Saving money is on most people's minds when they do their shopping, and this former employee has explained how it's possible to do just that.
This unnamed employee worked as a Customer Service Manager at Walmart for five years. During that time, they learned plenty of ways in which customers at the store are able to save money, if only for asking nicely.
As reported by Shared, there are plenty of loopholes in Walmart's policies that can help their customers save money, if only they know how.
Walmart has a price matching policy. This means that if a customer is able to prove that another store is offering the same item at a lower price, Walmart will lower their own price to match it.
All that is required is for the customer to bring in a flyer or an advertisement of some kind with evidence of the exact same product at a lower price. They will also match some online retailers such as Amazon, BestBuy and Target.
Some produce and clearance items may be exempt from this price matching rule, and some branches have started to discontinue price matching.
Shopping online can also save money. Orders over $50 will incur free shipping. If the customer's order is under $50, simply add some non-perishables to the cart until it's over that price.
Discounted items are also easy to find on the website by entering "clearance" or "refurbished" in the search bar. Refurbished items still come with a manufacturer's warranty.
Checking out online can also save money if the customer opts for the "Free pickup + discount" option. Items will be shipped to the customer's local Walmart where they can collect. Shipping is free, and items come with a 10% discount.
Items will either arrive on the same day or within 24 hours. Hazardous items don't qualify for this option, and neither do stores in Hawaii and Alaska.
Unlike many other stores, Walmart doesn't have a clearance section. But clearance items are still marked at certain displays throughout the store, they just have to be searched for.
Walmart shoppers can also take full advantage of coupons, and this can save shoppers plenty. Some coupons may be marked as worth more than the item itself, offering shoppers a cashback option.
The store will also accept coupons from other stores on the same price matching rules, as long as the item on the coupon is the exact same as the one in Walmart, and has a dollar value, not a percentage.
The store also has a price adjustment policy that few people know about. If an item is bought at full price and is then marked down within a week after the purchase, the customer can bring it back to the store and be refunded the difference.
Of course, this will require a receipt, and customers should get into the habit of keeping them.
The Walmart app allows customers to scan their receipts after a purchase, and if it finds the same items available elsewhere for a cheaper price, it will refund the difference in the form of a gift card.
The early bird gets the worm, and it pays for customers to shop early in the morning. Meat and produce are often marked down early, just check the expiry dates. The previous day's baked goods will also be on sale.