Over the past few months, I’ve shared a couple of different posts featuring tips for shopping at specific retail stores. So far, I’ve shared tips for shopping at Costco and Target, and I have another installment to share with you today! :-)
Today we’ll be focusing on Walmart, a store which I personally have a bit of a soft spot for. (Fun Fact: it’s the only big box-type store in our town! Before Walmart opened here several years ago, I had to drive 20-30 minutes to another town to get anything I couldn’t find in our local grocery stores.)
In addition to being a very useful addition to my town’s retail landscape, Walmart is a budget-friendly place to shop for just about anyone! And these 15 Walmart shopping tips will help you make the most of your budget every time you shop there!
15 Walmart Shopping Tips You Need To Know About
1. Free Online Grocery Shopping
Don’t have time to wander the grocery aisles at Walmart, or maybe you just don’t want to? Do your grocery shopping online via the Walmart website or app instead!
Not only is online grocery shopping convenient, it’s actually free too! Just shop for your groceries, pay online, then pick up your stuff at the store at no additional cost to you!
2. Save $10 On Groceries
If you’re new to Walmart’s online grocery shopping program, you can save $10 on your first order of $50 or more! Just enter the coupon code WOWFRESH at checkout to get the discount.
You can also get a $10 credit for referring a friend! They’ll save $10 on their first grocery order, and you’ll get a $10 promo code too for your trouble.
3. Get A Pickup Discount
Walmart is currently offering discounts on select online-only items when you choose pickup over shipping. These pickup discounts aren’t huge, but when you factor in the shipping costs you’ll also save, those savings can add up! Learn more about Walmart’s pickup discounts here.
On the other hand, if you do want to have your item shipped to your home, there’s an easy way to score free shipping! Those who live in the contiguous U.S. can get free 2-day shipping on orders over $35 on Walmart.com.
4. Shop The Store Brand
Walmart’s main private label for grocery items is the Great Value brand. Apparently, it’s an open secret that many Great Value items are manufactured at the same facilities as Conagra brand items!
Several sources claim that Great Value brand spices are the same as McCormick brand, canned vegetables are the same as Green Giant, and whipped topping is the same as Cool Whip. I can’t personally verify the accuracy of these claims, but it certainly can’t hurt to give them a try!
5. Clearance Tags Decoded
The prices listed on clearance tags can tell you more than just how much the items costs! Prices that end in 7 reflect the item’s original price, while prices that end in 5 signify the item has been marked down.
If the price ends in 0 or 1, that price is a final markdown. The price won’t go any lower, so snap it up if it’s something you want!
6. Coupon “Overages”
Store policy at Walmart allows something called “overages” when it comes to using coupons. For example, if you have a coupon for $2 off a loaf of bread, but the price of the bread is only $1.97, that extra $0.03 would be considered an overage.
Walmart’s policy allows overages to be applied to the other items in your purchase, which is a nice little bonus!
7. Discounted Meat & Bread
If you’re willing to take a chance on meat and bread that’s close to its expiration date, you can save up to 50% off! Check the day-old racks in the bakery for 50% discounts on bread, and look for markdowns in the evening on meat items.
8. Price Check On Your Phone
Can’t find the price for an item when you’re shopping at Walmart? Use the scanner feature in the Walmart app (located to the right of the search bar) to find the price!
9. Post-Holiday Discounts
At Walmart, the best time to score deep discounts on holiday items is 3 days after the holiday. Holiday items are marked down 50% the day after the holiday, but they get marked down 90% after 3 days, so it may be worth it to wait!
10. Go For Gluten Free
When it comes to Walmart’s Great Value brand, the greatest value of all is on their gluten free items! Gluten free items from Great Value are often half the price of their name brand counterparts.
11. Keep An Eye On Clearance
It’s always worth a trip to the end-caps to see what’s on clearance! Clearance varies greatly by store, but here’s a general idea of what you can expect to find during different times of year:
- February to March – Coats, winter clothes, boots
- Late August to September – Swimwear, summer decor, pool toys, dorm decor, school supplies
- Late October to early November – Fall decor, summer clothing and shoes
12. Use Ibotta To Get Cash Back
Use the Ibotta app when you shop at Walmart to earn cash back on all sorts of items! Add the offers to your account in the app, then just snap a picture of your receipt within 24 hours of your purchase to earn cash back!
Learn more about using Ibotta on their website.
13. Free Baby Box
If you or someone you know is expecting, take advantage of a free baby box from Walmart! To get one, go to Walmart’s baby box page, enter your information, and they’ll ship it out to you free.
According to people who have gotten a baby box from Walmart, you can expect free samples of stuff like pacifiers, bottles, wipes, diapers, nursing pads, etc.
14. $4 Generic Prescriptions
Walmart pharmacies offer tons of generic prescription drugs for just $4, which can save you a ton of money over name brand ones! Check to see if generic versions of your prescriptions exist, then look at Walmart’s $4 generics list to see if yours are listed there.
15. Sneaky Clearance Stickers
According to at least a couple of unhappy shoppers online, there have been cases where a higher priced clearance tag was placed over the top of a clearance tag with a lower price. So if you’re perusing clearance items at Walmart, you may want to peel back part of the clearance sticker to make sure you’re getting the lowest price!
Do you have a favorite Walmart tip or trick?