I get emails and social media comments constantly from Freebs, just like you, who are having success with FunCheapOrFree ideas. I recently got an email from a Freeb, Rebecca, who was incredibly nervous to price-match for the first time. She followed everything I teach on my “How I Grocery Shop” page and ended up having a great experience! I asked her to share her story with all of you and I think you'll be just as impressed as I am with how well she did…and how easy it was! But I'll let her tell you in her own words. Take it away, Rebecca!
(PS do YOU have a Freebs Success Story you'd like to share? Email Jordan@funcheaporfree.com and I'd love to feature you!)
Thanks Jordan! Hey all, I'm Rebecca. My husband and I are really trying to crack down on our budget and I have been trying everything to save money on food. I was so excited when I came across Jordan's blog and after reading her posts about price matching (especially her How I Grocery Shop page), I finally decided to take the plunge!
I started the 2 week free trial at Deals to Meals to make my grocery list. (Jordan's note: Deals to Meals is a site that shows you the best deals at the stores in your area so you can either shop at whatever store has the best deals, or take the best prices and price-match them at Walmart like I do. They also give you weekly meal plans to help you use up the food that's on sale. It's $5/month and is worth every penny.) Since I don't have a printer I just used my phone to pull up the list.
TIME TO SHOP
I was pretty nervous and I did not want to take my kids with me because I have had the worst experiences with them at Walmart. In fact, 2 weeks ago I swore off Walmart completely. I didn't feel like the money I was saving was worth the bad customer service. Jordan recommended another Walmart near me, a small Neighborhood Walmart, so I decided to give it a second chance ;). Jordan's note: Yes! I RARELY shop at Super Walmarts. They make their money in electronics and housewares, food is just to get you in the store. I strongly dislike shopping at them. The Neighborhood Markets or “SmallMarts” as I call them, are so much friendlier to price-matching, and carries better food in my opinion. I waited until my husband was home from work and went without the kids.
I didn't quite know what to expect, so I didn't have a huge list. The first thing I did was go to the Customer Service desk to ask them about their price-matching policy. I think I just needed to hear it for myself before I did all the work! The representative there was so kind and then asked if I needed any help just to holler. I saw him again while I was shopping and he asked me how it was going and if I had any other questions. Jordan's note: Their policy does vary from store to store, and manager to manager. Just ask them. Some Walmart's won't price-match store-brand items, some will. Some won't match per pound items with per unit items. Some will. Just ask, there's no harm in that!
Here's some of the loot I walked away with!
- Candy Bars: .50 each. (We buy them for birthday presents, usually at .75-.99 each) – saved $2.94
- Great Value Cream Cheese: .99, normally $1.98 – saved $1
- Malto Meal Cereal: $1.94 I was so excited about this deal. These bags are normally $3.98 for the Raisin bran and $4.98 for the others – saved $8.12
- Broccoli: .99 lb, priced at $1.74 lb – Saved $.75/lb
- Peaches: .88 lb. This is the cheapest I've seen peaches this fall. They were priced at $1.28 lb. We have already eaten several – saved $0.40/lb
- Green Bell peppers: .48 each (Not pictured. We had them for dinner last night, and left overs for lunch today.) – saved $.72 each
- Progresso Soup: .50 each, if you buy 3. This is one of the few things one of my kids will eat. He eats a can by himself for lunch almost every other day so this was my favorite deal, as I usually pay full price anywhere between $1.50-$2.00 – saved $1 – $1.50 each
- Great Value black beans: .50 a can, regularly .72 – saved $.22 each
A few additional tips for anyone else who wants to try:
- Read my How I Grocery Shop page for a complete rundown of how to price-match the easy way.
- I really recommend Deals to Meals. I've been using it for over 5 years and I've tried all the competing sites, it's the only one I'll use now. It's changed my life. Try it 2 weeks for free. If you hate it you could just look at each store's ads and make the list yourself based on the best deals. Just look at the front and back pages. The middle stuff is just fluff.
- Bring yard sale stickers! Write the price-match price on the sticker and stick it right on the bag of apples, or cereal box, or whatever it is. Makes checking out so much faster!
- Be sure to check out my other price-matching so you can see how amazing it can be!
- Don't want to shop at Walmart? No problem! Just use Deals to Meals or check the ads each week. Pick ONE store that has the best deals on the stuff you need, and shop there. Try to focus on what's on SALE, not on what you WANT to buy.
- Plan your meals around what's on sale and use it until is't 100% gone. Don't waste a thing!
Good luck, and be sure to tag me with pictures of your successes and email me Jordan@funcheaporfree.com if you'd like to be featured too!