Price matching policy & tips
Online price matching policy
Walmart Savings Catcher program
Notes : (Keep in mind that your store many vary from another store & you can’t count on getting everything on this list.)
- Your store may no longer match the Hispanic market prices, including Food City. (It doesn’t seem to be very widespread,
- at this point.)
- Your store may only match store locations that they consider close to them.
- Sometimes, there are price variations from store to store, especially Smart & Final. See your local ad for exact price. (Smart & Final ad here.)
- Policy says they will not match store brand prices, but the majority report their store will.
- Walmart sells some produce individually, not by the pound. Their policy says they won’t match those items, unless the ad shows the same (lb to lb, or each to each). Some stores will do it.
- Meats are hard to match. Most stores are strict about same size packaging, cuts, brands, etc. We include more than you’ll probably be able to find at your store since selection may vary.
- Milk ad matching policy can vary from store to store. Most seem to carry Price First brand for $1.99. If not, that seems to be the brand most stores want you to get when matching.
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.)
Ad Matching Possibilities:
Seedless Watermelon 10¢ / lb (Sprouts, FRI – SUN only)
Seedless 4/99¢ (El Super and Los Altos)
Watermelon 25¢/lb (Food City)
Seedless 33¢/lb (Bashas’)
Cucumbers 7 / 97¢ (El Super)
25¢ (Food City)
Avocados 6 / 99¢ (limit 12, Food City, FRI – SUN only)
small 5/99¢ (El Super)
Hass avocados 39¢ (limit 20, Smart & Final)
large Hass 88¢ (Safeway)
organic Hass 88¢ (Sprouts, WED. only)
large Hass $1.00 (Bashas’)
extra large Hass $1.00 (Los Altos, FRI – SUN only)
Sweet Corn 17¢ (limit 6) (Albertsons)
25¢ (Sprouts, WED. only)
33¢ (El Super, SAT and SUN only)
Mango 4 / 99¢ (El Super, WED only)
2/99¢ (El Super)
50¢ (Fry’s and WED. only at Sprouts)
Tomatillos 33¢ (El Super, WED only)
Roma Tomatoes 33¢ / lb (limit 6 pounds, Food City, WED only)
33¢/lb (El Super, WED only)
2 lbs/97¢ (El Super)
50¢/lb (limit 15 pounds, Smart & Final)
Pineapples 33¢ / lb (limit 3 whole pineapples, Food City, WED only)
97¢ each (Bashas’)
White Onions 33¢ / lb (limit 6 pounds, Food City, WED only)
33¢/lb (El Super, WED only)
2 lbs / 99¢ (Los Altos, WED and THURS only)
Bananas 33¢ / lb (limit 6 pounds)
39¢/lb (limit 6 pounds, Bashas’)
Carrots 33¢ / lb (Food City and El Super)
Navel Oranges 33¢ / lb (Sprouts, FRI – SUN only)
Zucchini 49¢ / lb (Food City)
2 lbs/99¢ (El Super)
Yellow Hot Peppers 49¢ / lb (Food City)
Granny Smith Apples 2 lbs / 99¢ (El Super, WED only)
Serrano Peppers 2 lbs / 99¢ (El Super)
Pasilla Peppers 2 lbs / 99¢ (El Super, WED only)
Red or Green Leaf Lettuce 2 / 99¢ (Los Altos, WED and THURS only)
Mexican Squash 2 lbs / 99¢ (Los Altos, WED and THURS only)
Papaya 2 lbs / 99¢ (Los Altos, WED and THURS only)
Regular Tomatoes 2 lbs / 99¢ (Los Altos)
Tomatillos 50¢ / lb (Smart & Final)
Jalapeno 50¢ / lb (Smart & Final)
Cantaloupe 50¢ / lb (Smart & Final)
Red Potatoes 50¢ / lb (Smart & Final)
Green Bell Pepper 50¢ (Sprouts)
Broccoli Crowns 69¢ / lb (Smart & Final)
Iceburg Lettuce 77¢ (limit 2, Safeway)
Fuji Apples 79¢ / lb (Smart & Final and El Super)
Red Seedless Grapes 88¢ / lb (Sprouts, WED. only)
Organic Green Curly Kale or Cucumbers 88¢ (Sprouts)
Red, Yellow or Orange Bell Peppers 88¢ (Sprouts, WED. only)
Red, gold, orange or green $1.00 (Bashas’)
Red, yellow or orange $1.25 (Fry’s)
On the Vine Tomatoes 88¢ / lb (Sprouts, WED. only)
Celery 88¢ (Sprouts)
Blackberries 97¢ (limit 4, Frys, if Driscoll’s brand, coupons available, more info here)
Cauliflower 98¢ / lb (Sprouts)
Yellow Squash 98¢ / lb (Bashas’ and Sprouts)
Mini Peeled Carrots (16 oz) $1.25 (Fry’s)
Strawberries (16 oz) $1.50 (Sprouts and El Super, if Driscoll’s brand, coupons available, more info here)
Raspberries (6 oz) $2.00 (Fry’s, if Driscoll’s brand, coupons available, more info here)
Chicken Drumsticks or Bone-in Thighs (value pack) 47¢ / lb (limit 2 packs, Food City)
Drumsticks 47¢/lb (El Super)
Drumsticks 55¢ (Los Altos)
Chicken Leg Quarters (family pack, bone-in) 47¢ / lb (El Super, THURS only)
Foster Farms Chicken Drumsticks or Thighs (family pack) 79¢ / lb (limit 4 packs, Smart & Final)
Split Chicken Breasts or Pork Picnic Roast (bone-in, chicken value pack) 87¢ / lb (limit 2, Bashas’)
Boneless Chicken Leg Meat (value pack) 87¢ / lb (limit 2 packs, Food City, THURS only)
Pork Bone-in Country Style Ribs 89¢ / lb (Los Altos, WED and THURS only)
Sirloin Cut Pork Chops (bone-in, value pack) 97¢ / lb (limit 2 packs, Food City, THURS only)
Pork Picnic Roast 97¢ / lb (El Super, THURS only)
Whole Chicken Breast (bone-in) 97¢ / lb (El Super, THURS only)
Country Style Pork Strips 97¢ / lb (El Super, SAT and SUN only)
Pork Shoulder Roast (sold whole in the bag) $1.49 / lb (Fry’s)
Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs (value pack) $1.49 / lb (Sprouts)
Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts (value pack) $1.59 / lb (Sprouts, WED. only)
Ground Beef, 70% Lean $1.59 / lb (Los Altos)
Boneless Pork Sirloin Chops $1.69 / lb (Los Altos)
Ground Beef, 73% Lean (value pack) $1.77 / lb (limit 2 packs, Food City, FRI – SUN only)
$1.97/lb (El Super, THURS only
Farmer John Pork Spareribs $1.89 / lb (limit 4 packs, Smart & Final)
Fresh Ground Chuck (value pack) $2.77 / lb (limit 2, Bashas’)
Ground Beef, 85% Lean $2.77 / lb (Fry’s)
Boneless Beef Clod Steak or Roast $2.87 / lb (El Super)
Top Sirloin Steak (value pack) $3.99 / lb (limit 2, Bashas’)
Tillamook Yogurt (6 oz) 3 / $1.00 (Sprouts, FRI – SUN only)
Popsicle (8 count) $1.00 (Bashas’)
Store Brand Dozen Eggs (Large) 99¢ (Los Altos, WED and THURS only)
$1.49 (limit 2, Bashas’ and Safeway)
Hickman’s Eggs, 18 count (extra large, AA) $1.47 (El Super)
Store Brand Gallon Milk $1.89 (limit 2, Safeway and Albertsons)
Hot or Lean Pockets or Signature Kitchens Frozen Potatoes (9 oz; 20-32 oz) $1.49 (limit 6, Albertsons)
Store Brand Shredded Cheese (7-8 oz) $1.50 (Food City)
Store Brand Ice Cream or Diary Dessert, Ice Cream Bars or Fruit Bars $2.50 (Fry’s)
Tillamook Ice Cream (1.75 qt) $3.33 (Bashas’)
Gatorade or Propel 58¢ (must buy 12, Bashas’)
Powerade Sports Drink or Cascade Ice Water (32 oz or 17.2 oz) 58¢ (when you buy 6, limit 3 rewards per transaction, Albertsons)
Powerade only 59¢ (must buy 10, limit 10, Food City)
Fanta or Minute Maid, 2 Liters 79¢ (must buy 5, El Super)
79¢ (must buy 4, Los Altos, FRI – SUN only)
7Up, Squirt or RC, 2 Liters 79¢ (must buy 3, limit 6, Food City)
7Up, RC and Canada Dry, 2 Liters 88¢ (Bashas’)
7Up or Pepsi, 2 Liters 88¢ (limit 6, Safeway)
Coke, 2 Liters $1.00 (must buy 5, limit 10, Bashas’)
Sobe Life Water or Sparkling Ice (17-20 oz) $1.00 (Fry’s)
Ocean Spray Cranberry Juice Cocktail (64 oz) $1.69 (must buy 4, Smart & Final)
Florida’s Natural OJ (59 oz) $2.50 (Smart & Final)
Pepsi (12 pk, 12 oz cans) $2.67 (when you buy 3,with additional $25 purchase, limit 1 reward per transaction) (Safeway)
Pepsi, Mountain Dew or Diet Pepsi (24 pack cans) $4.99 (limit 2, Bashas’)
El Pato Hot Sauce (7.75 oz) 39¢ (limit 4, Food City, FRI – SUN only)
Store Brand Canned Tomatoes, Beans or Tomatoes (14.5-16 oz) 50¢ (Smart & Final)
Chicken of the Sea Chunk Light Tuna (5 oz) 79¢ (Bashas’)
Libby’s Canned Veggies (14 oz) 79¢ (Bashas’)
Kraft EZ Cup Mac & Cheese 88¢ (Bashas’)
Store Brand Sandwich Bread (20 oz) 88¢ (Bashas’)
Store Brand Canned Fruit (15 oz) 88¢ (Bashas’)
Del Monte Pasta Sauce (24 oz) 88¢ (Bashas’)
Mission Flour Tortillas $1.00 (Fry’s, look for previous printable coupon, no longer available)
Store Brand Mustard, Marinade, Relish, Worcestershire Sauce, Ketchup or Olives (6-20 oz) $1.00 (Safeway and Albertsons)
Store Brand Party Cups, Freezer, Storage or Snack Bags (15-20 ct ) $1.00 (Safeway and Albertsons)
Barbasol or Pure Silk Shave Cream (8-10 oz) $1.00 (limit 10) (Safeway)
Fritos or Cheetos (7-8.5 oz) $1.67 (must buy 3, El Super)
Store Brand Cooking Oil (48 oz, canola, vegetable and corn) $1.99 (limit 8, Smart & Final)
Doritos, Fritos or Cheetos $1.99 (must buy 3, limit 3, Bashas’)
Ad Matching w/ Coupon Possibilities:
Fry’s has a Buy 4, Save $4 sale. Walmart will match these prices if you buy in groups of 4. You can see all of those deals here.
Albertsons has a Buy 4, Save $2 sale. Walmart will match these prices if you buy in groups of 4. You can see those deals here.
Blue Bunny Ice Cream (5.5 oz) $1.00 (Albertsons)
$1/1 Blue Bunny Ice Cream or Novelty 04/24/2016 SS Insert (exp 5/31/16)
Final price: FREE
Yoplait, Lucerne or Dannon Fruit on the Bottom Yogurt (4-6 oz) 40¢ (limit 10, Safeway)
$0.50/5 Coupons.com (Yoplait, gone if not on top, after clicking link)
$0.50/5 printable (yoplait)
$0.50/5 SavingStar eCoupon (Yoplait, future savings)
Final price: As low as 30¢ ,each when you buy 5, (or possible future savings)
Colgate Toothpaste (4 oz) 99¢ (Bashas’)
$0.50/1 Colgate Toothpaste 04/17/2016 SS Insert (exp 4/30/16)
$.50/1 toothpaste 3oz+ 5/1/2016 SS Insert (exp 5/14/16) (future, if we get it)
Final price: 49¢
Flav-R-Pac Frozen Veggies (12-16 oz) $1.00 (Bashas’)
Final price: 65¢
Sara Lee Honey Wheat, Butter Bread or Skippy Peanut Butter (20 oz, 15-16.3 oz) $1.25 (limit 4, FRIDAY 4/29 ONLY, Safeway)
$1/2 Sara Lee Snack Cakes, Bread or Bagels 04/17/2016 SS Insert (exp 8/31/16)
$0.55/1 printable (Skippy)
Final price: As low as 70¢
Oscar Mayer Walking Taco Uploaded (3.8-1.5 oz) $2.00 (Albertsons)
$1.50/2 Coupons.com (gone if not on top, after clicking link)
Final price: $1.25
Eckrich Smoked Sausage (10 oz) $2.50 (Fry’s)
B1G1 Eckrich Smoked Sausage 4/17/16 RP Insert (exp 5/15/16)
$1/2 Coupons.com (gone if not on top, after clicking link)
$1/2 Coupons.com (skinless, gone if not on top, after clicking link)
Final price: As low as $1.25 each when you buy 2
Jenny O Lean Ground Turkey (85% Lean, 16 oz) $2.99 (Albertsons)
1.50/2 Coupons.com (gone if not on top, after clicking link)
Final price: As low as $1.99
Eight O’Clock Coffee (12 oz) $3.99 (Bashas’)
$1.50/1 Coupons.com (gone if not on top, after clicking link)
Final price: As low as $2.49
Sea Cuisine Seafood Selections (8.5-10 oz) $3.99 (limit 2, Safeway)
$1/1 Sea Cuisine Frozen Product 01/31/2016 SS Insert (exp 10/31/16)
$1/1 Sea Cuisine Frozen Product 03/06/2016 SS Insert (exp 12/6/16)
Final price: $2.99
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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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