Walmart Shopping Tips
Whether you love or hate Walmart, you have to admit that some prices there are hard to beat anywhere else. Here are some tips for you to benefit from the next time you head to the retail giant:
- Shop early or late
This might sound crazy, but shopping between 5 am and 6 am is the best. As long as you come before 9 am, you are good. The store is open all night and gets reorganized, cleaned, and restocked for the next day. Morning shoppers get no lines, helpful employees, and clean store.
Late night shopping is also good, but you won’t get a clean store.
- Buy “Great Value” or “Equate” brands
Most brand names won’t bring you much savings when compared with other stores, but Walmart brand items will. Some Equate or Great Value items are 50% cheaper than brand names, so you know what to do if you love to save.
- Savings Catcher App from Walmart
The app will price-match your purchase while you shop. Just upload the receipt and within 7 days you will know if other stores have the same items cheaper. If they do, you will get Walmart gift card for the difference.
- Price check with Amazon app
Use the app in Walmart, Home Depot, Lowe’s, and Kohl’s to always make sure you are getting a good deal. The tool works great and is very convenient.
- Walmart price-matches online
Yes, you heard it right. Walmart matches online prices, even with Amazon, so always check and have proof before purchasing.
- Best prices on party ware, gift wrapping, supplies, and cards
If you have a party coming up, don’t go to Party City and overpay. Walmart’s $0.97 party supply section beats even Dollar Tree, let alone Party City. You will have more variety, cute items, and even larger supply of all the necessities than you often can find in Dollar Stores.
- Great produce deals
Walmart is known to discount in-season produce. You can stock up on your favorites for very low prices, like grapes for $0.88 per pound or $1 strawberries. The produce at Walmart can be a miss sometimes, but come in the morning to get the best picks.
- Craft supplies
You might be surprised how cheap all kinds of craft supplies are at Walmart. Yarn, glassware, wreaths, and other stuff are priced much better than Michael’s or Hobby Lobby, unless those two have sales.
- Container section
Just like at Dollar Tree, you can find a great selection of small containers for just a $1. This can come very handy when gift giving holidays draw closer.
- The cheapest copy paper
Unless you use free paper after rebate at Staples program, Walmart is your next cheap option for copy paper. All other office and school supplies are pretty affordable at Walmart too.
- Clothing basics
You won’t find fancy wardrobe staples at Walmart, but you are sure to find basic clothing your family needs. Think T-shirts, tank tops, socks, and underwear.
- Expensive stuff you should get elsewhere
This might be hard to believe, but diapers are not very cheap in Walmart. Your local pharmacies and Amazon have better deals when it comes to stocking on them. Use coupons and sign to save at Amazon, and you will not only save $0.08 per Huggies diaper, but will skip shopping at Walmart with kids in tow.
- Skip toiletry buying at Walmart
Just like diapers, toiletries can be bought cheaper at other retailers. Read sales ads at other stores and collect best deals based on them, instead of scooping everything at Walmart. You might have to invest some time and clip a coupon or two, but it’ll be worth it.