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Walmart+ gets you access to exclusive deals, speedy shipping and more shopping benefits—find out how to sign up today.
Try Walmart+ for free for 30 days and enjoy all the exclusive benefits, including discounted gas, free grocery delivery and a whole year of Paramount+.
If you've still got some holiday shopping to do, there's a way to find what you're looking for at prices impossible to find anywhere else. Walmart isn't just a popular retail outlet stocked with home essentials, it's also got a special membership service that offers special benefits all year round. Whether you need a wallet-friendly gift for the holidays or groceries at your front door, Walmart+ can help.
With yuletide celebrations about two weeks away, now's the best time to join Walmart+. When you enroll today you'll pay just $98 for your first year with an annual membership, or $8 per month—that's a savings of $57.40 compared to the monthly membership. Walmart+ members can shop the retailer's vast collection of furniture, kitchen tools and tech available at prices even lower than what's on the main site.
When you sign up for Walmart+ not only will you get exclusive access to Walmart discounts, but you'll also get one year of shopping perks! For instance, a Walmart+ membership provides free same-day delivery on certain grocery items—a feature that beats out competitors like Instacart, Shipt and Amazon Prime. If you're thinking about signing up for Walmart+, here's everything you need to know about the membership service.
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What is Walmart+?
Walmart+ is the retail giant’s answer to Amazon Prime. It's a membership-based service that provides benefits to in-store and online shoppers. Walmart+ doesn’t offer all the same bells and whistles you get with Prime—there’s no gaming perks or anything like that. Right off the bat, however, Walmart+ has pricing options, added benefits through the Walmart mobile app and thousands of physical stores across the U.S. to set it apart from the competition. With the holidays around the corner, Walmart+ offers plenty of amenities to benefit stressed shoppers.
What are the main benefits of Walmart+?
Depending on what’s available in your area, there are several main benefits to becoming a Walmart+ member:
Members-only gas prices
A big perk for Walmart+ subscribers is access to member pricing on fuel. Members get 5 cents off per gallon at Walmart, Murphy USA and Murphy Express gas stations, as well as Sam's Club locations. If you're planning on traveling this holiday season, those savings could really add up!
Free unlimited delivery
With nearly 5,000 stores delivering nationwide—and 2,700 of those offering same-day service—Walmart+ allows you to order fresh groceries and household items without leaving your home. If you're hosting guests this holiday season, this shopping perk could be a game changer.
There are more than 160,000 items available from Walmart and the mobile app, so whatever you might need can be sent right to your doorstep in no time at all. Walmart+ offers one-hour delivery windows between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m., and it’s all contact-free—meaning you don’t even have to be home to receive an order.
Similar to Instacart, if an item in your order is not available, you’ll be alerted before your delivery, so you can decide whether or not you’d like a substitution. Each delivery requires a $35 minimum per order, and is limited to the items in the pickup-and-delivery section of Walmart's website.
Mobile scan-and-go service
If you want to avoid standing in line during busy shopping hours, a Walmart+ membership gets you access to the retailer's scan-and-go service through the mobile app. If you’re headed to a physical Walmart location, download and install the Walmart app for a “touch-free” payment experience. Like wearing a mask, this is one more way to stay safe and smart during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Simply scan your items in-store with your phone, pay with a credit or debit card, and head to the self-checkout station when you’re done.
Once you’re finished shopping, you’ll scan the QR code generated by the app to get your receipt and let a store associate know you’ve already paid. This also facilitates ID checks for things like alcohol purchases and other age-restricted items.
It's important to note, however, that coupons won’t work with the Walmart app just yet, and it may take a bit of learning to get the hang of it during the first couple of trips.
A whole year of Paramount+
While Walmart+ doesn't have its own streaming service, it is letting members get access to one of the newest streamers for 12 months at no charge. Right now, subscribers can get a whole year of Paramount+ Essentials, with an annual listing of $49.99, totally free. The standard version of Paramount+ includes access to NFL games via CBS Live, 24/7 live news through CBS and limited ads. That's on top of its vast selection of TV and movies, from Star Trek: Discovery to The Godfather trilogy.
Shopping rewards points
Walmart's shopping rewards program, dubbed Walmart Rewards, is one of the newest perks of a Walmart+ membership. This exclusive benefit lets Walmart+ customers earn rewards points for purchases made online or in store using the Walmart app. Shoppers can earn Walmart Rewards on eligible items and later redeem those points for money off their next purchase. If you're a regular Walmart shopper, you can enjoy steep savings by collecting rewards points.
Six free months of Spotify Premium
While Walmart doesn't have its own music streaming service like Amazon, the retailer is dishing out a free six-month membership to Spotify Premium when customers sign up for Walmart+. With this limited-time offer, Walmart+ members can enjoy six months of ad-free listening entirely free, a $59 value. Spotify Premium is one of the best music streaming services we've ever tested thanks to its intuitive interface and personalized recommendations. Keep in mind, that after the trail, the service will ring up at $9.99 per month unless canceled.
What can you buy with Walmart+?
Currently, anything you can purchase from Walmart's grocery section is eligible for Walmart+ free unlimited delivery benefits. Even though you're shopping from Walmart's grocery landing page, you can purchase far more than just food and household goods—anything sold at your local Walmart store is eligible for Walmart+ shipping benefits. Think of it as virtually shopping at your local Walmart.
If you toggle to the standard Walmart website, you'll be able to get next-day shipping on certain products (ones that call out "NextDay Shipping"), and you'll keep free unlimited delivery on items over $35, but you won't always get that guaranteed speedy shipping.
Who is eligible for Walmart+ benefits?
Currently, free unlimited delivery benefits are limited to consumers who live near a physical Walmart store. You can still use mobile scan-and-go services when you shop at Walmart, and you can still unlock member prices on fuel, but you can't take advantage of grocery deliveries from Walmart. If you're not sure whether you can unlock Walmart+ benefits, check your zip code on the site.
How much does Walmart+ cost?
An annual Walmart+ membership typically rings up at $98 a year for an annual membership. Signing up for the yearly membership will save you a whopping $57.40 compared to the monthly plan.
If you're not interested in an annual membership, you can become a member for $12.95 per month—$2.04 cheaper per month than a monthly Amazon Prime membership. Plus, for those on the fence, you can enjoy a no-strings-attached 30-day trail to Walmart+ for free.
Can you sign up for a free trial?
Currently, you can sign up for a 30-day free trial for Walmart+, meaning you can try out the service before committing to paying for a full year. You'll have to provide a credit card number to sign up for the trial, but you can cancel it before you get charged if the service isn't to your liking. If you want to enjoy exclusive shopping perks at Walmart this holiday season, now's the perfect time to start your free trial.
How to cancel Walmart+
If you need to cancel the service for any reason, cancellation is easy. Navigate to your account overview, then select "Cancel Walmart+ membership" under your membership plan. You don't need to call or email customer service, and you can easily sign back up if you change your mind.
Should you sign up for Walmart+?
If you're planning on doing any holiday shopping at Walmart this year, you should absolutely sign up for a Walmart+ membership. Top-rated products often sell out fast, so getting early access to the biggest markdowns can help ensure you get your hands on the very best items of the year before stock sells out.
Meanwhile, for fans of grocery delivery services like Instacart and Shipt, a Walmart+ membership could be especially useful. The service is cheaper than other grocery delivery services and offers similar benefits, so for those who want to avoid grocery shopping in person (especially during the busy holiday season), the service is a great investment. If you prefer shopping in-person at Walmart, the service can save you a great deal of time—using scan and go is a great way to avoid long lines and long waits.
It should be noted that Walmart+ doesn't have all the features of Amazon Prime, and geographically, it's limited to areas that are close to physical Walmart stores. If you frequently shop online and in-store at Walmart, the service is worth it. If you're an occasional Walmart shopper living in a big city, you may want to wait for the service to unveil more benefits before joining. And if you're not sure, you can always sign up for the free trial to give the service a go for yourself.
Prices were accurate at the time this article was published but may change over time.
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