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:
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.
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.
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.
Ibotta always has plenty of rebates on everyday items like eggs, milk, pasta, Tyson, Quaker, and Kleenex. Using it is easy, so don’t miss savings opportunity. You should also try Checkout51 and Snap by Groupon for even more money back.
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.
Yes, you heard it right. Walmart matches online prices, even with Amazon, so always check and have proof before purchasing.
The app has weekly information about special sales and discounts going on in Walmart that you definitely don’t want to miss.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The retail giant Walmart wants to be able to come to your home, sort off. With grocery delivery so popular these days, Walmart is not about to be left behind the competition. It is determined to find out where you live and bring groceries right to your fridge, which is a lot better than some company tampering with your social media and personal information, but still causes some concerns.
Coming home to your fridge is, of course, more like a figure of speech for now, but the company is serious about their desire to serve you better and bring the goodies to you the way Amazon and Instacart already do. The future belongs to time-saving and convenient strategies for our ever more modern society and every retailer wants to jump on the bandwagon there.
Some people imagine the progress so swift that soon we, the consumer, won’t even have to spend time ordering online – one day our pantries and refrigerators will be able to send the order themselves. Mad Money host Jim Cramer thinks that this kind of future is in our cards, and not far away. Whether you agree with such thinking or not, grocery ordering online is definitely here.
While lots of people are fine getting groceries delivered, most are still uncomfortable imagining a person actually entering their home and restocking the fridge for them, as the conversation about such service rages on. Over 60% of people, polled by Morning Consultant, stated that they would not like a strange person in their home while they are away. Millennials were a bit less standoffish, but still over half were against the idea.
Home and car security would have to be traded for the sake of not only convenience, but in order to protect the increasing amount of packages stolen by porch pirates. If a delivery person could put the package into your car trunk at work or inside your home, the number of possible thefts would decrease.
Amazon leads the market in in-home delivery. The company started using a special smart lock set and a camera to place your package inside your home while you watch the process on your phone thanks to Amazon Key system.
Walmart is currently testing a similar system partnering with Silicon Valley’s August Home. With it, you could also watch the order placed inside through your security system cameras. The delivery person gets in with a one-time code and he is watched on the camera the entire time. But is that enough to make you feel safe and comfortable?
Unlike Amazon, Walmart gets credit for low prices, but ranks very low for virtually everything else. The stores are often understocked, in need of cleaning, and employees are hard to come by. While these complaints are personal experiences in stores, in-home delivery requires a high level of trust and Walmart has ways to go to get there.
Such in-home delivery service is still in testing stages with consumers not overly excited about it, so the demand for it might never reach the expected heights. Convenience is great, but allowing strangers to your home is a whole different story for now. It’s safe to say that retailers could put their energy into offering more lockers and pick up locations instead of devising plans to get through your door.
One thing Walmart is already doing is expanding its delivery reach to more previously underserved areas. Four new delivery companies have joined their delivery fleet. AxelHire, Point Pickup, Roadie, and Skipcart are on hand to deliver to metro areas of San Francisco, Long Island and Manhattan, Boston, San Antonio, and Atlanta.
Currently the company offers delivery from over 800 stores and works with DoorDash and Postmates. Another 800 stores are expected to start grocery delivery this year. This trend will require quite a few personal shoppers to pick and pack all the orders.
The partnership with Walmart is great for boosting last-mile delivery companies’ worth too. For example, Atlanta-based Roadie has recently raised $25M investor funding and has no plans to stop.
If you are tired of shopping and taking time away from your family to do that, give Walmart grocery delivery a try, but don’t do that without a coupon code.
You can get free grocery delivery from now through February 1st with a code HOMEFREE as long as your order is above $50, which is not hard to achieve when shopping for a family. Usual delivery price is $7.95 - $ 9.95. The coupon works for first time buyers and repeat customers alike.
If you are not crazy about home delivery just yet and want to pick your order from the store yourself, there is a code for that too. Use WOWFRESH and get $10 off $50 on your first pick-up order.
Other than applying codes, online ordering is very simple: open the website or the app, pick your groceries, enter your zip code, and select the time you want your order to be delivered. Personal shopper will collect your ordered items and delivery partner will drop them off within an hour of your selected time. Pretty simple and definitely worth a try!