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.
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.
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!
Walmart has been making great strides to compete with ever-increasing number of rivals and has been winning. This applies to many lines and collections – think Drew Barrymore furniture collection and Sophia Vergara endorsed jeans. Now that the summer is here, Walmart is not going to be outdone by the likes of Target in the bikini section. The swimsuit world is being taken over by Walmart’s own Time and Tru collection that includes mix and match two piece swimsuits.
Based on claims of many executives and plenty of social media photos and reviews, the bikinis are as hot as it gets. They fit ladies up to size 3X and offer endless matching options. And the best part is that colorful and trendy designs are just $18, so you will have plenty of budget left for all the refreshments you might desire while lounging at the pool in your attention-grabbing bikini.
The collection pieces are very thought through with comfortable fit and details such as underwire finish and adjustable straps. This time Walmart took care of both the esthetics and the comfort, which the retailer is not best known for.
People are paying attention and claiming that they prefer this Walmart line to pricy Victoria Secret pushups and even various luxury brands.
Target is also feeling the heat from Walmart this year with many people claiming that their bikinis are less comfortable and more expensive than the Wally World options.
The coveted swimsuits will be at their peak season in May, but don’t wait too long. Head right to the store or shop online because the bikinis are expected to sell out fast after all the hype they are causing already.
Here are some options for your style and price preferences:
Walmart invests a lot of effort and resources to score celebrity collaborations for fashion and home goods. The retailer has to compete with its rivals to get a nice share of fourth quarter sales during that busy shopping season, so innovation is never far from the minds of the executives.
One of the most popular new collections is EV1 with Ellen DeGeneres that launched last fall to great success. The beloved comedian took part in designing and testing all 60 items that range from denim separates, jackets, sneakers, and inspirational tees. The entire collection mimics Ellen’s relaxed and care-free style, so expect to fall in love with her slogan t-shirts and all other fashion pieces.
The line is all about inclusiveness and thus has many sizes, from XS to XXXL. The name of the collection stands for “Everyone”, so the clothes are not only fun, but accessible and really fit for people from all walks of life.
Ellen didn’t have many doubts about collaborating with Walmart because this is the place where many people of all sizes come to feel included and represented. Walmart also partnered with her on many give-backs and viewer outreach initiatives in the past. For example, Walmart joined the talk show host to provide scholarships to the entire underprivileged Brooklyn school’s class on one episode. This blossoming relationship is why Ellen decided to collaborate on a fashion collection with the retailer.
The collection is also meant to spread a message of love, which is so needed in our divided society full of various tensions. Many pieces sport embroidered word “love” or a heart to remind as all that love is love and it doesn’t look at your color, religion, or size.
Walmart has been transforming itself as a major fashion source for a while now, according to Walmart head of fashion eCommerce US, Denise Incandela. EV1 is just another step towards making Walmart a strong style destination.
Ellen DeGeneres is not the only celebrity to collaborate with Walmart. The ever popular sisters Kendall and Kylie Jenner are also on board with Walmart and recently launched their “Kendall + Kylie” brand handbags and accessories. Expect to find a lot of faux leather handbags and backpacks, shiny clutches, and trendy fanny packs all for under $36.
The sisters have collections with more upscale retailers, like Nordstrom and Shopbop, but this collection can stand next to both of those. The more affordable Walmart collaboration can reach more people while Walmart will celebrate getting the attention of huge sisters’ young fan base.
Fashion section is not the only one department where Walmart seeks to venture into wider shopper masses. Food and entertainment space can also use some sprucing up, and that’s where Ree Drummond “The Pioneer Woman” comes in. The entertainer and TV personality custom designed an Instant Pot, which was one of the bestselling items for holidays. She also has a bedding collection on Walmart.com.
Finally, when talking about food, one other collaboration worth mentioning here is the line of pies and cakes with Patti LaBelle. All her pumpkin pies, sweet potato pies, and caramel cakes were available for online grocery pickup around Thanksgiving 2015, making the sweet potato pie a star that got sold 1 per second for 72 hours. Such sales are no doubt amazing for both parties involved.