Skip to content

15 Things You Didn't Know About Walmart

Did you know Walmart and Sam's Club have the same founder?
walmart pickup

Sure, you know Walmart is the source of great deals on everything from food to electronics. But how much do you know about the chain beyond the basic details? It turns out, there's a lot to know about the big-box store.

We've rounded up some of the best Walmart facts to help you save money and learn more about the retailer. How many of these did you know?

And for some great deals at the chain, don't miss these 15 Best Walmart Finds Under $5.


Walmart and Sam's Club have the same founder

Sams club grocery store
Jonathan Weiss/Shutterstock

Sam Walton opened the first Walmart in Rogers, Arkansas, in 1962. In 1983, Walton opened the first Sam's Club location in Midwest City, Oklahoma.

RELATED: Sign up for our newsletter to get daily recipes and food news in your inbox!


The store's app will help you save

Walmart app

Walmart's app lets you order groceries for pickup in a breeze. But if you're shopping in person, it can also help you compare the in-store prices to the online ones to make sure you're getting a good deal. The store will match online prices if they're lower!

RELATED: Your ultimate restaurant and supermarket survival guide is here!


Walmart has more than two million employees

walmart electronics

The warehouse chain employs roughly 2.2 million people across the globe. That's a lot of blue vests!

And if you're headed to Walmart, don't miss these 11 Reasons You're Wasting Money at Walmart.


The store's founder earned the Presidential Medal of Freedom


Remember Sam Walton? President George H. W. Bush gave him the medal of freedom in 1992.


Walmart offers generic prescriptions for $4

walmart pharmacy

Walmart's pharmacy is a great place to pick up your medication. The chain carries $4 monthly prescriptions and $10 prescriptions for 90-day supplies.

RELATED: This 7-day smoothie diet will help you shed those last few pounds.


Walmart has pledged to honor veterans

In 2013, Walmart announced that it would "hire any honorably discharged veteran within their first year off [of] active duty," according to the company website.


Walmart owns some of your favorite shopping sites

modcloth website

Have you ever shopped at Modcloth, Bonobos, Eloquii, or Parcel? They're all owned by Walmart, too.

And while you're shopping, don't miss these 25 Cheap Walmart Buys That Are Totally Worth It.


Ninety percent of Americans live within 10 minutes of a Walmart store

walmart plastic shield
Courtesy of Walmart

There's a reason Walmart is so popular! Almost all Americans live close to a Walmart location.


The Instant Pot is a top seller at Walmart

instant pot
Courtesy of Walmart

Walmart has revealed some of its top-selling items over the years, and one popular item from last year was the Instant Pot.

And if you love cooking, here are 15 Essential Walmart Gadgets for Literally Anyone Who Cooks.


Walmart is testing a self-checkout-only store

Walmart checkout

In June, Walmart removed cashiers from a store in Arkansas. The move is a test run, but it could become a policy at other Walmart stores, too.


There's a secret to finding the best Walmart deals

walmart produce section with clearance signs
Sundry Photography/Shutterstock

Price tags that end in 0 or 1 mean an item is on final sale. So if you see those items, snatch them up before they're gone.


Walmart's baby registry comes with a free gift

walmart baby food aisle

Sign up for Walmart's baby registry, and you'll get a welcome box from the store, free of charge.


Walmart will price match Amazon listings

amazon website displayed on ipad

If you see a cheaper price at Amazon than you do at Walmart, there's no need to put the item back on the shelf. Walmart will price-match listings at online retailers including Amazon, Target, Dollar General, and more.


You can exchange outdated technology at Walmart

walmart entertainment section
Eric Glenn/Shutterstock

Do you have an old laptop or gaming system collecting dust? Take it to Walmart and you could walk out with a gift card, thanks to the store's Gadgets to Gift Cards exchange program.


Walmart has a line of $5 wine

walmart wine

If you're not shopping at Walmart for wine, why not? Walmart's Winemakers Selections line costs just $5 a bottle. Now that's a steal!

And if you love Walmart, here are 15 Things Walmart Won't Be Bringing Back.

Meghan De Maria
Meghan De Maria is a senior editor at Eat This, Not That!, specializing in food, product, and restaurant coverage. Read more
Filed Under