Walmart (also known to many as Wally World) is famous for offering its wide range of products at amazingly affordable prices.
But, for people who really want to know how to save serious money when they shop, these 25 super simple Walmart hacks will change the game. They’ll make you wonder why you didn’t think of them yourself!
25+ Walmart Hacks Shoppers NEED To Know In 2021
1. Look At Online Prices When Shopping In-Store
When you’re shopping at your local Walmart store, keep the Walmart app or website open on your phone, so you can quickly compare prices.
Sometimes, you’ll find better deals online than you will in-store, so it pays to do your research!
2. Exchange Your Unwanted Gift Cards For Walmart Gift Cards
If you have any unused or unwanted gift cards to stores you’ll never shop at, you can actually exchange those for Walmart gift cards! Typically, you can get 70-98% of the traded-in gift card’s value, which can all be done online!
Additionally, there are over 200+ stores that Walmart will buy gift cards from. To learn more, you can see my full guide on the Walmart gift card buy-back incentive!
Bonus tip: Walmart also buys back unwanted or unused smartphones for store credit, trade-ins, and cash in hand!
3. Price Match Your Products Online (Even With Amazon)
Simply contact Walmart Customer Care to let them know that you’ve found one of their products from another online retailer at a lower price, and they’ll match it for you.
Just be careful with which products you choose to price match. You can only use this feature on one item per day!
4. Make The Most Of Walmart’s Price Adjustment Policy
At Walmart, you don’t have to miss out on the best offers, even if they happen after you’ve made your purchase!
If you buy something from Walmart either in-store or online, just keep tabs on that product over the next seven days.
If the price drops within a week, you can take your receipt into the store you bought your product from, and they will refund the difference.
5. Buy Second Hand Electronics At Bargain Prices
If you don’t want to fork out for a brand new, full-priced phone or laptop, you can check out Walmart’s impressive selection of refurbished electronics.
They will be expertly tested and inspected, so anything you buy will be like new, but at a fraction of the price.
6. Look Out For Markdown Stickers
The yellow markdown stickers that you see on some of Walmart’s products mean that they’re being offered at a discounted price.
This could be because the marked-down item is going out of date soon or because they need to clear some stock. Either way, these stickers are a great way to spot a bargain.
Additionally, customers can also find these marks downs when downloading the Walmart App.
7. Get Cash Back With A Walmart Credit Card
As a Walmart credit cardholder, you’ll get exclusive deals that aren’t available to other shoppers.
For example, when you use your card to shop either in-store or online, you can get 5% cashback. You can also get cashback in fuel stations, restaurants, and anywhere that Mastercard is accepted.
8. Step Up Your Couponing Game
Coupons are a great money-saver, and Walmart has a great coupon policy!
Basically, if you use a manufacturer coupon for a product and it’s worth more than Walmart’s price, Walmart will take the additional dollars off your basket total.
With this policy in place, if you learn how to coupon really well, you could even end up getting cash back at the end of your shop if the coupons you use add up to more than the total value of your cart.
9. Use Printable Coupons, Too
As well as manufacturer coupons, Walmart will also accept free, print-at-home coupons.
So search through your favorite shopping sites to find the best coupons. Just make sure they have a barcode and a valid expiration date on them!
10. Subscribe To Walmart’s Weekly Newsletter
To get all of Walmart’s best deals delivered straight to you, sign up for their newsletter.
Simply scroll to the bottom of the page on their website and input your email address where it says “Enter email for weekly newsletter.” Subscribers can even get exclusive deals that other shoppers won’t have access to!
11. Do Your Shopping First Thing For Hard To Find Items
Products get restocked at Walmart all the time, but the night shift is when the shelf-stockers are at their busiest.
As a result, you’re much more likely to find all the things you need if you get in there first thing in the morning, before the daytime rush hits!
12. Purchase Prescriptions For Just $4
Walmart can help you save on your prescriptions. They offer a wide range of generic prescriptions for $4 for a 30-day run, with no insurance required. For 90-day prescriptions, the price is just $10. Have a look at what medications are included on the Walmart website.
13. Try Free Samples When You Shop
Walmart stores won’t offer free samples all the time, but when they do, you’ll be able to sample a wide range of food before you buy it. That way, you won’t have to waste your money on something you don’t like.
A handy tip to keep in mind is that they’re more likely to have samples out at the busiest times of the day.
14. Shop Seasonal
Walmart often has great offers on seasonal fresh produce. If your fruit and veg are in season, chances are you’ll get it for just pennies in your local Walmart store! So brush up on your seasonal produce and grab some great deals.
15. Find Great Discounts When You Shop In The Morning
Not only does shopping in the morning mean you’ll have a wider selection of products to choose from, but you’ll also find great deals on groceries.
At about 8 am, Walmart’s meat and bakery departments will mark down their day-old products to make way for the fresher stock, so you can bag some great bargains.
16. Keep An Eye Out For Damaged Goods
Walmart will often offer discounts on products with dented or otherwise damaged packaging.
So, when you’re looking through the canned goods or any other produce in the store, if you find items with beat-up packaging, you can request a discount at the register!
Just make sure the damage to the packaging hasn’t impacted the product’s quality or safety inside. For more insider tips like this one, you can also see my other post on Walmart clearance hacks that are sure to save you tons!
17. Shop House Brand Items
While Walmart is already known for being really reasonably priced, its own brand items will often be even cheaper than branded products.
Compare the prices of home brand essentials such as trash bags, toilet paper, and drugstore items with items from big-name brands to spot the best deals.
18. Order Your Shopping Online
You’ll spot advertisements for free samples when you browse online at Walmart.com.
Plus, Walmart has been known to send out coupons for popular products with online orders, so you’ll get more bang for your buck when you skip the queues and buy on their website.
19. Get Free Delivery When You Buy Online
You can get free delivery when you do your Walmart shopping online. Just make sure that the items in your cart add up to more than $35. Not only does this mean no extra fee for buying through the website, but you also won’t have to waste money on gas going to and from the store.
20. Pick Up Your Online Orders
If your online order isn’t eligible for free delivery, don’t worry. You can always choose to have it delivered to your local store and pick it up at no extra cost.
This might even be more convenient for you if you happen to drive past Walmart on your way to work!
21. Find Special Offers At In-Store Events
Have a look at when your local Walmart is holding its next in-store event. These happen most often in and around the holidays.
They’ll usually have free samples to give out to attendees and might even do giveaways!
22. Negotiate On Unmarked Items
Products that don’t have a price label can sometimes be negotiated at the register, but only if that item happens not to be in the store’s inventory.
In that case, you can request to pay a price of your choosing for the item and, if the cashier agrees, you could end up buying it for less than its worth!
23. Try Your Luck With A Gift Card Giveaway
There are always gift card giveaways happening, so it’s worth searching online for giveaways that are free to enter. You could end up with a fully loaded gift card to use on anything you want, both in-store and online.
24. Shop In The Sales
If you shop in Walmart on big sales days like Black Friday and Memorial Day, you’ll find unbelievable discounts on countless products across the store.
Since Walmart already prides itself on its low, low prices, chances are you’ll get your hands on some mega deals if you go on the right days!
25. Follow Walmart On Social Media
Follow Walmart on social media, and you’ll always be the first to know about their latest deals and promotions.