It is not only possible to get food for free at Walmart, it’s also easy to do. The trick is to use coupons or rebates and match them to either Walmart’s everyday low prices, rollback prices or to Walmart’s competitors’ prices (Walmart matches their local competitors’ prices). Even better, the work is already done for you at websites that match the prices of items to available coupons.
Walmart’s coupon policy allows for overage, which means that if the coupon value exceeds the price of the item, you will make money when you buy those items. Overage from one item can cover the cost of another item, even foods that rarely have coupons — such as fruit, vegetables, poultry, meat, fish and seafood — netting you even more for free.
Ehow asked Jodi Furman of the award-winning blog, LiveFabuLESS.com (Link below) to provide readers with the best ways to take advantage of Walmart’s coupon policy.
Furman has taught millions of readers a modern and doable way to live an upscale life without the price through her blog and TV appearances. She has an MBA from Columbia Business School and is a married mom with three young kids plus two dogs and two cats.
Get the Newspaper Each Week
Most newspapers have two coupon inserts each week — one from Red Plum and one from SmartSource. Once a month you’ll also get an insert from P&G. Occasionally, there will be additional inserts from General Mills or other manufacturers.
FabuLESS tip: Subscribe to the newspaper and ask whether there are any new subscriber specials; don’t try to save money by traveling to the store to buy the newspaper, which will likely cost you more in gas than it will save in cash. Also seek out local and community newspapers, which are often available for free or at a low cost and might include the same coupon inserts as the larger papers.
As You Start Collecting Coupons, Organize Them
There are two basic approaches: clip and sort coupons into categories or keep each insert whole and unclipped. For clip and sort, you’ll need a binder, a series of envelopes or an accordion coupon organizer to hold the clipped coupons. For the unclipped method, you’ll need a few folders and a pen or marker. Mark the front of the unclipped insert with the date you received it (if you forget to do so, the date is on the spine of the insert in small type). Neither way of organizing coupons is right or wrong; choose the method that works for you.
Become Familiar With Different Types of Coupons & Where to Find Them
Clippable coupons are the ones found in newspapers’ coupon inserts and, at times, in mailers. Printable coupons are printed from websites. Peelies are stickers found on products. Hangtags are found hanging on products, usually around the neck of bottles. Blinkies are dispensed one by one from a coupon dispenser on the shelf (the dispenser usually has a blinking light on it). Tearpad coupons are in stores on pads of paper; you can tear off one by one. Rebates are found in many of the same places as coupons; most require you to mail in documentation in order to receive your money back.