Walmart is taking on Amazon Prime Day with a massive sale starting June 2. But is a Walmart+ membership worth it? – MarketWatch

Walmart is taking on Amazon Prime Day with a massive sale starting June 2. But is a Walmart+ membership worth it? – MarketWatch

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For the first time since Walmart launched its premium membership, Walmart+, the big box store is hosting a discounted weekend for its members. Walmart+ Weekend will be held from Jun 2-5, and includes deals on everything from appliances to apparel and children’s categories.  But you’ll need to be a Walmart+ member to take advantage (there’s now a 30-day free trial of the Walmart+ membership for new members). So is that membership right for you, and just how good are the deals?
A Walmart+ membership costs $12.95 per month or $98 a year (slightly less than $14.99 and $139 for Amazon Prime) — and there is currently a 30-day free trial of the Walmart+ membership that you can use to take full advantage of Walmart+ Weekend.  Some key benefits to Walmart+ membership include:
Whether the Walmart+ membership makes sense for you primarily depends on how often you shop, or plan to shop, at the retailer. Those who shop several times a month a Walmart, and plan to order things for delivery, will likely find the price worth it. “Walmart+ is really about shopping and delivery benefits, so if you like to place small orders as you need them, it’s worth it,” says BlackFriday.com shopping expert Kristin McGrath. “The free same-day delivery on a $35 minimum order is also great for families who don’t have time to jump in the car to pick up what they need.”
The other big thing to consider is gas. Walmart+ members get an instant discount of up to 10 cents on every gallon of fuel they purchase at participating Exxon and Mobil fuel stations, as well as 5 to 10 cents per gallon at Walmart and Murphy’s stations. With gas prices soaring, this might be one of the most attractive features the Walmart+ program is currently offering. “It’s a really exciting advantage right now, to save on gas,” says smart shopping expert Trae Bodge. But McGrath adds that while this benefit can be great, you should consider how often you use the participating gas stations.
Tempted to sign up? You can try before you buy with the 30-day free trial of the Walmart+ membership, but you must remember to cancel before the trial period is up if it’s not for you.
Deal pro Bodge thinks so. “I’ve been on the fence with Walmart+ since it came out, because I didn’t think it offered enough to most consumers to be worth it. They’re clearly taking a page out of the Amazon Prime playbook offering these exclusive deals to Walmart+ members, thereby making Walmart+ more valuable,” says Bodge.  
Shoppers who shop at Walmart, especially amidst historic inflation, are often getting really good deals on everyday items, considering Walmart’s competitive pricing. Bodge advises that combining Walmart+ Weekend deals with other ways of saving will pay off big for consumers.
There are four steps shoppers can take to make Walmart+ Weekend really pay off.  
First, make your purchase with a credit card that gives you back rewards – Bread Financial just debuted a new American Express card that offers 2% cash back on all purchases, for instance; and Walmart’s own Capital One credit card, which also offers 2% back on in-store purchases and 5% back online, is a great option for Walmart shoppers. Note that rewards cards are not worth it if you don’t pay your balance in full and on time though.
Second, check coupon aggregators like Coupon Cabin to ensure you’ve found all possible deals connected to the item you have your eye on. The site currently has Walmart Coupons available – combining them with Walmart+ deals could add up to powerful savings come June 2nd.
Third, add a shopping extension to your browser. Coupon Cabin has its own, Sidekick, and other popular options are Honey or WikiDeals. Adding a coupon-seeking extension will automatically find available deals to stack onto the existing savings, with very low effort on your part. “If they do nothing else, I always advise shoppers to at least install a browser extension so they know they’re not missing any deals,” Bodge said. 
And finally, do some comparison shopping. “Something people don’t always take into account is that they might assume the sale price they found is the very lowest price,” Bodge said. “That may be true, but there still may be opportunities to save even more.”
Tempted to sign up? You can try before you buy with the 30-day free trial of the Walmart+ membership, but you must remember to cancel before the trial period is up if it’s not for you.
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