Walmart Ad Matching Policy & Rules for Simple Savings!

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.)

I suggest printing their official price matching policy and carrying in with your coupons.  You might want to print their coupon policy, while you're at it.  :)

Reader Feedback

4 Responses to “Walmart Ad Matching Policy & Rules for Simple Savings!”

  • Dawn says:

    Thanks for the info!  Loved how you broke it down for me. =)

    • Juli says:

      Their official policy is a little unclear and I tried to cover the most commonly asked questions.  I hope I didn't forget anything.  You can save so much money by doing this!  I'm not willing to drive to individual stores for one or two great prices, but I'm happy to scoop them up all at once at Walmart!  Glad you found it helpful and hope you get your own amazing deals soon!  My favorite is probably the $0.10 cucumbers I often get.  We eat those all the time as a snack or side, besides salads.  :)

  • Luna says:

    I just wanted to share 2 things I do to make price matching easier for everyone involved.
    First thing I do is when I put my list together. I write out all my non price match items in a column on the left hand side of my notepad and on the right hand side I write my price matches under a header for each store. That way, when they ask "What store was that at?" I have the answer right away.

    The second thing I do is separate all non price matched items from the price matched ones on the conveyer belt. I'll put the regular priced items up first then (usually, since there is almost always a sale for it) the milk and all my price matches behind the milk. That way I can just say "everything from the milk back is price match" and I don't have to try and catch the cashier before she scans something.
     
    I've been using this system for years now and it works great.

    • Juli says:

      However, I do the other part differently.  I separate my list by produce, chilled, frozen, and a couple other arbitrary break points.  They are based on the layout of the store.  So, I start with produce and make my way back to the frozen and chilled –the way my store is laid out and I like to shop.  I just write the store name after each item that has an ad match.  I'm excited to use the new ad matching list since I won't have to do most of that process anymore.  When I click a green plus sign, it will be be put in a general category and the store name will be after it!

      I do the exact same thing, putting my non-ad match items on the belt first.  It gives me time to unload and focus on the job ahead of me.  :)  I will continue that, even using the green plus signs.  It really does take the stress off, if they cashier is fast!

      Obviously, there are many ways that work and we all need to settle on what works best for us.  Thanks for the suggestion since it will help everyone brainstorm and test out various methods and settle on their favorite.  Try out the green plus sign method and see if you get hooked on categories.  :)  (They are mostly very general since store layouts vary so much.)

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