Growing up, my mom always got stuck playing referee between my siblings and me. We were always fighting. Nothing serious, of course, just the usual kid stuff, but she still had to be the one to step in and break it up sometimes. Okay, a lot of times. Her strategy was to separate us first, then give us all a good lecture.
Now that I’m a mom of three boys, I can understand why the talking-to had to come second. Safety first, of course. While her speeches always varied depending on what had started our silly argument in the first place, she always ended them with the same line. The only thing that will always be there for you is your family.
It’s a great tidbit to remember, even now, because, adults or not, my brothers and sisters haven’t stopped being impossibly irritating every so often. But, I’d like to add a second part to my mom’s advice. My own mommy saying is, “The only things that will always be there for you are your family—and Walmart.”
And it’s really true. I mean, the Walmart where I live is even open 24 hours a day! No matter what I need or when I need it, Walmart is there for me. Poster boards to help with a last-minute science project at 10 pm? Check. Groceries for the bake sale tomorrow that my kids told me about after dinner? Check, check. Cleaning supplies for the new puppy my kids and my husband just had to bring home? Check, check, check! I can get all this and more at Walmart, all the time, and almost always at much lower prices than I’d find anywhere else.
So, yeah, I’m a Walmart devotee, which is why I was ecstatic recently when I discovered that there were programs that actually give you rewards for shopping at Walmart. Not to name any names, but I think with the new savings I’m racking up, Walmart is now technically there for me more than some of my siblings (they know who they are!).
Kidding, of course! But in all seriousness, the best programs that pay out rewards for shopping at Walmart are easy to use and will help all you other referees, I mean moms, out there stay under budget. Let me share my favorite Walmart rewards programs below.
Walmart’s Savings Catcher: Get Rewarded for Being a Vigilant Walmart Shopper
One of the main reasons I think of Walmart as always being there for me is because I always know what to expect from Walmart’s prices: low, low, low. That’s kind of their thing, really. Maybe that was why I was so surprised when I found out about Walmart’s Savings Catcher, which is a great way to push the store’s prices down even lower.
Walmart’s Savings Catcher is the type of rewards program that I’ve been familiar with for years. The way it works is super simple. If you can find a local competitor with a lower advertised price on something that you recently bought from Walmart, well, then, Walmart will make up the difference by giving you a Walmart Rewards eGift Card or even a Bluebird Card by American Express. It’s like getting paid just for saving your receipts!
The downside? You can only use those rewards cards at Walmart, but, at least for me and my family, it’s never long before we have to make another shopping trip there. There are some other rules, too, though. For example, you can only submit seven receipts each week. I’ve never found that to be a problem, though, as that’s a pretty high bar to reach for the average shopper.
Chase Bank’s Reward Program for Shopping at Walmart
Come to think of it, there are actually quite a few things that I’ve been relying on for much of life. I have a favorite brand of shoes, I’ve always driven American-made cars, and I’ve always been a fan of the Chicago Bears (okay, maybe that last one is a bad example). I’ve also always used a Chase credit card.
Earlier this summer, Chase offered a Walmart rewards program to earn points for all the purchases I made at Walmart. This particular promotion was only available during the month of August for cardholders of Chase Sapphire Reserve, Chase Sapphire Preferred, and the Chase Freedom Unlimited cards, which luckily included me!
I was allowed to spend up to $250 (which I did) to earn up to 2,500 rewards points (again, nailed it). When I’m ready, I can cash those points in for travel rewards. Maybe this is wishful thinking, but I’m putting this one on the list because my guess is that it’s only a matter of time before Chase runs this promotion again.
Shopkick: The Ultimate Rewards Program for Shopping at Walmart
The first two of these programs, you may have noticed, are only available at certain times or under certain circumstances. That’s why I think it’s pretty safe to say that I’ve saved the best rewards program for shopping at Walmart for last. Allow me to introduce you to Shopkick, which you can use any time of the year, day or night, to earn major rewards on featured products.
How Shopkick works is incredibly easy and intuitive. You earn points, called kicks, for walking into Walmart, for scanning barcodes on featured products, and, of course, for making purchases. You can then save up those points and trade them in for gift cards to a ton of popular stores. I’ve been using Shopkick for a while because it’s a great way to get paid to grocery shop and now that it’s available to use at Walmart—and at Walmart.com!—there’ll be no stopping me in my quest to stay on budget.
And, I’m super into Shopkick’s social media, too. I’m spending I don’t know how much time each day on their pages, enjoying all the jokes that Shopkick makes and sharing funny gifs with other Shopkickers in response to their statuses. Just like my real family, my Shopkick family can always be relied on to make me laugh! Shopping, fun, and savings all in one place—pinch me like my brother used to do when my mom wasn’t looking because I must be dreaming!