacks can.
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.
11. Clearance USUALLY ends in $0.00 — but doesn’t always.
The majority of clearance I found ended in 0, but it’s not always the case. Don’t focus solely on the last number. Make sure you’re checking it against its original price.
12. Type “clearance” into Walmart’s search bar to find online clearance.
It’s that easy. From there you can refine your search or browse all clearance.
13. If you find an item you want discounted 60% or more, buy it now.
The likelihood of getting a steeper discount is pretty dang low.
A pretty good average to stay above is 60%. If it’s under that, it’ll probably be discounted further.