Are you having problems price matching lately? Are you frustrated
with Walmart’s new price matching policies? I am just as annoyed by their new policy as you are, but I have a few tips to help you continue to save money and time. Let’s dive right into it, shall we??
First of all, here are the changes you need to be aware of with their policy:
1-Shop Individual Stores.
I know this method isn’t the greatest time-saver. BUT…shopping at different stores will help you take
advantage of the different stores’ best deals and still save you money. Deals
to Meals is even more important now than ever. Before you choose a store to shop
at, login to our website to know which store(s) has the most/best deals so you
can take advantage of several great deals in one place. If a certain store has
an item (that is not a name brand), that you know you need in your food
storage/pantry and you need to buy several, make a quick stop to that store.
For example, pork and beans (Western Family) were on sale the other week for
.33 a can. I needed some in my storage, so I swung by and picked up 48 cans
because I knew I needed several, so it was worth my time and gas money.
2-Know which type(s) of items are on sale.
Walmart will no longer price-match store-brand items (enter frowny face and frustrated grunt! UGH). So, on the store-brand items (Kroger, Western Family, Great Value, etc.) that you can no longer price match at Walmart, you will need to go to the individual store to buy them at the sale price. If you don’t want to go to different stores, you can buy those items at Costco or Walmart for their regular prices.
For example, if sour cream is on sale for .99 at Smiths (Kroger brand) and I need 3 for my recipes that week, I will just have to deal with paying the extra .28 at Walmart to save me the time from running to Smiths, or…go to Costco and buy a 5 lb. tub at a lower price and find a way to use up the big container because it was less per ounce.
3-Buy name brands.
You will normally hear me pushing store brands, which I still do. However, if you look through the weekly deals on our website and you see ‘name brand’ items on sale, then it’s a good time to stock up.
For example, last week Kraft Salad Dressing and Capri Sun Drinks are on sale for great deals. These
are name brand items that Walmart WILL price match. So, these are items you will want to add to your grocery list and buy. Same thing with items like canned beans. A Utah store just had S&W canned beans on sale for less than the store-brand beans generally go. When you see this happen on our site, and these items are ‘red/great’ deals, then it’s a great time to stock up—and price match if you wish. Since it is a name-brand item, you can price match and buy several for your pantry/food storage. Watch for these name brand items to go on sale for great prices and stock up.
4-Find the best, local place to buy produce.
5-Have a well stocked pantry and food storage.
Stock up on sale items to save you from having to buy items when they are not on sale. As you stock up a little each week on the items your family uses on a regular basis, you will find most of the items you need for your week’s menu planner are fresh produce and meat–which can still be price matched at Walmart. This stocking up method also goes for meat and dairy items.
For example, if cheese is on sale for $4.99 (32 oz. bag) at Fresh Market, and my family uses a lot of cheese, this is the time to stock up. If this item is a store brand item that can’t be price matched, I would go to Fresh Market and buy 5-10 of these bags of cheese, stick them in the freezer, and now I don’t have to worry about buying them full-price another time. A well stocked food storage and pantry will make meal planning SO much easier and help you save money throughout the rest of the year. And bottom line, the more food you have stored in your home, the less items each week you have to price match.