In addition to the Walmart Coupon Policy and the Target Coupon Policy I wanted to share a few Target & Walmart Price Match Policy Tips and Tricks. Price matching is one of my all time favorite ways to save money! I live in an area where there are only a few local grocery stores and Walmart, we don’t have typical grocery stores in our area so the few stores we do have are often overpriced with just a few items worth going in for each week. Price matching allows me to buy the loss leaders from all the local stores in one place and it saves me both time and money!
I am all about simplifying my life right now so I thought I would share a few tips and tricks with you on how I make Price Matching easier!
1. Find a source for the local weekly ads in your area. My local area has drugstore and office supply store ads in the Sunday Paper and Grocery ads in the Wednesday Paper. If you do not get the paper each day you can find almost all store ads online. Go to the retailers website and look for a link to the weekly ad on the homepage. All of the stores in my area have their ads available online the morning the sale goes live.
2. Bookmark the ad locations on your smart phone. I am always pulling up the ads (Especially the Aldi’s Ad for Produce) on my phone while I am in the stores. This way even if I forget to bring the printed ads with me, or I make a last minute Un-planned trip into the stores I can still take advantage of price matching!
3. Know your stores Ad Match Policy. The Walmart Price Match Policy is very specific about what you can and cannot price match. In general you must have the items size and price listed on the ad in order for it to be valid for price matching, so things like 50% off don’t qualify because there isn’t a specific price listed. It is also important to know what is excluded there are several different types of sales including gift card deals and rewards offers that are typically excluded.
I have a Complete guide to Price Matching at Walmart Here.
4. Print Your stores Ad match Policy. I can’t tell you how many times I have been trying to price match and run into Cashiers who didn’t know their stores policy, it’s important to carry a copy of both the Walmart Coupon Policy the Target Coupon Policy and the Price Match Policies with you in your coupon binder or box to save yourself a lot of time spent arguing over what is allowed. I find that if I have the policy with me it’s much easier to explain to a manager the situation.
5. Double check the item, size and quantity requirements before you put the item in your cart. Price Matching only works on the EXACT same item, so you need to double check the Item Name, Brand, Product Size and quantity when you are in stores to make sure you are purchasing the right item. A lot of stores these days have special size packaging which means you may not always be able to price match items. For example Dollar General and Family Dollar might sell a 45 oz. bottle of Laundry Detergent while Walmart sells one that is 50 oz. This is something to pay attention to before you get to the front counter because it will save you a lot of headache later on.
6. Use Limits to your Advantage. One of the little known secrets of price matching is that it’s a way to increase quantity limits set by your favorite store. Or if a store is sold out of an item, Price matching may still allow you to take advantage of a deal by shopping at a competitor. For example if Walgreens has an item marked down and the limit is 2, I can grab 2 at Walgreens and Price Match 2 at Walmart, that allows me to get 4 of an item that is on sale for a really low price, this is one way to build your stockpile. It is important to note that you must follow limits at Walmart that are noted in the ad, so if your store has a limit of 2 most stores will only price match up to that limit.
7. Keep your items separate in your cart. I like to keep my price match items separate in my cart, either by placing them in the top where a child sits or by using a hand held basket in my cart to keep things organized. This helps me remember all of the items I was going to price match when I get to checkout. It’s easy to forget something last minute when you’re dealing with coupons and paying so this tip helps me make sure that I don’t forget to price match anything at checkout.
8. Do your Price Match Items First. Every time I check out I like to do all of my price match items first. Since I typically hand over my coupons at the end of the transaction this gives the cashier a little break between price matching and also helps me focus on one thing at a time.
9. Don’t forget Coupons! You can save a lot of money by price matching, my favorite aspect is saving on items like Produce or Orange Juice and Milk, things that don’t have coupons as frequently but are often on sale at different stores on different dates; however, it’s also important to remember you can make these savings even bigger by stacking coupons with price matching! Walmart and Target both allow Manufacturer Coupons to be used on Price Matched Items so make sure you take advantage of using your coupons and the sale prices together.
10. Stack Rebates with Price Matched Items. Rebate Programs like Checkout 51 or Ibotta are also great ways to save when you are price matching. Checkout 51 works at all stores so you can combine things like the $0.50 Milk Rebate that they frequently offer with the lowest price in your area.
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