20 Incredibly Useful Ways to Save Money at Walmart

September 29, 2016
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Like them or not, Walmart has some pretty mind blowing deals. It seems that you just can’t find a retailer that offers consistently low prices like Walmart. Well, just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, we’ve compiled a list of ways that you can save even more money at your local Walmart. Keep reading for secret codes, dollar items, and tips and tricks to keep your wallet stuffed with cash and your cart filled with stuff—both in-store and online.

Walmart Savings and Coupon Deals

  1. Download the Walmart App
    You can use the Walmart app to create a shopping list, check item prices, look at current Rollbacks in your local store, view the weekly flyer, and much, much more. The Walmart app is beneficial for those looking to save money, because it helps you organize your shopping habits and locate deals quickly. You won’t lose a dollar with this app.
  1. Know the Secret Markdown Codes
    No one’s going to tell you this one—we promise. Check the price tag to find out if the item is the original price, first markdown, or the final markdown. Let it steer your buying decisions.Original price: $__._7
    First markdown:  $__._5
    Final markdown: $__._1, won’t be discounted any further.For example, if the price of a box of diapers ends in one, and that’s your favorite brand, go ahead and buy it. Walmart has the lowest prices in town, so the price tag you’re looking at is probably the best it’s going to get. However, if the price tag ends in 7, wait a little while if you’re able to. Chances are, that item’s price will drop within a few weeks.
  1. Online Price Match
    Don’t make a purchase at Walmart until you’ve checked the online store for a better price. Walmart will match online prices for in-store purchases. Just pull the item up on your phone at the register and show the cashier. They will modify the price on the spot. This works for most items, including big ticket items. Don’t forget this piece of advice next time you’re shopping for a brand new laptop computer, lawnmower, or another product of comparable value.
  1. Use the Savings Catcher App
    If a local competitor is offering a lower advertised price on an item you purchased from Walmart, you can use the Savings Catcher app to redeem the difference in price. Simply submit the receipt to the app. The Savings Catcher app will compare the price of the item you purchased to local ads. If the ads are valid, Walmart will put the difference in cost on a Walmart eGift Card. It’s basically a rebate. Additional information, item exclusions, and receipt submittal options can be found here.
  1. Get Free Shipping from Walmart.com
    If you do a good deal of shopping on Walmart.com, just be aware if you spend more than fifty dollars in one order; this limit puts you over the edge to receive free shipping. Word to the wise: don’t add items to your order just to meet the fifty-dollar minimum. It’s not worth it. At that point, you’re not saving—you’re spending. However, if you make relatively large, necessary purchases, feel free to take advantage of the free shipping option.
  1. Check out Clearance Stuff
    Clearance items are scattered all around Walmart in their respective departments. When you shop, you’ll notice the white and red clearance tags. Keep an eye out for them while you’re shopping, so you don’t miss out on a killer deal. Don’t overlook the endcaps. One warning to those looking for clearance grocery items: be sure to check the expiration dates. Walmart has been caught putting expired bags of chips on clearance.

Do the kids need clothes? How about you or your partner? If so, don’t miss the blowout clothing sales at the end of each season. Deals apply to men’s, women’s, and children’s clothing. Kids clothing, in particular, can range from one to three dollars. In some instances, customers have even found printed sandals for as low as 25 cents. Think ahead on these things. Can you bank on the kids growing into a size five by next summer? Awesome. Pick them out a pair of shoes for next year and keep your wallet (and closet) packed to the brim…for cheap!

  1. Shop Early in the Morning for Grocery Deals
    Other retailers recommend that you should shop at night for the best grocery deals. Walmart has a different schedule. For incomparable grocery deals at Walmart, shop early in the morning. That’s when you’ll find the best deals on grocery items. In addition, check out the meat section, as it’s usually discounted by 8 am. This is a great time to get dibs on the best steaks, chicken breasts, salmon filets, and more. You can also try forming a working acquaintanceship with your butcher, who knows the sale cycle for when certain meats will go on sale or not. Get to the store bright and early to snatch up the bargains before other folks have a chance to pick it over—after all, food is expensive.
  1. Get $1 Deals
    Maybe you’re low on money and need to scrounge up food for dinner. Maybe you have a terrible cold, but no money to treat it. Maybe you need eyeliner for your night out and don’t want to invest in something expensive. No worries! Buy 1 dollar items at Walmart. This can include anything from Hamburger Helper, Starkist Tuna, Zicam cold remedy, to various makeup items. Check out this helpful website for a full list of items that cost a dollar or less at your local Walmart.
  2. Use Ibotta for Cash Rebates
    The Ibotta app will give you cash back when you shop at participating retailers. Download the app onto your phone, and select a retailer (Walmart). Next, select an item and its associated rebate. When you choose an item, make sure it’s something you want to purchase. Complete one or more simple tasks as prompted by the Ibotta app to unlock cash rewards. From here, go to your local Walmart and purchase the unlocked items. Take a photo of your receipt and submit it to Ibotta. The cash rebate will be deposited in your Ibotta account within 48 hours.
  3. Clip Coupons
    While the Walmart circular is a great place to find coupons, don’t forget to check online for even more. Check out the coupon section of Walmart’s website for coupons that pertain to your local store. There’s a print option right on the page. You can even choose to print all of the coupons at once if you don’t feel like browsing online. Another benefit of this option is that you can search for specific coupons on the website versus thumbing through the circular.
  1. Shop Online and Use In-Store Pickup.
    If you’ve done price comparisons between instore items and items listed on com, you’ll notice that online items are cheaper in some instances. Save time and money by ordering items online and having them shipped to your local store. Shipping is free and takes between 6-9 business days. Sometimes you’ll get lucky and the order will be ready within 4 hours. Just call the store for updates. Check out the Free Pickup option to learn more.
  1. Learn About Roll Back Prices
    What’s the difference between a rollback price and a price reduction? Rollbacks are temporary. The cost of an item is reduced temporarily, and can return to normal at any given time. Rollbacks can be found online or instore, and are particularly useful if you want to save money on a big ticket item, like a mattress or furniture, for example. However, roll back prices are applied to a variety of different items in no particular pattern. This is great if you want to purchase cheap food, cosmetics, or even clothing. The Rollbacks will vary per store, but you can check here to see what rollbacks are happening at your local Walmart store.
  1. Buy Baked Goods from Yesterday
    Yesterday’s baked goods are marked down for quick sale the following day. Buying baked goods from yesterday means that you save a few bucks on muffins or bagels for the whole family. Instead of paying $4.99 for five muffins made that day, grab the same amount of quick sale muffins for $1.99. Consider buying a small loaf of quick sale bread and using it within a few days or a week. If you’re not going to use it right away, you can always freeze it. Nothing says “yummy!” like expensive tasting artisan bread that’s been knocked down to just one dollar.
  1. Check Twitter for Deals
    Check out Walmart on Twitter for new deals, offers and updates. The site is updated frequently, so make sure to subscribe—especially if you like to stay conscious about current sales and deals. Walmart also tweets relevant news items, so you’ll have to scan the page for current offers.
  1. Buy Refurbished Electronics
    Are you in the market for a new phone, tablet, or laptop computer? Well, you can park your cart here. Walmart’s got your back. With great deals on refurbished electronics, you’re sure to get a deal of a lifetime. Walmart will give you anywhere from 75 dollars to several hundred dollars off of refurbished electronics. Imagine spending 215 dollars on a Samsung laptop instead of the original cost of 500 dollars. Honestly, you just can’t beat it. If you’re willing to purchase a used item, this is a great option for you. Refurbished items are restored and sold in excellent condition—like new, essentially.
  1. Don’t Delete Emails from Walmart
    Sign up with Walmart’s Daily Savings Center to have daily deals emailed to your account. Don’t delete the emails! You could be missing some serious savings. Not a fan of scanning every email? Try Paribus. This program scans your email archives for e-receipts you received for online purchases. If Paribus sees that you’ve purchased anything from the 16 retailers listed on their website, (Walmart included) it will track the item’s price. You’ll be issued a refund anytime the price drops.
  1. Work the Overage Policy
    Walmart is one of the few retailers who will give you cash—yes, pay you—if a coupon’s value exceeds the cost of an item. Take advantage of this excellent opportunity to save and earn cash. Learn how to stack deals by applying multiple discounts and coupons to one item. Yes, it’s a lot of footwork in terms of clipping coupons and identifying deals, but it’s worth it if shaving down the bill is your main prerogative. Check out Walmart.com and coupon websites for quick access to specific item deals. Don’t forget the weekly circular, either.
  1. Free Samples
    You can order free samples from Walmart’s website. Sometimes you can even get a few coupons, too. This is obviously hit or miss for some people. On occasion, we don’t want what’s being offered, but that’s okay—because sometimes we will. And, even if we don’t want what’s being offered, the local food-bank or women’s shelter will! That’s why it’s important to check the free-samples portion of Walmart’s website, as the items are switched out for new ones on a weekly basis. There’s nothing like a freebie.
  1. Fill Prescriptions for $4
    If you’ve been spending scads of money on expensive medication, spend no more—because Walmart will fill a plethora of prescriptions for just four dollars. The list of accepted medications is huge, and ranges to anything from mental health medication, antibiotic treatments, to oral contraceptives. Review this list to see if your medication qualifies.
  1. Go to Events
    Every so often, Walmart throws an event or two and attendees get to reap the benefits. Think Black Friday Sales Event. You can save big on tons of items during these special occasions (as jam packed as the store might be). In addition, there are other smaller events that take place over the year, like the Fourth of July Event, where customers saved lots of money on seasonal and summer items. As always, there are plenty of coupon books to go around. It’s bargain galore, so don’t miss out.

Can you contribute any Walmart savings tips? We’d love to hear from you! Just place your tips in the comment section below and help a fellow community member out!

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