If you live in Arizona, we’re now doing an ad matching list each week!
Do you take advantage of Walmart’s ad matching policy? I get the majority of my produce from Walmart for a great deal!
FYI, Target also ad matches and follows pretty much the same rules, but they will not match produce or meat unless it’s the same brand that’s advertised, which is rarely helpful.
You can read the full details of their official policy, but here are what I consider the main points:
Walmart WILL match:
- Prices that are listed in a local ad (not clearly defined what “local” is)
- Specific items with a specific prices (brand, size, quantity, “value pack” etc.)
(Will do B1G1 or % off IF starting price is listed in ad)
- Store coupons in ads, if price is listed
- Prices without showing them the ad (I suggest having ads, though)
- Pound for pound, each to each prices on same package size, type, etc.
They will NOT match:
- Prices on items that don’t have a specific price listed. (50% off, B1G1, etc)
- Price after Register Rewards or Extra Care Bucks (Walgreens & CVS)
- “Weird” sales (ie: Buy 2, Get $5 gift card, most seem to do the Buy 10 sales, if you’re buying 10)
- Per pound to “each” prices & vice versa ($1.99 pineapple will not be matched if ad is $0.33/lb)
- Store brands (some stores will, but their official policy says they won’t)
- Double coupon promotions
Simple way to do it:
- Use the lists on Bargain Believer to make one list, select “all lists” and print (if local to AZ)**
Or, use the old fashioned writing method after browsing ads :)
- Look at your local market-type ads you get for your area & add to list
Food City, Pros Ranch Market, Sprouts, IGA, etc. have AMAZING prices on produce!!
Wednesday is often the best day to shop due to one day sales.
- Tell the cashier the prices before items are scanned
- Carry your ads, just in case (policy says not necessary, but nice to have for back up)
Meats: I have a hard time finding meats that are packaged, branded, or labeled exactly the same as an ad, so I rarely do meats. Experiment with your list until you find out what your store carries and/or will and will not do.
Produce: I will readily admit that Walmart’s produce is not always the quality I want to purchase. Don’t buy that item! Go in with a flexible plan. My thinking is that I usually want some great fruits and vegetables for my family, but I don’t necessarily care what they are that week. I’m fine with getting extra of something that looks good and skipping something else. On the rare occasion that not much looks good, I get what they have and rely on frozen vegetables and canned fruit for a short time.
General Foods & Household Items: I don’t match prices on these items as often since I like the doubling value that most grocery stores give for coupons. If you don’t use coupons — match away! Great deals can be found! If you do use coupons, there are some $1+ coupons that work well there and there are times when I’m not willing to drive to an extra store for the added, double savings. Be on the lookout for travel size items for higher value coupons that don’t exclude travel sizes. Of course, sometimes there are some great prices that don’t require a coupon.
**Note: If an item is not advertised in their ad, they do not have to price match it. I add many items to the Bargain Believer lists that are not in the ads, especially at Fry’s, Safeway, and Target (others sometimes, too). Usually, if there is a date after the item “(through date)” it is not an advertised price. (Safeway has all kinds of weird date things in multiple ads, so that isn’t always true for that list. Target’s list is difficult to use since many are price cuts and store coupons, so I would stay away from that one.)