Hi friends! It’s been circulating online for about 6 months now how Walmart was going to start phasing out their price matching policy. Well the time has come and Walmart has stopped price matching. Gasp! I know, I know. Honestly, not all stores have stopped (yet); however, Walmart is being tight lip on which stores still allow price matching. Price matching is how I saved the bulk of my money on groceries. I don’t coupon. Not because I can’t, but because I always felt it was a waste of time for my little family of three. I am still adamant about not coupon clipping or printing off coupons online (unless it’s too good to pass up).
What is price matching?
In case you aren’t familiar with what price matching is – it’s the best way to save money on groceries. Your Walmart would typically match their competitor’s price on name brand items and even store brand to store brand items.
When I heard how Walmart was going to be doing away with price matching I started developing a new strategy to help you save money on groceries.
Price matching was always a double edge sword. You saved money, but you had to deal with the mess that is Walmart, grumpy cashiers and impatient customers. Part of me is relieved it’s over, but another part is a little sad because I liked the challenge and loved saving money.
To combat the new policy backlash Walmart is supposed to be lowering their already low prices to help. I guess we’ll see how that turns out and if it’s really a savings, but until then I have a new plan to save money since Walmart stopped their price matching.
Here’s how to save without Walmart price matching:
You can switch which grocery store you shop at. Find a new one that can help save money without the hassle of price matching. Simple – I plan on switching stores for most of my day-to-day grocery items. I started shopping at Aldi lately and I’ve noticed a huge savings on most of the essential items that my family needs. My local Aldi doesn’t carry everything we need so I know there will be trips to Walmart or Walgreens in my future, but for the bulk of my items I plan at shopping at Aldi.
The other option is start buying items online. I’ve started adding is ordering more from Amazon. Shopping on Amazon is by far the easiest and most convenient for our family. I use the Subscribe and Save for our dog food, diapers, toilet paper and wipes. As I’ve learned when we need to replace items, I’ve added them to our Subscribe and Save too.
Money Saving Apps
You can utilize money saving apps to rack up extra money for fun trips, purchases, and anything else you want. I use my money saving apps like the Walmart Savings Catcher And Ibotta. The savings catcher app doesn’t quite price match what I consider good deals. You have to shop name brand and it has to be on sale at a store within the vicinity of the Walmart you shop at. But honestly I feel that it only compares my shopping to stores like Walgreens and CVS in my hometown. I don’t think it compares to the actual grocery stores nearby.
Since I plan on stopping most of my Walmart shopping I won’t be using this app nearly as much. I use the Walmart Savings Catcher app when I shop at Walmart because it’s convenient. I already have the Walmart receipt and it only takes 5 seconds to upload it, so why not? I don’t get a ton of money from the app and I usually try to save as much as possible to use for Christmas; however, it’s not typically enough to pay for my entire Christmas budget. That’s when I use Ibotta to help pick up the slack.
I do plan on using Ibotta with my Aldi shopping, but I’ve noticed a serious lack of rebates available from them. It’s a little disappointing, but I can’t complain too much since I’m getting such a good deal in-store. I also know I won’t be able to do all of my shopping at Aldi so it’s nice to know I’m still going to be getting some savings from the other local grocery stores.
Check Sales and Meal Plan
The third option I’m going to be doing is checking the sales ads. I do meal planning for two weeks to help us save money, so by having a plan with a grocery list of what I need then I’ll be able to see which stores have specific items on sale. I won’t mind going into multiple stores since I’ll have a plan for my grocery list and know which stores to buy which items then I can save time and money. Because let’s be honest price matching at Walmart though it was nice and saved money it could be time-consuming if you had a lot of items with a lot of price matches and you had a grumpy cashier.
What are you doing without Walmart’s price matching? Leave a comment and let me know, I always want to learn new ways to save money.
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