Walmart’s “everyday low prices” promise makes it easy to know you’re getting a good deal. But if you're reading this, chances are you're looking for more than just a "good deal." That's why our brand experts at Groupon Coupons put together this guide to finding professional-grade savings. Whether you’re shopping online or in store, we’ve got some insider tips and tricks for saving an absolute boatload of cash.
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Just like most major retailers, Walmart has big sales around events like Presidents Day, Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, and other long weekends. That doesn’t mean you should shop willy-nilly on these holidays if you’re looking for the best deals. Most items from groceries to clothing to big-ticket items tend to go on sale at Walmart at certain times of the year, and the Groupon Coupons team is here to help you figure out when that is.
TVs are a hot commodity year-round, but all deals are not created equally. Black Friday is a great time to shop for a TV at Walmart. Discounts are high, but you might have to wait in line to snag those limited doorbuster deals, and you can’t be picky about the features you want, since Black Friday deals tend to be for a few specific models.
Instead, Groupon Coupons suggests shopping the TV sales at Walmart in January, right after Christmas and in the weeks leading up to the Super Bowl. Walmart starts discounting the previous year's models to make room for the batch of TVs. Since TVs don’t change all that much year to year, you'll essentially end up paying refurbished prices for a brand new TV.
Amazon Prime Day (a Tuesday in mid-July) is another great time to look. The giant e-retailer has made that day an must-shop for discount hunters, and other stores are looking to get in on the action. If you need a TV, Prime Day is a great option.
You can snag a great deal on a laptop during Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales. (Which one is better? Our data suggests you should wait until Cyber Monday to buy most electronics because the discounts are slightly higher.) But just like TVs, selection and stock can be limited.
You’ll probably have better luck getting the laptop you actually want at a great price during Walmart’s Back to School sales in July and August. Starting around Amazon Prime Day (mid-July), shoppers will notice laptops and other school supplies go on sale. This is a great time to shop as stores will be well-stocked and items will be priced to sell.
Savings tip: Try to time back-to-school shopping with your state’s tax-free weekend for extra savings.
It’s tough to find toys on sale outside of the holiday season, especially if an item is popular. But if you don’t have to have it right now, it’s good to wait and see if it will get marked down as the seasons change. January and July are great times to stock up on toys because stores will be looking to clear out seasonal items that haven’t sold. Discounts and clearance sales are likely at their highest during these two months. Otherwise, check out Walmart’s clearance section. All clearance items get marked down at the beginning of the month (in the first five days), so be on the lookout then for the best deals.
Groupon Coupons already named Walmart’s Baby Registry one of its five best because of its consistently low prices. But if you want to save even more on baby items at Walmart, be sure to shop during September, which Walmart has designated its Best of Baby Month. More babies are born in September than any other month, which means more parents to be are shopping for little ones.
Walmart will help stretch your savings on baby gear throughout the month with great deals online and in stores, plus special events like a car-seat trade in. For six days in 2019, shoppers could bring in an old car seat and get a $30 Walmart gift card toward a new one. The car seats collect4ed in the program were 100% recycled by TerraCycle. Walmart hosts a similar Baby Savings Day with big discounts in late February.
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Because we shop for groceries year-round, they don’t go on sale en masse at any particular time. But Walmart shoppers who want to lower their food bill should shop early in the day to get the best deals. That’s when Walmart bakery and butcher goods are marked down. Getting there early means you’ll have the best selection at a lower price.
Walmart’s everyday low prices mean promo codes can be few and far between. But on Black Friday, Walmart goes all out. Shoppers can save an average of 36% with the biggest discounts on categories like toys and tech, including TVs, smart speakers, headphones, and tablets. For everything you need to save big on Black Friday at Walmart and other stores, check out the Groupon Coupons Black Friday shopping guide.
Good news shoppers! Walmart does price match if you find an identical item at a lower price from another store or even on Walmart.com. Sometimes the in-store price is higher than what you can find in Walmart’s online stock, in which case the cashier should lower the price for you on the spot. Walmart also price matches for most online merchants, including Amazon, Target, Kohl’s, Home Depot, Lowe’s, and many more.
There are some caveats to Walmart’s price match policy though. The item must be identical, meaning the size, color, quantity, and model number must match exactly, and it must be in stock at both retailers. Walmart does not price match a previously purchased item if the price is lowered at a later date. Price matches also aren’t honored during Black Friday shopping weekend.
Walmart ended its Savings Catcher price-matching tool in May 2019. Previously, Walmart customers could upload their receipt to the program and it would automatically compare the prices paid to competitors’ advertisements. If the Savings Catcher found a lower price, Walmart shoppers would receive a Walmart gift card for the difference.
Holiday shopping is expensive for everyone. Walmart offers layaway services from August 30 to December 9. This lets shoppers pick out their holiday gifts and then spread out the payments over time. Layaway is only available for in-store purchases.
It’s a simple system: just bring your items to any Walmart store’s designated layaway counter to get started. And best of all, there is no fee for starting a layaway plan. You will have to pay at least $20 or 20%, whichever is greater. All individuals items must cost $10 or more, and the total cost must be $50 or more. You can make payments at any time on your layaway plan at any register in the store.
Part of Walmart’s appeal is that it is always there when you need it. More than 90% of Americans live within 10 miles of a Walmart, and most stores are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, excluding Christmas. But what about other holidays? Here’s a list of major federal holidays and Walmart’s typical holiday hours. Go to walmart.com to double-check the hours of your local store.
Walmart shortened its hours in mid-March in response to COVID-19. All stores that are usually open 24 hours a day will instead be open from 7 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. until further notice. Stores that traditionally open after 7 a.m. will continue with regular hours. Walmart is also offering senior hours during the stay-at-home orders. Every day the store opens one hour early at 6 a.m. for shoppers age 60 and older. The shortened hours will help associates restock shelves overnight and allow time for deeper cleaning.