How To Save On Groceries by Price Matching

by How To Mommy on 05.02.11

I am certainly no “Extreme Couponer,” as I have not the time nor the desire to spend umpteen hours of my life clipping coupons.

However, I do love to save a buck or two.  And as a family of four on one income, it is critical to make your dollar go as far as it can.

When a friend told me about Wal-Mart’s price matching, I was intrigued, but had some questions.  Could it work?  Would it be easy?  Would I save a noticeable amount of money?

The answer was a resounding “Yes” to all three!

Here’s how I saved 35% on one week’s worth of groceries with under an hour of prep time.

How To Price Match at Wal-Mart**

  1. Go through the grocery store ads from your local newspaper the day the sales start (ours is on Wednesday)
  2. Write down the sale prices of items you already intended to buy that week and clip any coupons applicable to Wal-Mart (their coupons or manufacturer coupons)
    1. I write the items down by store, then the item, the description (15 ounces, per pound, etc.), and the price
  3. Save the ads you are using *
  4. Separate the groceries in your cart by price matched and non-price matched items
  5. Pay for your non-price matched items
  6. Tell the clerk the rest are price matched and inform them of the price as each item scans
  7. Submit any coupons
  8. Enjoy your savings!

*The Wal-Marts in my town do not require you show each ad for each item, but do suggest having the ad on you in case there is a discrepancy.
**Target is also price matching, however they have much stricter requirements. They require you take all your price matched items to guest services and show the ads.  They will not price match 3-day or 1-day ads {only 7 day}, nor per pound discounts {as is often the case with produce}.

As you can see, I found a great manufacturer’s rebate where if you bought a Coors product and spent $100 in groceries, you mail it in and get a $25 rebate!

After a final break down, I saved $21.66 in price matching alone and $46.66 when you include the rebate coupon.  That is a savings of 35% and the effort I spent “prepping” for shopping was under an hour.  It was so easy!

Have you tried price matching?  What do you think of it?

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{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Gillian Mulligan May 6, 2011 at 8:02 AM

This is awesome! I didn’t know it…

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2 How To Mommy May 6, 2011 at 8:10 AM

Thanks! I love doing it.

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3 Bethany May 19, 2011 at 9:39 AM

I love price matching! Walmart’s new coupon policy can definitely save you some money if you work it right! Great job 🙂

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4 Victoria June 22, 2011 at 9:08 AM

I love Walmart’s price matching and that they will take another store’s in-store coupons. I was able to get 2 free bottles of Kraft salad yesterday by price matching a $0.99 sale ad, a $1 off manf. coupon, and a $1 off Target coupon.

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5 How To Mommy June 22, 2011 at 11:28 AM

I didn’t know they took other store’s in store coupons. Thanks so much for sharing!!

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6 Katherine Asbury July 8, 2011 at 6:36 AM

Not All WalMarts accept other store’s coupons. The Walmart I shop only takes manufacture’s coupons and they give me the 5th degree over taking them. They have a real problem with anyone who brings their coupons to the store. I stopped going to this Walmart, and now I drive 5 miles to get to a “Coupon Friendly” WalMart. Also, there are times when WalMart is not the best deal in town. I have cut back on my WalMart shopping trips and use the grocery stores, for much better services and bargins.

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7 How To Mommy July 8, 2011 at 7:09 AM

Thanks for the info!

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8 Cindy July 25, 2011 at 3:11 PM

Thanks … I have wondered about price matching, thought it would be too time consuming and confusing but I am going to try… I am now feeding 5 males in my home and about to go broke!!

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