Couponing 101 / Price Matching

Watch for the Fine Print when Price Matching!

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Many stores will Price Match the Weekly Store Advertisements you get in the Newspaper– including Wal-Mart and Target.  This can really help us save even more, especially when you can stack coupons on top of the price matching deal!

However, there may be a few tricky rules you are not aware of:

1- If the weekly ad says “While Supplies Last”, that means the store does not have to honor the price match if the advertisting store is out-of-stock.  For example:  RC Willey had New Moon listed in their ad for $8.95.  In extremely small print it said “While Supplies Last”.  So, you wouldn’t have been able to price match this deal once RC Willey ran out.  So, remember that the next time you see a great deal in an ad.**And the store managers will call and check to see if the other store is still in stock, so keep that in mind.

2- If the weekly ad says “No Rainchecks”, that means that once they are out-of-stock, you cannot request a Raincheck to get it later at the same price.  Most of the time, Rainchecks are a great way to still get the deal at the advertised price a week later and still use your coupons.  But, if it has the limitations printed next to the item, you are out of luck.  That is one of the deals you will want to get there first thing for, so you don’t miss out.  You may find that stores will not honor the price matching once the advertisting store is out of stock too!

To help you out when price matching at Wal-Mart, print out and keep their Price Matching Policy with you.

Sometimes managers will tell you that they don’t price match with a certain store.  As long as the competing store is within their local trade territory, they DO need to price match.  Ask them what their Local Trade Territory is, if a manager tries to tell you they don’t price match.  That should help you out.  From what I have been told, it is usually around 30 miles.  And if you still have problems, contact Wal-Mart corporate.

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  1. from my experience at walmart it is definatly a GOOD IDEA to have their price matching policy! it has saved me quit a few times! some people are completly clueless on heir stores policies!

  2. Also keep in mind with Walmart that they will NOT match a price that requires an additional purchase. ie: the toy story/toy story 2 deal at RC Willey for $16, because it required the purchase of 2 items.

  3. How does it work when the ad is for "select varieties" and you don't know which ones those are from the ad?

  4. Nichole-Great question!! If it says select varities, the ONLY way you can price match is by showing the pictures in the ad that are shown. If it isn't listed you definitely cannot price match. And even after showing them the ad with the pictures, stores can choose to not price match it.


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