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Is Couponing Worth It?

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I was asked (after hearing Safeway will probably be accepting coupons at face value in AZ soon, more here) …

Is couponing worth it?

If you want the short answer … yes, for me.

If you want the long answer, grab your coffee (maybe it’s a smoothie this time of year?) and snuggle up to your computer or mobile, as I share my thoughts.

When, I say “couponing,” I mean using paper coupons (printable, from Sunday paper, & misc. coupons that may show up) or digital coupons you can load directly to your shopping cards.

I only use coupons for products I will use or have a specific purpose for (donating, giving to friends, etc).  I’m not a true “extreme couponer.”  I’ve only seen a couple of the TLC shows, but I’m nothing like what I’ve seen.  I like to call myself an “intentional couponer.”  I use them wisely and save a bunch of money!  I don’t need a trailer to get my groceries home and one bottle of mustard will usually last us until it expires, around my house.

For me, couponing will still be worth it, even if coupons are taken at face value.  (Keep in mind that most of the country can only redeem coupons at face value and many do it.)  There is still money to be saved.

I’m a firm believer that pennies add up to quarters, add up to dollars, add up to $20, etc.  I’ll even still bend down to pick up a penny.  The bonus is a little bit of exercise, if nothing else.  :)

On the other hand, I also value my time.  If I’m finding that saving $3 is taking me an hour, I won’t do it.  My time is worth more than $3/hour.  On the other hand, if it takes me an hour to get ready to go to the grocery store (or an extra hour to run somewhere else & look at ads, etc.) and I end up saving $30 (random number for example) … totally worth my time.  I should say … usually!  There are weeks when I don’t have an hour to spare to save $30, as much as I want to.  I value my sanity more than thirty bucks.

As much as I love the savings and the financial freedom it helps bring to my family, it’s not for everyone.  I have different time, priorities, and needs than you do.  Don’t blindly use coupons, without counting the cost.  There are costs.  I would never deny that!

  • Time — What “wages” are acceptable to you?  Remember, it’s tax-free “income.”
  • Space — How will you store surplus?  Do you have room or need to stick with basics?
  • Sanity — Does the extra clutter (coupons or treasures you get) drive you nuts?
  • Need — Do you need to do it to make ends meet?
  • Want — Do you enjoy using the savings for something else that makes the effort worthwhile?
  • Respect — Does your spouse value the fact that you do it or does it drive him/her nuts?
  • Cost — How much are you spending on newspapers, ink, paper, buying coupons, gas, whatever?

Take a serious inventory of the above list.  Ponder it and calculate it.  If you feel it’s more of a burden, stop — unless you feel it’s a necessity!  (Well, I don’t see how you can resist clicking and loading a few digital coupons.)  :)  Yes, I know I run a coupon website.  Well, I don’t fully see it that way.  I run a money saving website, that often involves coupons, but there’s much more!

Whatever you end up doing with your coupon usage, I hope you stick around Bargain Believer.  We’ll always share deals that have coupons, but we go beyond that.  We want you to have fun with your family, without spending a bunch.  We’ll point you to those deals and other bargains we just can’t seem to keep to ourselves.  As long as there are businesses competing, there will always be bargains out there and we’ll help you find them!  We may even tempt the non-coupon users out there to click and load a digital coupon or even print a coupon every once in awhile.  The coupon/non-coupon line can be crossed at any time.  :)

I was going to share some other ways to save, but I’m afraid you’re falling asleep now.  And, I’m out of time.  Stay tuned … more on saving (beyond coupons) soon!

What do you think?

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AZ Walmart Ad Matching List ~ 5/27/15 – 6/2/15

Helpful links:
Price matching policy & tips
Online price matching policy
Walmart Savings Catcher program

Some items below need coupons, many don’t.  Click the green plus signs to make your own personalized shopping list!  (When you do, it will be categorized for easier shopping.)

Note:  We put some store brand items (like milk & eggs) on the list.  Their policy says they will not match those, but the vast majority report that their store will match those prices.  Keep in mind that your store may not.  Also, Walmart sells some items (like watermelon, cantaloupe, pineapple, oranges) individually, not by the pound.  They may or may not match a per pound price.  It’s up to each store.

Ad Matching Possibilities:

Cucumbers 6 / 99¢ (El Super; 25¢ at Food City; 33¢ at Los Altos; 50¢ at Bashas)

Green Cabbage 6 lbs / 99¢ (El Super, WED only)

Mangos 5 / 99¢ (El Super, WED only; 25¢ at Food City, limit 8, WED only; 33¢ at Smart & Final; 3 / $1.00 at Sprouts)

Avocados 5 / 99¢ (Los Altos, WED and THURS only; 20¢ at Food City, limit 10; 50¢ at Bashas’, 88¢ at Sprouts)

Carrots 4 lbs / 99¢ (El Super, WED only)

Bananas 25¢ / lb (limit 8 pounds, Food City, WED only)

Corn on the Cob 4 / 99¢ (Los Altos, WED and THURS only; 33¢ at El Super)

Store Brand Tomato Sauce (8 oz) 25¢ (Albertsons)

White Onion 33¢ / lb (Los Altos, WED and THURS only)

Red Large Apples 33¢ / lb (Los Altos, WED and THURS only)

Cilantro 33¢ (Sprouts)

Red Radishes 33¢ (Sprouts)

Brown Onions 33¢ / lb (Food City)

Red Potatoes 33¢ / lb (El Super; 48¢/lb at Sprouts, WED only; 49¢/lb at Food City)

White Potatoes 33¢ / lb (El Super)

Bananas 33¢ / lb (El Super, WED only; 33¢/lb at Los Altos, TUES only)

Roma Tomatoes 33¢ / lb (limit 6 pounds, Food City, WED only; 33¢/lb at Los Altos, TUES only; 2 lbs / 99¢ at El Super; 50¢/lb at Smart & Final; 88¢ at Sprouts)

El Pato Hot Sauce or Libby’s Vienna Sausage 39¢ (limit 6, Food City, FRI – SUN only)

Yoplait Yogurt (4-6 oz) 39¢ (Fry’s)

Yellow Onions 48¢ / lb (Sprouts, WED only)

Limes 49¢ / lb (Food City)

Granny Smith Apples 49¢ / lb (Food City)

Chicken Leg Quarters 49¢ / lb (El Super, THURS only)

Bola Tomatoes 2 lbs / 99¢ (Los Altos, WED and THURS only)

Fuji Apples 2 lbs / 99¢ (Los Altos, TUES only)

Granny Smith or Golden Delicous Apples 2 lbs / 99¢ (El Super, WED only)

D’Anjou Pears 2 lbs / 99¢ (El Super, WED only)

Shasta, 2 Liters 50¢ (limit 6, El Super)

Arizona Tea/Drink (20 or 23 oz) 2 / $1.00 (limit 4, Walgreens thru 5/30)

Store Brand Mac & Cheese (7.25 oz) 50¢ (Albertsons)

Store Brand Canned Veggies, Beans or Tomatoes (14.5-15.25 oz) 50¢ (Albertsons)

Red Bell Pepper 50¢ (Albertsons; 88¢ at Sprouts)

Gatorade or G2, 32 oz, Propel 24 oz or Vitaminwater, 20 oz 57¢ (must buy 10, Fry’s)

Chicken Drumsticks (value pack) 57¢ / lb (Los Altos; 59¢/lb at El Super, family pack)

Powerade (32 oz) 58¢ (must buy 15, limit 15, Albertsons; 59¢ at Food City)

Chicken Leg Quarters (sold in 10 pound bag) 59¢ / lb (limit 2 bags, Food City, THURS only)

7-UP Ten or Dr Pepper Ten (2 liter) 69¢  (Safeway)

Pineapple 69¢ / lb (Los Altos, Walmart may not match per pound price, see note above)

Jalapenos 69¢ / lb (Los Altos)

Tomatillos 69¢ / lb (Los Altos)

Bumble Bee Chunk Light Tuna 75¢ (Albertsons)

Pepsi or 7-UP (2 liter) 77¢ (when you buy 4, Safeway; 99¢ at Los Altos for Pepsi only, must buy 4)

Peaches or Nectarines 77¢ / lb (Sprouts and Los Altos; 97¢/lb at El Super; 97¢/lb, limit 6 lbs, Bashas’; 99¢/lb Fry’s; $1.48/lb, WED only, Sprouts)

Raspberries 87¢ (limit 4, Albertsons)

Red Seedless Grapes 87¢ / lb (Bashas’; 99¢/lb at Los Altos, WED and THURS only; $1.99/lb at Safeway)

Cantaloupe 87¢ (limit 4, Fry’s; 88¢ at Sprouts, WED only; 20¢/lb at Food City, limit 3 melons; 4 lbs/ 99¢ at El Super; 27¢/lb at Food City ~ Walmart may not match per pound price, see note above)

Squirt, RC or 7 Up, 2 Liters 88¢ (Food City; 89¢ at Los Altos for 7 Up, Barqs, Fanta, Fuze and Minute Maid, must buy 4; 99¢ at Bashas’, not Squirt)

Baby Peeled Carrots (16 oz) 88¢ (Sprouts)

Blueberries (6 oz) 88¢ (Sprouts)

Mi Ranchito Tortiall Chips (8 oz, traditional or golden) 88¢ (Los Altos, SAT and SUN only)

Crush and Brisk, 2 Liters 89¢ (Los Altos, SAT and SUN only)

Pork Shoulder Picnic Roast 89¢ / lb (limit 4 packs, Smart & Final; 99¢/lb at Los Altos, WED and THURS only)

Red Ripe Mini Seedless Watermelons 97¢ (limit 2, Safeway)

Foster Farms Split Chicken Breasts, Drumsticks or Thighs (bone-in) 97¢ / lb (Fry’s)

Mini Seedless Watermelon 97¢ (limit 4, Fry’s)

Tomatoes on the Vine 98¢ / lb (Sprouts, WED only)

Bone-in Sirloin Cut Pork Chops (value pack) 98¢ / lb (limit 2 packs, Food City, FRI – SUN only)

Bone-in Split Chicken Breasts (value pack) 98¢ / lb (limit 2 packs, Food City)

Chicken Drumsticks, Thighs or Whole Legs 99¢ / lb (Sprouts, WED only)

Mushrooms (8 oz, whole) 99¢ (El Super)

Store Brand Sandwich Bread (20 oz) 99¢ (Bashas’; $1 at Albertsons for 24 oz)

Hunt’s Ketchup (20 oz) 99¢ (Bashas’)

Cherries 99¢ / lb (Los Altos; $1.88/lb at Sprouts, WED only)

Pillsbury Cake or Brownie Mix (15.25 or 18.4 oz) 99¢ (Safeway)

Bumble Bee Solid White Albacore Tuna or Ready to Eat Kit (5 oz cans, 3.5 oz kit) $1.00 (Friday 5/29 ONLY, Safeway)

Store Brand English Muffins (12 oz) $1.00 (when you buy 2, Safeway)

Coke Products (2-liters) $1.00 (when you buy 5 or 10, limit 10, Bashas’; $1 at Safeway, Friday 5/29 ONLY)

Cool Whip (8 oz) $1.00 (Fry’s)

Popsicle (8 count) $1.00 (Fry’s)

Store Brand Frozen Veggies (10-12 oz) $1.00 (Fry’s)

Malt O Meal Cereal (11.5-16.5 oz) $1.00 (Albertsons)

Store Brand Sour Cream (16 oz) $1.00 (Albertsons; $1.29 at Bashas’)

7 Up or Pepsi, 2 Liters $1.00 (Albertsons)

Store Brand Eggs (12 ct ,Grade AA ) $1.25 (Friday 5/29 ONLY, Safeway)

Red or Green Grapes $1.29 / lb (El Super; $1.99 at Sprouts, WED only)

Cheetos or Fritos $1.49 (must buy 4, Fry’s; $1.77 at Safeway)

Pork Sirloin Chops (value pack) $1.49 / lb (Los Altos)

Dole Classic Salad (24 oz bag) $1.50 (Food City)

Potatoes (5 lbs) $1.50 (Bashas’)

Strawberries (16 oz) $1.50 (El Super)

Hostess Donettes (9.5-11.25 oz) $1.67 (Fry’s)

Sunshine Cheez-It Crackers (6-7 oz) $1.67 (Friday 5/29 ONLY, Safeway)

Quaker Life or Cap “N Crunch’s Crunchberries Cereal (13 oz) $1.67 (Friday 5/29 ONLY, Safeway)

Quaker Instant Oatmeal (9.8-15.1 oz) $1.67 (Friday 5/29 ONLY, Safeway)

Martinelli’s Sparkling Cider (25.4 oz) $1.67 (Friday 5/29 ONLY, Safeway)

Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast (value pack) $1.87 / lb (Smart & Final; $1.99/lb at Albertsons, Bashas’, and Sprouts, any size package)

Ruffles 7.5 -9 oz or Tostitos 9-14 oz $1.88 (Fri. – Sun. ONLY, Bashas’)

Whole Seedless Watermelon $1.88 (Sprouts)

Boneless Half Pork Loin (Farmland) $1.88 / lb (limit 2, Fri. – Sun. ONLY, Bashas’)

Store Brand Water, 24 pack $1.88 (limit 2, Fri. – Sun. ONLY, Bashas; $1.99 must buy 4, limit 1 reward, Albertsons and Safeway)

Mini Peppers (1 pound bag) $1.98 (Sprouts, WED only)

Red, Green or Black Seedless Grapes $1.98 / lb (Sprouts, WED only; red are 87¢/lb at Bashas’)

Store Brand Gallon Milk $1.99 (limit 2, Fry’s, Albertsons, Safeway and Smart & Final)

Store Brand Butter (16 oz) $1.99  (Safeway)

Frito Lay Simply Chips (4.5-9 oz) $1.99 (limit 4, Safeway)

Pepsi or 7 Up, 6 pack bottles (16.9 oz) $2.00 (Fry’s)

Ground Beef, 70% Lean (value pack) $2.29 / lb (Los Altos, WED and THURS only)

Red Potatoes (5 pound bag) $2.50 (Fry’s)

Pepsi, 12 pack cans $2.50 (must buy 4 including 1 Brisk Tea, w/ min. $25 purchase, limit 1 reward, Albertsons)

Coca-Cola (12 pack, 12 oz cans or 8 pack 12 oz bottles) $2.97 (when you buy 4, limit 4, with additional $25 purchase, Safeway)

Boneless Pork Tenderloin $2.99 / lb (Fry’s)

Boneless Pork Loin Center Cut Chops (family pack) $2.99 (Fry’s)

Boneless Beef Steak or Roast $3.67 / lb (El Super)

Hormel Marinated Pork Tenderloin (1.1-1.5 lb) $5.00 (Friday 5/29 ONLY, Safeway)

Frito Lay Multi Pack Chips (20 ct ) $5.00 (Friday 5/29 ONLY, Safeway)

 

 

Ad Matching w/ Coupon Possibilities:

Little Debbie Snacks (12-16 oz)  $1.00  (Albertsons)
$0.95/1 Little Debbie Snacks 03/29/2015 SS Insert (exp 6/28/15)
Final price:  5¢

Orbit or Eclipse Gum (single packs)   69¢ (limit 3, Walgreens, thru 5/30)
$0.50/2 Orbit Gum 03/01/2015 RP Insert (exp 5/29/15)
Final price:  44¢ each when you buy 2

Fancy Feast Cat Food (3 oz can)   55¢ (limit 24, Safeway)
$1/10 Purina Fancy Feast Medleys or Mornings Gourmet Cat Food 04/26/2015 SS Insert (exp 7/31/15)
Final price:  45¢ each when you buy 10

Muller Yogurts   $1.00  (Albertsons)
$1/3 Muller Yogurts 05/03/2015 RP Insert (exp 6/14/15)
B1G1 printable (register)
Final price:  As low as 50¢ each when you buy 2

Dannon Light & Fit, Activia, Danimals Yogurt (4-6 ct)   $1.99 (Bashas’)
$1/1 printable (Activia)
Final price:  99¢

Stouffer’s Entree (8.87-12.75 oz)   $1.88 (Bashas’)
$1/2 Stouffer’s Entree 04/19/2015 SS Insert (exp 6/30/15)
Final price:  $1.38 each when you buy 2

Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing (16 oz)   $2.49 (El Super)
$1/1 Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing 05/17/2015 SS Insert (exp 6/28/15)
Final price:  $1.49

Spam Luncheon Meat (12 oz)   $1.99 (Safeway)
$1/2 Spam Products 05/03/2015 SS Insert (exp 6/29/15)
$1.50/3 Coupons.com (gone if not first coupon shown after clicking link)
Final price:  As low as $1.49 each when you buy 2

Klondike or Good Humor Novelties (4-6 ct )   $2.50 (Friday 5/29 ONLY, Safeway)
$3/3 Unilever Ice Cream Breyers Gelato Indulgences, Klondike, Magnum, Popsicle, Fruttare or Good Humor Ice Cream Products 05/03/2015 RP Insert (exp 5/31/15)
Final price:  $1.50 each when you buy 3

C&H Granulated Sugar (4 pounds)   $2.00 (Los Altos)
$0.40/1 C&H Sugar Product 03/15/2015 RP Insert (exp 5/31/15)
$0.75/2 C&H Sugar Product 03/15/2015 RP Insert (exp 5/31/15)
$0.75/2 Redplum
Final price:  As low as $1.60

Nabisco Teddy Grahams or Premium Saltines (10 oz / 16 oz)   $1.99 (Los Altos)
$0.75/2 Nabisco Cookie or Cracker 05/17/2015 SS Insert (exp 6/27/15)
Final price:  $1.61 each when you buy 2

Blue Bunny Ice Cream   $2.88 (Bashas’)
$3/3 Blue Bunny Ice Cream or Novelty 05/10/2015 SS Insert (exp 6/30/15)
printable (must register to get these monthly(ish), not sure if you’ll get right away or not)
Final price:  $1.88 each when you buy 3

Oroweat Oatmeal, Potato, White or Buttermilk Bread (24 oz)   $2.99  (Safeway)
$0.55/1 Oroweat Sliced Bread Products 04/19/2015 SS Insert (exp 7/31/15)
$0.55/1 Oroweat Sliced Bread Products 03/15/2015 SS Insert (exp 6/15/15)
$1/1 printable
Final price:  As low as $1.99 (look for previously printed coupons)

Farmland Bacon Item (12 oz)   $2.88 (Bashas’)
$0.75/1 Farmland Bacon Item 05/10/2015 SS Insert (exp 6/30/15)
Final price:  $2.13

Best Foods Real Mayonnaise (20-30 oz)   $2.99  (Fry’s)
$0.50/1 Best Foods Real Mayonnaise 05/17/2015 RP Insert (exp 6/14/15)
$0.75/1 printable
Final price:  As low as $2.24

Seattle’s Best Coffee (12 oz)   $4.99  (Fry’s)
$1/1 Seattle’s Best Coffee 05/17/2015 SS Insert (exp 7/17/15)
$2/1 Facebook
Final price:  As low as $2.99

Huggies Diapers   $7.99 (Bashas’)
$2/1 Huggies Little Snugglers, Little Movers or Overnites Diapers 05/17/2015 SS Insert (exp 6/13/15)
$1.50/1 Huggies Diapers 05/17/2015 SS Insert (exp 6/13/15)
$2/1 Coupons.com (gone if not first coupon shown after clicking link)
$1.50/1 printable (register)
Final price:  As low as $5.99

 

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+  Walmart will match competitor’s prices — details HERE.
+  If you don’t live near a store listed above, you can’t ad match those prices.
Walmart’s coupon policy
+ Multiple manufacturers’ coupons are listed, but you can only use one for each product purchased
+ If you want to know what abbreviations mean, go HERE.
+ Coupons listed without a link are from previous coupon inserts in the AZ Republic.
+ Get coupons in the Arizona Republic for $1 per week (3 months, then cancel or pay full) HERE!  (Wed. & Sun. delivery)

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Verify Email Subscriptions! ~ Great Way to Follow (Also Facebook, Twitter, or RSS Feed)

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If you don’t get the Bargain Believer emails, you may want them.  You will receive one email between 3pm & 5pm, usually around 3pm.  (No, I’m not sitting at my computer at that exact time every single day.  They’re automatic and I never know the precise time they’ll go out.) :)

They will show you everything that was listed since the previous email went out.  It’s an easy way to glance over what was posted that day and make sure you didn’t miss anything.   Fair warning:  You’ll be bugged everyday around 3pm, but you can unsubscribe at anytime.   :)

If you’ve ever signed up to get the daily emails and you’re not getting them, you probably didn’t verify your email.  There is a significant number of people on the email list that haven’t.  Sign up again at this link and make sure to go to your email and click on the link.  It should come right away.

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Make sure “follow” is checked after you have “liked” Bargain Believer (beside the “liked” button).  Even better, hover over the “liked” button and check “get notifications.”  When you’re on Facebook, a little box will pop up when we post something and it will also be listed under your “notifications” tab on top.  As always, the best way to not miss anything is to comment or “like” posts on the Bargain Believer Facebook page …. often!

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Stay Active on Facebook or You’re Missing Out!

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Are a Facebook user, who likes to see all the updates from pages you have “liked,” like the Bargain Believer page?  (I think that sentence had too may “likes” in it!)

Ughhh . . . it’s so frustrating when I don’t see things I want to.  I feel like when I “like” a page, I’m telling Facebook I want to see their updates.  If I don’t want to see them, I’ll “unlike” them.  Facebook sees it differently.  :(

You need to get/stay active to see what you want on the Bargain Believer Facebook page!  We posts extra deals on Facebook from time to time.  You’ll want to see them, even if you get the email or stalk the website.

When you “like,” share, or comment … you are telling Facebook that you value the page and want to see posts.  You are also making it a more popular post, which will increase the likelihood that those who aren’t as active, will see the post.  Pretty please … like or comment on posts when you think they’re beneficial!

If you are active for awhile and you’re still not seeing everything, don’t forget … you can get daily emails.  Note:  You will not get them until you click on the confirmation email that you receive.  You will get an email almost every single day.  I realize that’s not for everyone.  If it annoys you enough, you can unsubscribe at any time.  We promise not to spam you, once you unsubscribe.  Well, we’ll never “spam” you, but you’ll get that one email each day.  :)

If all else fails … we have a website!  Check it often.  :)

Thanks for being here and giving us an outlet to share the deals we find.  We like finding bargains and it’s much more fun to share them!

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Get a Free AMEX at Walmart to Double Savings Catcher Savings!

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Below is a tip on how to maximize your savings with Walmart’s Savings Catcher program.

We’re hearing rumors that they will be stopping their ad matching program (possibly at the end of this year??).  I hope it’s not true, but I believe it’s coming.  :(   If you haven’t tried this program or know about it, it’s worth reading up on.  You can read the details here.

Reader, Karen, sent this to me . . .  (Thanks, Karen!)

“I was in Walmart on Tuesday, November 11th and they had the
American Express Bluebird Card for free, for a limited time (normally $5.00).
So, I put the min. amount on the card ($1.00).  I will be using it to put my
Savings Catcher amounts on it, which I will get double the cash back.”

Here’s a link with more information.  (Thanks, Kathleen & CindyLou!)

Great tip!  I haven’t verified that all stores carry this, but be on the lookout.

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Walmart Ad Matching Policy & Tips for Making it Simple

If you live in Arizona, we do an ad matching list each week.  I’ll give you some tips on how to use that, below.  It’s super simple!

They also have a new Savings Catcher program.  Read more about that here.  Right now, it’s had varying results.  I would stick with ad matching at the register and then submit your receipts for things you might have missed.  It can’t hurt!

You can read the full details of their official ad matching 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 only 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, but most seem to match the Buy 10 sales, if you’re buying 10 & similar sales)
  • 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.  We put them on the list since so many will.)
  • Double coupon promotions

Helpful Hints:

  • Use the ad matching list on BargainBeliever.com each week.  We have most of the best, though we don’t include “Buy 10″ sales and similar.
  • And/or use the lists on BargainBelieverc.com to make one list, select “all lists” and print (if local to AZ)**
  • Look at your local market-type ads you get for your area & add to list
    Especially if you get IGA ads — We don’t have those prices on the list.
  • Wednesday is often the best day to shop due to one day sales.
  • I place my non ad matching items on conveyor belt first (if any), giving me time to get ready to tell the cashier the prices I need to.
  • 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, until I can get to a store that has a good produce sale.

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.  We 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 “(thru date)” it is not an advertised price.  (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.  :)

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Walmart Online Price Matching Policy ~ Select Areas, Including Phoenix!

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Walmart stores are ad matching online prices now, not just during the holidays!  The test markets are:  Phoenix, Atlanta, Charlotte, Dallas, Northwest Arkansas.  I’m not sure what is defined as “Phoenix.”  You’ll need to ask your local Walmart if it’s not in Phoenix, I guess.

The details are here.  The list of retailers is pretty impressive!  This is great, since you can save shipping and go to the store and get your item right away.  I’m going to copy the details below and highlight the ones that I think are the most important.

Our Online Price Match Policy

We’re committed to providing low prices every day. On everything. So if you find a current lower online price on an identical in-stock product, tell us and we’ll match it. Right at the register.

Here are the details:

  • The customer must provide the online price and retailer
  • The item must be currently in-stock at the online retailer’s website
  • We reserve the right to verify the price of the identical, in-stock item at the online retailer’s website (i.e., size, model, quantity, brand, color)
  • The Store Manager has the final decision for matching an online price (My note:  Hope this doesn’t come into play often!!)
  • Where applicable, Walmart reserves the right to limit quantities and to exclude dealers

** Online retailers include, but are not limited to Walmart.com, Target.com, Bestbuy.com, Lowes.com, Staples.com, Sears.com, Amazon.com, Kmart.com, Toysrus.com, Officedepot.com, Academy.com, SportsAuthority.com, Basspro.com, Homedepot.com, Cabelas.com, Autozone.com, Petsmart.com, Petco.com, Dickssportinggoods.com, Walgreens.com, Dollargeneral.com, Bedbathandbeyond.com, Babiesrus.com, Jcpenny.com, Kohls.com, Tigerdirect.com, Newegg.com, Familydollar.com, Michaels.com, Oreillyauto.com, Pepboys.com

We do not match:

  • Membership clubs and Auction sites (e.g. eBay)
  • An online price that cannot be determined independent of other items, fees, or charges
  • Percent off or dollar off if the price cannot be determined independent of other items, fees, or charges
  • Bundle offers, Instant Rebates, Mail-in Offers, Offers that include financing
  • Clearance, Close out, Liquidation, Special Hour/Flash/Limited Quantity offers
  • Damaged, Used, or Refurbished items
  • Misprinted or inaccurate prices
  • Online price match is not available in Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico
  • We will not offer rain-checks for items that are not currently in-stock in our store
  • Walmart One Hour Guarantee Items

(Thanks, Kelly!)

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Facebook Problems? ~ Get Bargain Believer to Show Up in Your Feed!

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I’ve received quite a few emails recently, asking how to get Facebook updates from Bargain Believer to show up in your news feed.

The very best way seems to “like,” comment, and share posts regularly.  The people that do that say they see all the updates.  As a bonus, Facebook shows the posts with the most love, more often.  So, we love all of you that interact with our page!  It helps those who want to get the updates, but choose to remain quiet.

If you are opposed to that, hover over “liked” and make sure “following” is checked.  You have hope, but it doesn’t seem like much.  Most likely, you’ve already done that and nothing has changed.  :(

Lastly, you can check to “get notifications,”  which is an option under the “like” button.  Some love get notifications, some don’t.  Try it for awhile and see what you think.  You can always uncheck it later.

If Facebook won’t show you the love, there are other ways to follow.

Email - One email per day, usually around 3pm — good way to quickly look & see what you missed

RSS

Twitter

You could give one of those a shot or just stalk the website page each day.

Anyone have any other insight about getting your “liked” pages to show up?

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My Review of Walmart’s New Savings Catcher Program

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We talked to you about Walmart’s new Savings Catcher program here.  I decided to test it out last week.  I went to Walmart on Wednesday and bought something very simple, a box of Ritz crackers.  They can’t mess that up, right?  Here’s my receipt clearly showing the Ritz crackers for $2.50 at the very top.  It even says at the bottom of the receipt to try their new Saving Catcher program.

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Notice the date on the receipt is August 6th.  Here’s a copy of the Safeway ad starting August 6th.  Safeway is less than 1/4 mile from Walmart here in Prescott Valley.  It clearly shows on the front page that Ritz are $1.88.

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It took 72 hours to get this email.  They didn’t find any differences.  Um, really?  walmart

I issued a complaint where I had to state the lower price and where.  Now, it’s just the point.  I want my 62¢.  If I have to do all the work for them, I’d rather just stick to price matching using our super easy price matching list that we make every week.

So, that’s my experience with this new program.  Do with that info what you wish.  I’m going to price match everything that I’m possibly aware of.  Then, I’ll use this program as a back up.

We’ve heard from several people on Facebook who have said it works and have gotten back $2, $7 and even $11.  So, it CAN work.  A lot of people are loving it.

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.

Update on locations/items they’ll “catch” . . .
“Beginning February 14, 2015, we are removing some departments consisting mostly of items that do not have a like for like match at other retailers, such as produce and bakery items. Additionally, we are limiting our comparisons to offers of other mass market retailers, grocery and dollar stores, removing comparisons with drug stores.

Now, I’m in a small town in Prescott Valley, so I was surprised that it covered so many stores.

They also resolved my issue and I got me my money.  :)

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Walmart Savings Catcher Program (like price matching without having to)

savings_catcherUpdate:  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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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:

Does Savings Catcher compare all items on my receipt?
Savings Catcher applies to many items sold at Walmart stores. This includes:

  • 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.
UpdateHere are the results from the first test we did, with some feedback in the comments below that post.

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.

Update on locations/items they’ll “catch” . . .
“Beginning February 14, 2015, we are removing some departments consisting mostly of items that do not have a like for like match at other retailers, such as produce and bakery items. Additionally, we are limiting our comparisons to offers of other mass market retailers, grocery and dollar stores, removing comparisons with drug stores.

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!

(Thanks, Rosie!)

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