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5 Ways to Save at Walmart

There's more to saving money at Walmart than just shopping the roll backs. We've got tips to help you seriously expand your savings.

Walmart shopping tips

Walmart is known for offering everyday low prices and frequent rollback specials, but that doesn't mean the savings stop there. In fact, familiarizing yourself with these few simple insider tips can dramatically dial up your savings, both in store and online.

Take Advantage of Their Ad Match Guarantee

You'll often hear savvy shoppers talking about Walmart's incredible Ad Match Guarantee. In a nutshell, Walmart will match any local competitor's advertised price. Of course, there are some stipulations. For instance, buy-one-get-one deals will only be matched if the ad states a specific price. And as you might expect, no substitutions are allowed. But overall, it's a solid policy that can really bring down your spending. It'll also save you from running from one store to the next to hit certain sales.

"Walmart really has a very generous price-matching policy," says Lisa Lee Freeman, a shopping and consumer savings expert. "Another policy Walmart has that can save you money has to do with finding a cheaper price elsewhere within seven days. If you do, they'll actually refund you the money." She cautions, however, that certain rules may apply for price adjustments. In other words, be sure to read the fine print and hold on to your receipts.

Don't Skip the Coupons

While Walmart does not allow shoppers to combine store coupons with manufacturer coupons (also known as stacking), couponing can still snag you major savings. In addition to our Walmart coupons page, loads of up-to-date coupons can be found on the store website.

The biggest perk of being a Walmart couponer is that you can pocket any price difference. For example, say you've got a coupon for $2 off an item that happens to be on sale for $1. That $1 difference will come right back to you. If you're buying several items, the discount will be applied to your total bill. If you're only buying the one item, the cashier will give you that dollar in cash. It can definitely pay off to check their weekly ads before heading to Walmart so you can make the most of their coupons.To make the most out of Walmart coupons, be sure to check their weekly ads before hitting the store.

Use the Savings Catcher App

Savings catcher logo Another great way to save at Walmart is by taking advantage of their Savings Catcher app. After making a purchase, simply scan your receipt. From there, Walmart will automatically compare the items against the advertised prices of local competitors. If it comes across a lower price elsewhere, you'll get the difference in the form of an eGift Card. Think Walmart's prices are already so low that this won't save you much? Think again. Slickdealer kiickrocks notes that he got back $70 just on groceries using the Savings Catcher app. Not bad for such an easy way to save, right?

Savings Catcher is available as a smartphone app that also pairs nicely with the Slickdeals app (iOS and Android). Both give you digital access to instant savings.

Always Check Online Prices

Beyond price matching with local brick-and-mortar stores, Walmart's ad matching policy also allows in-store cashiers to price match with pretty much any online retailer, including Walmart.com. In addition, if you find an item on sale at Walmart.com, you have the option of simply ordering it online and opting for an in-store pickup. This gets you the lower price and eliminates the shipping fee (in some cities you can also sign up for their ShippingPass program and get free shipping on any order for $50 per year). Plus, many items end up being available within a day or so. (If the product is already in stock at your pick-up store, you can even get it the same day.) Checkout Walmart.com's online daily deals for the best bargains.

Prepare for Seasonal Savings

On top of the money-saving hacks mentioned above, shoppers can also expect to land major discounts during select sales events. Walmart is especially known for offering 1-Hour Guarantees on select Black Friday items. This means that shoppers are guaranteed the ability to purchase these items at the Black Friday price for 60 minutes after the event starts. If the store runs out of an item, you're given the option of paying for it that day and having it delivered to the store before Christmas.

Black Friday doesn't stand alone as Walmart's only major savings event. To rival Amazon Prime Day, Walmart ran a huge mega-sale in mid-July. Promotions included reduced minimum purchase amounts for free-shipping on Walmart.com, as well as other rollback specials. The takeaway here is to pay attention to national sales events because Walmart is often front and center.

Keeping these Walmart shopping tips in mind is sure to keep more cash in your pocket.

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Marianne Hayes is a freelance writer, wife and mother in Tampa Bay. After earning a degree in journalism and creative writing from the University of Central Florida, she spent nearly a decade getting lost in New York City and Los Angeles before making her way back home again in 2014. Marianne's writing has appeared in a variety of publications including The Huffington Post, Forbes.com, LearnVest, The Daily Beast and more. When she's not writing, Marianne is usually cruising her local bookstore with her two daughters.

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Also, I have found that WalMart does not enforce the coupon fine print on market segmentation crap. Example, Crest toothpaste coupons not good on tartar control, original, or baking soda per the restrictions on the coupon itself. If you take that coupon to WalMart, you can use it on any excluded variety. Other examples are toothbrushes, Air Freshner,
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If you're buying online. You can protect yourself against the "dropping prices" by using the service/app at Paribus.co. Google "Paribus.co Review" for more detailed info on it or visit www.paribus.co. They track Walmart (amongst other merchants) purchases and automatically request refunds on your behalf if prices drop.

Pretty sweet!
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i have used the savings app, 1 week saved a few pennies with 9 competitors. then next week no savings with only 2 competitors, then a few pennies with the 9 competitors again. after like about 6 months and like 3.00 savings it stayed at 2 competitor and no savings anymore! that and the fact that our local walmart has charged me more for the value packs of food, ie 16oz salad dressing for 1.50 and the same brand of 32oz salad dressing for 3.50 i have seen this multiple times. that and a a friend told me that they have been told to not price mach unless the item is the exact same item, size, brand, and that like brand x bananas are not price matched with brand b bananas from a diff store, to much of a hassle' its easier to shop at a regular store screw saving 3 cents to drive the extra distance. meh you mileage may differ i guess, but just check the price if you buy in bulk sizes.
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This was fantastic. The comments (3 so far) are also fantastic. I'll start putting some of these tactics to work...um, is there anything faster than "immediately"?

MANY thanks! worship

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