Whether you’re a mom of four, a college student fresh out of your parent’s house, or a young professional living with a roommate or two, chances are you’ve shopped a few times at Walmart. This discount retail giant is everywhere which makes it an easy choice for shoppers of all ages.
But more than its seeming omnipresence, shoppers enjoy shopping at Walmart because of its great variety and competitive pricing. Where else can you find groceries, consumer electronics, makeup, school supplies and more for the lowest prices in the US?
But did you know that on top of Walmart’s savings guarantees, you can still pinch a few extra dollars whenever you shop there? Here are ten smart ways to save more money at Walmart.
Use the Store Pickup Service
If life gets the better half of your time most days, chances are online shopping is a lifesaver for you. But the price of convenience can sometimes run steep. At Walmart, you can shop online for anything you might need and for a minimum of $35, you can either take advantage of their free shipping or opt to have your order sent to your local store and pick it up there at no extra charge.
What’s more, you can also get an extra discount through their Pickup Discount service. Walmart is now offering a discount on eligible, online-only (non-store) items that you buy online and ship to any Walmart store for pick up.
Shop Early for Grocery Discounts
Most people already know they can find deals on day old bakery items like bread. But the same can be said about the meat counter. Always check for meat that has been discounted because it has neared its sell by date. Normally you can find these markdowns all in one place and early in the morning just to be sure you get to it before its been picked through.
Another thing is to make friends with the meat department and find out what days and times their store normally does their markdowns and then BE THERE. Let’s face it the meat portion of anyone’s grocery bill can eat up more than half, so saving i this area is a plus.
Opt for Store Brand Products
Name brands items, while beloved by many, have practically the same ingredients as generic brands and Walmart’s Great Value Brand. They offer cheaper options for things like detergent, food items, cleaning products, and more.
It’s easy enough to check the ingredients to see if they are the same or close. Also ingredients are listed in the order of how much is in an item. So, if they have the same ingredients in the same order – you’ve been paying more for a pretty label.
Buy Organic at Walmart
Organic products are notorious for being overly expensive when you buy them at other stores. But if you’re keen on providing your family with food that is free from harmful pesticides and inorganic fertilizers, check out Walmart’s organic produce. They are up to 50% cheaper than what you can buy at stores like Whole Foods.
Don’t Forget the Clearance Racks
Walmart has excellent clearance deals that are yours for the taking if you know where to find them. Usually, clearance racks are located near the toy or the lawn and garden department. You can score great discounts as long as you’re patient enough to comb through the items here.
Take Advantage of $1 Deals
Just like dollar stores, Walmart also sells certain items such as personal care products, trial sized items, gift bags, and greeting cards for $1 or less. Admittedly, the selection isn’t as immense as stores like Dollar Tree but you can still get competitively-priced items here.
Snag Free Samples Before You Buy Full-Sized Products
Walking through Walmart’s aisles, chances are you’ll find people offering free samples of new products they want to promote. Take advantage of this.
Bonus tip: these samples also often come with discount coupons
you can use for even more savings.
Use a Cashback App
You can earn money while you shop for anything and everything at Walmart using cashback apps. Apps like Ibotta, Receipt Hog, and Dosh let you earn rewards by simply uploading a receipt of their participating offers.
Shop Big Sales Events
Walmart is big on holidays, seasons, and special sales events. On Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and throughout the entire winter holiday shopping season, you can find awesome deals on TVs, toys, video games, Christmas sweaters, home goods, and more. Watch out for sales events on their social media and your local Walmart.
Walmart is a great place to shop if you want to save money and who doesn’t? Next time you’re at Walmart, make sure to remember these tips and put them into practice and you’ll see that you saved more than you bargained for – no pun intended – well maybe there was a pun intended… 🙂