Friday, September 12, 2014

NEW- Walmart Savings Center

   I will start this out by saying, I have gotten really frustrated grocery shopping Walmart over the past few years because they are always saying they have the lowest prices around and if they don't, they will match any other store.  I won't go into all of the price matching policies right now, (I'll post it at the end in case you don't already know them) but I will say, you really have to go to the right checker for them to really honor what Walmart claims.  That being said, there really are things you just have to buy at Walmart because either no one else carries that item, or their price is just way lower than even the sale price + a coupon of other stores.

   In the recent months, Walmart has introduced another money saving feature to try and intice you into shopping at their store.  I have just tried it twice within the past week and I will say I am pleased with it and will continue to use this any time I do shop at Walmart.  This is called their "Savings Catcher".  You can either download the app to your iPhone smart phone (sorry Blackberry users like me, once again it is not supported for us and for once the Android based phones are also outed), or you can manually go in on a computer and add the information.  It only takes about a minute and they will have your savings back to you in 2-3 days!  Follow this link to download the app to your smart phone Savings Catcher App.

  It is actually a pretty cool concept.  They will compare the items on your receipts with the ads in the area and if the items you purchased are on sale for a lower price, they will give you the amount back on an e-gift card for you to use on future purchases.  My first receipt I purchased Treseme Heat Serum for $4.98 and they found it cheaper ($4.00) at Kmart so I got back $0.98!  Now, the information they sent back to me said they compared it at 5 different stores but it doesn't show which 5.  I know I also bought Challenge Cream cheese there for $2.27, knowing I had an ibotta coupon for $0.75.  I bought the same cream cheese at Fry's grocery store the next day, also with a coupon and their price was $1.00, so it obviously did not compare the prices with Fry's.  I understand everything will have it's flaws and obviously will not catch EVERYTHING, but hey, if you even get back some of the extra money you are paying, it's a start, right?  I will say, I will continue to price match as best as I can through the local ads I recieve, but I will also submit all of my future receipts for review as well.  You never know what you will miss too!  Hope this help save you some money sometime too.

Just in case you have NEVER used the Walmart price guarantee or maybe don't know exactly what to do, here are the rules, right from Walmart's home page.  Don't hesitate to argue with them on some of the policies.  I do it all of the time if they are not honoring the information they are advertizing, which actually happens about 9 out of the 10 times I try it--just a little frustrating!  You may even want to keep a copy of this right in your purse so if they tell you they don't do it, you can pull it out and prove that they are supposed too!

"We're so confident in our low prices, we guarantee them.*Walmart lowers thousands of prices every week, on average. If you happen to find a lower price, we'll match it right at the register.

We’re committed to providing low prices every day. On everything. So if you find a lower advertised price on an identical product, tell us and we’ll match it. Right at the register.

We gladly match the price in the following types of ads:*

  • Buy one, get one free ads with a specified price
    • Example: Buy one for $2.49, get one free (BOGO)   (this is the one they most often WILL NOT honor, so make sure to point out the price and this paper!!  Stacy)
  • 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)  (This one is probably the 2nd most often not honored)

*The following are guidelines and limitations:

  • 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.  (Bring your ads in if you can because most cashiers will not do it if you don't have it)
  • Items purchased must be identical to the ad (size, quantity, brand, flavor, color, etc.)

We do not match the price in the following types of competitor ads:

  • 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

We do not honor:

  • Ads when the actual price for items cannot be determined
  • Internet pricing
  • Misprinted ad prices of other retailers
  • "Going out of business" sales or "closeout" prices"

I hope these guidelines plus the Savings Catcher can help you get some really awesome deals at Walmart!

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