And then Walmart went and released a new price-matching policy, which they’ve been touting in a series of national ad campaigns.
And yet, I’d never taken the PM plunge.
I guess I ASSumed it would take too long – or be too embarrassing (whatever, yes, I have hang-ups).
But with Walmart’s new “you don’t even need to show us the ad, just tell us the other price” policy, I figured I had no more excuses for not trying it.
So, last night, in desperate need of a LOT of fruit for the group snack at my son’s cub scout camp, I decided to try out price matching with Aldi’s unbeatable door-buster prices this week on fruit.
I wish I had taken pictures, as it truly is amazing what I was able to do with price matching, but unfortunately the battery on my camera is dead – and I can’t find the charger. (ARGH – clutter strikes again!)
Anyway, price matching couldn’t have been easier. No need to go to customer service. No embarrassing “You want to do WHAT???” reaction from the cashier. Seriously, easy peasy!
I did have the ad in hand, just in case (and I would probably recommend that you do the same… just in case), but the cashier didn’t even ask to see it.
I did separate out the items that I was price-matching and gave the cashier the adjusted price for each item he scanned. I think that makes it easier – so try to do that when you price-match as well.
Here’s what I got – and how much I saved by price matching!
1 watermelon ~ was “on sale” for $5.75, I paid $2.99, savings of $2.76!
5 lbs of strawberries – were “on sale” for $1.50/lb, I paid $.99/lb, savings of $2.55!
1 pint of blueberries – was $3.59, I paid $1.49, savings of $2.10!
12 lbs of red grapes – were $1.98/lb, I paid $.89/lb, savings of $13.08!
TOTAL SPENT = $20.11. TOTAL SAVED = $20.49!
Keep in mind that I didn’t even have coupons for any of these items, so my savings total is based strictly on price matching. But Walmart does allow you to use coupons on price-matched items – so if you have them, stack them!
It’s always a good idea to have a copy of a store’s coupon policy – and, in this case, their price-match policy – on hand when you are new to saving at that particular store.
Here is the verbiage on the Walmart price-matching policy (my bolds) that makes this such a simple way to save money – and time!
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)
- 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) – Note: I read this to mean that brand on strawberries is NOT critical, rather weight or unit type.
*The following are guidelines and limitations:
- We will match any local competitor’s advertised price (Note: If you don’t have an Aldi locally, for example, you can’t price match to those deals)
- 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.)
We DO NOT match the price in the following types of competitor ads:
- Items that require a separate purchase to get the ad price
- Eg. Buy a bottle of coke, save $5 on a DVD
- Items with no actual price that require a purchase to get free product
- Eg. Buy 2 boxes of Special K and get a 3rd box FREE
- Items that require a purchase to get a competitors’ gift card
- Eg. CVS Extra Care Bucks (they’ll match the sale price, just not give you “extra” care buck value)
- Buy one, get one free (BOGO) ads with no actual price given
- Going out of business or closeout prices
- Percentage off
- Eg, All make-up 40% off”
- Competitors’ store-brand 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 “close out” prices
Are you a price matcher? Have you ever done PM at Walmart? If not, do you think this is a new savings strategy that you will be adding to your tool box?
P.S. I know a lot of people refuse to shop at Walmart – either for ethical reasons or due to store ickiness factors. We have a Neighborhood Walmart, which is basically just a grocery store but with Walmart prices, two blocks from our house – and it’s not at all icky (just for the record).
If you are anti-Walmart, know that there are many other chains that do price matching, including Target. Target’s policy makes it a bit harder, though, since you have to go to Customer Service with your price match items. If I ever get up the nerve to try PM at Target, I promise to report back to all of you!