The Walmart Return Policy Finally Explained on a Single Page

June 22, 2017 by Kyle
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Have you ever tried to read Walmart’s return policy? If you have, you know you’d have to read like 5 separate webpages to find all the details of how their return process works. Why Walmart doesn’t condense it all to a single page, I have no idea. So I figured I’d take the bull by horns and do the work for you. Here’s exactly how their return policy works so you can quickly find the answers to your questions and get on with your life.

Walmart Return Policy

The Walmart Return Policy Explained:

How Many Return Days Are Available?

90 days. For the vast majority of in-store Walmart purchases, you have 90 days to bring the item back for a full refund.

To make the process go quickly, keep the original packaging, manuals, and receipt. Your refund will be issued back to your original form of payment.

What Items Have Less than a 90-Day Return Window?

With the following items, you have less than 90 days to return it:

  • 15 Day Return Policy: Prepaid cell phones, computers, printers, digital cameras, camcorders, tablets, GPS devices, digital music players, drones, portable video players.
  • 14 Day Return Policy: Post-paid cell phones.
  • 30 Day Return Policy: Air conditioners, dehumidifiers, evaporation coolers, generators, and pressure washers.
  • 60 Day Return Policy: Prescription glasses.
  • 1 Year Return Policy: Perennial plants, shrubs, trees, and bulbs.

Holiday Return Period Extension: For purchases made between November 1st and December 24th, with a 15 or 30 day return policy, your window for returns doesn’t start until December 26th. All other items with a 90 day return window still have the same 90 days from date of purchase to make the return.

See Also: 11 Freaking Awesome Ways to Save Money at Walmart

Are There Any Items I Can’t Return?


The Walmart return policy specifies that you cannot return software that was delivered by mail, as well as diabetic supplies.

What If I Lost My Receipt?

This is where Walmart’s return policy gets a little bit awesome.

If you’ve lost your receipt, and who hasn’t once or twice, you can still bring the item back for a refund. Here’s the skinny and your options…

  • Valid Government Issued ID – You gotta have one and it can’t be tampered with in any way.
  • Straight Exchange – Simply swap out the item.
  • Cash Refund – You can only get a cash refund if the value of the item(s) is less than $25.
  • Gift Card – Returned item(s) must be greater than $25 to qualify for a Walmart gift card.

What States Allow Me to Return a Walmart Gift Card?

This was a surprise to me. The following states allow you to return a Walmart plastic gift card (or Walmart eGift card) for cash.

  • California – Card must have a balance of $10 or less with original balance above $10.
  • Colorado – $5 balance or less.
  • Massachusetts – $5 balance or less.
  • Maine – $5 balance or less.
  • Montana – $5 balance or less.
  • New Jersey – $5 balance or less.
  • Oregon – $5 balance or less.
  • Washington – $5 balance or less.
  • Puerto Rico – $5 balance or less.
  • Texas – Card must have balance of $2.50 or less with original balance above $5.
  • Rhode Island – $1 balance or less.
  • Vermont – $1 balance or less.

I’ll add new states to this list as they become available.

What About Returning Online Purchases?

Great question, glad you asked.

Here’s what you need to know about returning items bought at

First off, the same return window applies to online purchases. (See above for more details on return days)

You can either return, exchange, or replace your item to your nearest Walmart or you can return it via mail.

Keep in mind that items bought online using the “Pay with Cash” feature must be returned in-store only.

If you want to return via snail mail simply visit this page and start the return process.

Who Pays the Return Shipping Charges?

Walmart Return

Surprisingly (in an awesome way), Walmart will pick up the shipping charges as long as the item is eligible for a return.

This makes sense for defective items, or if Walmart sends the wrong product.

But Walmart will even pay shipping costs if you simply decide you don’t like the item. I even started a chat session with Walmart to verify this information as their website does not make this clear.

Also, as the chat operator noted above, the item must be sold directly by Walmart and not a Marketplace seller.

How Do I Return a Gift Bought From Walmart?

First off, you can’t return a gift via the mail, you must bring it into a Walmart location.

If the gift was mailed to you, be sure to bring-in the packing slip or receipt to initiate the return. This is the only way you can qualify for cash back.

If you don’t have either, try to get the sender’s email address or order number. If neither can be located, you might be stuck with store credit which is obviously better than nothing.

What About Returning Tropical Fish?

Being the owner of a 50 gallon fish tank, I have personal experience with this one.

Tropical fish bought from Walmart come with a 90 day return policy if they were to die.

At my Walmart, I only had to bring the receipt back in when one of them died. Basically you’re just leasing the fish in your tank and it serves as an inexpensive way to get your tank started.

Check with your local Walmart to make sure they have the same fish return policy.

Ask the Reader: What’s your personal experience with the Walmart return policy? Am I missing any useful information? Let me know in the comments below, thanks.

By Kyle James

Love Free Samples? These 12 Companies Happily Send Them Out

June 20, 2017 by Kyle

I absolutely love free samples. From the aisles at Costco, to the companies that will send out their products for you to try, they’re a fun no-brainer way to try new stuff. It’s with this in mind that I found a bunch of companies that will send out samples for free, often with NO strings attached. I’ll be sure to keep this article up-to-date as I find new companies that offer freebies. Here’s my current list.

Free Samples: The Companies Who'll Send Out Free Samples

The Free Samples Companies:

Betty Crocker

Simply sign-up for the Members Only Program with Betty Crocker and you’ll get monthly free samples by mail and coupons sent directly to you.

Free samples are on a first come, first serve basis. They’ll send out an email notification when they’re available to you.

General Mills

I love General Mills products like Cheerios, Chex, Green Giant, and even Häagen-Dazs.

So when I discovered a way to get free samples, I was on it like “white on rice”.

Their free program is called the Mills Advisory Panel and in exchange for a bunch of free samples, they only ask for your honest opinion of their products.


Sign-up for the Gillette newsletter and score free samples, coupons, and exclusive offers.

I’ve personally receive free razors and shaving cream at least twice a year for the past few years.


Become a product tester with and get cool free books, kits, and school supplies to test out.

They never release a product without running it by their testers first which gives you a great opportunity to score a bunch of great free samples.

Johnson & Johnson

Sign-up for J&J’s “Friends & Neighbors” program and you’ll get regular invitations to test out new products.

Your opinion is very important to Johnson & Johnson and they’re willing to give you a bunch of free products in exchange for your honest thoughts.


The team at U by Kotex offers more than just one sample, they actually have free sample packs.

They’ll ship you a free pack that includes 2 tampons, 1 FitPak, and 2 liners.


Become a product tester (panelist) with McCormick and they’ll send you spice samples by mail to test out on a regular basis.

You must be 18 years of age unless you have a parent or guardian’s approval.


The Mead4Teachers program is a free way for teachers to score a bunch of cool products for their classroom.

In return, Mead only asks for your honest opinion of their products.

Proctor & Gamble

Sign-up for free and get P&G samples delivered to your doorstep.

Brands include Crest, Always, Downy, Tide, Olay, and Mr. Clean to name a few.

Some samples are delivered with no catch, and some require you to answer a few questions about your experience with the product.


If you love Sephora, or are curious about their beauty line, visit their free samples web page.

Simply select 3 free samples, add them to your basket, and get them sent for free. The one catch is they do require you to purchase something at regular price to get the free samples.


Join their StrongMoms program and get up to $400 in free perks.

These include free baby formula samples and a bunch of coupons for future Similac purchases.


If you’re a fan of Snuggle fabric softener, why not get a bunch of free samples by mail when you sign-up for their Snuggle Bear Den club.

Ask the Reader: What companies have you discovered that send out free samples on a regular basis? Let me know and I’ll get them added ASAP.

By Kyle James

Home Depot Return Policy: The In’s & Out’s To Make It Work For You

June 9, 2017 by Kyle
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Due to nature of DIY projects, the Home Depot return policy is one of the most used return policies in existence. Because of that, it’s nice to know exactly how it works, what the exclusions are, and even some insider tips for success. Here’s everything you need to know to make returning stuff to the Home Depot a breeze.

Home Depot Return Policy

What is the “Official” Home Depot Return Policy?

90 days. You have a generous 90 days to return an item to the Home Depot if you’re not satisfied for any reason.

Are There Exceptions to the 90 Days?

Yes, there are. These items all have a different time window for returns.

  • Furniture – 30 days.
  • Mattresses – 30 days.
  • Area Rugs – 30 days.
  • Generators – 30 days.
  • Gas Powered Stuff & Tractors – 30 days.
  • Consumer Electronics – 30 days.

I wasn’t aware that The Home Depot sold consumer electronics.

See Also: 7 Highly Clever Ways to Save Money at The Home Depot

Can Items Be Opened or Used?

Officially, “No”. Unofficially, “Yes”.

If you still have the original packaging, receipt, and still within 90 days, you can return most opened or used items.

With used items, it often comes down to the amount of “wear & tear” the product shows and is typically handled on a case-by-case basis.

For example, if you bought a Purdy paintbrush and use it heavily for an entire weekend then decide to return it, you’re probably out of luck.

But if you only used the paintbrush for a couple minutes, weren’t happy with, and cleaned it thoroughly, you stand a really good chance of them taking it back.

This is especially true if you’re okay with store credit or an exchange.

What If I Lost My Receipt?

Another cool aspect of The Home Depot’s return policy is they can often find your order in their system using the credit card or debit card you used to make the purchase. So always try!

If you paid with cash, or a Home Depot gift card, they’ll usually still accept the return for store credit. Be prepared to show a valid I.D. as they will track your return history this way.

I’ve been told that if you make too many returns without a receipt, they will flag your account and not accept any returns from you for up to 90 days.

This is done to protect themselves from shoplifters who try and return their loot for a quick profit.

What Stuff Can’t Be Returned?

The following items are not returnable to the Home Depot…

  • Custom Tinted Paint – For this reason, make sure you see the color of the paint before you buy it. You also can’t return any “Oops” paint that you buy at a discount.
  • Custom Blinds – The only blinds that can be returned say “Guaranteed to Fit” on them.
  • Utility Trailers
  • Major Appliances – Always inspect the appliance upon delivery to your home and “refuse delivery” if the item is damaged or defective. If you don’t, then notice an issue, call Home Depot at (800) 455-3869 within 2 days.
  • Generators
  • Gift Cards/Store Credits
  • Product Samples

I’ll keep this list updated in case new items become non-returnable.

What About Online Returns?

Home Depot Online Returns

Another really cool feature at the Home Depot is their online return system.

They actually allow you to return purchases made via their website via UPS, as well as products bought in-store.

This is a handy feature if you live a LONG distance from the nearest location, or you just have trouble making it in-store for whatever reason.

To see if your item is eligible for an online return, visit this page, and click on “Return Items”. (See image above)

Be prepared to pay the return shipping costs unless the reason for the return is an error by The Home Depot.

Are There Ever Any Restocking Fees?

The only items that might incur a restocking fee are Special Order returns or cancellations.

Be prepared to pay a 15% restocking fee on these items.

What About Returning Flowers or Plants?

According to Home Depot, they will “unconditionally guarantee all tropical, house, and landscape plants (only perennials, trees, and shrubs) for one year.

If your plant dies just bring it and your original receipt to a Home Depot store and we will replace it or issue a refund in accordance with the terms of the Home Depot refund policy.

You MUST have the original receipt to get a refund or store credit. If the plant is no longer available at store location or through a product search, a store credit will be issued.”

The key here is perennials, trees, and shrubs. They don’t offer a 1-year guarantee on annuals, but I believe they still offer a 90 day return window.

Does anyone know for sure? I can’t find any information on this to be certain. Let me know, thanks.

Ask the Reader: Have you ever had trouble with the Home Depot return policy? How did it happen and what was the end result?

By Kyle James

The Wendy’s Secret Menu Will Make You Crave a Square Burger

June 8, 2017 by Kyle
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The Wendy’s secret menu is a very interesting one. While it’s not incredibly long and diverse, the burgers on it pack quite the punch in terms of size and flavor. The next time you step into your local Wendy’s consider one of these secret menu items and you just might be in for a tasty square burger surprise. Or maybe a burger so large you can share it with an entire wrestling team.

The Wendy's Secret Menu Will Make You Crave a Square Burger

The Wendy’s Secret Menu:

The Barnyard Burger

The most appropriate name for any secret menu item ever!

Order the Barnyard of the Wendy’s secret menu and you’ll get a burger with bacon, beef patty, spicy chicken patty, and ham with a layer of cheese between each meat.

Add some lettuce and tomato if you’re feeling a bit healthy.

Asiago Beef Burger

This is the regular Asiago Chicken sandwich with apple wood smoked bacon, but instead of chicken it comes with a beef patty.

Sounds weird but it’s suppose to be quite delicious with the Asiago cheese and ranch sauce.

Grand Slam Burger

4 is the magic number with the Grand Slam burger.

As in 4 square beef patties sandwiched between 2 slices of cheese and of course a bun.

If you’re feeling really daring, you can ask for a slice of cheese between each patty. Also, some folks will garnish the top with a couple leaves of lettuce.

If the Wendy’s employee has no idea what you’re talking about, try ordering the 1 lb quadruple burger.

Meat Cube

The Meat Cube is the same thing as the Grand Slam mentioned above.

Personally, the name kind of grosses me out so I’d order the Grand Slam burger instead.

Quadruple Baconator

Order this Wendy’s secret menu item and you’ll get 4 beef patties with a slice of bacon between each patty.

Make it healthy with some lettuce and tomato added as well.

You can also order it as a quad burger with bacon, but the baconator sounds so much cooler.

T. Rex

This is a nine patty high burger with of course nine slices of cheese, tomatoes, lettuce, onions and pickles, and an overwhelmed single bun.

The burger has become Internet folklore in recent years and many Wendy’s won’t make it, but it never hurts to ask.

Jurassic Burger

The Jurassic burger is the same as the T. Rex above but with 10 patties instead of nine.

I’m guessing this burger is for those who like their ridiculously large burgers in groups of 10.

Ask the Reader: Ever ordered anything from the Wendy’s secret menu? Was it a good, bad, or delicious decision?

By Kyle James

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June 1, 2017 by Kyle
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