Update: Here are the results from the first test we did, with some feedback in the comments below that post.
Walmart has a new program called Savings Catcher. This could be great if it works like they say. I love that you don’t need to take a photo of your receipt, just enter the number at the bottom. Easy peasy. You will need to create a Walmart account. I already had one. Other than that, the whole process took me about 30 seconds.
Here’s how it works:
- Submit your receipt to Savings Catcher in any one of two ways:
- Enter the receipt number (the TC number) into Savings Catcher at Walmart.com/savingscatcher. You’ll find this number located near the bottom of your printed Walmart store receipt.
- Or, scan the code at the bottom of your printed store receipt, using the scanner in the Savings Catcher section of the Walmart app.
- Savings Catcher compares the prices of the eligible items you bought at Walmart to the advertised prices found in the print and online versions of the weekly ads of top retailers in your area. The ads must be valid at the time you made your Walmart purchase.
- If Savings Catcher finds an advertised price that is lower than what you paid for the same exact item at Walmart, you’ll get back the difference on a Walmart Rewards eGift Card.
You can submit up to 7 receipts a week and it takes 2-3 days to receive your credit.
Here’s info on what they match:
- Most groceries such as cereal, rice and most fruits and vegetables except for: store brand items, deli, bakery and weighed items like meat.
- Consumable items such as paper towels, bleach and trash bags.
- Health and beauty items such as shampoo and makeup.
- Select general merchandise items.
Savings Catcher does not currently apply to:
- Store brands, deli, bakery and weighed items like meat.
- General merchandise items, (including, but not limited to, electronics, media and gaming, toys, sporting goods, housewares, small appliances, home décor, bedding, books and magazines, apparel and shoes, jewelry, furniture, office supplies and seasonal products).
- Non-branded items.
- Tobacco, firearms, gasoline, tires, prescription drugs, optical and photo products and services, or products that require a service agreement such as wireless, automotive or financial products.
Here’s the list of FAQ.
I went today and bought Ritz crackers as they are $2.50 at Walmart, but on sale at Safeway for $1.88. I’ll update this in 2-3 days and let you know if I got my credit.
Update: I heard from someone who works for Walmart on this program. He gave me the following information:
For clarification on the comparison - Savings Catcher would match the Safeway club card price (and the advertised loyalty card prices for other stores, too). The competitive set for Savings Catcher is pretty comprehensive. For the specific store you shopped at, it currently includes: Safeway, CVS, Walgreens, Frys, Kmart, Albertsons, Target, Family Dollar, Kohls, Petsmart, Dollar Tree, Staples, Best Buy, Petco, Lowe's, Radio Shack, and Bed Bath & Beyond.
Now, I’m in a small town in Prescott Valley, so I was surprised that it covered so many stores. Your area may even include more!