Do you skim the sale papers for the best prices? Do you know your grocery store’s price match policy? Why not!?
Now, I’ll be honest. I always *knew* that Walmart matched prices, but I’ve never asked them too! I am the type of person who dislikes asking someone to do something for me (yep, I’d rather just do EVERYTHING myself and not inconvenience someone else.), so sometimes, I run in CVS/Walgreens and Walmart in the same shopping trip to avoid having to ask Walmart to price match. I know, I know….
Well, Sunday I did my meal planning for the week and got my list together (I hope you all make a list before going to the store!!!) and went online and skimmed the other store ads for my area (CVS, Walgreens, Harvey’s). I found a few items that were on my list that I knew were cheaper than Walmart’s prices. I went to Walmart.com and printed their price match policy, because the last thing I wanted to happen was to get a cashier that wasn’t familiar with their policy!
I was price matching Harvey’s 2/$10 Tide sale and CVS’s 2/$5 Cheerio sale. I stacked savings with coupons on each! This is an example of what we call strategic shopping, if you’re not familiar with the term.
I grabbed an envelope, wrote my list on the outside, the store prices I was matching, and highlighted those items that would be price matched. I stuck my coupons inside (I had a lot from coupons.com and a few from the recent newspaper inserts). I was organized and ready!
I loaded my buggy with my groceries, tried to keep my toddler from opening the cereal boxes & eating the turkey dogs, and headed to checkout. I’ll admit, I was a little nervous! I had a bundle of coupons AND I was price matching. Both things that go along with Walmart’s policy, but I was asking someone to do something EXTRA for me. What if the cashier didn’t know the price match policy and had the call the manager over? What if it took a few extra minutes and the people behind be got irritated? I was nervous (I know, ridiculous!).
I unloaded my groceries and kept the items I needed to price match towards the back. Well, guess what? I told her the items I was matching….the store name and their price….and she scanned, matched the price, and bagged the item, no questions asked. She knew Walmart’s price match policy and the coupon policy and made everything easy! It did take an extra minute or two, but the man behind me in line actually commented on my savings and said he was impressed. 😉
I walked out of the store confident that I’d purchased my items at the best possible prices AND saved myself from having to make a stop at another store and get the kids in and out of the car. That’s a successful shopping trip for me!
Now, there are some instances where you DO NOT want to price match! Those deals where you can earn Register Rewards at Walgreens or Extra Care Bucks at CVS are those cases. Some times it’s worth it to make the extra stop!
I hope this has encouraged you to check your store’s price match policies and get the lowest prices possible!