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Walmart Shopping Guide
In 1945, a man by the name of Sam Walton opened a small shop in Bentonville, Arkansas called Walton’s Five and Dime. Walton later upgraded in 1962 to become Walmart Discount City and finally Walmart as of 1969. As of 2016, Walmart has over 11,500 stores across the world (27 countries to be exact) and operates hundreds of Sam’s Club warehouse locations under the Walmart parent company.
Walmart is the largest company in the world in terms of revenue, making billions of sales each year. They employ over 2.2 million people and have their own charitable organization, The Walmart Foundation. If you’ve ever shopped at Walmart, then you won’t want to miss these shopping and savings tips in our guide!
Shopping on Walmart.com
Walmart sells hundreds of thousands of different items, from home goods and food to clothing, makeup, and jewelry. Their motto of “Save Money. Live Better.” indicates the company’s dedication to passing along huge savings to their customers. You can even buy air pistols and air rifles on their website, which has caused controversy in the past.
Whether you’re looking for new tires for your car, nursery cribs and accessories for your baby on the way, or a new tablet for your e-book collection, Walmart has thousands of options available on their website for everyday consumers.
Walmart also sells groceries, including a growing selection of organic produce and meats in some locations to keep up with local grocery competitors. You can order groceries online and pick them up for free at your local Walmart store.
Daily Savings Center
Walmart’s Daily Savings Center was created to compete with daily deals sites like Groupon and LivingSocial or Amazon’s Lightning Deals offered for a limited time with limited quantities of each item. Here you’ll be able to save even more money on everything from cleaning supplies to electronics; be sure to sign up for the e-newsletter for alerts on new daily savings.
Walmart App: Savings Catcher
If you love Walmart and you own a smartphone, then you won’t want to miss the Walmart Savings Catcher app. You can make purchases through this app, and you also get access to the nifty tool of receipt scanning, which you can use to find local competitors offering lower prices on an item you purchased from Walmart. Any differences in prices will be paid out to you in the form of an e-gift card.
This app is also highly rated because of its pharmacy ordering and pick-up information section, which makes it a convenient tool for anyone trying to organize their medications and keep their health on the right track. If you want to formulate a wish list or wedding registry, you can easily create one right on the app.
Walmart Credit Card
Walmart offers its own credit card aligned with MasterCard. When you sign up, you can save up to 10% on your first purchase with the card (maximum $250 statement credit back). After the initial purchase, you’ll get 3% back in the form of a statement credit when you buy on Walmart.com, 2% back when you purchase Walmart gas, and 1% back at Walmart and everywhere else the card is accepted. This is especially enticing for online shoppers because you get more back when you shop online compared to shopping at a Walmart retail location. You could also qualify for 6 or 12-month in-store financing offers with your Walmart card. Note that APR ranges from 17.15% to 23.15% on Walmart MasterCards.
Checking Out on Walmart.com
Check out on Walmart’s website is pretty straightforward. Just enter any promo codes you might’ve found online, through Walmart’s e-newsletter, or on their Savings Catcher app, and see the estimated shipping and sales tax costs before you pay. Walmart accepts major forms of credit card payment (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express), debit cards, and PayPal.
Walmart Surveys & Contests
Walmart has contests and sweepstakes running almost all the time. For example, they sometimes have simple surveys through which you can win one of five (5) $1,000 Walmart shopping gift cards (enter with purchase receipt code, online survey form, write-in entry) with 750 runners-up prizes of $100.
Walmart’s Facebook contests received a lot of media attention in 2012 when the local Walmart Facebook page that received the most “likes” was promised a performance from the famous rapper, Pitbull. Internet pranksters decided to band together and send Pitbull to the most remote Walmart town imaginable: Kodiak Island, Alaska. When the small town’s Facebook page won the contest, Pitbull followed through and performed some songs at their local Walmart store.
Walmart also runs philanthropy-oriented, community contests on social media in conjunction with The Walmart Foundation, such as the Fight Hunger Contest. In this contest, Walmart gives away approximately $1 million to one of 200 towns with high unemployment rates, and an additional $50,000 to the top 20 runners-up. The money was used to fund anti-hunger programs and food banks in these local areas, and thousands of people jumped on social media to promote their towns to increase their chances of winning.
Walmart Customer Service
Walmart’s customer service representatives are available via their online contact form or at 1-800-925-6278. Walmart is also active on social media, offering specials, deals, and contests to their followers. If you love Walmart as much as we do, be sure to follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube for more great ways to save. What are you waiting for? Grab a coupon from this page and start shopping!