Walmart’s Automatic Price Matcher ~ Savings Catcher. My Review and Thoughts

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The new Wal-Mart Savings Catcher is now available nationwide.

What is the Savings Catcher? It's an automatic price matcher. Now when you shop at Walmart you can let them do the price matching for you. After you checkout it's as simple as taking a picture of your receipt or entering your receipt number online.

They will scan the local competitors ads and if they find a lower price at another store, they will give you the difference back in the form of an egift card to use on a future purchase!

The program is a great way to save additional money with no work involved.

Key facts from the FAQ section to know about:
  • DO NOT price match:

Items that require a separate purchase to get an advertised price (buy oatmeal, get milk for $1)
Items with no actual price (buy cereal, get Milk free)
Items that require a purchase to get a gift card (buy 3 shampoo, get $5 gift card)
Going out of Business or Closeout Prices
Percentage off sales

  • Coupons can be used.  Savings is applied to Walmart price before you use any coupons.
  • You have 7 days to enter your receipt
  • DOES NOT apply to Store Brands, deli, bakery and weighed items like meat. (but yes to most fruits and vegetables). General merchandise items like electronics, media and gaming, toys, sporting goods, housewares, small appliances, home decor, bedding, books and magazines, apparel and shoes, jewelry, furniture and seasonal products, non-branded items, tobacco, firearms, gasoline, tires, prescription drugs, optical and photo products and services, products that require a service agreement such as wireless, automotive or financial products.
  • You can earn a maximum of $599.99 Reward Dollars per calendar year.

I decided to test it out before I made this post and here's what I did and here's what I came to conclude:

I purposely bought items that were in the sale ads from my 2 local grocery stores: Smith's and Kent's

I was curious if the Savings Catcher would ‘catch' the Mega Event items at Smith's. Here's what I bought

5 Jif Peanut Butter – $1.49 when you buy 5 Mega Items at Smith's
1 Grandma Sycamore Bread – $2.50 at Kent's
3 Eggo Waffles – 3/$5 at Smith's

I proceeded to checkout and DID NOT price match so I could test the Savings Catcher.

My total for the 9 above items:

5 Jif -$2.48 each
Bread – $2.98
3 Eggo Waffle – $2.00 each
Total $21.38 + tax

When I got back to the car, I opened up the Walmart app on my phone. It was easy to navigate to the Savings Catcher. It gave me the option to “Scan a Receipt”. There is a QR code at the bottom of your receipt that you can scan or you can manually enter in the receipt number.

After you scan the receipt, it tells you which stores in your area they will be price matching against. Here are the stores it brought up for me:

Dollar General
Family Dollar

Kent's was NOT on the list! This was a big disappointment for me. Kent's is closer to my Walmart than Petsmart and Officemax. It seems that it's only picking the larger chain stores. I was also shocked not to see Target or Best Buy. I don't have either of these stores in my town, but they are within a 30 miles radius. Petsmart and Officemax are also not in my town. Weird!

After it scanned for stores, it told me that it could take up to 3 days for them to “work their magic” and compare what I bought to find lower prices.

So I patiently waited……….

3 Days later, I got an email and a notification on my phone that the price matching was done and that I could view my savings. Here's what it did:

5 Jif Peanut Butter – price matched Dollar General at $1.85 each
Eggo Waffles – price matched Smith's at $1.66

It also gave me a tax refund of $.13
My total savings was $4.30 
This savings was loaded to an eGift Card for me to use at Walmart

Now if I didn't know about the prices at the other stores. If I didn't do my homework and shopped lazily at Walmart, the savings would have been a nice pleasant surprise. That is the only thing I found good about this program. This program is a great way for Walmart to KEEP the shoppers that they already have.

I was VERY disappointed that it didn't price match the Jif Peanut Butter for $1.49 at Smith's. After all, I did buy 5 of them to stay within the Mega Promo. The $1.49 price IS/WAS listed in the Smith's ad. I was also disappointed that I didn't get the lower price on the bread. I didn't know they weren't going to price match Kent's until after I checked out.

If I had done this shopping trip at Smith's, I would have saved an additional $2.26.  My Smith's will let me price match Kent's!  I also would have received Fuel Rewards!

Conclusion: this program doesn't make me want to become a Walmart Shopper! Not at all! I DO however see the good of it if I do take the occasional trip there. It's not hard to scan your receipt and IF any lower prices are found, I really didn't do anything to get that savings.

If you want to try out the program for yourself, go here for more details.

For me, I will continue to shop at Smith's. I LOVE the fast checkout (nothing is worse than waiting 40 minutes to checkout at Walmart!). I love the customer service and friendly employees at Smith's. I love their produce and meat selection. I LOVE that I save money on gas!

What are your thoughts? Does this program make you want to shop at Walmart? Have you tried it out?

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16 thoughts on “Walmart’s Automatic Price Matcher ~ Savings Catcher. My Review and Thoughts

  1. Becky @ Babes in Hairland says:

    Thanks so much for your review on this and saving me the legwork to figure it out! I'd rather price match and just keep my money rather than getting their e-giftcard to respend the money in their store. Those dang corporate people know what they are doing, so I'm not surprised. The big question I have though is can you no longer price match stuff? Is this their way around it?

  2. Anonymous says:

    I agree 100%! I shop at Walmart more than I like because of the options in my area but this program actually made me like them even less when I discovered they only price match two stores in my area not including the main grocery store I shop at more frequently. Lucky for me, I work right by a fantastic Smith's and pick things up on my way home instead if I can.

  3. JenB says:

    I've become a bit lazy on my checking of ads, so this might be good for me … not that I've been to Walmart in a while. I too love Smiths (their fuel rewards and quick check out) and my "mart" type shopping has moved to Kmart, as I've been participating in their Fitstudio program (earning SYWR points for physical activity, simply link to my Fitbit and I earn at least $5 a week). I hadn't really heard of THIS program though, so glad to at least be aware of it.

  4. MamaD says:

    I just tried this out. I usually never shop at Walmart but I had to pick up some organization stuff and wanted it to match what I bought there before so I ended up picking up a few groceries there. Hopefully, I can get something back without working too hard! It's great to know about a program like this!

  5. april says:

    I am glad you posted about this. I was also wanting to try it out to see if it really worked. It would take a lot for me to go back to shopping at Walmart. I also find the wait in the checkout to be so long and the employees could care less if the lines are long. Smiths and Target get all my business now.

  6. Kathleen M Smith says:

    Thanks for the review. I also did a test, not price matching some items at the register. I got back $2.53. I was disappointed that 2 items from a regional store were not price matched, it is not on the competors list apparently ($1.21 savings), but I used the contact form to ask about it. Also, they missed .50 cents saving at one of the Dollar stores on detergent and I submitted that for review, the store was on the drop down menu. I expected another dollar, but realized that the item was not an advertised price, just cheaper at another store.

  7. Peeper & Monkey says:

    When walmart started their price matching program initially I figured it was just an added bonus. Then I went to buy a movie at my walmart. They were sold out. They called the Layton store and said yup they had it and it was one the Syracuse store had already price matched with target automatically on their shelf. When we got to the Layton store which is about 5 miles away. The Layton store had the movie was full price. They said they don't price match their own stores and they would not price match target. I asked what stores they did price match for anything and was told no one. No stores were close enough. The Layton has about 4 stores between smiths, target and different associated food stores within 5 miles.

    After that I never even considered trying to price match at walmart. I know it wasn't food that trip, but I have found with walmart their are so many rules that no one, even their employees know.

    We honestly stopped going to walmart. I would rather pay an extra dollar for something to not have to deal with wIting in line for an hour.

  8. Kelly V. says:

    I tried it and got a savings back of over $2 on some cheese that was on sale at Smiths. They listed Target and Best Buy as the competitors they match in my area (it said 25 competitors in my area of St. George). Although I do a lot of coupon deals at Smith's I shop at walmart for everything else so I will be using this program. I also liked how easy it was to scan the receipt in the app.

  9. Anonymous says:

    The savings catcher doesn't take anything like 3 for 5 dollars. It has to be an exact price. You would have to price match with the ad at the checkout. And those peanut butters require you to buy something first and then the peanut butter is 1.49. Thats not a valid price match either. I work at walmart and know what it works for.

  10. JanicaUDD says:

    Thanks Anonymous Walmart Employee for your comment. I'm confused by that. The Eggo Waffles were priced 3/$5 in the Smith's ad. It gave me the $1.67 price match??

  11. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for the reviews. I went shopping on Thursday I used my Randalls ad 3/5 deals even the cashier would not take ad because its only on Friday 3/5 ad. I've been using ad match forever plus I use my coupons. I was disapointed she wouldn't take the ad but being so nice she took them all : ) maybe the system is like that only on Fridays it will except 3/5 ad. Yes I hate those long lines too. I try to go around 3 before kids get out of school, people are waiting for kids instead of shopping.

  12. Lori says:

    I shopped at Wal-Mart on August 21 wanting to try it out. I had also done my research and purposely bought items that were cheaper at Target. After I checked out, I scanned my receipt. It gave me a continual loading circle so I went about my business and checked yhe app a bit later. Imagine my surprise when I looked up my receipt and it was someone else's receipt. Completely different receipt number, a time stamp later than my receipt, and this person's information on how they paid. When I tried to scan my receipt again, it said that that receipt number had already been entered. I have been on the phone trying to get this matter resolved to no avail. Needless to say, I took the non-perishable item back to Wal-Mart and repurchased it at Target for the lower price.

  13. Korilynn {One Cheap Utah Chick} says:

    Yes, I agree, the Walmart Price Catcher is pretty useless. I too have tested it against Smith's promotions and other sales and it does not always catch them. The other bummer is it doesn't supplement price matching in general. Also, if an item is regularly lower priced in the area than WAlmart (which is very common) the app doesn't notice that. To me it's a waste of time. Sadly.

  14. Springs1 says:

    For anyone like myself that prices matches every week, I will not do this savings catcher, here's why:

    1. Privacy – Sending your email address can give you spam

    Also, they know what you buy. I don't want them to know that.

    2. It doesn't catch everything and I have read a review that states it has caught someone's not as cheap price(for example, Walgreen's has an item for $2.50, Walmart's price is $3.00, but CVS has the same item for $2.25, the price catcher for the person in the review said it would only give back the $2.50. That means you LOSE money if you don't price match it. Someone did say it caught the cheaper price, but maybe that's from a store they had in their system that was for the savings catcher, I am not sure?

    For the people that are lazy, yeah, this is great for them sort of like free money they wouldn't have gotten before, but for people like me, I will NEVER do this, EVER!

    Also, people have said it's only certain stores when the rules on price matching is "ANY LOCAL COMPETITOR'S AD", so if they don't compare EVERY STORE in the area, then you lose as well if you price match normally.

    So for me, it's a huge waste of time and PRIVACY issues on top of that.

    Also, if you don't shop regularly at Walmart, it's a ploy to come back to the store, which if you are there, DUH, you may want to buy more stuff(which is probably their idea of this). If you don't go to Walmart much, it may not be something for you.

    Also, if you have a return on an item, you will only get back what you paid which makes sense according to a co-worker I have, but the thing is the things you buy with the e gift cards, that means when you make a return, you probably will get it returned as the gift card.

    My point being, if you don't feel like ever price matching, then hey, this is a way to go, but for people that are obsessed with saving money like me, price matching will ALWAYS PREVAIL over that. Especially when something really is on sale, but the price catcher doesn't catch it or as I said, it catches not the lowest price possible.

    So if you like spam in your email(assuming you will get spam from this), not to go to the trouble to price match, go to Walmart often, and like no privacy, this is for you.

  15. jj says:

    I have successfully used the savings catcher and the bluebird card. Example:I bought grapes at $2.28 a lb at walmart, and they were 99cents a lb elseware. I bought 2 lbs for $4.56. I got back $2.58 and i doubled it with the bluebird card. I got back $5.16 by doubling. SO i paid $$4.56 and got back $5.16 I made money and got the grapes for free. So i just went and bought $16 in grapes and am waiting for the 3 day window to confirm i will make money. If i dont get the price match, i will just bring the receipt back to walmart with the ad for 99 cents and do the price match.
    Also A&W root beer 2 ltr is $1.44 at walmart, and $1 at walgreens. With the double the difference on the bluebird card, i paid 56 cents per bottle.

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