I’m going to level with you. I’ve never liked shopping at Walmart. It always seems to take forever to get through the checkout lane, and using coupons there can be a pain because not all cashiers are trained on how to process the coupons; however, there are quite a few savings you can get at Walmart. Let’s face it, prices are generally lower at Walmart, which is a win/win in itself, but there are even more ways you can save while shopping at Walmart. In fact, there are a few that some people don’t even know about.
1. Walmart prices matches competitor stores’ sales and prices.
OK, so we know that Walmart generally has lower prices on most items anyways, but did you know that they will price match sales? Not, just prices, but sales.
For example, when Dial Body Wash is Buy One Get One Free at Walgreens, you can price match the sale of the buy one get one free at Walmart and get the lower prices of the body wash! On top of this, you can use coupons WITH price matching!
To give you a better example:
A 16 ounce bottle of Dial Body Wash is $5.09 at Walgreens. When it’s buy one get one free, you will pay $5.09 for BOTH bottles or $2.55 per bottle.
A 16 ounce bottle of Dial Body Wash is only $3.47 per bottle at Walmart. When you price match the Buy One Get One Free Sale, you would pay $3.47 for BOTH bottles or $1.74 per bottle. You’re saving even more by price matching the sale at Walmart.
With Walmart’s new policy, you do need to bring a copy of the ad in with you to the store if you’re wanting to ad match. Also, there are certain stores who are no longer ad matching. You can read more about that here.
2. Walmart accepts competitor coupons.
If you have a Publix or Target in your area, chances are you have access to quite a few store coupons. You can use these coupons AT Walmart to save even more money! Now, you can’t use a Publix store coupon if you don’t have a Publix store in your area. It must be a competitor within your area.
Walmart’s Competitor Coupon Policy:
- A specific item for a specified price, for example, $2.99
- Buy one get one free (BOGO) coupons for items with a specified price
- Have a valid expiration date
- Are acceptable in black & white or color
- May not be duplicated
3. Walmart accepts coupons on clearance items.
If you’re like me and love a good deal, be sure to check out your local Walmart’s clearance section. Many times, you can find some great deals. On top of these marked down prices, you can stack manufacture coupons on top of this to grab an even better (or sometimes FREE deal!).
Even without coupons, you can grab some great deals when holiday items go 50% off the day after the holiday.
4. Walmart has $1.00 Clothing Clearance Sales!
Most Walmart stores have $1.00 Clothing Clearance Sales two times a year. Normally these will be in January and July. The $1.00 clothing sale will be on “last seasons clothing”. This means, you can grab a lot of sweaters, long sleeve tees, and pants for just $1.00 in January because they are making room for the Spring/Summer clothes. Alternatively, you can grab swimsuits, tank tops, and shorts for just $1.00 in July to make room for Fall/Winter clothing.
If you have kids, this is a GREAT time to grab clothes for your kids in the next size up. It will end up saving you quite a bit of money over the long run.
Note: These sales are not always marked. Last time I shopped the $1.00 sale, the sale prices on a lot of the items I grabbed had price tags with $14 or more on the tags. When I checked the price at the price scanner, they rang up for just $1.00! So, it’s always good to check.
5. Use the Savings Catcher App.
If you don’t have the Savings Catcher App, download it right now. After you shop at Walmart, you can scan your receipt and it will check the local competitors ads for you! When the app finds a lower price or sale, it will price match it AND deposit the money in your Savings Catcher Account. Once you hit the minimum of $5.00, you can cash out via a Walmart.com gift card.
The upside to this, is you don’t have to check the ads and price match yourself. The downside (that I have found) is it does not always catch the sales to credit my account correctly. You also do not get the credit back via cash, it is via a Walmart.com gift card.
If you prefer, you can enter the number from the bottom of the receipt online here if you’d rather not download the app.
Bonus: An additional way to save at Walmart is to use coupons with the weekly sale items. You can view the latest sale items and weekly deals here, or you can sign up below to the top Walmart deals delivered to your inbox weekly.