8 Secret Ways to Save at Walmart That Only Experts Know About

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Not to brag, but when it comes to bargain shopping, we kind of know our stuff. And by “kind of,” we mean we’ve even found ways to cut down costs at the bargain shopping mecca: Walmart.

Yep. You read correctly. We’re letting you in on some savvy shopping secrets that will help you rollback prices — even more — every time you shop at Walmart.

Here’s how to get the best deals.

1. Turn Those Crumpled Walmart Receipts Into Free Gift Cards

What do you usually do with your receipts? You check out, they hand you a mile-long piece of paper, and you frantically stuff it to the bottom of a grocery bag. Pretty worthless.

But a free app called Fetch Rewards will turn them into gift cards. It partners with tons of brands to give you points for every grocery receipt you share. Then you can exchange them for gift cards to places like Walmart.  

And it’s perfect for those of us who don’t want to put a ton of work into this. All you have to do is send Fetch a photo of your receipt, and it does everything for you. No scanning barcodes or searching for offers — and you can use it with any grocery receipt.

When you download the app, use the code PENNY to get a free bonus — you’ll be well on your way to your first gift card.

Not so bad for a useless receipt, right?

2. Use This Free $225 When You Checkout

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If we told you that before you head to Walmart, you could get paid to watch cooking videos on your computer, you’d probably laugh.

It’s too good to be true, right?

But we’re serious. A website called InboxDollars will pay you to watch short video clips online. One minute you might watch a chef teach you the recipe for fudge brownies and the next you might get the latest updates on Kardashian drama.

All you have to do is choose which videos you want to watch and answer a few quick questions about them afterward. Brands pay InboxDollars to get these videos in front of viewers, and it passes a cut onto you.

It’s possible to earn up to $225 per month watching these videos — that could make a serious dent in your Walmart bill.

Unlike other sites, InboxDollars pays you in cash — no points or gift cards — and it’s already paid its users more than $56 million.

It takes about one minute to sign up, and you’ll immediately earn a $5 bonus to get you started.

3. Know Your Markdown Tags

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Walmart has a sneaky system for marking down clearance tags.

You can use this information to find the best Walmart deals!

  • Items with prices ending in $__._7 are the original price.
  • Items with prices ending in $__._5 are the first markdown.
  • Items with prices ending in $__._1 are the final markdown.

So, if you see a “clearance” item with a price ending in “5,” and there’s still plenty in stock, you can hold out for a better markdown.

And if you see one ending with “7,” you’ll know the item isn’t discounted at all yet.

4. Get a Free $5 Walmart Gift Card

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Want a free Walmart gift card? The folks over at Pointclub want you to give your opinions in online surveys, and they’ll shower you with free gift cards for your time.  

You’ll get points for each survey you qualify for and complete. Once you accrue enough points, they can be redeemed for cash via Paypal or gift cards to a number of popular retailers, including Walmart.

Each survey pays 200 to 10,000 points, which equates to 20 cents to $10 per survey. To cash out, you’ll need a minimum of 25,000 points, which equates to $25.

The newly redesigned website is sleek and easy to use. Pro tip: You’ll get a free $5 bonus when you sign up.

5. Get 10% Cash-back on Everything You Buy

One of our favorite ways to save at Walmart is with Rakuten, a cash-back site that gives you 10% cash-back on everything you purchase at Walmart.com.

There’s no catch.

You just have to sign up for a free Rakuten accountPlus, they’ll give you free $10 gift card to Walmart for giving the site a try. To earn your gift card:

1. Sign up for Rakuten with your email or Facebook account.

2. Use the Rakuten portal the next time you need to buy something. It’s connected to thousands of stores, including Walmart, Amazon and Target. You’ll need to make your first purchase through the site within 90 days and spend at least $25.

3. Your account will be credited with rewards points you can cash in for your $10 Walmart gift card.

6. Buy a Loaf of Bread for $1

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A lot of us at The Penny Hoarder HQ have been doing this for years!

Head to the bakery to find day-old bread on sale — usually for less than $1.

In some stores, we’ve even seen an impulse rack near the registers, in case you need that final nudge. This is an affordable way to indulge on fresh-baked ciabatta or French breads with an otherwise hefty price tag.

7. Trade Your Walmart Receipts for Cash

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We all want to save money on our groceries. What we don’t want to do is put a ton of work into it.

If this sounds like you — someone who just wants to get in and out of the store and save money without doing much thinking — there’s an app we recommend.

It’s called Ibotta, and it pays you cash-back for buying certain items at Walmart. 

Before you shop, search for items on your shopping list within the Ibotta app. When you get home, snap a photo of your receipt and scan the items’ barcodes.

Bam. Cash back.

Ibotta is free to download. Plus, you’ll get a $20 sign-up bonus. Here’s how to get it:

  1. Download the Ibotta app. 
  2. Create an account.
  3. Shop, and take a photo of your grocery receipt.
  4. Redeem 10 offers within 14 days, and you’ll get that $20 bonus.

Every time you scan a receipt that includes a participating brand, you’ll earn cash back.

For example, we recently saw an offer of $5 back on a case of Shiner Bock beer.

Once you earn at least $20, cash out via PayPal.

Go ahead, and start earning cash by downloading Ibotta.

8. Get Free Walmart Gift Cards

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Want a free Walmart gift card? The folks over at Swagbucks want you to give your opinions on new products and they’ll shower you with free gift cards for your time.  

You’ll get points called SBs for each survey you qualify for and complete. Those SBs can be redeemed for cash via Paypal or gift cards to a number of popular retailers, including Walmart.

Pro tip: You’ll get a free 500 SB (or $5) bonus when you sign up and earn 2,500 SB within your first 60 days.

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