In a casual conversation with a friend recently, I learned a new secret to saving. I was surprised, as I’m usually pretty savvy about deals and ways to save money.
I was also a little bit skeptical because many times what others see as good deals aren’t good deals to me (I’m that frugal). I had to go check it out to see if it was too good to be true or not.
My friend said that she used to order from Amazon Prime Pantry, but she switched to Walmart instead.
Maybe I’m the last one to the party and you all know this secret already, but in case you’re in the dark too, I want to let you know!
Did you know that Walmart offers free 2-day shipping on orders over $35?
Now that might not seem too earth-shattering to you, as many companies and online stores offer free shipping after reaching a certain minimum.
But this is different.
Let me tell you why!
1- Incredible Inventory
Most online stores don’t carry everything their brick and mortar counterparts carry. For example, you’re not going to find the One Spot items, Target’s version of the dollar store, on their website.
While walmart.com doesn’t carry everything their store does, they don’t cut out all of the inexpensive products like other stores would.
For example, I can still get the simple fold-top sandwich bags (150 of them for $1) even though they’re very inexpensive. You can even get their back-to-school deals online for the same price (think $.50 Crayola crayons)!
2-Super Low Prices
On Amazon you can buy all sorts of toiletries, food products and everyday essentials, but you’re going to pay a pretty penny for them. For a frugal girl like me, in most cases it’s not worth the price hike even if I can have Amazon Prime ship it to me for free.
I expected to see inflated prices like this at Walmart online too, but was pleasantly surprised (even shocked!)! Walmart tends to offer the same prices online that they do in store, which is pretty incredible! You don’t have to pay extra for the convenience of staying home.
3-Location doesn’t matter
I have friends who live in upscale communities that don’t allow Walmart stores. With 2-day shipping, it doesn’t matter if you have a Walmart near you or not. You can still order and get free shipping regardless of where you live in the country.
I wish this would have existed when I lived in the boonies, 45 minutes away from the nearest Walmart (or any store, for that matter)!
4-Convenience that isn’t costly
Because I’m super frugal, in most cases I would rather be slightly inconvenienced and save more money than pay for the convenience factor. With my new discovery of Walmart.com, I don’t have to choose between convenience and saving money.
With so many staples– products we regularly buy at normal, uninflated prices– getting to the $35 minimum is not hard at all. I don’t have to put random extras in my cart and try to justify that it’s worth it to spend more to get free shipping.
I don’t usually do regualr clothes shopping at Walmart, but I have a hard time resisting their clearance kids clothes. Getting new clothes for thrift store prices is a win in my book! And now, being able to browse and buy them onlilne without having to factor in the cost of shipping, is fabulous!
What’s even better is that the clearance selection online is even better than in the store and your don’t have to go sifting through messy clearance racks either! Score!
What you need to know about Walmart’s Free 2-Day Shipping
There is no membership fee to participate.
I’m a big fan of Amazon Prime. We use our Prime membership for free shipping on lots of purchases throughout the year. We don’t use Prime Pantry though, because for us, the prices aren’t worth it.
Walmart’s Free 2-Day Shipping program doesn’t require any sort of membership.
There is a $35 minimum purchase
Reaching a $35 cart total is really easy when all of your everyday purchase items are available at normal store prices. If I need to get my total up, I can add in a couple of jars of peanut butter, for example, or stock up on toilet paper.
To make it even simpler, you can easily look through past orders and click re-order on the items you need.
You can get further discounts
When you have all your items in your cart and go to check out, you will sometimes see additional discounts on your items if you allow for a day or two longer shipping. If you’re not in a hurry, this is a great way to save a little extra.
For example, for our recent family reunion, I ordered a 5-Gallon Igloo Water Cooler priced at the time at $19.10. If I was cool with waiting an extra day (so 3-day shipping instead of 2) they would knock off $.80. That’s what I did. Funny thing is, it still came in two days!
As you can probably tell (and my mailman already knows), I’m a big fan of Walmart’s new free 2-day shipping.
And if you think I’m a fan NOW, wait a couple weeks until I have a newborn (along with my 4 other littles) at home. Then I’m REALLY going to appreciate the convenience of Walmart’s free 2-day shipping!
If you haven’t tried it out yet, head on over to Walmart.com and browse for your normal household purchase list, grab school supplies, or check out the clearance section!
How about you?
- Did you know about Walmart’s free 2-day shipping? (Am I really the last one to know?)
- What sorts of staples do you have delivered (by Walmart, Amazon, etc)?
This post was NOT sponsored by Walmart. After I fell in love with their free 2-day shipping program, though, I figured out how to sign up to be an affiliate. That means if you make a purchase through one of my links then I get a small percentage as a thank you for sending you their way. But honestly I would have told you about it anyway because I’m so stinking excited about it (but don’t tell them that!)! 🙂
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