Would you believe that 90% of Americans live within 15 minutes of a Walmart store?
Consumers spend $36.7 million every hour of the day at a Walmart store!
Walmart is known for its wide selection of products at competitively low prices. You can have an eye exam, fill you prescriptions, get your hair and nails done, buy food items, and even get on oil change for your car at these stores.
But if you think the prices at Walmart are already good, you might be surprised that they can be even better!
If you want to save more money the next time you visit, use these 7 secrets for shopping at Walmart. You’ll be surprised how much more you can save!
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Most people buy baked goods and day-old bread during the earlier part of the day. When these food items are not sold, they get marked down for consumers who shop later in the day.
But did you know that same goes for meat and other perishable goods near their sell-by dates?
Start shopping in the morning to grab these discounted deals. You can even ask your store’s butcher when they mark down meat so you can shop on that particular day.
Master The Price Tags
Are you guilty of buying an item just because it’s on sale?
But the next time you want to grab that new toaster oven or set of cutlery set, it will save you money if you master the game of price tags.
If the price ends in 7, like $4.87, it means that it’s still at its original price. Items ending in a 5 have been discounted once, while items ending with a 1 or 0 means they are in their final markdown.
If you can wait until they hit that 1 or 0 you know you’re getting the very best deal.
Did you know that you can get deeper discounts if you check out seasonal produce?
At the right time of year you can often get deep discounts on fresh in season produce. Out of season produce will always cost more and it won’t look as lush and healthy as in season, too.
Don’t Forget The Rebate
To receive cash back on your purchases while you shop at Walmart, make sure to download and sign up for a free Ibotta account.
Once you sign up, all you have to do is to take a picture of your receipt after you shop then upload it through the app. Ibotta will then reward you with cash back that you can use the next time you shop.
Shop Refurbished Or Open Box Items
If you are shopping for gadgets and appliances and you don’t want to blow all your money, try getting a refurbished item instead.
Refurbished products come with a manufacturer’s warranty to give you peace of mind.
A brand new iPad can run over $500 while a refurbished one can often be found for $300. That’s huge savings!
Shop The Best Time For Clearance
You might think that you’re already saving money by buying items on clearance. But did you know that you can save even more by knowing the best times to buy?
Clearance varies by store. However, the best times to stock up on clearance items are during the following months:
February – March:
- Winter Clothes
Late August – September:
- Swim Suits
- Summer Decor
- Pool Toys
- School Supplies
- Outdoor Supplies
Late October – Early November:
- Summer Clothing
- Summer Footwear
- Fall Decor
- Light Coats and Jackets
This is probably the easiest technique that a lot of people are taking for granted: You can use online printed or clipped coupons from the Sunday paper to take a few dollars off your total purchase!
Generic Brands Are Not Always Your Friend
Walmart’s store-brand items are as high quality as name brands yet they are as cheap as generic brands.
Try and get items like paper towels and toilet paper. Walmart’s Great Value chicken sausages, cinnamon crunch, cookies, and even detergents are as good as the well known brands.
Plus, if you have a gluten allergy or intolerance, purchasing groceries can be quite expensive. The good news is that a lot of Walmart’s Great Value brands are gluten-free so they can cater to your diet, yet they’re affordable.
Always Get Free Shipping
Paying shipping fees might eat up all the savings you get from shopping at Walmart.
But did you know that there are two ways you can get free shipping?
The first one is if you spend $50 or more online, they will ship all your purchases for free!
You can also opt to have your online purchases shipped to a local store for free. Often you can pick them up the same day you order them online.
If you want to get your items from your local store, make sure to look for items marked “pickup discount eligible”, to receive extra savings.
Learn How To Find The Hidden Deals
Did you know that there are hidden deals that you can uncover using a one keyword search at Walmart.com?
View every clearance item available in the stores by typing in “clearance” in the search bar. Change the zip code to narrow it down to your local stores and find out what’s on sale right where you shop.
You can find every on-sale item listed on your screen. It’s that easy.
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Know When To Shop Holiday
A few days after a major holiday, a lot of the holiday items are automatically marked down.
If you’re looking for insanely cheap deals on decorations, make sure to shop and stock on pumpkin carving kits, Christmas table runners, and holiday decor for every occasion in the coming year.
If you think Walmart is cheap, think again: You can save even more with these secrets!
Are there other tips we forgot to mention?