Are you having problems price matching lately? Are you frustrated
with Walmart’s new price matching policies? Well, let me help. I feel your pain
and am just as annoyed by their new policy as you are, but I have a few tips to help you continue to save money and time. It’s a lengthy post, so bare with me. Lots to discuss 😉 Feel free to share your comments or feedback of what works for you below. We can all learn from each other on this one 😉
continue to support your local grocery stores that WANT your business—and are
actually nice to us 😉 Shopping at different stores will help you take
advantage of the different stores’ best deals and still save you money. Deals
to Meals is even more important now than ever. Before you choose a store to shop
at, login to our website to know which store(s) has the most/best deals so you
can take advantage of several great deals in one place. If a certain store has
an item (that is not a name brand), that you know you need in your food
storage/pantry and you need to buy several, make a quick stop to that store.
For example, pork and beans (Western Family) were on sale the other week for
.33 a can. I needed some in my storage, so I swung by and picked up 48 cans
because I knew I needed several, so it was worth my time and gas money.
are on sale.
brand items on sale at other stores (enter frowny face and frustrating grunt!
UGH). So, on the great value items that you can no longer price match at
Walmart, you will want to go to those store(s) to buy that particular sale item.
If you don’t want to go to different stores, you will have to buy those items
at Costco or Walmart for their regular prices. For example, if sour cream is on
sale for .99 at Smiths (Kroger brand) and I need 3 for my recipes that week, I
will just have to deal with paying the extra .28 at Walmart to save me time
from running to Smiths, or…go to Costco and buy a 5 lb. tub at the lower price
and you’ll just have to use up the big container because it was less per ounce.
However, if you look through the weekly deals on our website and you see ‘name
brand’ items on sale, then it’s a good time to stock up. For example, last week
Kraft Salad Dressing and Capri Sun Drinks are on sale for great deals. These
are name brand items that Walmart WILL price match. So, these are items you
will want to add to your grocery list and buy. Same thing with items like
canned beans. A Utah store just had S&W canned beans on sale for less
than the store brand beans generally go. When you see this happen on our site,
and these items are ‘red/great’ deals, then it’s a great time to stock up—and
price match if you wish. Since it is a name brand item, you can price match and
buy several for your pantry/food storage. Watch for these name brand items to
go on sale for great prices and stock up.
to buy produce.
items (like oranges, watermelon, etc.—because they are sold individually) you
will want to find an alternative option for produce (if you can). However,
Walmart will price match MOST produce items, so if you want the ultimate one
stop shopping trip, still price match as much produce as you can at Walmart.
However, if you live near a Sprouts (LOVE them!) or a Rancho
Market/Hispanic Market then shop their low produce prices each week. The
best part about Sprouts is they have double ad Wedensday’s which means their
sales from the past week and the new week are all valid on Wednesday’s. I have
found shopping at Sprouts on Wednesday’s allows me to get most all of the
produce items I need for my week’s meal plan in one place. I then swing by
Walmart and get the other items I am in need of. If you don’t live near a
Sprouts –send them an email letting them know you want one near you J Until they build
one near you (they are expanding like crazy!), then buy your produce at Costco,
price match at Walmart or find another local farmer’s market that sales produce
for a good price.
and food storage.
they are not on sale. As you stock up a little each week on the items your
family uses on a regular basis, you will find most of the items you need for
your week’s menu planner are fresh produce and meat–which can still be price
matched at Walmart. This stocking up method also goes for meat and dairy items.
For example, if cheese is on sale for $4.99 (32 oz. bag) at Fresh Market, and
my family uses a lot of cheese, this is the time to stock up. If this item is a
store brand item that can’t be price matched, I would go to Fresh Market and
buy 5-10 of these bags of cheese so I don’t have to worry about buying them
full price another time. A well stocked food storage and pantry will make meal
planning SO much easier and help you save money throughout the rest of the
year. And bottom line, the more food you have stored in your home, the less
items each week you have to price match.
‘staple’ items that won’t have a grocery store sale item linked to it in the
grocery list. These items are ones you need for almost every recipe and ones
you should have plenty of in your storage/pantry. Here is a list of staple
items you should always have on hand and where the lowest prices are to buy
no longer as convenient, you will want to shop fewer times a month. The good
news is, the fewer times you shop at the grocery store, the less money you’ll
spend –yay! Try and do all of your shopping in one day so you get to relax the
next couple weeks and not have to worry about shopping again for last minute
items you need. If you shop using our meal planner, those recipes should last
you 1 ½-2 weeks and should help you shop fewer times each week.
will want to make sure you are extra organized. Before I shop, I like to know
which stores I am going to, which items I am needing to buy, and what meals I
will be making with the items I’m purchasing. Using our weekly meal planner on
Deals to Meals you will have delicious recipe options that you can serve your
family for the next couple of weeks. Click on the recipes you wish to make for
the upcoming week (or create your own meal planner) and then link the
ingredients to the weekly deals. Once you print out a grocery list, you will
know what items you need to purchase and where to shop.
had: Buy 1 Get 1 Free, Limits, Certain Day Specials, Online Coupons, etc. In
the past they used to be okay matching some of these ‘specials’ no matter which
day it was, or how much of an item you wanted to stock up on. They are now more
particular. If an item in the ad has a limit of 2, they will only let you buy
2. If the item is on a BOGO sale, they won’t let you purchase those items
unless it lists the exact price for 2. And if an item has an online digital
coupon associated to a price, they will no longer price match those items at
the ‘coupon’ price. They will only price match the price BEFORE the coupon’s
discount is deducted. Any of these specific details will be listed on our website
under the far right column of our deals page. Any details the ad mentions, we
will put in that column to help you be an aware customer.
times I’ve shopped. I don’t enjoy feeling like I am a criminal just because I
am price matching and following their own stores’ policy. Customer service has
never been a strong suit for Walmart, but it never hurts to let them know what
we think. In a kind, and civil way (ha!), let the store manager of your nearest
Walmart know your frustrations. The manager’s I have talked to said they want
to know what their local customers think and how their store is performing.
Make sure and get the name of a cashier if they are great, or not so great, to
help their managers know how they can improve. According to their own store
policy online, you shouldn’t have to show ‘proof’ for a deal unless it is more
than 25% off the Walmart price. On those items, you might want to come prepared
with our Deals to Meals print out, the grocery store ad or at least know which
store the deal is from so they can look it up online.