Walmart 101

Hi! Price Matching at Walmart is a killer way to save some money! Here is some info to get you started. Then when you are done, go to the links at the bottom to see what people are price matching at their Walmarts in your area!

Price matching alone can save you a ton of money at Walmart. Why price match? Because I don’t want to run all over the city to different stores to get the good deals, I would rather just pick it up all in one place!

Basically, if you take your local grocery store ad and see a great deal on Coke for example. Store A has it on sale for $3.00 per 12 pack and Walmart carries it for $3.98 you can simply tell them which store at what price and they will override their register to give you the cheaper price. It has to be a normal sale price, no weird sales like Buy this product and get a different product free. You technically don’t even need the ad.

There is a process that I use to make things go a little smoother. I have found that when you load your groceries onto the belt at Walmart you need to be ready and organized. I put all of my “full price” items on the belt first. When the cashier gets to that items that you want to price match, you must give them the competitors price RIGHT THEN so they can change the price. If you wait until they are done ringing you up to show them the price match they will not happily go back and change the prices. I saw a woman once that had placed sticky notes on her items, the cashier LOVED her! I don’t have that kind of time, but it was a good idea!Just a tip!

You may find it helpful to print out and carry a copy of the Walmart price match policy with you.

5 Steps to Successful Price-Matching at Walmart:

  1. Check the other grocery stores sales ad’s for great deals. Make a list of the items and prices. Check to see what coupons you have or can print to match up with these sales. Check electronics, I have saved HUGE this way at Walmart!
  2. Take a look at the price matching policy. They will not do B1G1 free sales that do not have a stated price, but they will do 2 for $4 or 2/$4. They will also NOT do % off, like 25% off all soda.
  3. Go shopping! Bring your other store ad’s with you, I know you don’t have to but it helps you and the cashier. I don’t announce that I have them but I do have them just in case. Don’t cut them up, they will need to verify the dates on them because you can only use a current ad price.
  4. I always place items that I am NOT price matching on the belt first. Then I place my items that I am price matching and lay the ad on top of them so I don’t forget… or get distracted by children! I inform the cashier that I am price matching each item as they ring it up.
  5. Do the “Happy Dance” that you saved a bunch of money!

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)
  • Internet Pricing. See the Online Price Match Policy to find out what is honored in Walmart Stores

*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, but we reserve the right to verify an ad at any time; we also require the store to verify the ad if there is a difference in price greater than 25% from the competitor.
  • The system will prompt for supervisor verification at a 50% reduction in price or greater.
  • Items purchased must be identical to the ad (size, quantity, brand, flavor, color, etc.). No substitutions
  • In all situations Walmart reserves the right to limit BOGO quantities to one per customer or household

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
  • A specific price that omits a specific characteristic of an item (Example: $9.50 on “all sizes or quantities” of an assortment)

We do not honor:

  • Ads when the actual price for items cannot be determined
  • Competitor pricing on One Hour Guarantee Items
  • Misprinted ad prices of other retailers
  • “Going out of business” sales or “closeout” prices
  • Walmart reserves the right to verify an ad at any time, update or modify the terms of the Ad Match (Competition) Policy and its associated pricing strategies at any time

Download The Walmart Ad Match Guarantee