This is in limited markets at this time, but WOW! There’s a new program in beta called Walmart Savings Catcher. You can see more on it here.
The long story short on this one is that you can buy with confidence. Buy your items, upload your receipt to your Walmart Savings Cather account and if Walmart knows of a better advertised price at select area competitors, they will refund you the difference on a Walmart eGift Card via email. This applies to in store purchases only, in select beta markets only at this time.
Walmart Savings Catcher
Some highlights from the FAQ’s:
We compare advertised prices from the top retailers in specific geographic areas. Your competitive area is determined by a third-party based on a number of factors, including the number of stores and number of people nearby. Remember, not all items you purchase are advertised by a competitor each week.Competitive retailers for your area currently include:
- Atlanta, GA– Aldi, Food Depot, CVS, Food Lion, Dollar General, Dollar Tree, Family Dollar, Ingles, Kroger, Publix, Rite-Aid, Kmart, Target, Walgreens, IGA, Wayfield Foods and Piggly Wiggly.
- Charlotte, NC– Aldi, Bi-Lo, CVS, Dollar General, Dollar Tree, Family Dollar, Food Lion, Harris Teeter, Ingles, Kmart, Lowes (Food), Target, Rite-Aid, Publix and Walgreens.
- Dallas, TX– Albertsons, Aldi, Brookshires, Dollar General, Dollar Tree, Family Dollar, HEB, Kroger, Target and Tom Thumb.
- Huntsville, AL Market– Aldi, CVS, Dollar General, Dollar Tree, Family Dollar, Save-A-Lot, Foodland, Kroger, Piggly Wiggly, Publix, Rite Aid, Target, Walgreens.
- Lexington, KY– Aldi, CVS, Dollar General, Dollar Tree, Family Dollar, Save-A-Lot, Kroger, Meijer, Rite Aid, Target and Walgreens.
- San Diego– Albertsons, CVS, Dollar Tree, Ralph’s, Rite Aid, Vons, Smart & Final, Target, Fresh & Easy, Walgreens, Stater Bros and Save-A-Lot.
What types of promotions does Savings Catcher not include?Savings Catcher does not compare the following types of offers:
- Items that require a separate purchase to get the advertised price (example: “Buy oatmeal to get cereal for $1.”)
- Items with no actual price that require a purchase to get a free product. (example: “Buy both oatmeal & cereal to get milk for free.”)
- Items that require a purchase to get a gift card (example: “Buy a 12 pack of paper towels to get a $5 gift card.”)
- Buy one get one free (BOGO) where there is no actual item price listed (example: Peter Pan Peanut Butter, buy one, get one free. Save up to $2.50”)
- Going out of business or closeout prices
- Percentage off (example: “All mascara, 40% off”)
What happens if I use coupons?
- No problem, you can still use Savings Catcher. If you use a coupon, Savings Catcher will compare the original Walmart price of the item, before the coupon was applied, to other stores’ advertised prices for the same item. For example: You bought cookies at Walmart. The shelf price was $3 and you used a coupon for $0.25, so you paid $2.75. If Savings Catcher finds that a competitor advertised those same cookies for $2, Savings Catcher will still credit you $1, even though you paid only $2.75 at Walmart.
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 cookies. Excluding: store brand items, deli, bakery and weighed items like produce and meat;
- Consumable Items such as paper towels, bleach and trash bags;
- Health and beauty items such as shampoo and makeup.
Savings Catcher does not currently compare:
- 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.