It’s official: Walmart is everywhere and almost always has the lowest price around.
Love it or hate it, we’ve got the best tips for making the most out of your Walmart experience.
1. Buy groceries online and pick them up at the store for free.
Walmart, you had me at “you don’t have to get your kids out of the car to get your groceries.”
Shop online for groceries, pay online or through the Walmart app, then pick your groceries up at your store. For free.
2. Get $10.00 off your first online grocery order plus $10.00 every time you refer a friend.
First, get your discount. You can always get $10.00 off your first grocery purchase of $50.00 or more. Just sign up through Walmart’s grocery pickup, shop and order your groceries, and use promo code WOWFRESH at checkout.
And after that, refer up to 20 friends per year to get $10.00 per friend credited to your Walmart.com account. I won’t admit how many times I’ve shared my referral code with my Facebook friends.
3. Walmart’s in-store pickup discount gets you an automatic 5-10% off select items, plus they ship free to store.
They call it a “pickup discount,” and you can get up to 10% back on qualifying purchases. For example, if you’re buying a $300.00 TV, you can save up to $30.00!
Plus there are three different ways to get your items shipped without paying a dime:
- Get free 2-day shipping with no membership fee when you spend over $35.00 at Walmart.com (unless you live in Hawaii or Alaska).
- Get free ship-to-store on thousands of items.
- Get free same-day pickup on items in stock in your area.
4. See a Freeosk? Grab a free deluxe-sized sample.
- Trolli Sour Brite Crawlers
- Cuties Mandarin Oranges
- Full-sized Clif Bars
- Full-sized Rice Krispies Treats
- Colgate Optic White Toothpaste
Just download the Freeosk app, and scan you phone or text FREEME to 313131, and enter the unique code at the kiosk to get freebies.
5. Return online orders without standing in line or even talking to a human.
This means when you buy something online and you don’t want it, you just get a QR code from your Walmart app, bring your item to the store, skip the line, and scan your QR code on the credit card machine.
6. Some Great Value brand items are actually made by brand names.
For example: spices (same as McCormick), canned vegetables (same as Green Giant), and whipped topping (same as Cool Whip).
In addition to Great Value groceries, Walmart has three other generic store brands:
- Sam’s Choice: “Upscale” or organic groceries
- Parent’s Choice: Baby products
- Equate: Personal care, medicine and health products
7. Price tags ending in 0 or 1 are final sale.
Prices ending with a 0 or 1 are final markdown prices at Walmart. Also important: Prices ending with a 7 are full price. Prices ending with a 5 are the first markdown price. Usually these will get marked down again.
Always check inventory levels and buy accordingly. If you find a clearance-tagged item ending in 5 and there are tons of them left, it’s worth it to wait and check when the item is even cheaper.
8. Walmart pays out overage when you use coupons valued at more than an item’s retail price.
You can use the “overage” toward other items in your cart, but your cashier can’t hand you the difference back in cash.
For example: If you buy one loaf of Franz bread at $1.97, and your coupon is for $2.00 off one loaf, Walmart gives you $0.03 overage towards your other purchases.
9. Use your Walmart gift cards at Sam’s Club.
10. Beware of Walmart “clearance” stickers, because they’re sometimes covering up lower prices.
Always peel back and check under the clearance sticker, compare the “clearance” price to the original price, or check Amazon for the regular retail price of your item before you buy, just to make sure you’re not getting bamboozled.
For example, this item was marked at $29.96, but when we peeled back the sticker, we found it was previously $19.00.
11. Look for the best prices on electronics inside the locked glass cases.
High-end electronics clearance is kept behind the glass case or under the counter in the electronics section. Make sure to check this hidden spot especially in the fall as brands are releasing their newer products in time for the holidays.
12. Don’t buy electronics until you’ve scoured the refurbished section on Walmart.com.
Get the deepest discounts, especially on electronics, by buying refurbished from Walmart.com. (Especially when they still come with the manufacturer’s warranty).
Refurbished electronics are often in perfect condition but were returned for minor issues. Once the manufacturer fixes them up, you save hundreds by buying refurbished electronics and get the same product as buying brand new.
Just type “refurbished” into the search bar on Walmart.com, and scroll through the deals.
I found a refurbished XBox One on Walmart.com for only $299.00. That’s $100 savings over the in-store price of $399.00!
13. Ask your bakery and meat department for a discount on almost-expired items.
Meat also gets discounted 30-50% when it expires, so try asking your butcher for a discount a day before the expiration date.
If all else fails, look for markdowns in the evening on both of these food items!
14. Walmart no longer price matches…officially.
Price matching as we knew it at Walmart is totally gone.
15. Type “clearance” into the Walmart.com search bar to find hidden online clearance deals.
Instead of trying to hunt down clearance deals one department at a time, just type “clearance” into the search bar at Walmart.com to find all the clearance in one place.
Stores may not always tag the item. You can use the scanner in the app (located to the right of the search bar) to check the price of an item.
16. Get $4.00 generic prescriptions at Walmart Pharmacies.
17. Buy holiday clearance three days after the holiday — it hits 90% off.
Get 50% off holiday clearance the day after the holiday and 90% off three days after.
General rule: If there’s a ton of stock, it’s safe to wait for three days to buy. But if there are only a couple, snatch them up at 50% off.
18. Walmart’s everyday low prices beat Target‘s prices 86% of the time.
We compared 100 items, and Walmart beat Target’s price 86% of the time. The thing to buy at Target instead of Walmart? Diapers.
Diapers are actually $0.05 cheaper at Target, so skip buying diapers at Walmart.
20. Walmart’s Great Value brand is (basically) the cheapest gluten-free around.
The only real rival here is ALDI, but since ALDI isn’t in many cities, I’m crowning Walmart winner overall.
Walmart’s prices are about 50% of what name-brand gluten-free brands charge.
Gluten-free sandwich cookies:
- Glutino Gluten-Free Pretzel Twists, 8oz bag : $4.58
- Great Value Gluten-Free Pretzel Twists, 8oz bag: $2.58
21. Skip the Dollar Tree for party supplies; buy $0.97 supplies and $0.49 greeting cards at Walmart instead.
At $0.97 for plates, napkins, silverware and tons of other party supplies, Walmart actually beats dollar store prices by $0.03 for the same number of plates. So save yourself a trip, and grab these at Walmart instead.
22. Pick up exclusive high-value coupons at Walmart sample displays.
Walmart sample venders offer more than just a free snack. Grab a bite and check the counter as well, because these coupons are often very high value (think over $1.00) on items that are new to the market.
23. Check all the end-caps for hidden clearance.
End-caps (the end sections of aisles) are the place to check for clearance in each department. Clearance varies wildly by store, but in general, check clearance during the following times:
- February – March: Heavy coats, winter clothes and boots.
- Late August – September: Swimsuits, summer decor, pool toys, dorm supplies and school supplies.
- Late October – early November: Fall decor, summer clothing and shoes, short-sleeved coats and jackets.
24. Buy craft supplies at Walmart and pay 40% less than you’d pay at JOANN Fabrics and Crafts.
Okay, so it’s true that you can get 40% off using the always-available coupon stores like JOANN Fabrics and Crafts, Hobby Lobby and Michaels offers. But at those stores, you’ll just get 40% off one item. Shop at Walmart instead and get 40% off brand-name fabric, yarn, fabric paint, knitting needles, etc.
Check it out:
Lion Brand Hometown USA Yarn:
Tulip Dimensional Fabric Paint:
25. Get clothing basics like tees, tank tops and onesies for under $2.
There is no cheaper place to pick up “regular-priced” tank tops and tees for the family:
- Women’s basic No Boundaries tank tops: $1.68
- Girls’ Garanimals Long Sleeved Solid Tees: $3.88
- Baby Newborn Baby Boys’ Garanimal Long Sleeved Bodysuit: $3.88
Plus, if you check seasonal clearance, you can score shirts, pants, shorts and clothes for kids for only $1.00.
26. Work at Walmart for 15 years, and you’ll get a lifetime 10% discount.
It’s rare to see an employee discount that applies for a lifetime.
Walmart employees get 10% off at Walmart and Walmart.com. Plus, once you’ve worked at Walmart for 15 years, you earn a 10% discount at all their stores for life!