If couponing is too overwhelming for you, don’t stress out. There is still a great way to save money each and every time you head to the grocery store. It’s called Price Matching!
Target and Walmart are the two Price Matching giants. They even have corporate wide Price Matching Policies. So instead of driving around to 3-4 stores trying to get the best deals, just take their ads to either Walmart or Target and Price Match it all!
Before we get started, I want to PUMP YOU UP!! You can do this! It’s easier than couponing and it takes much less time.
STEP 1: Each Sunday, the Nationwide ads come out. Think Target, Walmart, CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid….. And each Wednesday is usually when your local grocery store ads are mailed to you.
Once you get those ads, take a look at them and see which items are a great price or which items are on sale. You can even put together Meal Plans from the weekly ads by what is on sale.
Now you have two options:
#1: You can make a short shopping list. Write down the item you want to purchase, what its price is on the ad and what ad you saw it on. (It makes Price Matching a whole lot easier)
#2: You can skip the list and just take the ads with you. Purchase what you want by looking at the ads and putting the items you want to Price Match right into your cart.
STEP 2: Once you have your list, or have your ads, it’s time to head to either Walmart or Target. Before you decide, I will give you this tip. Walmart’s policy will allow any cashier to Price Match for you, making it really easy. However, Target requires that all Price Matching be done at the Guest Services desk. So it will take longer to Price Match.
STEP 3: For the rest of this scenario, we will pretend you have chosen to go to Walmart. Once you are Walmart, if the item you want is already cheaper than the ad you were going to Price Match just put the item in your cart. Score for you!! If not, you will want to put the exact same item from the competitor ad in your cart. Make sure it is the same size and quantity as the ad states, or it cannot be Price Matched.
TIP: More than likely, you will have regular items you find at
great prices AND Price Matching items in your cart.
So I would arrange them in two separate sections
in your shopping cart so you don’t get them confused.
STEP 4: Once you head to the checkout, put all of the items you are not Price Matching out first. The cashier can start scanning your items and you can let him/her know you have items you need to Price Match. In the meantime, you can get everything that needs to be Price Matched out and ready to go.
STEP 5: When it is time, you will need to let the cashier know what price each item is in the competing ad and the name of the store that had that price. Now, this is IMPORTANT… so don’t miss this part! Walmart’s Price Matching Policy clearly states that you DO NOT need to have a copy of the ad with you in order to Price Match. So technically you don’t need to have the ads with you. But I would highly recommend that you do–especially the first time you go! Your experience will all depend on your store’s location, the management and how familiar your cashier is with the Price Matching Policy. So I personally think it is always safer to have the ads with you, in case you run into issues.
“Making it Easy” TIP: I would ALWAYS have the Price Matching Policies with you:
If needed, you can show the cashier or manager with any issues you run into.
That’s it! I will warn you that with all new things, there is a little bit of a learning curve and you might need to adjust my steps to better fit you and what works at your Walmart or Target. But this should really help you get on your way to becoming a Price Matching Master!
**If you have tips for NEWBIE Price Matchers, please leave a comment below. Your tip could be just the solution they needed!
On a recent episode of Hallmark’s Home & Family, I showed everyone exactly how to Price Match. I was able to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables, shredded and block cheese and even Wheat Thins with the same exact Price Matching tips I provided above. No Junk Food Here!
Without having to clip a single coupon, I saved 25% on my entire shopping trip—just by Price Matching!! Some of the items in my cart I actually saved 45%–crazy, right??
So I’m hoping my example can show you that it definitely pays off to start Price Matching for your family. Think of all the fun things you do with that money you saved… Disneyland Trip??? I think so!!