Walmart is known for low prices and huge inventories, clearance items, and its famous Rollback discounts. But there are more than a dozen other ways to save real money on a regular basis, as long as shoppers know the tips and tricks that open up savings beyond the obvious sales and discounts.
14 Hacks and Secrets for Shopping at Walmart
Catalinas are coupons that the clerk prints out at the register while putting through a purchase. Walmart will accept manufacturer coupons printed on catalinas from the registers of their competitors. Bring along coupons or discounts inside soft drink caps too -- Walmart will honor them.
Equate is Walmart's store brand for drugstore items, including everything from cough medicine and cotton swabs to smoking cessation products and vitamins. The ingredients, directions, and recommended dosages are the same as in name brands -- in fact, everything is the same but the price. For food and household goods, shop Walmart's Great Value line, which has products that are the same as familiar name brands, but with considerably lower prices.
Walmart accepts manufacturer coupons for buy-one, get-one-free deals, for money off, or even for free items, though those BOGO deals won't be accepted if they don't specify a price. Keep in mind that manufacturer coupons must have a valid expiration date, barcode, and remit address.
Walmart will honor competitor coupons, provided they haven't been duplicated and come with a valid expiration date and price for the bargain item. The coupon can be color or black and white.
Before heading to Walmart, scour favorite shopping sites for print-at-home coupons. Walmart will honor them as long as they're legible, have a valid expiration date, and are manufacturer coupons. They're even good for BOGOs, provided they're printed with a specific price.
After buying something from Walmart.com, stay alert for price drops there or on competitive online retailers -- contact customer care and get the difference matched through the store's price matching policy. Price adjustment doesn't apply to clearance items, Value Buys, Specials of the Day or 1-Hour Price Guarantees, and the item can't have been bought through the Marketplace or a third-party seller.
Several Walmart shopping experts, including those at the Penny Hoarder, encourage shoppers to buy bread -- and bakery products such as muffins -- made the day before. The logic is that since Walmart is eager to move them fast, they sell at a discount even through tasting the same as when fresh.
There's a good chance there's a factory refurbished version of an item that works and looks like new, but costs much less. Just type "refurbished" into the search bar on Walmart.com to see a variety of steeply discounted refurbished devices and more, including video games, vacuum cleaners, phones, tablets, and computers.
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