Walmart is already known for its insanely low prices, but when you stack the coupons, price match guarantees, and other sweet deals, the savings are incredible.
Below are 11 things I do to save money at Walmart.
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1. Use cashback apps that actually work
I don't like clipping out coupons, and never have, which is why I love using Ibotta and Ebates.
For Ibotta, all you have to do is redeem which items you want to be discounted in the store, take a photo of your receipt through the app, and that's it! Ibotta is better for when you're shopping in person, although I have also used it to shop online and get cash back. You get $10 in your account when you sign up here.
You may be asking how these cash back services make money.
They're basically an affiliate, which means they get a portion of what you purchase at NO cost to you, and you get the other half. Simple and easy.
I always tell people it's silly to not use Ibotta or Ebates, especially if you shop, which I'm going to go ahead and guarantee that all of you do. 🙂
For example, Ibotta is offering $1.00 back on Colgate Toothpaste, which makes $3 toothpaste turn into $2.
If you've been following my blog for a while, you know I'm a huge fan of Ibotta. What I haven't been a fan of with Ibotta is having to upload receipts.
Drop is essentially Ibotta, but you don't have to upload any receipts. Your credit or debit card is linked to your Drop account, you automatically get points. You can get points from Uber, Walmart, HEB, Whole Foods, Instacart, and many others. You redeem points for gift cards. This makes saving money effortless.
3. Shop first thing in the morning
Many food items from the day before will be marked at a discount since all of the new food is going out that day.
You'll want to make sure to get to Walmart the second the food department area opens up as these items can be quickly bought from others who are also trying to save money on food.
With Ebates, all you have to do is go on their website and find the store you want to shop at online. The cashback money will be rewarded to your account and can be paid to you by check or PayPal. You get $10 in your account when you sign up here.
4. Walmart App
Downloading the Walmart app gives you access to discounts that you wouldn't see otherwise.
The app also lets you pay for purchases in the store with Walmart Pay, and you can even order your prescription through the app.
You can even order items through the app and check in at the store with your app and pick up the items.
Saves you a bunch of time!
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5. Use Honey to find the best coupon/discount in one click
Honey is a free website extension that I've recently come to fall in love with!
Here are just a few of the reasons why you need to add Honey to your browser:
- Find the lowest prices of the product on Walmart with one click
- Browse price history to see if the product has increased or decreased
- No longer search for coupons – one click will give you the best coupon possible
- Works on all major browsers
- Works on thousands of sites
I've personally used Honey on Amazon.
I used Honey to watch the price history over 90 days, and this little secret ended up saving me $150 on a Sony a6000.
The price kept decreasing, so I waited until it was stagnant for a while and snatched it up!
6. Free 2-day shipping
If you don't want to go to Walmart in person, you can qualify for free 2-day shipping when you purchase at least $35 worth of items.
7. Price Match at certain stores
In 2016, Walmart decided to stop their price match guarantee in 500 stores.
However, there are supposedly over 4,500 Walmart stores in the U.S., so many Walmart stores still participate in the price match guarantee.
Walmart lets the customer price match from any brick and mortar, and the item needs to be identical from both stores.
To learn more about Walmart's price match policy, you can click here.
8. Buy Refurbished
Back when I was shopping for a laptop, I made sure to check out Walmart's refurbished section on Walmart.com.
The refurbished laptops (and other electronics) come with a manufacturer's warranty to give you peace of mind.
To give you some examples or brand new versus refurbished prices, a brand new iPad Air 2 16GB is listed at $591 while a refurbished is listed at $300.
9. Buy generic or Great Value brand
Walmart is known for having cheaper options for the same product. For example, a Great Value laundry detergent will be a few dollars cheaper than a brand named laundry detergent.
This also goes for food, cleaning products, and a lot more. Great Value usually consists of the same ingredients, but just for precaution check the ingredients label.
10. Pickup discount
When you have your items delivered to a nearby Walmart instead of shipped to your house, you qualify for discounts.
The item has to be marked as “Pickup Discount Eligible” to get the discount.
You then click “choose pickup” at checkout and discounts should be applied.
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11. If you buy organic, buy it at Walmart
Though buying organic is more expensive, some people opt to eat organic foods to stay clear of harmful pesticides.
If you buy organic foods, Walmart offers prices that are up to 50% cheaper than other stores like Whole Foods or Trader Joes.
And if you can, opt to support your local farmers instead.
Many local farmers don't need to mark themselves as organic (I don't exactly know why so don't ask me), meaning their food is organic for a low price.
You're also supporting a family business, which rules!
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