Money Saving Monday: Get the Most for your Money at Wal-Mart with Price Matching
It’s Monday and we have been sharing tips each week to save money for 2013. Money Saving Monday should help motivate each other for the 52 Week Money Saving Challenge
One way to save some money is to price match at Walmart. I get a lot of questions about Walmart Price Matching, so here is some helpful tips…
Get the Most for your Money at Wal-Mart with Price Matching
Have you ever been in the checkout line at the grocery store and the person in front of you gets a cart full of groceries and saves over 50 percent? You automatically think, I want to do that! And, you can. With the explosion of the popular TV series “Extreme Couponing” people are eager to learn the secrets to mastering how to use of coupons, but are not sure where to start. One of the best strategies to saving money, even without the use of coupons is by taking advantage of price matching at Wal-Mart.
Which store has the best deals for the week?
People search Sunday circulars for the best price for all products on their weekly grocery lists. But why visit multiple stores when you can get all those prices under one roof? Wal-Mart will guarantee a price match items from your favorite retailer and does not require customers to have the ad with them to honor a competitor’s ad. You want to search circulars competitors’ ads that feature a specific item for a specified price at a certain retailer. Wal-Mart will even price match buy one, get one free sales as long as the price is given in the ad. For example, the ad must read- Buy one at $3.00 and get one free. You are basically trying to price match the $3.00 then getting the second product for free. Wal-Mart will not price match a percentage off, going out of business sales, private label price promotions, items that require you to purchase an item to receive a separate item for free. For example, buy 4 boxes of cereal and get a free box of Pop Tarts would not be honored. Keep in mind that items purchased must be identical to the ad, so take note of size, quantity, and brand). Try to create a table with the store name, product name and sale price. For example, if you are looking for Wheat Thins your list might look like this:
Price Chopper- Wheat Thins -8oz – 2/$4
Once you have your list from grocery store sales ads, now it’s time to check for coupons that you can match with these discounts. Make sure you bring a copy of the ads with you, even though it’s not required you may need to reference to them.
Some may be tempted to shop for groceries at stores like Aldi or the Dollar General, which offers lower prices by avoiding sales on brand name items. However, stores like Aldi don’t allow coupons. But don’t throw away that circular. A great way to save on fruits and vegetables is by bringing the Aldi circular into Wal-Mart for a price match. For example, Aldi may have bananas on sale for $.44 a pound and Wal-Mart has them for $.54 per pound. Those small savings can add up.
Whether you are just learning the ropes or coupon pro, price matching can be a fun way to saving the most money on your weekly groceries. As frugal-minded shoppers, we are always on the hunt to find the best prices for our hard earned money. If you don’t have time to clip coupons or drive to multiple stores to find the best deals, price matching is a great way to start. Remember that saving money on grocery bills is a slow process; it’s not about stocking up on unnecessary products but reducing our Grocery Budget so we have more money to spend on things we want and can actually use.
- Search the Bucktown Bargains Coupon Data Base for all available coupons.