Price Matching at Wal-Mart

So I've heard and seen a lot of people taking advantage of the Ad Match Guarantee at Wal-Mart but never took it upon myself to try it out.  That was until yesterday.  WOW, did it make a difference.  I got all of our groceries for only $52.  Our last bill at Wal-Mart was around $130, so this was truly awesome!  The bill dropped so much by a combination of price matching from other stores and coupons. Find out how I did it, the deals I found and the guidelines to follow!

All I did was put my list together by looking through the kitchen and finding out what we need.  Then I looked up the ads to 4 of our local stores and found out the prices of the items I needed.  Then I looked up printable coupons from all our favorite sources.  Took my list to Wal-Mart, including the prices of the items at the other stores, put everything in the cart and went to check out.  Now I was a little nervous because I didn't have the actual ads with me but that was no problem.  The cashier asked if I had any price matching items and if I had separated them (which I did) and he started asking me how much my items were.  IT WAS AWESOME!  Here were some of the deals I found.

Tropicana Pure Premium Orange Juice:  $3.98 at Wal on sale for $2.88 at another local store.
Bananas: $0.59/lb at Wal and $0.49/lb and another local store.
7-UP: over a dollar at Wal on sale for $0.95 at another store.

Those are just a couple of deals that I remember from yesterdays list.  Then pairing some of these deals and others with coupons was how this trip helped my wallet.  There are a couple guidelines to abide by when using the Wal-Mart Price Matching Policy.  Here they are straight from the website:

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

We gladly match the price in the following types of ads:*

  • Buy one, get one free ads with a specified price
    • Example: Buy one for $2.49, get one free (BOGO)
  • Competitors' ads that feature a specific item for a specified price
  • Preferred shopping card prices for specific items that are in a printed ad
  • For fresh produce and meat items when the price is offered in the same unit type (lb. for lb.; each for each)

*The following are guidelines and limitations:

  • We will match any local competitor's advertised price.
  • We do not require customers to have the ad with them to honor a competitor's ad.
  • Items purchased must be identical to the ad (size, quantity, brand, flavor, color, etc.)

We do not match the price in the following types of competitor ads:

  • Items that require a separate purchase to get the ad price
    • example: "Buy [item A] to get [item B] for $C"
  • Items with no actual price that require a purchase to get free product
    • example: "Buy both [items A & B] to get [item C] for free"
  • Items that require a purchase to get a competitors' gift card
    • example: "Buy [item A] to get a $B gift card
  • Buy one, get one free (BOGO) ads with no actual price given
  • Going out of business or closeout prices
  • Percentage off
    • example: "All mascara, 40% off"
  • Competitors' private label price promotions

We do not honor:

  • Ads when the actual price for items cannot be determined
  • Internet pricing
  • Misprinted ad prices of other retailers
  • "Going out of business" sales or "closeout" prices