Walmart and Target are both juggernauts of the retail industry. And although both big-box stores might face stiff competition from online retailers like Amazon, Target and Walmart still often beat prices of other online stores — and will even price match many major online brands.
Click through to discover the best things to buy at Target and Walmart so you can avoid the worst deals and save money.
Lego products are often one of the best deals at Walmart. “Having three kids who’ve all been into Legos at one time or another, I figured this one out a long time ago,” said Kyle James of Rather-Be-Shopping. In many cases, Walmart typically beats Toys R Us on price, said James.
Both Walmart and Target have some of the hottest Lego products available. But, for example, some of the Lego Star Wars AT-ST, Lego City sets and Lego Super Heroes are a tad cheaper at Walmart than at Target.
However, there are Target deals to be found on Lego, too. Either way, Target does price match Walmart.com, so you might be able to get the same toys at the same price at both retailers.
Walmart and Target both provide great deals on back-to-school supplies. Walmart offers both low everyday prices as well as rollback prices, while Target has been known to offer buy one, get one 50 percent off on a variety of school supplies.
"While Staples and Office Depot/Office Max offer competitive prices on school supplies during July and August, Walmart and Target consistently offer lower prices on pens, pencils, crayons, paper and other school supplies all year long," said Kendal Perez of Coupon Sherpa.
Target offers college-ruled filler paper (175 sheets) for $1.99, but Office Depot's store-brand college-ruled filler paper (150 sheets) costs $2.49, she said. Or, if you really want to stock up, Walmart offers 500 sheets of college-ruled filler paper for $3.25.
Both Walmart and Target have a good track record when it comes to low prices on toys, "especially around the Black Friday/Christmas sales [when] Walmart rolls back prices on its toys, and the products are identical to what you'll get elsewhere," said Kerry Sherin, a savings expert.
"Target is really good at predicting the 'hot toys' for Christmas and pricing them lower than the competition," added James. "They know once they get shoppers in the toy aisle, they’re probably going to buy other stuff at full price. So, if your child asks for a popular, and thus hard-to-find toy this Christmas, be sure to check Target first."
Name-Brand Laundry Detergent
Walmart and Target both stand out with their affordable prices on brand-name laundry detergent.
"Walmart and Target typically have better prices on laundry detergent compared to grocers and especially online retailers," said Perez. "For example, a 100-ounce bottle of Tide Original Liquid Laundry detergent is currently on sale for $10.99 at my local King Soopers — but I can only get that price if I buy four, or spend close to $50."
Tide Original Liquid Laundry Detergent costs $9.99 on Target.com, and you can get a $10 Target gift card if you buy three. Walmart sells the detergent for $9.94, offering the best per-unit price, added Perez.
Walmart prices for laundry detergent also outdo online pharmacy prices. For example, Arm & Hammer Plus Oxi Clean that cleans 25 loads costs over $3 less at Walmart than it does at Walgreens and CVS.
When it comes to name-brand cleaning products, they're among the best things to buy at Walmart and Target, said Perez. Walmart prices often undercut the prices at local grocers. Furthermore, “Target is known to offer gift cards of $5 to $10 with cleaning product purchases," she added.
Online retailers such as Amazon can't compete with Walmart and Target's prices on many cleaning products. For example, a 2-liter refill of Windex Glass Cleaner costs $8.17 from Walmart and $5.59 from Target, but it costs $9.74 on Amazon, said Perez.
Similarly, Lysol toilet bowl cleaner two-packs are cheaper at Target than on Amazon. And although Amazon's Clorox disinfecting wipes just barely beat Target's price, Amazon is one of the online retailers covered in Target's price-match policy.
Multiple shopping experts have cited both Walmart and Target deals on baby supplies and products. For example, Walmart shines when it comes to affordable baby supplies. Name-brand baby products such as the Graco Pack 'n Play with Automatic Folding Feet Playard costs only $49.88 at Walmart versus $61.56 at Amazon.
If you're looking to stock up on cookware, see what Target and Walmart deals await you.
"Walmart and Target offer better prices on bakeware and other cooking tools compared to grocery stores and online retailers," said Perez. For instance, a Pyrex Grip Rite 9.5-inch clear Glass Pie Pan is priced at $10.56 from Amazon compared to $4.59 from Target.
Walmart offers affordable prices on Pyrex bakeware as well — but Amazon has the retailer beat on some products, including the Pyrex Easy-Grab 9.5-inch Pie Plate two-pack. Fortunately, there's a great Walmart shopping trick you can use: its price-match policy covers Amazon.
Walmart and Target prices on Kleenex tissues tend to beat local stores. Compared to major pharmacies, Target has Walgreens beat on three-pack Kleenex bundles, costing $4 less. Walmart also offers better prices on Kleenex bundle packs than Walgreens.
Like tissues, toilet paper prices tend to be lower at Walmart and Target versus other retailers, said Brent Shelton of FatWallet, a coupon and deals site. For example, Charmin Ultra Soft, Mega Roll 12-count packs at Walmart and Target are cheaper than on Amazon.
Around Christmas time, you can find great Walmart deals on decorations and decor, said Sherin. "Just shop early, before the selection is picked over,” she added.
However, deals experts also say you can find great savings on holiday decorations if you’re patient. Target offers holiday sale prices for as low as 90 percent off for Valentine’s Day, Easter, summer, back-to-school, Halloween and Christmas items, according to shopping blog All Things Target.
Target has Bed, Bath & Beyond beat when it comes to Gillette Sensor2 10-packs of disposable razors and the Venus Spa women's razor. But if Bed, Bath & Beyond has a better deal on other razors, Target's price-match policy covers BedBathandBeyond.com.
If you're looking to get an iPhone, there are serious Target and Walmart deals to be had, said Benjamin Glaser of DealNews, a comparison shopping website.
"The big-box stores tend to have competitive discounts, and often bundle phones with gift cards. Walmart frequently has the best prices on prepaid iPhones," he said. For example, Walmart has a prepaid iPhone 6 for $199.
Pet food might not be one of the best things to buy at Walmart or Target, but you'll find great prices on toys for your pet, said Sherin. Both the PetSmart and Petco websites are covered by Walmart's and Target's price-match policy.
So, pet toys like the KONG Classic Dog Toy — which is cheaper online at Petco and PetSmart — can be price matched at Walmart and Target.
Walmart and Target both provide a list of online retailers whose prices they will match, subject to review. Please note that you should always contact the retailer to verify a price match. And if you want to price match at a local Walmart store, talk to the store about its price-match policy.
Here's the list of online retailers that both Walmart and Target say they will price match:
- Babies R Us
- Bed, Bath & Beyond
- Best Buy
- Dick's Sporting Goods
- Office Depot
- Toys R Us
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Prices are current as of Sept. 29, 2017, and are subject to change.