How to Save Money Shopping at Walmart

November 23, 2011 | Posted By: Shannen Bayless | Categorized in: Shopping, Couponing
Note from the Editor: This post is written by our very talented coupon blogger, Shannen Bayles, showing you how to save money shopping at Walmart for your groceries. I wanted to take a moment to point out to you that the Walmart Ad Match Guarantee is available on all their products, not just groceries!

This post will be especially helpful to Holiday shoppers who are looking to get the best deal without hitting all the stores, and if you're shopping online Walmart is offering 2% cash back when you shop through FatWallet.


:) Heather

Iíve read and heard about the Walmart Ad Match Guarantee, but until recently had never tried it. In the past week or so, it has made my grocery shopping easier because I havenít had much time to go out of town to shop.

I found these helpful tips on Walmartís website:

Ad Match Guarantee

  • Theyíll match the price for an identical items thatís advertised in a local competitorís printed ad (I recommend calling or going to your local Walmart store first to find out what they consider ďlocal.Ē)
  • You donít have to bring in the ad
  • The cashier can match it right at the register
  • Ad Match does not apply to online pricing
  • Items purchased must be identical to the ad (size, brand, quantity, flavor, color, etc)
    They will also match the following:
  • Buy One Get One Free ads with a specific price
  • Competitorís ads that feature a specific item for a specific price
  • Preferred shopping card prices for specific items that are in a printed ad
  • Fresh produce and meat items when the price is offered in the same unit type (lb for lb; each for each)

Walmart will NOT ad match the following:

  • Items that require a separate purchase to get the ad price
  • Items with no actual price that require a purchase to get a free item
  • Items that require a purchase to get a competitorís gift card
  • Buy One Get One Free ads with no specific price
  • Going out of business or close out prices
  • Percentage off
  • Competitorís private label price promotions.

In the past few weeks, Iíve priced matched canned vegetables, Campbellís soups, soda, chips for my weekly football parties, cheese slices, bananas, lettuce, cream cheese, and sugar and flour to start planning for my holiday baking. Iíve also price matched milk and bread. You can also use your coupons on items that you are price matching which will get you additional savings. Iíve saved about $20 just price matching in the past two weeks!

If you donít want to or donít have the time to run to various stores, but you do have time to stand in line while they price match your items, Walmartís ad match guarantee is a good option for you!

Christmas Price Guarantee

This year Walmart is also offering a Christmas Price Match Guarantee which guarantees that, ďif you find a lower advertised price on an identical in-stock product at a local retailer competitorís store after you purchased an item at a Walmart store between November 1 and December 25, weíll give you a gift card for the difference.Ē Iíve not tried this offer yet either, probably because I havenít done much Christmas shopping, and what I have done, Iíve done online! More information on the Christmas Price Guarantee can be found on Walmartís website.

Bargain Buys

Many of the stores around me are running the same sales that started last week either through this Friday or even into next week. My Walgreens and Target ads are good through Wednesday. My advice for this week: eat leftovers and finish researching your Black Friday ads by using our Black Friday Deal Finder!

FatWallet tip: This post is part of an ongoing series of posts for the couponers and those who wanna be couponers! You may access all the posts on Shannen's author page. Please be sure to check out the grocery coupons and deals forum here on FatWallet to get great deals and connect with other couponers!
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