Are you planning a trip to Walmart, and want to know if they accept $100 bills?
Or, perhaps you have a $50 / $100 bill, and you are wondering if Walmart will break it for you if you purchase something cheap.
Regardless, this is an excellent question. So, in this article, I’ll be sharing the answer, as well as the situations when Walmart won’t take a $50 / $100 bill.
Let’s get started!
Does Walmart Accept $100 Bills?
Yes! As long as you are using the money to actually purchase something at the store, Walmart has no problem accepting $100 bills.
This is true even if you only purchase a single item, and need a large amount of change at once.
According to several Walmart cashiers I spoke at across several different Walmart locations (both in the U.S as well as Canada), receiving payment in $100 bills is very common and all cashiers are equipped to handle it. With a few exceptions (which I’ll cover later), you should never have a problem paying using a $100 bill, regardless of your total purchase amount.
Additionally, this holds true across all types of Walmart stores – including Walmart Supercenters, Walmart Neighborhood Markets, as well as regular Walmart stores.
So, you have nothing to worry about!
Does Walmart Accept $50 Bills?
Now that we know that Walmart accepts $50 bills, it’s perhaps unsurprising to find out that they accept $50 bills as well.
Again, this only applies when purchasing an item. Cashiers have told us that they’ve had people come into Walmart and ask to split their $50 bill without buying anything, and unfortunately cashiers are required to refuse this per store policy.
As long as you are making a purchase however, your $50 bill will be accepted – even if you’re purchasing something as cheap as a single candy bar.
So, if you need to break your $50 bill, a quick trip inside Walmart should allow you to do it hassle-free!
What About At Self-Checkout?
So far, I’ve covered situations where you’re actually paying at the register.
But what if you’re using self-checkout? Will your larger bills still be accepted, or will the self-checkout machine spit them right back out at you?
Thankfully, all bills are accepted at self-checkout as well!
In fact, self-checkout may be an even more convenient option if you’re just looking to split your $100 bill, rather than making a large purchase.
Since the lines for Walmart’s self-checkout are usually shorter, you can simply scan a single item and pay for it with a large bill – receiving your change back quickly!
That being said, the one downside is you don’t have any choice over what bill denominations the machine uses for change – so you may end up with bills that you don’t want.
When Does Walmart NOT Accept $50 / $100 Bills?
As mentioned earlier, there are a few exceptions where Walmart may not be able to accept larger bills. This is more common for $100 bills than $50 bills, but it is technically possible with either.
The first is if the register does not physically have enough money in it to provide you change. This is extremely rare of course, and typically only happens if someone also paid with a $100 bill right before you.
When this happened, Walmart staff will assist you with solving the problem – which usually has you moving to another register with the necessary amount of change available.
Next, Walmart may also deny your $100 bill if they believe it to be counterfeit.
Thankfully, Walmart cashiers are equipped with the tools and training to detect this, so it’s almost never a problem if you’re using legitimate money. If you see them pull open a UV light to scan your bill, don’t worry – this is routine, even if they don’t suspect the bill is fake.
Finally, as mentioned earlier, you must be making a purchase for Walmart to split your bill.
This means you can’t request to split it at a customer service desk for example – it must be done at the cash register, while purchasing at least one item.
What Other Payment Methods Does Walmart Accept?
If for whatever reason you don’t want to use cash, Walmart accepts a large number of other payment options as well!
- Most major debit cards
- Most major credit cards
- American Express
- Discover Card
- EBT cards (for eligible items)
- WIC (for eligible items, in certain states)
- Walmart Pay
- Walmart gift cards
Controversially, Walmart does not accept Apple Pay, Google Pay, or Samsung Pay.
Walmart is happy to accept $50 and $100 bills, both at self-checkout as well as traditional registers.
However, you must be making a purchase in order for Walmart to break the bill – they won’t split it unless you’re actually buying something.
I hope that you’ve found this article helpful, and that it’s answered your questions.
If you have any other questions about Walmart, ask them below and I’ll be happy to help.
Wishing you the best,
– James McAllister