Learn from The Krazy Coupon Ladies how to price match at Walmart.  If you find a price that’s cheaper from a competitor’s ad, just take it in to Walmart and they will match the price! You can even use coupons after the price match to score items for totally free!

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68 thoughts on “Video: How to Price Match at Walmart”

Thank you for your replies Tabatha and sims! I was wondering how to show the cashier/manager that you can price match produce and meat according to their coupon policy. I had tried in the past, and I did not want this to become an issue at checkout and not have something to reference. Any suggestions anyone? Thanks!

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In our town, we have a coupon club and the two ladies who are in charge, does the ad match for us, we copy and paste, all of the stores have their ads online, You just print off the ad matches and take them to Walmart with you. You don’t have to show the ad. You ladies that are proficent in using the computer should make a list of area stores. Go to walmart talk to the manager and see which stores ad they will honor (be nice and they’ll be nice to you) and start a coupon club and work on the ad matches in your club. Problem solved!!!!!!!!!

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went to target not walmart didn’t have my policy with me so i ask customer service at target…can i price match she said no target has to be selling the same thing in there ad for me to price match…but i guess she lied…:(

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Nice video! It still seems like a lot of work for items that are cheaper elsewhere, with cashiers who are less difficult. I live in a place where Target, CVS, Walgreens and the grocery stores are 5-10 minutes away. I don’t like shopping at Wal-Mart for various reasons, but there are times when it makes sense.

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Oh and as far as organizing for the price match, I use a great spreadsheet I made and put everything in it. It only takes a few minutes. I include store ad to refer to and a box for quantity so I match the amount of coupons I am using. (If the item says save .50/2 and I have 5 coupons, I list 10 to purchase.) It makes shopping a breeze. I can also calculate what my overall savings are in the end as well. I now am NEVER questioned regarding price matches and couponing! I actually have the cashiers asking me to teach them how I do this. I was spending $750-1000 per month for a family of 10. Now I am spending $200-300 max!

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You should be able to use Price Match as well as Coupons. The only time this is not permitted is when you use a competitor store coupon. If you use one of those, that is counted as a price match. I believe their computer system will not permit 2 price match overrides on the same item so only Manufactured coupons would be accepted. Also, per any store policy, a manufactured coupon is the same as paying cash.

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Kristy…will you be willing to share your spreadsheet? I am a horrible shopper! I just heard about price matching from a friend of mine and I am hoping that this will help me out with my budget.

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I am so excited that this video is here! I have
been trying to price match at Walmart, and have run into several snags and have
had LOTS of questions:

1. Is price matching exclusive to advertised deals? For example, I will often
find a price that is not in a circular, but that is running at a competitor’s
store-does it have to be in the ad to be matched?

2. I have tried to price match meat and produce, and I have been relatively
unsuccessful. If an ad says bananas are .39/lb at Vons, and Walmart carries Dole
bananas, I was told that these items don’t match; that the bananas must both
have a brand, or both not have a brand. Additionally, and in the same
transaction as the bananas, I tried to price match meat. I had called ahead, as
I have never price matched non-brand items, and customer service had said that
I could price match for the Walmart store brand (the manager said this was
incorrect, but that I could do it “this one time). If Vons has boneless
skinless chicken breasts for $1.47/lb (NO BRAND), can I price match this price
with Walmart’s NO BRAND boneless skinless chicken breasts? I understand not
using Foster Farms brand to match, but Walmart’s store brand chicken has no
logo or brand on it-is there any way to get this price at Walmart from the Vons
ad?

3. When price matching a BOGO sale, if the ad says BOGO Doritos, 9-11oz bags
(save up to $4.29), does that count as identifying the price in the ad?

Thank you so much for your feedback everyone!!!

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The brand, size, etc. has to match, so I don’t think you’ll be able to price match meat and produce.

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I work at walmart and am pretty familiar with all the policies, so maybe i can answer these, as they are in my store at least.
1. Yes, it has to be in an ad or advertised somewhere other than on a regular shelf price. if you see a commercial for a product, then it is advertised. If you walk in a store and just see that it is a price, that is not advertised.

2. You absolutely should be able to price match ‘store brand’ meats and our store does not discriminate on brands of produce. a banana is a banana, an orange is an orange. of course, you’d have to have the right type of apple, like fiji, not red delicious. with the meats, they should be matching the no name from a local store for the no name in walmart. when something is a store brand (say western family) then we would match it for our Great Value item that is equal. (like 24ct 12oz bottles of water)

3. ‘save up to’ is not the same as a price.

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Thanks for the video ladies!

I didn’t know you could price match bogos.

Everytime I would price match, I would always have to show my ad.

Is it a new policy that you don’t have to show an ad?

It was a little awkward their at the checkout.

Who’s the camera guy? One of your husbands?

Did you girls have to get permission from a manager to bring a camera into Walmart?

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They also wont price match alcohol or tobacco.

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Don’t get me started on Walmart. It all sounds wonderful, but it doesn’t work at any of the Walmarts where I live. Nightmare, nightmare, nightmare. Refuse to shop there any more. I’m a very responsible couponer, always follow the rules, and Walmart tries to make me feel like a criminal.

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I get the same thing at my Wal Mart here. I am very honest when using coupons and NEVER clear a shelf (pat on the back), but I feel like I am being picked on, just because I can get free or nearly free items.

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I am not being mean when I ask this, but why do people do this? Why not keep our other businesses in business? What will happen if Walmart is the only place left to shop, you will miss those other places I am sure.I personally would never give Walmart a dime, but I wonder why people do this. If an item is out of stock at the store where the sale is, I get a rain check, or I just don’t get it.

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Why shop at 5 different stores to pick up only a few items at each? I think its a waste of $4+ a gallon gas to go to a store out of my way to save $2 on shampoo. And by other store I mean drug store here, have no issue staying in business as long as they get prescriptions. You don’t go to Walmart for prescriptions, its a supercenter not a drug store. You do go to Rite Aid for prescriptions, while they make you wait you shop around, and usually things are more expensive there thus you spend more KEEPING THEM IN BUSINESS.

Also, if it doesn’t say limit 4 like coupons per transaction, you don’t have to break it down like how Rite Aid will only take 4 like coupons

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I guess it is easy for me to say I can look out my window at Walgreens and CVS, and also walk to Rite Aid and a grocery store.I can understand your points. I think it is just my hatred of Walmart.Thanks for your replies.

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My Tagret only allows 4 coupons as well as Kroger only allows 5.

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And this is why I’m talking about Walmart.I was using Rite Aid as an example of limiting coupons. I used 12 of the same coupon in the same transaction yesterday with no problem, they all scanned and everything at Walmart, and its not like I shelf clear, it was on reach dental floss, there were at least 40 more in various flavors left.

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It’s just so much more convenient to shop at 1 store instead of a bunch. Target also price matches, so sometimes I go there too.

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i live in a small town. i work for walmart. the only places to shop here are a relatively new Fiesta Foods grocery store, a small Safeway and one Rite Aid. Even if i *could* shop somewhere else, I hate driving all over the place. I *wish* i had more choices, but this is what I have and I’d still shop at walmart first before going somewhere else. It’s way more convenient. if another store around me price matched and had the selection, I’d probably shop there first too.

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The reason I do it is because the closest town that has a Aldi, Kroger, Publix, or Target is an hours drive from my house. It would not be cost effective for me to drive there each week. I am very grateful that my Walmart price matches them anyway. Locally, we only have Ingles and BiLo which I do shop at for their deals.

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Everyone I have ever talked to in my local coupon group has told me the same thing – when they try to price match they are not allowed to ALSO use coupons. :/

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I was told this the other day at my Walmart in Garner, NC. But when I told them I didn’t want the product they didn’t know how to delete in out of the computer. Cashier had to get the register person who oversees (I don’t think she was a manager, but could have been) and she was so frustrated that she finally called a manager and asked and was told Yes, they do price match and accept coupons. She should have called and asked from the beginning. It was very frustrating since another Walmart close by did it. I told them that and it didn’t matter to them. I even showed them the receipt. The cashiers/managers can be lazy. It is their policy to accept both since the store you are pricematching would accept both.

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Then whats the point? you get to get it for the price but at the other stre you would be saving .50+ more then?

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When I price match, I put the name of the item and any sizes or counts (ex- Chips Ahoy 9-14 oz) with the price and which store ad it is from on a sticky note. When I check out, I put all my price matched up stuff first with the sticky note on the item. My cashiers LOVE me (they call me the sticky note girl) and question me less because it is so easy for them to type all their stuff in….less work and thinking, happier cashier. I find the more organized I appear with it, the less hassle I get…especially if I get that lovely young male cashier. :) I usually have my ads with me just in case, but I have never been asked to show them. I also like the sticky notes because instead of making a grocery list, I just take my pile of sticky notes in and there is my list! I paper clip those and my coupons in order of how I walk through my store so I can quickly go through everything I need. I also printed out a big picture of my 5 month old son with the cutest smile on my face and have it on the cover of my binder. I find that it most of the time gets my cashier to comment on it and gets them more interested in talking with me instead of reading my coupons 29 times. I love price matching at Walmart!

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I price match at Walmart all the time, and I alway bring the store ad with me just in case too… only once was I asked to pull it out because the cashier thought the price I gave her for razors was way too low, but it matched so she went on :) I really like your sticky note idea! I may just use that :)

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That’s funny, the one time I was questioned was on razors too..

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I love your strategies!

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WOw and i thought i was organized. I got nothing on you . LOL nice job!

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Thank for videos it looks easy.

Have a (?) ok so about two weeks ago on my local May’s they had a
BOGO buy one Hornel Compleats get one free and the ad had $3 price

So i tried it at walmart
the manager was being really mean from begining saying that they dont do face value fo coupon if it has a line to put price.
she was mean saying that it did not matter that i had a print policy that she had her own policy.
Any way when it came to this match price for the BoGO she said we dont do GOGO, i told her again that it was on the policy that if it had a price they could do it, but she was just plain mean. We left with nothing.

Next day we went to other walmart and ask about the BOGO from Mays she said that walmart had the Compleats for $1.98 that she was going to take that price and still give me the BOGO.
I also had a coupon BOGO compleat, up to $2.25 she did not give me the face value of coupon but she did take for $1.98 so i did use, my 5 coupons and got my 10 compleats Free.

My (?l)
Is it true that they dont give face value of coupon if it has a line to put price?
In my senerio BOGO at Mays was better price because it was $2/3 before coupon. Was it on manager choice to still give me the $1.98/2?

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No “up to” means that’s the MAX value of the coupon, so if it doesn’t scan for $2.25 then they put it in as $1.98, the price of the product.

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I’ve always been able to get the face value of a manufacturer coupon, even with price matching… the only thing I’ve been told that I can’t do is use a Walmart coupon with price matching.

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My walmart is very unfriendly to couponers. If you have more than four coupons they call over a manager and they match each coupon to each item very carefully, show it to the manager who signs the coupon and then they do the next item. I takes forever and is very embarrassing because if the manager is needed somewhere else they leave and make you wait until they come back. I avoid my local walmart at all costs.

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Has anyone ever tried to price match newspapers? I get mine at Menards because they are $1.00 vs. other stores/gas stations that have them for $1.99. I asked the question the last time I was checking out and the woman told me I have to have something from Menards (ad) saying their newspapers are $1.00. I just wasn’t sure if anyone has ever tried it or if you just can’t prices match newspapers. Thanks!! :)

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I’ve been told that Wal-mart is really only supposed to ad match… you don’t have to have the ad on you, but the price has to be from an ad. A lot of the time they don’t check, but if they happen to ask then you must be able to show proof.

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Joanie & Heather, you guys look great! Lovin these videos. I tried to price match at Walmart once and it didn’t go well so I never wanted to try again. This video makes it look easier because you guys were in the regular check out lane, not customer service.

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At Walmart, I’ve always checked out with price matching in the regular check out lanes… I once went to a Target where I had to go to customer service though.

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Yes at Target they make you go to customer service even if it’s one item. What a hassle.

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will walmart take competitors copouns?
and what about if target has something in clearance but is not in the ad could they still price match that?
PLEASE HELP =0

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No, Walmart will ONLY match an advertised price in a local stores ad. Stores send out weekly circulars in the Sunday newspaper. You can match any of those prices at walmart. You cannot just match anything, especially not clearance. Walmart will only take competitor coupons with a specified price. Example: A local stores ad has an in ad coupon for skippy peanut butter stating $1.99 each with this coupon. Walmart will match that, BUT they will not match competitor stores coupons with a dollar amount off. Example: A Target printed web coupon that states $1.00 off skippy peanut butter. HTH

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Technically, they only ad match… so a clearance item would not work.

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It’s a good idea to go through new ads (almost all stores have online local ads) and put your favorite deals’ details on paper. Put the date, store name, and item size. That way when you get to the cashier and they have any questions, you’ll have all the answers without scrambling through half a dozen ads. A couple of times this year when I didn’t take my piece of paper and price matched from memory the one item I was getting, the cashiers started asking questions. One said I was wrong, because they read the new ads. When I got home and checked, she was wrong. A lessoned learned to always take that dang paper. Either way, when I’ve got a piece of paper I have to go to for the price of every single item, the cashier didn’t seem like they thought I was making stuff up. No one’s asked to look at my paper yet, but if they did, it’d have all the answers. However, we do look for friendlier looking cashiers even if it means waiting longer in line. Some grumpy ones will try to spread that bad mood in various ways.

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It’s a good idea to go through new ads (almost all stores have online local ads) and put your favorite deals’ details on paper. Put the date, store name, and item size. That way when you get to the cashier and they have any questions, you’ll have all the answers without scrambling through half a dozen ads. A couple of times this last year when I didn’t take my piece of paper and price matched from memory the one item I was getting, the cashiers started asking questions. One said I was wrong, because they read the new ads. When I got home and checked, she was wrong. A lessoned learned to always take that dang paper. Either way, when I’ve got a piece of paper I have to go to for the price of every single item the cashier didn’t seem like they thought I was making stuff up. No one’s asked to look at my paper yet, but if they did, it’d have all the answers. However, we do look for friendlier looking cashiers even if it means waiting longer in line. Some grumpy ones will try to spread that bad mood in various ways.

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If the Walgreen’s ad reads, Infusion Sale Price $4.99, $3.00 Register Rewards, Like paying $1.99. How much will it cost at Walmart? $1.99

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No they consider the Register Reward like a store gift card and they will not honor that. But they will honor the $4.99 sale price.

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Our Walmart won’t let you use coupons when they price match. It’ not worth it to me and the cashiers act almost afraid to do anyting without asking someone first.

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My Walmart won’t let me use coupons with price matching items. They got the manager over and he said no. I talked to corporate and they said that each Walmart has their own policy when it comes to coupons. Keep in mind I had a full cart of food. I left the cart there and left.

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Really? That’s really unfortunate :( I think you should try another Walmart.

One time I had a cashier who price matched for me, but refused to take my coupons because she price matched… I insisted that it was OK to and told her that I’ve done it before… she called the manager, and the manager said that as long as it was a manufacturer coupon, it was OK to use, just not Walmart coupons with the price match.

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That I can understand, I guess. But to NOT take a manufacturer coupon when you would be able to do that at the store you would be shopping at the other store, makes absolutely no sense at all. I guess thats why I just prefer to go to the store that has the sale, I guess as a little THANKS FOR THE GREAT SALE! :) SInce I have 4 Walmarts, 4 Walgreens, 5 Targets, 3 Safeways, 3 King Soopers and 2 Rite Aids with in 15 minutes of me. I don’t mind LOL NO CVS though :(

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That makes no sense since you would be able to use the coupon if you went to the store that had that item for that price.

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My Walmart says the same thing! they say you can only do one or the other, and i haven’t been able to find (in writing) where it says that you can do both (other than here)

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This is NOT Walmart’s coupon policy. I used to be a cashier there. When I go to Walmart, I use a coupon with a price match all the time. Try getting a cashier that is friendlier, and you are more likely to have less problems.

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if you read the walmart price match policy it states you the customer dont have to have the circular in hand !
*The following are guidelines and limitations:
We will match any local competitor’s advertised price.We do not require customers to have the ad with them to honor a competitor’s ad.Items purchased must be identical to the ad (size, quantity, brand, flavor, color, etc.)

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So they just take your word for the price, size, brand, etc? They have no way of knowing if you’re correct?

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In my store each register has a copy of all the sales ads in the area

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My Walmart told me they are now told to ask for the ad if the price seems to good to be true. One of the cashiers that I know very well told me they are having a problem with people telling them $10 items are .39 cents..we all know that’s not true. Unfortunately a few bad seeds ruin it for honest people. I don’t mind taking the ad in with me in case they question it. I’ve worked in retail before and understand their issues. If you’ve never worked in retail you would be surprised at what some people will do.

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In my store, they won’t price match an ad from a store that is not in our town. Even if it is in a neighboring town. This might vary from store to store, but thought I’d mention.

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There policy online does state it has to be local competitors.

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I have had cashiers that refused to price match on products online, especially directly from the Walmart website. They have told me that I need the physical store circular with the item specifically on sale, or they won’t give it to me, even though I told them my Target has lower prices than them every day. When I have had them call over their manager, they have told me the exact same thing, so I just stopped going there.

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Wow i’ve been told the same thing with their own online prices.

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Walmart will not price match their own online prices.

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i just noticed reading the policy again it does state they don’t honor online prices.

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I’m so glad I live in Texas – I pay tax on the AFTER coupon price. So if I use a $2 coupon on a $1.99 product, Walmart will PAY me 1 cent :)

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My Wal-mart must be evil then. I’ve asked my cashiers more than once if they knew if milk was cheaper elsewhere and they said they couldn’t tell me. When I asked why, they usually said it was my responsibility to know and it was their policy not to tell.
The nicest cashier I know sometimes asks me if I want to price match a certain item she knows is on sale, but if I don’t know the price, she won’t give it to me.

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Same where I live. The cashier I always go to told me she used to tell
people and give them the price, but the mgr pulled her aside and told
her she wasn’t allowed to do that. I am glad I am very knowledgeable on
what is on sale and where.

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we have lists on our registers every week that the CSM’s write up with the top 10 deals in our area and we freely give the information. half the time we do it without even mentioning it to the customer lol.

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So weird on how much they differ! When I went a Wal-mart in another state, the cashier didn’t even seem to understand what I meant when I said “price matching.” He said “Oh, I think I remember something about that.”

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