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The walmart savings catcher program will require walmart pay - Walmart Savings Catcher App

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If you’re a Walmart shopper, their Savings Catcher program and Walmart Pay are two great tools to ensure that you’re not paying too much for your purchases and can pay (and get receipts) easily. Specifically, Walmart’s Savings Catcher compares your receipts to advertised prices from top stores in your area and if it finds a lower advertised price, you’ll get the difference back in a Walmart eGift card!

Within one week after picking up your groceries, just enter your Walmart Grocery receipt into the Savings Catcher section on the Walmart mobile app. Your rewards are automatically transferred to a Savings Catcher eGift Card each time they’re earned, and the eGift Cards are automatically saved to your account. You can then use the rewards to shop both online or in-store.

NEW Changes to Savings Catcher…

The walmart savings catcher program will require walmart pay - Savings Catcher Walmart eGift Card

Effective October 29th, 2018, Savings Catcher changed their accepted payment methods and Walmart Pay is now the only way to submit your receipt to Savings Catcher. Due to this change, the ability to scan paper receipts within the app or submit via desktop is now discontinued. However, this change will allow you to both submit and spend your Savings Catcher rewards within the same Walmart Pay experience.

The walmart savings catcher program will require walmart pay - Walmart Pay at checkout

Here’s how Savings Catcher works now:

Rather than scanning paper receipts using the Savings Catcher scanner after paying, you’ll simply create an eReceipt using the Walmart Pay scanner when paying. Here’s how:

  1. Enroll in Walmart Pay.
  2. Use Walmart Pay at checkout to create an eReceipt for submission: 
    • Open Walmart Pay and select credit, debit, or gift card. 
    • Use Walmart Pay to scan the QR code at the register to generate your eReceipt. 
  3. Tap “Submit Receipt” directly from your Walmart Pay confirmation page or from your Savings Catcher dashboard on the Walmart app

What are the benefits of using Walmart Pay?

  • One touch submissions: Submit your eReceipt before even leaving the store!
  • Save time and space: Reduce wallet and purse hassles when you turn your phone into your secure mobile wallet.
  • Store your purchase history: Find your past purchases in your Purchase History, easily reorder your essentials, or start a Mobile Express Return—all within the app! 
  • Print eReceipts for cash back apps: Select a purchase from your Purchase History, share, and print from your phone or email yourself your eReceipt. Then submit for cash back apps like Ibotta and Checkout51.

What do you think? Does this change the way you shop Walmart?

Mary is a senior copywriter with 9+ years in frugal tips & deals. She has a Bachelors in Human Resources Interdisciplinary Studies. Connect with Mary on LinkedIn

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Comments 513

  1. Kma

    Walmart pay is ok but savings catcher does not tell you what item you saved on. Old way was better. People like to see their savings and SAVE them. That was the whole idea.

    • dee

      i agree. i like the challenge of it all. this is no good.

    • Richard Kelley

      .the Walmart saving catcher was better the other way .This way now you cant see if it took and what you saved on what item

    • Carolyn Haire

      I liked the Savings Catcher way better this is too much of a hassle

    • James mcroy

      Yes I agree Walmart makes it so difficult so you won’t use it think it’s false advertisement it’s a rip off they were not going to keep a good thing going. We spend a lot of money at Walmart we are thinking about going some were else if they don’t want our money

  2. Claudet Dean

    I think walmart did it t huh is way so less people would benefit…I don’t like having my credit card set up to walmart pay as I think people could use my card if my phone were to get hacked…old easy was better. walmart is trying to save money

  3. Karen Watson

    I do not like it, now I do not get the savings and in order to get it I am forced to use walmart pay. I do not put my cards out there like that.

  4. Karen Watson

    I do not like it, now I do not get the savings and now in order to get it I am forced to use walmart pay. I do not put my cards out there like that.

  5. Dian Torres

    I like the old way better don’t like taking the extra time while checking out to do this it was easier to do it buy scanning the receipt. also don’t like that you cannot see what you have saved on.

  6. Heather

    Walmart pay app not available to Canadians…we don’t save anything now. savings catcher was much better

  7. Sabrina

    I don’t like this way! I don’t put my card out there like that either. I this is really sad to run such a good thing. That helped meso much on my food bill. What a way to run something so good.

  8. V.

    This new way sucks. Just a way for walmart to have less ppl use savings catcher. I don’t always have my phone readily available or charged just to pay via walmart pay. I’ve started using Kroger and Publix more now that they have changed it. Go back to receipt scanning Walmart

  9. Nancy

    I agree completely that this new way SUCKS in every way

  10. Lynn

    I don’t like the new way AT ALL!!! The old way was SO much better. I can’t even figure how to scan the qr code without spending what I have in the savings catcher! The only reason for Walmart to change from a procedure that anyone could use to this complicated mess is that they really DON’T WANT to give their customers savings.

  11. Lisa C

    Savings Catcher accounts continue to get hacked daily and Walmart still will not do anything to secure their site. They are forcing us to use an unsecure app and website to gain savings. Ridiculous!

  12. Deli

    I hate it!!!

    • Cathy Cardoza

      I hate this new process. Is Walmart listening to it’s customers? Why ask us if you don’t care what we think. Change the process back to the way it was. No one likes the new way you are doing it. We can all take our business somewhere else if you don’t care how we feel.

  13. Alice J

    The process and time it takes to submit is totally not worth the effort just to save a few pennies. Walmart “WHY” did you have to change a system that worked and people enjoyed using. The person or people responsible for this change need to bring back the old system!!!!!!! PLEASE!!!!!!!

  14. Nina A Blanks

    I’m not happy about it either I have not use mine since the change

  15. Rob

    Won’t use this new system, Walmart got what exactly what they wanted,less users saving them money…Bye Walmart… So many other options to shop … Big mistake..

  16. Cheryl

    I dont have a phone. I use a tablet which is way too bulky to carry in my purse. It was so convenient for me to enter my receipts when I got home. Not happy with this change at all.

  17. Thomas Flowers

    how do I collect my earnings?

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Hi there! Here is what is listed in the details on grabbing your earnings – “Rewards dollars are loaded to an eGift Card. Use online, or in store with Walmart Pay.” Hope that helps!

  18. Dawn Bozarth

    Very disappointed in the new way. Not user friendly at all. Walmart pay does not work at the self checkout lanes very well either (I’ve actually never got it to work yet). I scrapped the whole thing. Too much of a hassle now.

  19. Gayle

    I am very frustrated with savings catcher now. I have not used it since the change. I used to encourage everyone that I know to try it out. Now I don’t even want to talk about it. A very frustrating fact is that have been to 3 different Walmarts several times in my area and not once have I found someone that knows how to scan the receipt or give me assistance in any way. I loved the old way. I would love for you to bring it back.

  20. Nancy Saltsgiver

    I am old and this is way too much trouble. The old way was better. Seems like Walmart doesn’t agree with their customers on this.

  21. S. Walker

    I gave up on the new system. Typical, somehting works well and the company discontinues it. I prefer not to get wrapped up in their epay system.

  22. linda

    I hate it. Because of the extra step of submitting receipt to savings catcher, I have lost out on getting money deposited to sc account because I forgot to submit in time. And why is there a 7 day time limit on submitting? You are pushed to rush out of the checkout line to get out of the way and then forget to do it. I have spent well over a thousand dollars there in about 7 weeks and not got a penny back on it. Didnt realize it until now when I went to check my balance to place an order. Why doesnt it automatically transfer? Thats what it should do. I believe this set up was purposely made this way to deter us from using it. Also, I love grocerie pickup but because it doesnt take walmart pay I stopped using it because of being on a budget and needing the price matching. Alot of good it did me to go inside so I could use WP.

  23. Debra Merrix

    I hate it. You have to connect your phone with your bank card or a credit card and that connects it all with wm pay. I’m not doing that. It is risky. Why does Wal-Mart want access to your bank or credit card? Shady if you ask me.

  24. karen reese

    I had money in my account and now I can’t get it. I am not going to put my card out there. It is a money thing for Walmart.

  25. Jay

    WWW- what Walmart wants. Well I hate this process. They made it hard. No savings at all.

  26. Connie

    I just realized this and now I missed out on all the savings I could have had-is there any way to go
    back and get credit for the receipts I already scanned?

    • Deborah Guidry

      ME TOO!! I had money in my savings catcher account that I can’t use now UGH!!! I currently use the Walmart pay but have no clue how to or if I can even use the money from the savings I currently earn. I HATE THIS SYSTEM.

  27. Nicole L

    Is there any way to get the money back that was saved between Oct. to Jan.? I was scanning receipts without realizing you could no longer do that, and there is an accumulated amount that is just sitting that I saved?


    I agree this is much harder to use, it’s like Walmart doesn’t want people to use the savings catcher. I have for the most part given up. Super difficult to use with other apps like Ibotta

  29. Brian pentecost

    Sam Walton is turning over in his grave because of what his children did to Walmart! Use to be American Made Products now it’s Asian made crap in stores and no Layaway all year! The savings went out the Window! I’ll shop online to get savings!


    How do I get my money from my savingcatchers

  31. Maria

    I hate this way too! Why Walmart thought it should of changed a good thing is beyond me. The very first way was the best. I do not have a smart phone nor do I want one, my phone is an emergency phone and that is how it is used. I liked shopping at Walmart then coming and submitting through my home computer and if a lower price was found it would load to my Bluebird account through Amex. That must of gotten to expensive for Walmart so it was cancelled. Shame on Walmart for being so cheap!!

  32. Stacey

    Please bring the old way back for those of us that don’t want to use Wal-Mart Pay. I also liked to save my refunds to buy something special instead of just having the credit added to my next Wal-Mart purchase.

  33. Sherri

    glad to know I’m not the only one not using the new way! once I was asked to enter my debit card information I knew I’d never use the savings catcher again. Too much of a hassle!!

  34. Unsatisfied Customer

    Walmart doesn’t want to help people save money anymore. They are discontinuing the savings catcher on May 14th, 2019. Why promote something, then make it hard for people to use then discontinue it? It’s all about their wallets getting fatter is all.

  35. Kimberly Bolling

    I agree the old saving catcher was better, first off I don’t know what I am saving on, and today I tried to use my saving catcher money to pay in store and in frustration between scanning and pressing things in the app. I just forgot it! It was Embarrassing to be holding up the line trying to get it to work. I guess my saving catcher days are now over. So I never redeemed my savings that was stored on “giftcard” ? Never got it

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