It’s true friends, the day has come that most Walmarts are no longer price matching (there are a few stores left, so you need to just call your local Walmart and find out their policy). I promise, it’s going to be okay though. I knew this day was coming about 6 months ago, so I stopped price matching so I could have plenty of time to know how to help you. You may be surprised, but I actually have enjoyed grocery shopping MUCH more without Walmart. Yes, I liked the one-stop shopping, but I don’t miss the crowds, the grumpy cashiers, the changing policies, and the lesser quality produce and meat. All in all, I am actually perfectly happy that they no longer price match. In fact, I have found I enjoy supporting the local stores instead of the big-chain Walmart. Check out my stash I got Monday below. I shopped at only 3 stores, was gone for 70 minutes and I have everything I need for my families meal plan for TWO weeks! Stick with me, I promise..there is life after price matching 😉
Let me walk you through how I’ve been shopping the past 6 months and give you a few tips to help you continue to save some BIG money on groceries without shopping at Walmart.
Yes, Deals to Meals is my number one tip. With price matching over, it is even more crucial you use Deals to Meals to know where to shop and what to buy. Shopping blindly will make you spend much more than you need to on groceries. For those of you new to Deals to Meals, we are bringing back our lowest membership pricing just to help you get through the news of Walmart not price matching any longer. It’s the perfect time to try out a membership to our service to see how much time and money you can continue to save. Email us at email@example.com to get this special pricing. We’re also giving away our Healthy Meal Planner Ebook (valued at $9.95) just to say thank you for giving our service a try!
Let’s get started…here are 5 tips to help you save $$ without price matching.
1-Shop individual stores with the best deals
Shopping at different stores will help you take advantage of the different stores’ best deals and still save you money. Yes, it might take a little more time, but it will save you $100’s! Before you choose a store to shop at, login to our website to know which store(s) have the best deals in your area (red deals are the ones that are LESS than Costco and Walmart). Focus on these red deals to save you 30-75% off regular priced items.
For example, today I logged into Deals to Meals and noticed that my local Smiths and Sprouts had the best grocery prices for the items I needed. I ran into both of these stores and it didn’t take any longer than price matching would have. Focus on those stores that are close together and not far from your home. Each week there will probably only be 2-3 stores that have the majority of the items you need for your meal planner.
Select the store(s) you want to shop at in your local community. We are the most thorough online grocery shopping website on the web. For most areas, we have 10-24 local grocery stores listed (most online websites only offer a few).
Don’t forget it’s okay to shop at big-box stores like Costco or Sam’s Club. They do have the lowest prices on several staple items like flour, spices, sugar, yeast, lettuce, mushrooms, spinach, certain frozen foods, etc. Here’s a list of items I generally buy at Costco ONCE a month (or every other month) to help keep my grocery costs low: What To Buy at Costco.
2-Watch for great deals on produce and meat
Produce and meat are the most expensive part of your grocery budget. Focus your shopping trips on these items. For example, Smiths had strawberries, green onions, carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes and pineapple on sale for a great price. I bought these items along with tortillas, pork and a few other items they had that I needed. Sprouts had chicken and other produce items on sale so I stocked up on those.
3-Have a well stocked pantry and food storage
Stock up on sale items to save you from having to buy items when they are not on sale. As you stock up a little each week, you will find your own ‘store’ will begin to grow in your pantry/food storage. Case lot time is a great time to stock up on all of the best deals that can be stored long term. This stocking up method also goes for meat and dairy items. On the Deals to Meals list, watch for those items with a gold star which means they are an extra good deal. These items are worth driving a few extra miles for, and buying as many of them as you can afford. A well stocked food storage and pantry will make meal planning SO much easier as well.
4-Use the Deals to Meals Meal Planner to save you time and money
Shopping with a plan will save you the most money each week. Before I shop, I like to know which stores I am going to, which items I need to buy, and what meals I will be making that week. Using our weekly meal planner you will have delicious recipe options you can serve your family based around the week’s deals. Click on the recipes you wish to make (or create your own meal planner) and then link the ingredients to the weekly deals.
For ease, we also prepare a grocery list you can quickly print and take to any store to help make shopping easier.
5-Grocery shop for a 10-14 day period
Since Walmart’s price matching policy has changed, and shopping is 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 less and save more money!
How to get this special pricing:
First: Go to Deals to Meals (www.dealstomeals.com) and click on the free trial button on the left. Fill in all of the information and click “Continue” (do not continue to PayPal from the free trial process). Your account has now been created.
You can then pay for the promotion two different ways:
1-Send money via PayPal: With this option you can log-in to your PayPal account and click on the blue “Send Money” tab at the top of the page. On the next page enter firstname.lastname@example.org as the email, enter $42 for a one year membership and mark the “Goods” option and click “Continue”
Or, you can pay by check:
2- Send a check: Make the check payable to “Deals to Meals” for $42 and mail to:
Deals to Meals
5526 West 13400 South #502
Herriman, UT 84096
Once you have paid we’ll get a confirmation email from PayPal and we’ll then apply the credit to your account. If you pay by check then send us a quick email and we’ll activate your account while we wait for the check to arrive. Please let us know if there is anything else we can help you with.