From the survey we did last week I see a lot of you shop at Walmart and Aldi’s. So I thought I’d better touch on this sooner than later.
I have a friend Michelle Norman who does most of her shopping at Walmart. She makes a list of the things she wants to buy and looks on different sites as to which store has it advertised the cheapest. She gets in line with a couple carts full of purchases and proceeds to tell her cashier “This, is $1.40 at Kroger, this is $2 at Target, this is $.99 at Giant Eagle…you get the point.
Price matching at Walmart is a great tool to save money…but be prepared to know what you’re doing! If you get a cashier that doesn’t know what to do…be patient-like you’re teaching your child math. Nice but authoritative. Print out Walmart’s Price Matching policy and keep it in your coupon box. Basically it sums up to this:
1.) They WILL:
We will match any local competitor’s advertised price.
We do not require customers to have the ad with them to honor a competitor’s ad.
Items purchased must be identical to the ad (size, quantity, brand, flavor, color, etc.)
Buy one, get one free ads with a specified price
Example: Buy one for $2.49, get one free (BOGO)
Competitors’ ads that feature a specific item for a specified price
Preferred shopping card prices for specific items that are in a printed ad
For fresh produce and meat items when the price is offered in the same unit type (lb. for lb.; each for each)
They WONT 🙁 this list is much
Items that require a separate purchase to get the ad price
example: “Buy [item A] to get [item B] for $C”
Items with no actual price that require a purchase to get free product
example: “Buy both [items A & B] to get [item C] for free”
Items that require a purchase to get a competitors’ gift card
example: “Buy [item A] to get a $B gift card
Buy one, get one free (BOGO) ads with no actual price given
Going out of business or closeout prices
Percentage off example: “All mascara, 40% off”
Competitors’ private label price promotions
Ads when the actual price for items cannot be determined
Misprinted ad prices of other retailers
“Going out of business” sales or “closeout” prices
Savings Catcher is Walmarts new price matching App. You can submit up to 7 receipts a week. Just scan the QR at the bottom with the App or type in receipt number. They only match prices listed in the sales ads for that day of purchase.
They will contact you and let you know if they found a lower price. You get back the difference on a Walmart Rewards eGift Card or a Bluebird by American Express Card. can be used to make purchases exclusively in-store at Walmart or online at Walmart.com. Receipts must submitted within 7 days, and the max you can get back per year is $599.99.
More info here: