Walmart has established itself as being one of the cheapest big box retailers out there, offering "everyday low prices" on everyday items. However, to get even bigger bargains there's a strategy to shopping at this chain. Here are a few key tips on how to optimize shopping at the retailer and cash in on the best deals
Walmart is a great place to buy groceries, a loyal 15-year customer says. According to this experienced shopper, you can save up to 30 percent on basic items like cereal and canned goods. Just stay away from the produce -- you can get fresher fruits and vegetables elsewhere. Also, make sure to check the expiration dates on items. Walmart has been known to leave expired items on shelves.
If you have a coupon, make sure to print out Walmart's latest coupon policy, as cashiers may not be familiar with the updated practices. And if what you want isn't in stock, Walmart does issue rain checks, says TheDealYo. However, much like in the case of coupons, it's best to have a copy of the full disclaimer in hand when you're shopping in person.
If you're looking for new glasses, Walmart may have what you're looking for. Walmart Vision Centers are known to offer competitive prices and quality. Not only do they provide complete eye exams, but their prices on eyeglasses and contacts are much lower than well-known optical chains. Of course, if Walmart accepts your insurance plan, you'll be able to score even bigger discounts on exams and eyewear.
Walmart offers price matching for products that are advertised for a lower price by competitive retailers. FabulesslyFrugal recommends bringing copies of current ads to the store and handing them to your cashier before he or she rings you up. Of course, it always helps to have a printout of Walmart's Price Matching Policy on hand in case you have any issues.
When it comes to higher end, brand name merchandise, head to Walmart.com. This shopper found that the company's website offered a wider selection of goods than the brick-and-mortar stores, some of which is exclusive to the site. "For example, I have never seen an Olympus PEN Micro Four Thirds Camera in a Walmart store, but they are competitively priced online," Spains says.
So, pay attention, Walmart shoppers. Even with its generally low prices, there are ways to save more at this popular big box retailer -- you just have to know where to look.