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Jul 24 2012
5 years ago
3:55 PM MST

New Back to School Video: How to Price Match School Supply Sales at Walmart

Jul 24, 2012 @ 3:55 PM MST
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Today’s video will you take you along with me to price match a few great school supply deals at Walmart. As I have stated previously, Walmart is a great store for all you coupon newbies as it is what I consider a “basic” store meaning you do not have to worry about Register Rewards, +Up Rewards, Extra Care Bucks, buy one get one free sales, Catalina coupons etc. On the flip side, Walmart allows you to snag some awesome deals all in one place with their price matching policy. Don’t believe me?! Check out the video below…

* If you can’t see the video, go here to watch it.

Hip Tips to Price Match at Walmart

* Head over here and print out a copy of Walmart’s Price Matching Policy (also known as the Ad Match Guarantee). Keep this policy in your coupon binder so that you can refer to it when and if questions arise.

* Familiarize yourself with the types of sales and promotions that CAN be price matched at Walmart:

  • Buy 1 Get 1 Free Ads with a specific price noted. For example, Walmart will price match an advertised sale at Albertsons for Buy 1 Tide Detergent at $5 and Get 1 Free. However, Walmart will NOT price match an advertised sale at Albertsons for Buy 1 Tide Detergent and Get 1 Free with no sale price stated.
  • Local competitors’ ads that feature a specific item for a specified price. Note that items purchased must be identical to the ad (size, quantity, brand, flavor, color, etc.).
  • Preferred shopping card prices for specific items that are in a printed ad. For example, if Rite Aid is advertising Milky Way Bars for $0.50 with your Wellness+ Card, then Walmart will match this price.
  • Fresh produce and meat items when the price is offered in the same unit type (lb. for lb.; each for each).

* Familiarize yourself with the types of sales and promotions that CANNOT be price matched at Walmart:

  • Ads when the actual price for items cannot be determined and/or Buy one and Get one free (BOGO) ads with no actual price given
  • Internet pricing
  • Misprinted ad prices of other retailers
  • Competitor ads from outside of the store’s local trade territory (note that it is a store manager’s discretion as to what defines a territory)
  • “Going out of business” sales or “close out” prices.
  • Percentage off Sales
  • Competitors’ private label price promotions (i.e. sales on store brand products)

* Be sure to tell the cashier that you are price matching items BEFORE the items are scanned as the cashier will need to manually key in the prices. If possible, separate all the items that you are price matching from the rest of the items in your transaction. This will make it easier for the cashier and will allow you to pay close attention to each item as it is rung up to be sure the prices are keyed in correctly.

* Note that Walmart specifically states that you are not required to have the ad with you when you price match; however, I strongly encourage you to bring along the competitor’s ad(s) as this will make for a smoother checkout process.

* For even more Walmart shopping tips, check out this video filmed back in April 2011 (you may also want to check out my Walmart Store Guide here)…


*If you can’t see the video, go here to watch it.

How about you? Do you have any tips/suggestions for price matching at Walmart? If so, please share them with us in the comments below!

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Have you ever had moments when you're either out of time or out of printer ink, or both, and you really want to keep track of a "Hip" deal or print a valuable coupon in the next day or two? Or what do you do when an outstanding, but pricey, deal is posted and you want to save it for discussion with your significant other? Well, now you're in luck! No more searching through pages of posts to find the coupon or the deal. Simply move the post to your Hip List and access it at your convenience.

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It's easy! To use this feature, first head on over here and register and log into your Hip2Save.com account. Whenever you find a great deal that you want to come back to later at a later time, just click on the HIP List icon located on each post (see images below) and the information will be saved in your account. To remove a post from your HIP List, just click on the HIP List icon and it will be removed.

When logged into your account, you will see the HIP List icon at the bottom of every post if you are viewing Hip2Save.com in classic view.

If you prefer to view Hip2Save.com in river view, you will see the HIP List icon located on every post above the post title and to the right.

If you're wanting to print a certain deal, blog post, or the Weekly Store Matchups from your HIP list, click on the small blue printer icon in the upper right corner of the HIP list. This will allow you to customize the information that you want or don't want to include when printing from your HIP list so you're only printing the information that's most important to you! If there are deals (or portions of deals) that you are not interested in printing, just click on the red x button to remove them. To restore a section, click on the green arrow icon in the upper right hand corner.