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15 Things You’re Not Buying from Walmart — but Should

Walmart has always been known for its low prices, but we bet you didn’t know you could go there for must-have deals on these quality items.

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Wondering what to buy at Walmart next? It turns out the mega-retailer has so much more than you think, and their prices steadily beat the competition.

Walmart.com isn’t just a great place to order your cleaning supplies, toys or cheap kid’s clothing,” says consumer savings expert Andrea Woroch. “You can order groceries, automotive parts, camping gear and home improvement goods at great prices.

“The store’s website offers thousands of daily essentials as well as special buys, and works with third-party sellers to give you even more opportunities to find something you need at the best price possible.”

Here are some of the best items you should be adding to your cart from Walmart instead of other stores.

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Mattresses

Walmart probably isn’t the first place you’d think to look for a new bed, but the store’s extensive collection of affordable mattresses and toppers may make you think twice.

Walmart’s in-house Mainstays brand offers high-quality mattresses starting at less than $200, while tried-and-true national brands like Zinus have twin-size bunk bed mattresses in their Walmart lineup well below $100. Sleep on these cheap mattresses, not the savings.

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Electronics and Television section of the Rosemead Wal–Mart store on NOVEMBER 02, 2010.Bob Chamberlin/Getty Images

Refurbished Televisions

Walmart sells new and refurbished TVs at rock-bottom prices with a great return policy.

Refurbished televisions have been returned to the store for one reason or another, tested for quality, then repackaged for sale. In some cases, it may have a scratch or dent, or a customer may have brought it back without using it or even opening the box. Those items can’t be sold as new, and you can pick them up for as much as 40 percent off the original price.

We found a 40-inch refurbished TCL smart LED TV for $222, about $57 off the already low price of a new version.

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Free Grocery Delivery and Pickup

Did you know Walmart has followed retailers like Amazon and joined the grocery delivery game with Walmart+? In most cases, a Walmart+ membership means free same-day delivery on just about everything. You can even find the same low prices as inside the store without leaving home.

Walmart+ is rolling out across most metro areas. If you’re not eligible, you can still score free curbside pickup and always-low prices on everything through the Walmart app.

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Name-Brand Food and Beverages

While you’re making your grocery list for pickup or delivery, make sure you include products from brands like Quaker, General Mills, Kellogg’s and even Dunkin’ coffee. Walmart offers exceptional deals on them all. In most cases, they can be shipped to your door with free two-day shipping. You’ll just have to meet a small minimum order threshold. So be sure and stock up.

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Wine

You already knew that Trader Joe’s sells cheap wine, but now Walmart does too! In summer 2018 the store launched Winemaker’s Selection, a collection of 11 wines from regions around the world.

The best part? Bottles and blends start at just $5, including this delicious raspberry sparkling wine. You can even buy the bottles online for in-store pickup to save time and effort.

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Tires

Buy tires at the same place you pick up a bottle of vino? You bet. Go Banking Rates reports buying Goodyear and other tires at Walmart instead of Sears or discount tire stores can save you $5 to $10 per tire. That’s impressive when you’re replacing all four, and an easy way to save serious cash. We found Douglas all-season passenger car tires starting at less than $50.

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Stylish Clothes

Walmart fashion isn’t limited to socks and plain white tees. The Ellen DeGeneres fashion line, EV1, is available exclusively at Walmart. The comfy collection includes sneakers, jeans, sweatshirts, and shirts with positive messages like “Love” and “Dream,” all for less than $30.

The Pioneer Woman herself has a line of country-themed fashion items ranging from floral tops to sensible cropped pants, and almost everything is less than $25.

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Photo Prints and Accessories

Drugstores may not be the best place for printing photos after all. Walmart charges only nine cents per 4×6 photo for home delivery, in-store pickup and even for one-hour pickup. Walgreens and CVS charge multiple times that per photo for same-day pickup.

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Party Supplies

Whether you’re planning a birthday party or an office celebration, stop at Walmart instead of your usual party store. Several party essentials are available in-store for as little as 97 cents, from tablecloths to balloons to candles. We even found full-size piñatas for less than $14.

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Office and Crafting Supplies

Pens, printer paper, envelopes and other office essentials will often cost less at Walmart than other retailers. High-end art and craft supplies like these OOLY Scented Glitter Gel Pens and an AdTech Mini Hot Glue Gun are also offered at bargain prices, with the glue gun coming in at less than $3.

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Basic Furniture

Not only does the style of Walmart’s furniture range from classic to contemporary, but the prices rival even those at Ikea. Most items feature quick, free shipping, and you can even snag designer collaborations. We found high-end desk and computer chairs at around $130, and fluffy area rugs for kids for $21.

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Camping Gear

If you and your family are camping enthusiasts, save money by buying basic tents and air mattresses at Walmart. Find tents for four people for about $50, solar camping lights and sleeping bags for less than $13, and more.

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Towels

Move over, expensive department stores. Walmart sells six-piece bath towel sets for less than $13. They’re available in nearly a dozen beautiful colors, boast nearly-perfect ratings on walmart.com. They’re made of high-quality cotton that customers can’t stop raving about.

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Exercise Equipment

Walmart surprisingly rivals other retailers when it comes to low prices on indoor exercise bikes, treadmills and ellipticals. A price comparison will show buying an exercise machine on Amazon could cost anywhere from $30 to $100 more than buying the same product through Walmart. You can also find inexpensive dumbbells for less than $4 to perfect your at-home fitness routine.

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Medicine

You don’t need to head to the drugstore to pick up pain and fever reducers, muscle salves or even prescription drugs. Many Walmart stores have pharmacies in-store, and you can order basics like ultra-affordable Genexa vegan and organic cold remedies for less than $13. Even a package of 160 Advil Liqui-Gels runs about $15 and ships directly to your door.

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Small Kitchen Appliances

Don’t sleep on Walmart’s selection of small kitchen appliances. They’re typically offered at the best prices around and include exclusive collaborations like this Beautiful by Drew Barrymore electric kettle for about $40, and this portable slow cooker from The Pioneer Woman for about $30.

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Bryce Gruber
As Home Editor, Bryce Gruber covers gift ideas, shopping, and e-commerce at The Family Handyman. You've likely seen her work across a variety of women's lifestyle and parenting outlets and on TV shows. She lives and works in New York's Hudson Valley with her five small children.

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