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6 ways to save money at Wal-Mart

Cameron Huddleston
Cameron Huddleston

Wal-Mart has built its reputation on offering low prices every day. This policy helps explain why more than 260 million people shop at the company’s stores and website every week and why it has become the world’s largest retailer.

If you shop at Wal-Mart, you know you’re probably getting good deals on your purchases. However, there are ways to save even more at this retailer. Here are six:

Take advantage of price matching

Even if Wal-Mart isn’t offering the lowest price on a given item, you can take advantage of the store’s price match policy to secure a better deal. Wal-Mart will match any advertised price from stores in your area, said Paul Ivanovsky, creator of IHeartTheMart.com, a blog dedicated to saving money at Wal-Mart. To qualify, the items in question must be identical and in stock at the other retailer.

Get online prices in the store

Before you make a purchase in one of its stores, see if Wal-Mart is offering a better price online, as the company will match Wal-Mart.com prices for in-store purchases. Bethany Halford, co-creator of the Whoa, Wait. Wal-Mart? Blog, which features great finds at Wal-Mart, said she frequently finds items that have been marked down online but not in the stores.

Use the Savings Catcher app

If you forgot to check other stores’ prices before shopping at Wal-Mart, you still can take advantage of the retailer’s price match policy after the fact by using the Savings Catcher app.

After scanning your receipt with the app, you can compare the prices you paid with local competitors’ advertised rates. If an item you bought is cheaper elsewhere, you will be credited the difference in the form of Savings Catcher Rewards Dollars, which can be redeemed for a Wal-Mart gift card or funds to be added to a prepaid debit card.

Get free shipping online

Shipping costs can quickly negate the savings you might accumulate by shopping online. However, there are two ways you can get free shipping from Wal-Mart.com.

If you spend $50 or more online, Wal-Mart will ship your purchases for free, Halford said. While there’s a flat $4.97 shipping fee for orders less than $50, shoppers can get around that fee by having online purchases shipped to their local stores.

Comb the clearance racks

If you rush through your Wal-Mart trips, you might miss out on some of the retailer’s best clearance deals. Typically, deeply discounted items are placed in an aisle near the toy or lawn and garden department.

Shop early for grocery deals

If your local Wal-Mart has a grocery department, you can save money by timing your food shopping trips right. Shop early in the morning to score discounts on one of the priciest food items on your list –meat. Normally, by 8 a.m., the meat department has discounted their meat.

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