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When Walmart announced last August they’d be nixing their longstanding, in-store price matching program, people flipped their lids.
The program was a huge selling point to thousands of shoppers over the years, and its elimination sparked a lot of anger and confusion among Walmart enthusiasts, because we thought we couldn’t get a price match at Walmart anymore at all.
But you can put down the pitchforks and take a deep breath.
Now that some time has passed, we’ve found 4 reasons why it’s no big deal (and actually kind of awesome):
1. Your local Walmart is probably still price matching…for now.
At first Walmart pinky-promised they were ONLY going to get rid of the policy at 500 stores. But in August of last year, just three months after the initial announcement, they very quietly said, “Never mind” and bumped it up to 800.
They recently rolled out the change in more stores, but rest assured, if your store doesn’t offer traditional price-matching, you’ll see this blue sign posted.
2. Walmart’s Savings Catcher finds the best deal and refunds you the difference.
It’s not that Walmart is getting rid of price matching, they just changed its name to “Savings Catcher.”
And Savings Catcher ROCKS.
It’s inside the Walmart app and compares the prices of the eligible items you bought at Walmart with the advertised prices found in the print and online versions of the weekly ads of top retailers in your area (ads must be valid at the time you made your Walmart purchase).
If Savings Catcher finds something cheaper, they’ll refund you the difference in the form of a Walmart e-gift card.
You can either print the gift card and take it into the store, or just show the cashier the app on your phone.
3. Savings Catcher will save you more money, not less.
There’ve been times I got a refund from my receipt when I didn’t even know something was cheaper at a different store.
For example, I got an $0.88 refund for my Simply Orange orange juice because, while I bought it for $3.87 at Walmart, it was only $2.99 at Target.
Basically, you don’t even have to pay attention beyond scanning your receipt with the Walmart app.
4. You can still use coupons with a price match.
Rollback pricing + Savings Catcher app + coupons = You’re still in the business of getting stock-up prices on groceries and household items at Walmart.
So, never fear! Walmart’s changes, while a little disconcerting to hear about at first, are actually pretty cool.