Known for years for its “Always Low Prices” slogan, as well as its price matching policy, you can snag some pretty good deals on things at Walmart that you’re probably paying way too much for elsewhere. Here are ten things you should buy at Walmart.
When we say “refurbished TVs,” we mean televisions that were returned to the store by customers for whatever reason. Now, we know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking that if they returned the TVs to the store, then there must have been something wrong with them, so why should you risk buying a possibly defective TV, right? Well, according to Mashable, Walmart tests all of its refurbished televisions to make sure they work like new and checks them for any visible signs of wear and tear. And, if you find your refurbished set just isn’t working out for you, Walmart has a 90-day return policy. So, what have you have to lose?
Good mattresses don’t have to be expensive. In fact, you can get one from Walmart for as little as $99. What’s more is that you won’t even have to worry about lugging it up the stairs. That’s because Walmart’s Slumber 1 spring mattress comes neatly packaged in a tiny box. That’s right, a mattress in a box! These mattresses use a new rebound technology that allows them to be folded and vacuum sealed. Once you get it home, you just open it up and it will naturally expand to its regular size (it’ll take about 30 minutes). The Slumber 1 8″ Spring Mattress-In-a-Box currently has over 8,300 reviews on Walmart.com, many of which are 5-star reviews.
By the way, the Slumber 1 adjusts to your weight and body shape. Plus, it’s fire resistant, flame retardant, and doesn’t require any flipping.
You could end up paying much more for OTC drugs at a pharmacy than you would at Walmart. For example, CVS sells Dayquil Severe for $8.99, while Walmart’s store brand goes for just $2.98. But, did you also know that you could save on prescription drugs with Walmart’s generic drug plan? According to NBC News, a recent study found that Walmart’s $4 generic prescriptions beat Medicare’s co-pays 21 percent of the time.
The study, which was published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, was conducted in part because of the recent discussions about pharmacy gag rules. These rules prevent pharmacists from telling customers that they could save money on their prescriptions. For example, drug companies and pharmacies know that customers end up paying more out of pocket when they use their health insurance than when they participate in Walmart’s generic plan. But it’s forbidden, and in some cases banned, to talk about discounts. Customers can always ask about these savings, but it doesn’t cross most people’s minds, NBC News said.
DID YOU KNOW?
-Walmart is negotiating the terms of its partnership with Humana and is considering buying the insurer outright.
-At least 22 states have some type of pharmacy gag rules.
7. Home Fitness Equipment
Instead of spending thousands of dollars on fitness training equipment sold via infomercials, Walmart has several pieces of home fitness equipment you can get for less than 50 bucks! They’re basic but, nonetheless, they’ll help enhance your at-home workouts. Here’s a partial list of them:
-Bionic Body Door Anchor, $5 (You can use this to anchor your resistance band to any door.)
-Gold’s Gym Long Resistance Tube, $7
-SELF Fitness Adjustable Weighted Jump Rope, $9
-Yes4All Dual Grip Pilates Resistance Fitness Ring, $12
-SELF Fitness 15-Pound Soft Kettlebell, $27 (It’s covered in neoprene fabric, so you won’t have to worry about damaging your floors if you happen to drop it.)
-BalanceFrom 32-Pound Dumbbell Set with Stand, $41 (Comes with two 3-lb., two 5-lb., and two 8-lb. weights)
According to Go Banking Rates, you can get tires from Walmart for less than you could if you were to buy them from Sears or some discount tire store. “At Walmart, you can shop Goodyear tires starting at $70 — oftentimes saving you up to $5 or $10 on individual tires, offering more savings than Sears and even discount tire stores like Discount Tire,” Carson Yarbrough, of Offers.com, told Go Banking Rates.” Sears offers the same Goodyear Wrangler tire for $123 that Walmart sells for $72.”
According to Delish.com, antifreeze is Walmart’s best-selling item in Alaska. And, rightly so. With average SUMMER daytime temperatures in the Arctic/Far North region barely making it out of the thirties, Alaskans feel the need to load up on this blue radiator fluid.
FUN FACT: A team of scientists from the University of Notre Dame and UAF discovered a type of antifreeze molecule in the cells of an Interior Alaska beetle, which allows it to survive in temperatures as low as 104 degrees below zero! According to Anchorage Daily News, the scientists say the discovery could aid research in agriculture, medicine, and food preservation. No word on whether the molecule could be used in cars, though.
4. Blackout Curtains
Speaking of Alaska, Walmart also sells blackout curtains–something that definitely comes in handy for folks living in parts of the state where, at certain times of the year, sunlight is plentiful and a good night’s sleep is rare. Instead of paying up to $32 for a set of blackout curtains at Bed Bath & Beyond, you can spring for the much cheaper Mainstays version sold at Walmart for about $6.
-Residents of Barrow, AK, enjoy (or not) 80 days of continuous sunlight.
-The Summer Solstice, a.k.a. the longest day of the year, in Anchorage, AK, brings 19 hours of sunlight.
3. Starbucks Coffee
Everybody loves a good cup of joe, especially when it’s from Starbucks. And, for those who want to have Starbucks at home, the company does sell bags of ground coffee. You could get some from Amazon, but in most cases, you’d be required to purchase a six-pack of 12 oz. bags (a three-pack of 12 oz. bags of Starbucks House Blend Ground Coffee costs about 30 bucks on Amazon) or subscribe to Prime Pantry, which requires Amazon Prime membership–a cost of $12.99/month. Or, you could get a 12 oz. bag from Walmart for about $6.99. Even if you were to buy three bags, it would still be about $10 cheaper than the three-pack House Blend sold on Amazon.
Wine can be VERY expensive–one bottle can cost more than a 3-course meal! Thankfully, Walmart has decided to get into the wine business. Just this past summer, the retail giant launched Winemakers Selection, a collection of wines from around the world that includes Sparkling rosé from France, Chianti from Italy, and a Cabernet Sauvignon from Paso Robles in California. The good news is you don’t have to worry about breaking the bank on these wines. Each bottle costs about $11… and, they’re pretty delicious too. “Each wine in the Winemakers Selection has been carefully curated from the best wine regions of the world to bring you exceptional taste at an affordable price,” Walmart said on its website. The bad news is that they’re only sold at select Walmart locations.
Did you know you can get an all-aluminum Acer Chromebook 14 from Walmart for a mere $219? This 14-inch-screen laptop comes with an Intel Celeron processor, 4 GB of RAM, 32 GB of SSD, and a 100 percent aluminum chassis. According to PCWorld, it’s about $30 to $40 cheaper than what you’d normally pay for an Acer Chromebook 14. The downside to this otherwise great deal is that the price only applies to the gold-colored version.
By the way, you can also find special deals at certain times of the year. For example, Walmart’s Tax Time Laptop Value Bundle went for $235 and included a bag, a flash drive, and either Microsoft Office or tax software.
Now that you have the scoop on Walmart savings, you can snag some super good deals on Black Friday. Happy shopping, and thanks for reading!