(Updated 1/30/20) If you’re considering working for Wally World, or maybe you’ve been hired recently, you’ll want to know how the Walmart employee discount works. It has some nuisances to it, and can even be confusing to many new Walmart employees. So I went out and did some research and figured out exactly how the discount works so you can start saving some money when you become eligible. Here’s what you need to know.
What Employee Discount Does Walmart Offer?
Walmart offers a 10% employee discount, good for both in-store and online purchases.
From their website comes this VERY murky statement, “Our associate discount card offers a 10% discount on fresh fruits, vegetables and regularly priced general merchandise at Walmart stores.”
What the heck constitutes general merchandise?
So I hit up my Walmart contact and got some answers to the following questions…
Are Any Items Excluded From the Discount?
Yes, quite a few actually.
Exclusions include most food items, clearance items, rollback items, price matches, tires, photo orders, gift cards, travel purchases, shipping charges, marketplace items, and some bundles.
The food items where you CAN get a 10% discount include fresh fruits, vegetables and regular-priced general food merchandise.
How Long Do I Need to Be Employed?
You have to work at Walmart for 90 days before you’re eligible for the employee discount.
What is the Walmart Associate Discount Card?
After you’re hired and have worked for 90 days, you’ll get your own Walmart Associate Discount Card.
This card can be used in-store and online.
For in-store purchases you’ll simply present it at checkout to score your discount.
Can My Family & Friends Use the Discount?
Only you and your spouse can get the discount.
Other family members and friends CANNOT get the employee discount on their own.
But…you can certainly use your discount on their behalf.
This can be done in-store as well as in the online “Discount Center” (see Below).
What About Christmas-Time Discounts?
While I couldn’t find anything specific on the Walmart website, I’ve heard on several occasions that you’ll get a better employee discount around the holidays.
Specifically, according to ex-Walmart employee Julie, the discount in December “opens to all items in the store including discounted food and rollback items while excluding milk, gift cards, alcohol and cigarettes. That starts after black Friday and runs until January 1st.”
She also told me that “employees who work the day before, the day of, and the day after Thanksgiving will get a certificate of a one time use of an extra 15% discount on top of the their 10% but the coupon does expire.”
Thanks Julie, great info.
What Other Employee Discounts Does Walmart Offer?
Walmart offers a very cool online portal called the Walmart Associate Discount Center.
Once you login, you’ll find a bunch of exclusive discounts on vacation packages, cell phone plans, along with deals on countless products and services.
The cool thing about this website is that many of the deals are negotiated exclusively by Walmart for their associates.
The deals change all the time so it’s worth bookmarking and checking back often for new bargains.
What Are Some Other Employee Perks?
Here are a few of the most popular perks that come with employment at Walmart.
1. They offer an associate stock purchase plan with company match.
2. Ability to contribute to a 401(k) starting on your first day. Walmart offers a 6% match after 1-year on the job.
3. Medical plans starting at around $26 per pay period.
4. A generous 10 weeks of paid maternity leave where you’ll get 100% of your pay.
5. You’ll also get $5,000 to go towards the expenses of adopting a child.
Ask the Reader: Do you work for Walmart? If so, what specifics of their employee discount can you share?
By Kyle James