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15 Services You Didn’t Know You Could Get at Walmart
Walmart isn’t just a place to stock up on detergent, socks, and notebooks. The retailer also provides dozens of services that you might not know about.
Those who say that money can’t buy happiness have never attempted to put together a 16-drawer dresser. Luckily, you can take the hassle out of home upgrades by hiring a professional to do them for you. Walmart partners with the home installation company Porch to provide affordable assembly services. Prices range from $89 for a one-hour session to $239 for a four-hour session. Just add the Porch service to your cart and check out; a professional will get in touch to find a convenient time to stop by. Plus: Check out these 12 incredible IKEA hacks you can DIY.
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We don’t blame you if Walmart is not the first place you’d think of to search for a new car. But believe it or not, Walmart customers can now shop for cars through CarSaver, Walmart’s auto buying program. The service matches you with a personal auto advisor, who will work with you to compare brands of new and used vehicles, discuss financing and insurance, and protect the vehicle with CarSaver’s Lifetime Warranty. Plus, it’s all free of charge—until you purchase a car, of course.
No bank account? No problem. Walmart provides quick money transfers across state and national borders. The Walmart2Walmart program allows you to send up to $2,500 to any Walmart in the U.S. (including Puerto Rico) for fees starting at $4. Through the Walmart2World and MoneyGram programs, you can send money to over 200 countries for the same rates. If you prefer to spend locally, find out the top-selling Walmart product in your state.
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Tax Return Advice
Prepping your income tax returns will be a piece of cake this year, thanks to Walmart’s tax tools. From introductory books to digital software, these products help you organize your information and keep you updated the latest laws and terminology. Walmart’s software and laptop package will guide you through the tax return process and help you get the maximum return, all for as low as $14. Similar products go for $25 to $70 on Amazon. Also, these are the tax-related documents you should never throw away.
You should get your eyes checked every one to two years, according to the American Optometric Association. But instead of making an extra trip to the eye doctor, consider scheduling an appointment as you shop at your local Walmart. Many stores offer vision centers, where you can have your eyes examined by licensed optometrists and buy new prescription glasses or contacts between errands. Prices and accepted insurance plans vary between locations, so speak with your clinic to learn more.
Electronic Trade-In Programs
Turn your old electronics into cash through Walmart’s trade-in programs. To get started, simply answer a few questions about the device, print a prepaid shipping label, and ship it off via FedEx Ground. Once the product is evaluated, you will receive a Walmart eGift Card for the device’s calculated value. Old Playstations earn at least $100 each, and iPhones and iPads could net you over $300 per device.
Wedding and Baby Registries
Registering for wedding and baby shower gifts is a breeze with Walmart’s online registry system. Just go to any Walmart.com page, choose the type of registry you want, add items to your list, and then share it through Facebook or email. Like registries through Target and Amazon, you won’t have to pay a dime to use the service. Bonus: If you have the Walmart app, you can scan items for your registry in person using your phone.
If you still enjoy good, old-fashioned print photos, nothing beats Walmart’s one-hour photo printing service. They will even deliver your prints within three to five business days when you can’t make it to the store. And this service won’t break the bank, either: Walmart charges just $0.09 per 4×6 photo for home delivery and in-store pickup and $0.25 for one-hour pickup. Walgreens and CVS, on the other hand, both charge $0.33 per 4×6″ photo for same day pickup. These are the craziest things Walmart employees have seen at work.
Mental Health Counseling
Beacon Health, a Boston-based company, recently opened a mental health clinic inside a Walmart store in Texas. There, patients can meet with a licensed clinical social worker to be treated for anything from anxiety and depression to relationship issues. “Our whole goal is to give people services that work,” Russell C. Petrella, Beacon Health’s president and CEO, told the Boston Globe. The company hopes to soon expand the program to other retail locations across the country.
Smart Home Installation
From setting up a programmable thermostat to installing a video-linked doorbell, Walmart wants to lend a helping hand. The retailer has teamed up with tech support service HelloTech to provide their customers with competitively priced smart home installations. For fees ranging from $85 to $105, experts will come to your home, install your device, connect it to a Wi-Fi network, and even teach you how to use it. Plus: These are the 100 best home tech products of 2018.
Walmart has over 2,500 Auto Care Centers across the country, staffed with certified technicians ready to solve your most meddlesome car woes. They specialize in routine vehicle checkups, including tire replacement, battery installation, and oil changes. All you have to do is drop your car off at the Auto Care Center, and technicians will get to work while you run errands inside.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone over the age of six months receive a flu vaccine. But, here is the good news: At Walmart pharmacies, as well as competitors like CVS and Walgreens, you will pay no out-of-pocket costs for a flu shot through most insurance plans. All the more reason to give your immune system a boost this winter.
If you are a frequent Walmart.com shopper, a Walmart-branded credit card could save you a bundle. All cardholders receive three percent cash back on purchases from Walmart.com, two percent cash back on purchases from Murphy USA and Walmart gas stations, and one percent cash back on all other purchases. You can apply for a Walmart credit card or MasterCard for free online.
Need a last-minute present for a loved one? Look no further. Walmart’s customized goods will be a hit at any baby shower, birthday, or holiday party. For starters, you can print favorite photos on mugs, calendars, keychains, and even pillows and blankets—and have the items shipped right to your front door for free. Walmart’s monogrammed jewelry and home decor also make for elegant gifts on the cheap. Here are more things you’re not buying from Walmart (but totally should!).
Prescription pick-ups and refills
Say goodbye to your days of panicking over late prescription refills. The next time you receive a prescription from your doctor, drop it off at a Walmart pharmacy and let them do the rest. Licensed pharmacists will fill your prescription in a matter of hours. And as soon as you get your meds, you can schedule refills online and have them delivered to your home. Same goes for pet medications. Don’t miss these 50 insider secrets will help you save at all your favorite stores.