With our move back to Georgia and being closer to competitor stores, I mentally prepared myself to step back into the world of saving money on groceries. But then, I found that Walmart ended their price matching policy and that brought about a little sadness. Although, I did little price matching at Walmart since many of the stores did their own thing. It was a little difficult dealing with stores who made up their own set of rules and not knowing how things would turn out when you asked for the match. But there were times I did it with good results.
For the first couple of months back in Georgia, I found myself in a local grocery store each week. I only shopped the sale ads never using coupons and still spent $110 each week. Yikes! I spent $150 every two weeks when we lived in Montana and now my grocery budget skyrocketed. Although I was willing to spend a little more money to not shop with some of the finer Walmart people, I couldn’t swallow $35 extra every week. Thankfully, we live in an area where there are 8 stores in a 15 mile radius, so I can avoid some of the not so nice stores. But that doesn’t mean I don’t shop the grocery stores because I still do.
Saving Money at Walmart with the Walmart Savings Catcher
Walmart Savings Catcher - Walmart wants to be known as the cheaper option in shopping. To prove it, they will price comparison locally advertised sales for items you purchase. If they find a cheaper price for items you buy, they pay you the difference. You can cash out your money any time, there's no minimum; we let our money build up before cashing in the eGift cards.
Download the app and scan the barcode of your receipt; that’s it! The app does all the work for you by searching local competitor sales for items that are cheaper. When cheaper prices are found it shows you which items and the price difference.
If you don’t have a smart phone, you can still use the catcher. Sign up for an account and enter the barcode number and the date of the receipt on the website. The date of purchase is very important because it can’t be older than seven days.
We signed up over two years ago and since we didn’t have a smart phone at that time; I found it a hassle trying to enter numbers from the receipt. (I was just lazy!) And since we lived in a rural area and not receiving any money back except for one trip; I put this option on the back burner.
Now we are closer to other stores and have a smart phone, my husband scans the barcode from the receipt (YAY!) and the app does its thing. In just one trip, we earned $1.83 on coffee, soft drinks, and Little Debbies (don’t judge) just to name a few items. While that doesn’t seem like a lot, every penny adds up. Of course, we only spent $65 on groceries and bought very few convenience items last Saturday, but if you buy more then you have a better chance of earning more. :)
There are some things to consider when trying to price match items.
After you signup for the Walmart Savings Catcher, checkout Walmart Pay. It's similar to Paypal, but only for Walmart. You can have your savings loaded to Walmart Pay and use the money directly from there. When your order is ready to be paid for, open your Walmart app and scan the QR code on the card reader. Then all you have to do is tell the cashier just how much money you want to use from your savings.
Other than coupons, what are some ways you save money?