Walmart is a giant retail shopping chain that offers great bargains for the savvy shopper. They're known for their "rollback" campaign for lowering prices on a variety of items from their immense inventory that includes a little bit of everything. If you're like me and you're really into savings, there are some tips and tricks that I'd like to share with you to help you save even more than you ever imagined possible. There are a lot of ins and outs for finding the best bargains on clearance items in every department of the store as well as through their online shopping venue. Some of the tips are from my personal experience shopping at Walmart and others come from people like you and I who have stumbled upon treasure troves of savings accidentally.
Know where the clearance bins are located and when to look
As you're strolling through your local Walmart store, keep your eyes open for the location of their clearance sections for each department. Some Walmart stores will have a clearance aisle where they place all of the marked down items from each department but they don't all operate the same way. It's important to know if there are other designated locations for marked down items. Once you know where to find these, it makes things a lot easier for going straight to the clearance sections to find out what cool things have recently been marked down, before everyone else has had a chance to go through them. If you're serious about clearance savings you'll want to be the first one there, or close. Another little known fact is that Walmart has a habit of making their markdowns within the first five days of every month. This lets you know the ideal time to look through the clearance locations. Although Walmart follows this schedule for marking items down, they lower prices all of the time and consistently add new items to clearance so you'll want to check back at least weekly so you don't miss out on any great deals.
Download the Walmart app called the Savings Catcher
Walmart has an amazing app that will help you to save even more on your Walmart purchases. The way the app works is that you first make a shopping list and then check out Walmart's online and in-store prices along with the availability for the items. All you need to do is make your purchases at Walmart and then scan your receipt after you'v paid for your items. If the app finds any of the items at a lower price at another store, the difference will be credited to you and you will be given an e-gift card for that amount. The gift card can either be used to shop at a Walmart brick and mortar store or online. If you prefer, you can get your money right there in the store by using the Walmart Pay service that is offered. It's also worth mentioning that if you buy something at a Walmart store and it's offered through their online retail site at a lower price, you'll get the discount right there, and all you have to do is pull it up on your phone and show the cashier. It's that easy and the staff will give you the better price with no questions asked.
You can get clearance deals without leaving your house
If you discover that there is an item you want at Walmart but you don't want to go fight the crowds, all you need to do is find it online. While it probably won't be offered at the marked down price, all you need to do is place your Walmart online order for one or as many items as you want. You'll need to pay the full price at the time, but when you designate that you want your order shipped to the store for pickup, all you need to do is show up with your online receipt on your phone, then show the cashier that it is offered for a clearance or discounted price right there in the store, and they will give you the discount right there on the spot. Be careful though, sometimes an item that is on clearance at one store will not be at another. Make sure they have the item marked as clearance at the store you're having the item shipped to to get it for a discount. It's not that difficult because you can check the online inventory from your computer or phone at home.
Register for Walmart Pay
We learned that the only way that you can use the Savings Catcher tool that compares Walmart prices with the price offered at other stores, as well as their online store, is to have Walmart Pay. It doesn't cost you anything to sign up. With Walmart Pay, you can quickly and easily scan your paper receipts, and in addition you must pay with Walmart Pay to be able to submit your receipts for further discounts and money back on items.
Download and use the Paribus App
Another great app that lets you make the most of shopping at Walmart and saving even more on clearance items that you buy is the Paribus App.The app tracks all of your Walmart purchases through email and it scans your receipts. If there is another retailer that is selling the item for less than the price that you paid, you will automatically get the difference in the amount paid back to you.
Check DealNews faithfully
DealNews is a site that offers the most up to date information on Walmart clearance items that become available. It allows you to check on the most recent markdowns on items so you'll know when they become available. This is one of the most comprehensive clearance resources that we've seen yet. In addition to finding deals on electronics and other related items, the site also provides deals or bonuses for money off of a first purchase if you're a new Walmart card holder, Deals on video game consoles and games, clearance electronics, extra discounts on eligible items that you buy online with in-store pickup, printable coupons for grocery items, Warehouse clearance including toys, clothing, and home items, refurbished teh items like new, rollbacks on toys and much more.
Visit the Free Stuff Finder site
Walmart's clearance items offer you some amazing savings, but there is so much more to discover. The Free Stuff Finder site can alert you to some even more substantial savings. On this site, you'll find some of the most amazing discounts on random items that they put on the site as special deal items. They offer some free items just for using your phone to send for them as well as coupons and specialty items that pop up at prices that are well below the retail price. The site is updated every so often although not monthly, you might want to check it that often. We noticed that it has been updated every two months or so, but it's well worth checking out the page.
A few tips from Walmart employees
We were clued in that there are some clearance items that can be hard to find in the store. It can pay to ask an associate for help. It's a part of their job so don't feel bad about asking them for good deals and clearance in specific departments. There are times when the employees know where the hidden clearance items are located and you can find some deals that will absolutely blow your mind. There are often hidden deals sandwiched in among the regular priced merchandise as well. That's why it's important to check the price tags very carefully because you're likely to find marked down items. Here is a clue that will tell you when an item has been marked down. Sales price that end in the number 7 have not yet been marked down. If they end with a five, they've been marked down once and if they end with a 1 they are in the final markdown phase.
How to get the best deals on holiday merchandise
If you love collecting new holiday decor, cards or seasonal items, then the best time to shop for these items is right after the holidays have passed. Most of the time, Walmart offers their holiday merchandise for a minim of 50 percent off the next business day after a holiday has passed. Sometimes, they further discount the items the following week just so they can clear their shelves and get ready for the next holiday or season. I've seen Christmas wrap and decorations between 75 and 90 percent off. This is one of the best times to buy because it allows you to spend just pennies on the dollar and when the next season's holidays roll around, you'll be fully stocked and ready to go, plus you'll save a ton of money. I often wait for items that I really want to own for front lawn decorations until they go on clearance.
Combine Walmart.com shopping with Ebates
Another way to get some fantastic clearance priced savings when you shop at Walmart is to sign up for Ebates, then shop at Walmart.com. You can earn cash back as well as a $10 gift card. Ebates is a program that gives you cash back for items that you purchase online at Walmart. When you spend at least $25 at Walmart.com within the first 90 days of signing up, you'll receive a credit of rewards points to your account and you can use the points to get a $10 Walmart gift card in exchange.
Sign up for Ibotta
Ibotta is a smartphone app that pays cash to you just for taking pictures of your grocery receipts, so if you buy groceries at Walmart, you can get cash back just for stocking your pantry. All you need to do is sign up for Ibotta, download the app and after you setup your account, simply take a photo of your Walmart grocery receipt, then scan the bar codes on the items that you purchased and you'll start building up your cash back rewards.
Watch the day old rack in the bakery department
Walmart maintains a clearance rack in the bakery department that includes some amazing deals on bakery goods. Items that are scheduled to reach their best used by date are pulled a day in advance of the expiration. They are still good, but are approaching the time in which they are no longer considered to be prime or in their freshest possible condition. You can find french bread, rolls, cakes, pies, cookies and a variety of specialty bakery items at big discounts on the bakery clearance racks. I've found items on thee racks that have been up to 90 percent off of their original price, and most items are fifty percent off or more. It's a good idea to check the bakery clearance rack every time that you're in the store because new items are put in it daily. I've had great luck freezing some of these items and thawing them out to use later. They've tasted good and have saved me a lot of money.
The Garden section clearance
If you're a fan of gardening, you can find some truly amazing discounts in this department of the store as well. The gardening section maintains a healthy supply of plants including flowers, shrubs, trees, fruit trees, berries, vegetables and some exotic decorator plants. They also carry cactus and succulents as well as gardening implements and tools, fertilizers, potting soil, bark mulch and yard decorations. If you're looking or some great discounts on these items, you'll be happy to know that the gardening department also puts these items on clearance. This event generally takes place near the end of the spring planting season. It's a great time to find trees, plants and everything else that is related to gardening at a discounted price. The sales may start at 10 percent off then go all the way to 50 or even 75 percent off of selected gardening, home and landscaping items. It's a good idea to check in this department once a week because there are times when associates will place random items in the clearance area.
Frequently check Yes We Coupon site
We stumbled onto a gold mine for finding clearance deal and discounts at our local Walmart store. Yes We Coupon has a really great clearance finder tool that let us know when there are great deals at our local store. It's difficult to find clearance items without actually going to the store physically and looking for them. The prices can vary from one store to another a great deal so you have to check each Walmart store city by city for those that are located within driving distance. This useful tool lets you check the inventory stock at your local Walmart and find out what's on clearance as well as other items that have been drastically marked down. This week there were toys discounted up to 75 percent off for an amazing savings. Yes We Coupons also offers a host of promotional codes that can offer some surprisingly high savings on items that may be on your shopping list, so check them out frequently to discover some amazing discounts and find out what's on clearance at your local Walmart. We must emphasize the fact that this site is updated hourly so it's one of the best ways to find out about clearance sales before the rest of the crowd of thrifty shoppers makes the discovery.
Save money with online coupons
We found yet another helpful site for getting discounts on regular priced items as well as some discounted or clearance deals. With this site you will have access to new Walmart Coupons every day. They keep the site updated and the coupons let you know their exact expiration date. Some of them are good for a few years so you can pick and choose which ones that you want to use now and which to save for later. A few examples of what you will find on this coupon site include Free 2 day shipping when you order through Walmart.com, clearance items for household essentials, which doesn't expire until January of 2022, Cleaning supplies on clearance, kitchen necessities, deals on fashion essentials, designer watches for men and for women and much more. The cool thing about this site is that all you need to do is to click on the "use coupon" icon that you want to use. There is no need to write down a code.
Walmart Warehouse Clearout
We went to the website and at the top of the page there were icons for going to the warehouse Clear out for toys, home, home improvement, sports and outdoors, furniture, instruments, patio and garden, clothing and jewelry, baby and auto and tires. This takes you to all of the items in the Walmart warehouse that are discounted because they need to be cleared out. You can also find some really great deals on clearance items here.
Kathy Spencer's ideas
Kathy Spencer has an interesting website that can also alert you to clearance items and much more at Walmart through her Shop For Free site. The part that is the most interesting and pertinent for Walmart shoppers is the coupons section. You can download these coupons and print them off as PDF files. You can use them at Walmart or any other store for that matter to get an additional discount on items that they sell. This site is not strictly for Walmart shoppers as the coupons and other services work at a lot of different stores, but if you're an avid coupon clipper then this will be an excellent resource for you.
There are so many different ways for you to save money when shopping at your local Walmart or at Walmart.com. We've pointed out just a few of the many resources. If you love to go to Walmart and browse through their latest offerings in the clearance racks and tables, you have to know where to find them and not be afraid to ask an associate about any clearance deals that are hidden from site, because they exist in almost every Walmart location. They're there to point you in the right direction. Become familiar with the dates and times when certain departments put new items on clearance. Once you know their schedule you can be among the first to find what you like before the items are picked over by savvy shoppers. Be sure to read the tags and watch for special sales that are not advertised. You'll often find clearance items mixed in with the regular priced goods because some shoppers relocate them. Walmart is excellent at offering large quantities of clearance items store wide. Don't forget to check out their online clearance items as well because you can have them shipped to your local store for pickup or delivered right to your house. Use coupons from the websites we mentioned to save even more. You can also use special promotional codes to get big discounts even on clearance items. There are many great resources out there for finding clearance sales at your local Walmart store as well as discount coupons that can save you up to 75 percent on selected items. These are the things that make shopping at Walmart so smart for anyone who wants to get the most for their money.
Written by Dana Hanson
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