18 Money-Saving Secrets for Shopping and Using Coupons at Walmart
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[Updated April, 5, 2018.] Whether you love or hate shopping at Walmart, there are a lot of ways to save at this mega-retailer – and it’s easier than you may think! So if you’re looking to clip even more off of their Every Day Low Prices, check out these 18 money-saving secrets for shopping at Walmart.
1. Get coupon overage!
That’s right! According to the official Walmart Coupon Policy…
“if a coupon value exceeds the price of the item, the excess may be given to the customer as cash or applied toward the basket purchase.”
That means if you’re buying Wet n Wild cosmetics for $0.93 and have a $1 off coupon, you can apply the $0.07 overage towards the other items in your cart OR get cash back. Pretty AWESOME!
TIP: If you’re nervous about using coupons at Walmart, print a copy of the Walmart Coupon Policy or bookmark the link on your phone and bring it with you when shopping. It’s hard for a cashier or manager to say that “Walmart doesn’t allow…” when it’s clearly printed on their website.
2. Use competitor coupons at Walmart …
If you have an unexpired competitor’s coupon for a specific item at a specified price or Buy one get one free coupons for items with a specified price, you can use those coupons at Walmart when shopping!
For instance, if your local Walgreens ad has a store coupon inside to score Chicken of the Sea Pink Salmon for $2.39, you can bring that coupon to Walmart and they will honor that price.
Note that they do not accept the following types of competitors’ coupons:
- Dollars/cents off at a specific retailer
- Percentage off
- Buy one, get one free (BOGO) coupons without a specified price
- Double- or triple-value coupons
3. …and manufacturer “Catalina” coupons.
Walmart also accepts unexpired “Catalina” manufacturer’s coupons that print out at the register with your receipt from other stores, such as from Target, H-E-B, or Walgreens. Note that they must be for dollar/cents off on a specific item, have “Manufacturer Coupon” with specific item requirements printed on them, have a valid remit address for the manufacturer, and have a scannable bar code.
4. Get the best prices with Savings Catcher.
Savings Catcher compares your receipt to advertised prices from top stores in your area. If it finds a lower advertised price, you’ll get the difference back in a Walmart eGift card!
Your rewards are automatically transferred to a Savings Catcher eGift Card each time they’re earned, and the eGift Cards are automatically saved to your Walmart.com account. You can then use the rewards to shop both online or in-store with Walmart Pay via the Walmart mobile app. It’s easy peasy!
5. Shop clearance deals throughout the store.
When heading in-store to do some shopping at Walmart, don’t just stop at the clearance racks with the yellow signs. Be sure to look around for hidden clearance throughout the store – look in various departments, on endcaps, and even on the aisles, as you’ll occasionally find items that have been marked down right on the shelf.
And, if you find yourself shopping or using coupons at Walmart often, you likely know that most items end with a $0.97, $0.84, $0.88, or another uncommon price. However, most clearance items end in an even price, such as $2.50, $5, $17.50, $25, etc. and also may have the date of when the item was marked down in small print on the price tag. Keep in mind that Clearance items may be tagged with a Yellow and/or Red label.
Also, another great time to shop the clearance aisles is whenever Walmart offers up an additional 50% off red tag items at the register, usually after the holidays. This is a great time to score BIG savings!
6. Check local stock before leaving home.
Wouldn’t you love to confirm that your local store has the items on your shopping list in stock before you make a special trip?! Before you spend time packing up the kiddos and spend money driving over to your local Walmart, consider using the Brickseek Inventory Checker.
NOTE: Sometimes these inventory systems can be wrong due to theft, loss and other circumstances, but they usually do a good job of giving you an idea of what’s available at your store.
7. Decorate with Better Homes and Gardens.
Did you know that Better Homes and Gardens products are sold exclusively through Walmart Stores and Walmart.com? If you’re looking to decorate your home on a budget, keep your eyes peeled for Better Homes & Gardens products that advertise FREE magazine offers with your purchase.
If you prefer not to receive the magazine subscription (which we often post for FREE on Hip2Save), you can submit for a cash back rebate instead – and then you’ve just lowered the cost on your purchase!
8. Possibly score free travel-sized items.
Occasionally, manufacturer’s release rare printable and insert coupons that have NO size restrictions on them, such as these previous Gold Bond, Clorox, K-Y, or Charmin coupons. Using these coupons at Walmart can often make for inexpensive or sometimes even FREE travel size items when you are shopping there!
9. Compare prices with the Amazon App.
A handy way to make sure you are getting a good deal is to quickly compare the prices at Walmart with Amazon before heading to the checkout lane. Just scan the Walmart barcode in-store by clicking on the little camera icon within Amazon’s App to see their current selling price.
10. Easily order groceries online.
If you’re having a hard time fitting grocery shopping into your schedule, you may love the Walmart Grocery Pickup service (it’s awesome)! Walmart Grocery is a pick-up and delivery service available at select locations with no service fees or markups. Simply place your order online, choose a time slot, and your order will be delivered directly to your car (some areas even have the option of home delivery)!
Read more about why we love Walmart Grocery pickup! Plus, if you’re a new customer, be sure to use promo code WOWFRESH for $10 off your first $50 order!
11. Submit for multiple cash back rebates.
A great way to save at Walmart is by submitting for multiple cash back rebates, such as Ibotta and Checkout51. AND sometimes you can even buy just one product, use a coupon, or coupons at Walmart, and then submit for cash back rebates from multiple companies, making for cheap or better than free groceries!
12. Buy Walmart’s private label items.
Instead of paying more for the same or a similar product, consider buying Walmart’s private label brands, such as Equate, Great Value, etc. For instance, the 24ct Benedryl Allergy capsules are $1 more than the Equate brand and contain the same active ingredients as the Equate variety.
And… why pay for Peter Pan Peanut Butter which sells for $3.88 per 20oz jar at Walmart (that equals 13.9¢ per ounce) when you can opt for Walmart’s Great Value brand priced at $3.32 for the same size jar (that’s just 11.9¢ per ounce), as both items are manufactured by ConAgra Foods. Be sure to also check out these other Walmart brand items that I found to be just as good as their competition.
13. Stock up during toy clearance events.
In July and January, Walmart usually has huge clearance events on toys to make room for new inventory. Usually, this is a great time to score TONS of deals to stock the gift closet. Some of the best deals can be on LEGO, Barbie, Hot Wheels, board games and more… all usually 70-75% off or MORE!
14. Score great deals on clothing & shoes.
Walmart offers fantastic Everyday Low Prices on camis, tanks, leggings, jewelry, shoes, and more! In fact, we’ve been doing Walmart Wednesday outfits and especially love the Time and Tru brand! There really is no better place that offers such great deals on “regular priced” clothing and shoes.
15. Shop online or pickup in-store and save BIG!
Plus, Walmart offers an additional discount whenever you purchase select online-only items and choose free pickup at your local Walmart! Just buy any item notated with “Pickup Discount” on Walmart.com and ship it to your local store for pick up and you’ll receive a pickup discount! Sweet!
16. Get online price matching & protection.
Buying online? If you find a lower price at one of these 30 online retailers, Walmart.com will give you the lower price – just contact the Walmart Customer Care before placing your order (exclusions apply).
Walmart will then verify the item’s eligibility by reviewing the online retailer, their current price, and ensure that the item is in stock at both Walmart.com and the competing website. You can only get one online price match per day/item and Walmart.com has the final decision for matching any online price.
Also, if you purchase an item from Walmart.com and then within a few weeks notice that the price has dropped on their site, Walmart Customer Care will give you an adjustment for the price difference. Based on your purchase, you will have up to 90 days to contact Customer Care for an adjustment.
NOTE: The online Walmart price match does NOT apply to Clearance, Special Buys, Value of the Day, or deep discounts like Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday.
17. Save time when returning items!
The return lines at Walmart are notoriously long, especially after a holiday. Well, now you can save time returning items sold and shipped by Walmart.com using Mobile Express Returns!
This feature allows you to start the return from your mobile device or tablet and then finish the return at the store. After starting the process in the app, you’ll just go to the Customer Service desk, locate the Mobile Express Lane, and scan your QR code. Your refund will be credited as soon as the next day. Just another reason why shopping and using coupons at Walmart makes sense.
18. Burn calories and save gas when shopping at Walmart – Park far, far away.
If you’ve ever circled a Walmart parking lot, you’re probably keenly aware that you’re using gas (and spending time) just to find a closer spot. The Walmart parking lot can be so chaotic at times, and it seems that people will fight for their lives to get an up-close parking spot.
To avoid the hassle and parking lot rage, consider a parking spot in the back of the parking lot and burning those extra calories walking in. You’ll likely beat the person in the store who’s been waiting 5 minutes with their blinker turned on for that up-front parking spot. 😉
If you’re planning a road trip and looking to save on gas purchases, consider buying a Walmart Gift Card and then heading to a participating Murphy USA station where you may be able to save 3¢ per gallon (not valid at Murphy Express or in Alabama). Every little bit helps!
Written by Mary for Hip2Save. Mary is a proud mom to 3 kids in Austin, TX, who thrives off running long distance, bargain shopping, warm weather, a yummy latte…and a little Candy Crush from time to time. She loves quality time with family & friends and sharing great deals with others.