These Are the Secrets Every Walmart Shopper Needs to Know

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For bargain shoppers, Walmart is usually a no-brainer.

Convenience and competitive prices make the giant retailer a go-to for almost anything you want to buy.

But even Walmart prices can be cut down — if you’re savvy enough.

Here are several ways to find the best Walmart deals every time you shop.

1. Snag a $10 Gift Card

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Believe it or not, some sites will give you free gift cards just for signing up with them.

One of our favorites is Ebates, a cash-back shopping site. It’s giving away $10 gift cards if you sign up as a new member and earn your first cash-back rebate.

You can choose a $10 gift card for Walmart or $10 in Ebates cash for your next shopping trip on the site.

To earn your gift card:

  1. Sign up for Ebates here with your email or Facebook account.
  2. Make your first purchase through the site within 90 days, and spend at least $25.
  3. Your account will be credited with rewards points you cash in for your $10 gift card.

2. Scan Your Barcodes

Believe it or not, this company wants to know what’s in your fridge.

Once you sign up to be on the Nielsen Consumer Panel, the company will send you a free scanner, or you can use your smartphone. Every time you go shopping, you simply scan the barcodes on the back of each product and send your data off to NCP.

As an active participant, you earn gift points which you can redeem for different types of merchandise. You can choose electronics, jewelry, household items, and even toys for the kids.

The longer you stay on the panel, the more opportunity you have to earn points toward prizes. You also receive entries for the panel’s many sweepstakes. Prizes include vacations and brand new vehicles.

3. Stop Deleting Emails From Walmart

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Can’t hold off on that purchase for a big sale? Do the next best thing: Buy it now and get a refund next time the price drops.

Your secret weapon here is called Paribus — a tool that gets you money back for your online purchases. It’s free to sign up, and once you do, it will scan your email archives for any receipts. If it discovers you’ve purchased something from one of its monitored retailers, it will track the item’s price and help you get a refund anytime there’s a price drop.

Plus, if your guaranteed shipment shows up late, Paribus will help you get money back for what you paid for shipping.

4. Know Your Markdown Tags

Walmart has a secret system for marking down clearance tags.

You can use this information to find the best Walmart deals!

  • Items with prices ending in $__._7 are the original price.
  • Items with prices ending in $__._5 are the first markdown.
  • Items with prices ending in $__._1 are the final markdown.

So, if you see a “clearance” item with a price ending in 5, and there’s still plenty in stock, you can hold out for a better markdown.

And if you see one ending with 7, you’ll know the item isn’t discounted at all yet.

5. Get Paid to Shop at Walmart

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Drop is a financial tech company that rewards you for your purchases.

As a Drop user, all you have to do is link your credit and debit cards. When you make a Drop-qualified purchase, you’ll automatically earn points, whether you’re grocery shopping, hailing an Uber or ordering a pizza. The points will add up, and you can then exchange them for gift cards to popular retailers like Amazon and Starbucks.

It’s the ultimate loyalty card — without the card.

You can sign up right here.

6. Get the Best Deal Every Time You Shop

When you’ve cut your spending down to the last latte, how can we possibly talk about spending even less?

There’s one more step you can take to cut your everyday expenses — earn money back when you shop.

Follow our ultimate guide to deal stacking to get the best deal on everything you buy at Walmart — so good, sometimes the store will pay you to buy it.

7. Download the Walmart App and Use the Savings Catcher

Savings Catcher
Walmart’s app allows you to make a shopping list, check in-store and online prices and availability, look at the weekly ad and more — saving you time and money in the process.

One of the best and easiest ways to save money with this app is the Savings Catcher.

Simply scan your receipt using the app, or log into your account online and enter the receipt number, and Walmart will do all the work for you.

It’ll compare prices at local retailers, including current advertised sale prices. If it finds a lower price, Walmart will credit you the difference on a gift card.

Even better, you’ll get double the Savings Catcher Reward Dollars when you redeem them to your Bluebird Card.

8. Buy a Loaf of Bread for $1

We’ve been doing this in my house for years!

Head to the bakery to find day-old bread on sale — usually for less than $1.

In some stores, I’ve even seen an impulse rack near the registers, in case you need that final nudge. This is an affordable way to indulge on fresh-baked ciabatta or French breads with an otherwise hefty price tag.

9. Get Paid for Walking Into the Store

No extreme physical activity or pulled muscles required for this money-making trick. All you need to do is download the Shopkick app.

Once you sign up, the app pays you in “kicks” for walking into certain stores (including Walmart, Target, TJMaxx and more). These can be redeemed for gift cards to a number of retailers, including Amazon, Target, Walmart, Starbucks, Sephora and Best Buy.

It pays you even more “kicks” for photos of receipts that include qualifying items you purchased in-store with a connected credit or debit card. You can also earn kicks for online purchases. Bonus: You don’t have to do anything; your linked cards will automatically apply your kicks.

We’ve got an ultimate guide to using Shopkick here.

10. Save Money on Gas

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Deals on gas at 
Murphy USA gas stations change throughout the year.

You’ll find special savings when you pay with a Walmart gift card, Walmart credit card or Walmart MasterCard.

Right now, save 3 cents per gallon when you fill up with a Walmart gift card.

11. Get Free Samples

free samples
Did you know you can order 
free samples of Walmart products?

Load up on freebies, and get a chance to try something new before you buy it.

Freebies are often accompanied by Walmart coupons for additional savings when you decide to buy.

12. Get Prescriptions for $4/Month

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Dozens of prescriptions
refills for common conditions are available for $4 per 30-day supply.

Depending on your prescription, once you start or transfer it to Walmart, you may even be able to refill your order online and have it delivered to your home.

However, there are actually some other companies out there that deliver your prescriptions right to your door — and can save you money.

Try Phil, an online prescription refill service. You sign up, and Phil contacts your pharmacy, doctor, your insurance company — whomever it needs to — and handles the rest. Each month, you’ll get your prescriptions delivered to your doorstep. You’ll still have to pay for them, but delivery is free.

You can even manage prescriptions for your entire family, including your aging parents.

If you sign up now, you can get $30 off your first prescription.

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