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Saving Star Friday Freebie ~ Trident Gum


SavingStar has a new Friday Freebie for one  .  You only have until Sunday, 11/2 to buy this offer.

Saving Star Friday Freebie ~ Trident Gum
FREE SavingStar eCoupon (future savings, exp. 11/2)
Final price:  FREE after full rebate, cash out when hit $5 (see note below for changes to Saving Star)

UPDATE:  As of October 1, Saving Star has made some changes.  If you shop at Bashas’, Albertsons or CVS, you will still use your loyalty or Upromise card to get the savings.  If you shop at Fry’s, Safeway, Walmart, Target, Kmart, Costco, Sams Club, Walgreens, Dollar General, Family Dollar and Winco, you need to sign up and then download their mobile app.  You will need to take a picture of your receipt with and submit it for the savings.

If you don’t know what it is, full details are here.


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Walmart Ad Matching List AZ ~ 10/29/14 – 11/4/14


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 yours may not.

Ad Matching Possibilities:


Lay’s Chips $1.77 (limit 3, 10/29 – 10/31 ONLY) (Albertsons)

Coke, Pepsi or 7 Up, 12 Pack Cans 4 / $8.88 (must buy 4, w/ min. $25 purchase, limit 1 reward, 10/29 – 10/31 ONLY) (Albertsons)
$0.25/1 Ibotta (any 12 pack soda, phone app, future cash back)


** Libby’s Canned Veggies 49¢ / 99¢ (Buy 4, Save $2, check for previous printable coupon) (Albertsons)

** Kraft BBQ Sauce 88¢ / $1.38 (Buy 4, Save $2) (Albertsons)

Cascade Ice Sparkling Water (17.2 oz) 49¢ (must buy 5, w/ ad coupon) (Albertsons)

Oscar Mayer Lunchable or P3 88¢ (limit 4, w/ ad coupon) (Albertsons)

Raspberries (6 oz) 99¢ (limit 2, additional $2.99) (Albertsons)
$0.50/1 printable (if brand is Driscoll’s, register) (Albertsons)

Grape Tomatoes (10 oz) 99¢ (limit 2, w/ ad coupon) (Albertsons)

Store Brand Large Eggs, 18 count $1.88 (limit 2, w/ ad coupon) (Albertsons)

Store Brand Gallon Milk $1.97 (limit 2) (Albertsons)
$0.25/1 Ibotta (phone app, future cash back)


 7 Up or Pepsi, 2 Liters   88¢ (w/ ad coupon, limit 4) (Albertsons)
$1/1 printable (TEN flavors, if you share, otherwise only $0.25/1)
Final price:  FREE

Yoplait Greek or Greek 100 Yogurt   88¢ (limit 20, w/ ad coupon) (Albertsons)
$1/5 Yoplait Greek or Greek 100 Yogurt 09/21/2014 SS Insert (exp 11/15/14)
Final price:  68¢ each when you buy 5

Coffeemate Creamer (32 oz)   $2.49 (limit 2, w/ ad coupon) (Albertsons)
$1/2 Printable
Final price:  $1.99 each when you buy 2



Small Hass Avocados 25¢ (Friday, Saturday and Sunday ONLY, 50¢ other days) (Bashas’)

Sweet or Red Onions 77¢ / lb (Bashas’)

Green Bell Peppers 77¢ 

Pepsi Products (2 liter bottle) 88¢ (limit 5) (Bashas’)

Crush or Hawaiian Punch (2 liter) 88¢ (Bashas’)

Zucchini, Grey or Yellow Squash 99¢ / lb (Bashas’)

Bartlett, Anjou or Bosc Pears 99¢ / lb (Bashas’)

Large Gala, Fuji, Granny Smith, Red or Golden Delicious Apples 99¢ / lb (Bashas’)

Strawberries (16 oz.) $1.50 (limit 4) (Bashas’)

Blueberries (6 oz.) $1.50 (limit 4) (Bashas’)

Dole Salad Blends or Chopped (5-12 oz.) $1.50 (store may not carry, Bashas’)

Sanderson Farms Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts $1.77 / lb (limit 4) (Bashas’)

Lay’s Potato or Kettle Chips (7-10.5 oz) $1.88 (limit 3, Friday, Saturday and Sunday ONLY) (Bashas’)

Breyers Ice Cream (1.5 qt) $1.99 (limit 2, Friday, Saturday and Sunday ONLY) (Bashas’)

Coca-Cola Products or Fuze Tea (12 pack 12 oz cans or 8 pack 12 oz bottles) $2.50 (when you buy 4, limit 4, with a $25 minimum purchase) (Bashas’)

Fresh Ground Chuck (Value Pack) $2.99 / lb (limit 2, Friday, Saturday and Sunday ONLY) (Bashas’)

Flav-R-Pac Vegetables (classic or steam, 12-16 oz.)   $1.00 (Bashas’)
$0.35/1 Smartsource (worth 70¢)
Final price:  30¢

Dean’s Dip (12-16 oz)   $1.88 (Bashas’)
$1/1 Hopster
$1/2 printable
Final price:  As low as 88¢

Downy or Gain Fabric Softener (64 oz.)   $2.79 (Bashas’)
$0.50/1 Tide Boost, Tide To Go or Downy 10/26/2014 P&G Insert (exp 11/30/14) (worth $1)
$3/2 Tide Detergent, Tide Boost, Tide To Go, Downy or Bounce 10/26/2014 P&G Insert (exp 11/30/14)
$1/1 Tide, Gain, Downy, Bounce Tide Pods, Gain Flings, Downy Unstopables, Bounce Bursts or Gain Fireworks Product 09/14/2014 RP Insert (exp 10/31/14)
$1/1 Downy Product or Bounce Bursts 09/28/2014 P&G Insert (exp 10/31/14)
$2/2 Coupons.com (gone if not first coupon shown after clicking link)
$0.50/1 Gain Detergent or Fabric Enhancer 10/12/2014 RP Insert (exp 11/30/14) (worth $1)
$1/2 Gain Detergents or Fabric Enhancers 10/12/2014 RP Insert (exp 11/30/14)
$1.50/2 Gain Detergents or Fabric Enhancers 09/14/2014 RP Insert (exp 10/31/14)
Final price:  As low as $1.29 each when you buy 2 Downy

Red Baron Pizza (multi serve 14-23 oz. or singles 9-11 oz.)   $2.50 (when you buy 4) (Bashas’)
$1/2 Red Baron Product 10/05/2014 SS Insert (exp 11/15/14)
$1/2 printable
$1/2 printable
Final price:  $2.00 each when you buy 4 using 2 $1/2 coupons



Bumble Bee Chink White Tuna in Water (5 oz) 88¢ (limit 12, CVS thru 11/1)


L’Oreal Advanced Hair Care   $4.00  (CVS thru 11/1)
$3/2 L’Oreal Advanced Shampoo, Conditioner, Treatment, Hairstyle 10/26/2014 RP Insert (exp 11/22/14) (future, if we get it)
Final price:  $2.50 each when you buy 2


El Super

Cucumbers 6 / 99¢ (El Super)

Cilantro 4 / 99¢ (El Super)

Mexican Squash 3lbs / 99¢ (Wed. ONLY, El Super)

Bananas 3lbs / 99¢ (Wed. ONLY, El Super)

White Onions 3lbs / 99¢ (El Super)

Red Potatoes 3lbs / 99¢ (El Super)

Bosc Pears 2lbs / 99¢ (Wed. ONLY, El Super)

Broccoli 2lbs / 99¢ (Wed. ONLY, El Super)

Gala Apples 2lbs / 99¢ (El Super)

Italian Squash 2lbs / 99¢ (El Super)

Green Limes 2lbs / 99¢ (El Super)

D’Anjou Pears 2lbs / 99¢ (El Super)

Medium Yams 2lbs / 99¢ (El Super)

Fanta, Fuze, Barqs, Minute Maid, or Seagram’s Ginger Ale (2-liters) 79¢ when you buy 3 (El Super)

Round Tomatoes (?? just make sure they’re round :)) 79¢ / lb (El Super)

Pepsi or Crush (2-liters) 87¢ (El Super)

Foster Farms (whole chicken) 97¢ / lb (Thurs., Sat. & Sun. ONLY, El Super)

Doritos (11 – 11.5 oz) $1.99 (El Super)

Strawberries (1 lb) 99¢ (Wed. ONLY, El Super)

Green Beans 99¢ / lb (Wed. ONLY, El Super)

Crush (12-pk) 3 / $8.97 (buy 3, get Crush Grapefruit free = avg. $2.24 each)

Heineken (12 pk, 12 oz bottles) $10.97 (El Super)


Fiora Bath Tissue (1000 sheets, 12 rolls)   $3.99 (limit one, El Super)
$0.55/1 Fiora Bath Tissue or Paper Towels 10/05/2014 RP Insert (exp 12/15/14)
Final price:  $3.44

Food City

Kiwi 25¢ (Food City)

Avocados 25¢ (limit 8, Food City)

Red Delicious Apples 33¢ / lb (limit 6 lbs, Food City)

Cucumbers 33¢ (Food City)

Gold Potatoes 33¢ / lb (Food City)

Brown Onions 33¢ / lb (Food City)

Bulk Carrots 33¢ / lb (Food City)

Bulk Pinto Beans 33¢ / lb (Wed. ONLY, limit 6 lbs, Food City)

Red Bell Peppers 33¢ (Wed. ONLY,limit 6, Food City)

Italian Squash 33¢ / lb (Wed. ONLY, limit 6 lbs, Food City)

Bananas 33¢ / lb (Fri. – Sun. ONLY, limit 6 lbs, Food City)

Crush or Hawaiian Punch (2-liters) 75¢ (when you buy 4, limit 8, Food City)

7-Up, Squirt, or RC (2-liters) 88¢ (Food City)

Pepsi (2-liters) $1.00 (when you buy 5, limit 10, Food City)

Pork Chops (bone-in, sirloin cut, value pack) $1.39 / lb (Thurs. ONLY, limit 2 packs, Food City) ($1.99/lb other days)

Dole Classic Salad (24 oz bag) $1.50 (Food City, Not sure if all (any?) stores carry)

Store Brand Sugar or Flour (4 lbs sugar, 5 lbs flour) $1.50 (Fri. – Sun. ONLY, limit 2, Food City)

Chicken Breasts (boneless, skinless, value pack) $1.78 / lb (limit 2 packs, Food City)

Doritos (10 – 11 oz) $1.99 (limit 6, Food City)

Ground Beef (73% lean, value pack) $2.29 / lb (Fri. – Sun. ONLY, limit 2 packs, Food City)

Store Brand Tortillas (24-ct) $2.29 (Fri. – Sun. ONLY, Food City)

Chuck Steak (bone-in, center cut, value pack) $2.98 / lb (limit 2 packs, Food City)

Cross Rib Steaks (boneless, value pack) $2.99 / lb (Thurs. ONLY, Food City)

Tecate, Budweiser, or Coors Beer (12-pk) $8.99 (Fri. – Sun. ONLY, limit 4, Food City)


7-Up, Squirt, or RC (2-liters)   88¢
$1/1 printable (“Ten” varieties, worth $1 if you share, $0.25/1 is not)
Final price:  As low as FREE



Store Brand Yogurt 40¢  (Fry’s)

Store Brand Broth (14 oz can) 50¢  (Fry’s)

Powerade or Powerade Zero (32 oz) 58¢ (must buy 10) (Fry’s)

Store Brand Canned Beans or Tomatoes 59¢  (Fry’s)

Rockstar, Full Throttle or Nos Energy Drink 88¢  (Fry’s)

Little Debbie Snacks (swiss cake rolls, nutty bars, etc…) $1.00  (Fry’s)

Raspberries or Blackberries $1.50  (Fry’s)
$0.50/1 printable (if brand is Driscoll’s, register)

Cheetos or Fritos $1.77  (Fry’s)

Lay’s Chips or Kettle Cooked Chips $1.87  (Fry’s)

Store Brand Gallon Milk $1.97 (limit 2)   (Fry’s)
$0.25/1 Ibotta (phone app, future cash back) 

Dreyer’s Ice Cream or Nestle Frozen Treats $1.99  (Fry’s)
$0.25/1 Ibotta (Ice Cream, phone app, future cash back)

Pork Loin Back or St. Louis Style Ribs $7.99 / lb, Buy One / Get Two Free (= $2.66/lb) (Fry’s)


Colgate Toothpaste (4.6 oz.)   $1.00  (Fry’s)
$0.50/1 Colgate Toothpaste 10/26/2014 SS Insert (exp 11/8/14)
$0.50/1 Snap Groupon app (future savings, cash out when you hit $20)
Final price:  50¢ + possible Snap cash back

All Laundry Detergent or Tide Simply Clean & Fresh   $2.99    (Fry’s)
$1/1 All Laundry Detergent 09/28/2014 RP Insert (exp 11/9/14)
$2/2 Coupons.com (All, use zip 77477 if not in yours)
$1/1 printable (All)
Final price:  $1.99


Los Altos Ranch Market

Yellow or Brown Onions 5lbs / 99¢ (Los Altos Market)

Bananas 33¢ / lb (Sat. & Sun. ONLY, Los Altos Ranch Market)

White Onions 33¢ / lb (Sat. & Sun. ONLY, Los Altos Ranch Market)

Hass Avocados (medium) 33¢ / lb (Los Altos Market)

Cucumbers 2 / 99¢ (Los Altos Market)

Yams (medium & jumbo) 2lbs / 99¢ (Los Altos Market)

Chicken Leg Quarters 55¢ / lb (Los Altos Market)

Mexican or Italian Squash 69¢ / lb (Los Altos Market)

Jalapenos 69¢ / lb (Los Altos Market)

Tomatillos 69¢ / lb (Los Altos Market)

Gala Apples (small) 69¢ / lb (Los Altos Market)

Fanta 79¢ when you buy 4 (Sat. & Sun. ONLY, Los Altos Ranch Market)

RC, Squirt, 7Up, or Sunkist 89¢ (limit 4, Los Altos Market)

Pepsi, Crush, Manzanita del Sol, Sierra Mist, or Mtn. Dew (2-liters) 99¢ (Los Altos Market)

Potatoes (10 lb bag) $1.49 (Los Altos Market)

Pork Sirloin End Chops $1.89 / lb (Los Altos Market)

Budweiser or Bud Light Chelada (12 pk, 8 oz cans) $7.99 (Sat. & Sun. ONLY, Los Altos Ranch Market)

Budweiser or Bud Light (20 pk, 12 oz cans) $13.99 + get Doritos for 1¢ (Los Altos Market)

Colgate Toothpaste (4.5 oz, Cavity Protection pictured)   79¢ (Los Altos Market)
$0.50/1 Colgate Toothpaste 10/26/2014 SS Insert (exp 11/8/14)
Final price:  29¢


Red or Green Bell peppers 50¢ (Safeway)

Del Monte Vegetables (14.5-15.25 oz) 59¢ (when you buy 4, limit 4, Safeway)

Gatorade, Powerade, Propel, vitaminwater of smartwater (20-32 oz or 500ml ) 69¢ (when you buy 10, Mix and Match) (Safeway)

Dr. Pepper or Fanta (2 liter) 79¢ (when you buy 3) (Safeway)

Chef Boyardee or Knorr Sides (12-15 oz. or 4-5.7 oz sides) 89¢ (limit 6) (Safeway)

Tomatoes on the Vine 99¢ / lb (Safeway)

Quaker Life or Cap ‘N Crunch’s Crunch Berries Cereal (13 oz.) $1.67 (Friday 10/31 ONLY) (Safeway)

Store Brand Milk (1 Gallon) $1.97 (Safeway)


Coca-Cola or 7-Up (2 liter)   99¢ (when you buy 5) (Safeway)
$0.25/1 printable (7UP Ten Flavors)
$1/1 printable (TEN flavors, if you share)
Final price:  Varies (must buy 5 for price)

Kellogg’s Froot Loops Cereal (9.1 oz.)   $1.67 (Friday 10/31 ONLY) (Safeway)
$1/3 Kellogg’s Cereal 10/26/2014 RP Insert (exp 12/7/14) 
$1/3 Kellogg’s Cereal 10/05/2014 RP Insert (exp 11/16/14)
$1/3 printable
Final price:  $1.34 each when you buy 3

Hershey’s Snack, Mars or Nestle Fun Size Candy (9-11.5 oz.)   $2.00 (when you buy 5) (Safeway)
$1.50/3 Hershey’s Reese’s, Kit Kat, Hershey’s, York, Almond Joy, Mounds, Payday, Milk Duds or Whoppers Snack Size Bags 10/19/2014 SS Insert (exp 10/31/14)
$1.50/3 Mars Fun Size Bags 10/05/2014 RP Insert (exp 10/31/14)
$1/2 printable (Mars Fun Size, gone if not first coupon shown after clicking link)
$2 off (1) 8 oz cans or (2) 2 liter A&W, Sunkist and (2) bags of Mars candy printable (gone if not first coupon shown after clicking link)
Final price:  $1.50 each when you buy 5 (using $1.50/3 and $1/2)

Kraft Miracle Whip or Mayonnaise 30 oz  $2.49 (limit 4) (Safeway)
$0.75/1 printable
Final price:  As low as $1.74

Jose Ole Taquitos/Mextremes (18 oz)   $3.99 (Safeway)
$2/1 Facebook
$1.50/1 Coupons.com (Mextremes, use zip 85225 if not in yours)
$1/1 Coupons.com (gone if not first coupon shown after clicking link)
$2/1 Ibotta (phone app, future cash back)
Final price:  As low as $1.99 + possible Ibotta cash back (FREE after Ibotta rebate)

Oxi Detergent or Stain Remover (60-150 oz. or 3lb)   $5.00 (Safeway)
$3/1 Coupons.com (detergent, gone if not first coupon shown after clicking link)
$1/1 printable
$1/1 printable
$1/1 printable
Final price:  $2.00

Pam Cooking Spray 5-6 oz.   $2.49 (limit 4) (Safeway)
$0.30/1 Pam Cooking Spray 10/05/2014 SS Insert (exp 11/16/14) (worth $1)
Final price:  As low as $2.19


Smart & Final

Store Brand Apple Juice or Cider (64 oz) $1.50

Mother’s Cookies (11.5 – 16 oz) $1.99 when you buy 3 (Smart & Final, or $2.49 ea)

Cheez-its or Club Crackers (11.5 – 16 oz) $1.99 when you buy 3 (Smart & Final, or $2.49 ea)

Hostess Multi Pack (8 – 10-ct) $1.99 when you buy 3 (Smart & Final, or $2.49 ea)

Gala Apples (3 lb bag) $1.99 (Smart & Final)

Breyers Ice Cream, Popsicles (18 – 20-ct), Klondike Bars (4 – 6-ct) $2.49 when you buy 3 (Smart & Final, or $2.99 ea)

Bar S Bacon (12 oz) $2.50 (Smart & Final)




California Navel Oranges 49¢ lb (Wed. ONLY, Sprouts)
  Some stores sell these “each” so may not ad match ad

Yellow Onions, Russet Potatoes 49¢ lb (Wed. ONLY, Sprouts)

Green Bell Peppers 49¢ ea (Wed. ONLY, Sprouts)

Cucumber, Green Onions, Bunched Radishes, Cilantro 49¢ ea (Wed. ONLY, Sprouts)

Black Seedless Grapes 69¢ lb (Wed. ONLY, Sprouts)

Crisp Celery, Red or Green Leaf Lettuce 88¢ ea (Wed. ONLY, Sprouts)

Red, Yellow or Orange Bell pepper 99¢ ea (Wed. ONLY, Sprouts)

Cauliflower 99¢ lb (Wed. ONLY, Sprouts)

Baby Peeled Carrots 99¢ ea (Wed. ONLY, Sprouts)

Organic Hass Avocados 99¢ ea (Wed. ONLY, Sprouts)


Weekly Deals

Hass Avocados 49¢ (Sprouts)

Green Bell Peppers 49¢ (Sprouts)

Cucumbers 49¢ (Sprouts)

Yellow, White, or Sweet Onions 49¢ / lb (Sprouts)

Cauliflower 99¢ / lb (Sprouts)

Celery 99¢ (Sprouts)

Eggplant 99¢ (Sprouts)

Yellow, Red, or Orange Bell Peppers 99¢ (Sprouts)

Italian, Yellow, Mexican Gray Squash 99¢ / lb (Sprouts)

Blackberries (5.6 oz) 99¢ (Sprouts)

Bartlett Pears 99¢ / lb (Sprouts)

Fuji, Gala, or Braeburn Apples 99¢ / lb (Sprouts)

Navel Oranges 99¢ / lb (Sprouts, I think most stores sell “each,” my not match)

Red, Black, or Green Seedless Grapes $1.50 / lb (Sprouts, $2.50 / lb for organic)

Russet Potatoes (5 lb bag) $1.50 (Sprouts)

Honeycrisp Apples $1.50 / lb (Sprouts)

Organic Baby Carrots (1 lb bag) $1.50 (Sprouts)



Hunt’s Tomato Sauce or Van Camp’s Pork & Beans (8 oz / 15 oz) 33¢ (limit 3 w/ ad coupon on p. 3, Walgreens, thru 11/1)

Brach’s Autumn Candy (4.2 or 5 oz) 89¢  (Walgreens, thru 11/1)

Lipton Tea Bags or K-Cups (22 to 100 pack or 26.1 oz / 12 pack)   $2.99 / $5.99 (Walgreens, thru 11/1)
$1/1 Coupons.com (Black Tea Carton, gone if not first coupon shown after clicking link)
$2/1 Coupons.com (K-Cups, gone if not first coupon shown after clicking link)
$1/1 printable (Black Tea Carton)
Final price:  As low as $1.99


Regular Priced Coupon Match Ups:

For now, we’re leaving these off.  We may add them back later, but we’re needing to simplify things at this time.  You may see occasional posts highlight some deals you can get at Walmart, but (for now) they won’t be listed here each week.

+  Reg. prices can vary, but are usually close to the listed price
+  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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Best Pumpkin Prices 2014 ~ + Extra 20% Off


If you’re out and about, can you check pumpkin prices and come back and leave a comment on Facebook or here?

I’ll get the list started & would love to add more:

All are large, unless otherwise noted.

Albertons:  $4.99
Bashas’:  39¢/lb (Thanks, Ann!) 99¢ for small decorative type (Thanks, Meghan!)
CVS:  $5 (large), $2 (small) (Thanks, Lindy!)
Lowe’s:  $1 (found on clearance, may be everywhere?) (Thanks, Beverly!)
Note:  You can go to Lowe’s website and type pumpkin in the search bar. You can find which stores have it available. You can also go ahead and pay for it and pick it up in store later in the day. I am not sure how many stores still have them left.
Fry’s:  $4.99
Safeway:  $5
Trader Joe’s:  $2.99 (Thanks, Angelica!)
Walmart:  $3.48 (was cheaper last week, but up to that this week)
I also saw them for $2.98 on 10/29, but they were really picked over — at a different location.
Note:  At my store, Fanta 2-liters ($1.00) had hangtags of them for $1 off when you buy Fanta and a pumpkin.  Be on the lookout!
Winco:  $3.50 (give or take a few cents, can’t remember exactly)
99¢ Only Store$1.99 (5-6 lb smaller pumpkins)  (Thanks, Krista!)


There’s also a Saving Star 20% off digital coupon you can load.  You’ll have to scan your receipt to get the 20% back.  There are many other coupons available.  You can cash out when your account hits $5.

There is also a discount with Checkout 51.


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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!


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!


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



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


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.


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.

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 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.

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!

(Thanks, Rosie!)


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Homeschool Convention Handout ~ Helpful Notes for Everyone!

bargain_believer_logo   So many ways to save!
Super Simple & Beyond . . .

This is the outline I used when I spoke at the homeschohol convention on Saturday, July 12th.  I’ve added links for things I can take you right to, for full information.  It should be helpful for everyone, not just people who attended the convention … hopefully!

You will be amazed how much you can save on everyday essentials and family fun!

I’ve received emails saying people have been able to quit part-time jobs, can donate extra money & other resources, have money for vacations or other fun, etc.  The savings can be BIG!!

Show up

  • Museums (many free days)
  • National Parks (free weekends)
  • Special days (National “whatever” days, store anniversaries, etc.)
  • Ask! (teacher discount?, coupons?, lowest price?)

Minimal planning

Spend $$ Up Front

  • Memberships
  • Pogo Pass ($39.98, code BARGAIN)
  • Gift card perks (gas, extra value)
  • Bulk foods (Zaycon Foods)


  • Call about monthly bills (cell phone, cable, home phone, insurance, etc)
    Republic Wireless – cell phone option
  • Buy & sell used (Craigslist, garage sales, etc.)
  • Meal plan around sales (especially meat!)

Click (Online, Apps, Mobile)


Use Sunday Inserts & Printable Coupons


Possibly the most difficult

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Make Shopping List from Mobile Device ~ You Can! (Hopefully!)


My husband recently informed me that you can make a personalized shopping list from most mobile devices, using the handy dandy green plus signs on Bargain Believer shopping lists.  (I know that some newer devices don’t have problems.)  I told him, “Nope, tried it.”  I discovered there is a slight glitch on my phone, so that’s why I didn’t know.  (I’ll explain below.)  Did you know this!?!  I’m so excited and can’t believe I didn’t know about it.

First of all, if you don’t use the green plus signs, you’re missing out.  The items are listed by price on the sale lists, but when you click on what you want, it will categorize for you — and a whole lot more than that!  You can watch this video for more details or just click around and figure it all out.

You will need to turn off the mobile view.   The green plus signs will appear and you can click away!  A new window will pop up and you’ll have to go back and forth between them.  For Gina (iphone) and my husband (Android) that’s all they had to do.

For me (iphone), nothing appears on the list after clicking the first green plus sign.  It pulls up an empty list.  I have to click back on the store’s deal list and then back to the shopping list that opened.  It magically appears and kicks it in gear for the future green plus signs I click.

This is still not ideal.  We have bigger and better plans and my husband is working on it, but this is better than nothing.  I will be using my mobile sometimes, but will still prefer using my laptop to make lists.  Using a mobile is a slower process since you have to go back and forth between windows.

All mobiles seem to have their own issues and the plus signs weren’t really designed for mobile devices.  So, this may not work for everyone.  But, give it a shot!

Some of you have probably been doing this “forever.”  But, I’m hoping it will be news for some of you — like it was for me!!  :)


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