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Did you know that getting a good deal on something produces the same feeling as getting high? Finding a sale or an item on clearance gives you an adrenaline rush similar to what you might feel from alcohol or other drugs.
We are so obsessed with getting good deals that there are even reality shows dedicated to extreme couponing. If you’re willing to put in the time, there are some fantastic deals to be had, and as long as you’re buying things you would have already been purchasing, these deals will help you save a ton of money.
Want to know how to find the best Walmart deals? Read on for our tips.
Take Advantage of Price Matching
Walmart’s price matching policy isn’t as generous as it used to be when they would match the price of any other retailer. However, they will still price match any items you find on Walmart.com or Jet.com if they are cheaper than the store price. Before you buy anything in the store, double-check the online price to get the cheaper one.
If you’re already shopping on Walmart.com, the website states that if you find an identical and in-stock item at any of the 28 online retailers that they list on their website for less, they will match the price. Many of the common online stores you might be buying from are on this list, including Amazon.com, Target.com, Bestbuy.com, Homedepot.com, Lowes.com, and chew.com.
Contact Walmart Customer Care before you make the purchase to ensure that the item is eligible and to get the price match.
Understand How Markdowns Work
To get the best deals on markdown items and clearance items, you need to know the markdown method. The original price of items will end in “7”. After the first markdown, the price will end in “5”. After the final markdown, the price will end in “1” or “0.”
If you see something ending in a 1 or a 0, you know that it’s not going to be marked down any further, so you’re safe to buy with the knowledge that you are getting the best deal.
Find the Freeosk
Freeosks are located in select Walmarts and Sam’s Clubs and offer free, full-sized samples dispensed from a kiosk inside the store. Every week, a different item is stocked in the kiosk and all you will need to do to get it free is to download the Freeosk app. When you’re in the store, scan your app at the kiosk and enjoy your free item!
Look for Clearance Items on Endcaps
Most Walmarts will have dedicated clearance aisles that contain a mishmash of random items that are on clearance. They also often put things on endcaps that are on clearance as well, so don’t just rely on the few clearance aisles.
Go through the different departments and check out the endcaps for clearance clothes, toys, and other items. Look for the bright yellow clearance stickers and remember to pay attention to what number the price ends with to know whether it’s the first markdown or the final markdown.
Walmart will accept any unexpired manufacturer coupon. They won’t accept digital coupons that you “clip” on your phone, though, so you’ll actually have to cut out coupons from the Sunday paper or print them from your computer.
If you’re really smart about your coupons, you can earn cashback from Walmart. If you have a coupon that is worth more than the item you are buying, they will give you that money back as either cash or towards the total cost of your remaining purchases.
For example, if you are buying something for $2.97 and have a coupon for $4.00 off, they’ll take that $1.03 and deduct it from your total order amount. If your discounts and coupons add up to more than what you are purchasing, they’ll give you the difference as cashback. Go here for the best Walmart clearance deals and coupons.
Shop Early in the Morning
Early in the morning is when the meat and day-old bakery items are marked down. There’s nothing wrong with these items, but they need to make room for the fresh bakery items and for fresher cuts of meat that have further out expiration dates.
Many times the meat is meant to be used or frozen that day, but if you can commit to that, you can score some great deals on meat items.
Download the Walmart App
If you don’t already have the free Walmart app on your phone, what are you waiting for? You can order groceries on the app and choose to pick them up (for free!) or have them delivered (for a small fee or for nothing if you have a yearly or monthly membership).
The app also gives you access to deals and you can review the weekly ads for your local store right from the app. They also often offer money off of your first app order.
Pick Up Items Ordered Online
When you shop online, look for the phrase “pickup discount eligible” for even bigger discounts on certain items. If you don’t mind taking a trip to the store, you can get just pop in, grab your items, and be on your way.
In some stores, you’ll have to go to customer service to pick up your order, but others have a pickup tower where you scan a barcode from your confirmation email, and a locker pops open with your item inside.
Don’t Sleep on the Best Walmart Deals
Walmart already offers great prices on most things, but with this list of how to get the best Walmart deals, you’ll be on your way to saving even more money in no time. Start with downloading the app and go from there. You’ll be shocked at how much you can save with just a little effort.
Did you find these tips helpful? If so, be sure to check out some of our other money-saving tips and tricks.