Posted by: thesavinghabit | June 30, 2011

Know Your Stores – Price Matching/Coupon Policies

Walmart

Many of you may have seen the recent Walmart TV ad on their price matching policy. If not, the policy is that they will match any competitor’s pricing. I called my local Walmart store this morning to try to get clarification on this policy. I’m not satisfied with the response, but that was expected based on my experience with Walmart here inSouth Florida.  The person who answered the phone didn’t have any idea which stores they matched and transferred me to the service desk. That employee didn’t now either and just told me to bring in the ad that I wanted matched. I explained that I wanted to know which stores they would match BEFORE I entered the store and she told me she couldn’t find a list. So, I’m not very convinced that the cashier’s are going to have any knowledge either!  I then called their corporate office to speak to a customer service representative who had to ask her supervisor.  So, here’s what I was told:

 1)     You must have the ad you want matched with you

2)     The competitor stores they will match are determined by the local store manager and market manager.

3)     They should accept anything within the general area, including traditional grocery stores, drug stores, home improvement stores, electronic stores, etc.

4)     I didn’t ask about this today, but in the past I was told that they do not match BOGO (buy one, get one free) sales.

 In addition, if you have manufacturer coupons to use, these should be accepted even after price matching. Apparently people in some areas have had problems with stores accepting coupons in addition to price matching. However, according to corporate policy, they should accept the coupons.

 Sounds good, right? I hope it is. However, I don’t know how much you can save to make it worth the hassle. Only you can determine what lengths you are willing to go to in order to save. Personally, grocery shopping at Walmart is not for me. And I can get better pricing by using Publix BOGO sales.

 Publix New Coupon Policy

Effective May 23, 2011, Publix has announced that it will no longer accept competitor coupons from drug stores such as Walgreens and CVS for items other than prescriptions.  I have also been told that they do not consider Target and Walmart competitors and do not accept those coupons. However, each region may vary because some stores have accepted Target coupons from me, and some have not.  So, I recommend checking specifically with your store.

 In addition, Publix reserves the right to limit quantities of items purchased with coupons.

 You can read Publix statement regarding their policy here.

 I think we are going to see these types of changes as a growing trend due to the fact that more people are using coupons in this economy. And, unfortunately, I believe the TV show “Extreme Couponing” has encouraged hoarding instead of sensible couponing.   Publix has always technically had a limit on their BOGO sales, but I’ve never had a store enforce it on me. However, if people start emptying their shelves of sale product, I’m sure Publix will start doing enforcing that policy.

 Now for some other good stuff!

 All You Magazine June Coupon List – Frugally Thrifty has been kind enough to provide a list of coupons that will be in Walmart’s All You Magazine for July.  You can check it out here to see if you want to stop by and pick up a copy. I believe it retails for $2.49 per issue if you buy it at Walmart, but you can get a subscription for less.  However, I will tell you that sometimes the subscription version has less coupons than the newsstand version.

 Walmart Deals – Iheartthemart.com has put up the best deals at Walmart for this week. You can find it here.

 For local calendar events:

For Delray Beach, click here.

For Boynton Beach, click here.

For Boca Raton, click here.

 Now, on to the deals this week!

 Know the Lingo
BOGO – Buy one, get one free
SS – Smart Source (coupon inserts in Sunday’s papers)
RP – Red Plum (coupon inserts in Sunday’s papers)
PG – Proctor & Gamble (coupon inserts in Sunday’s papers)
GM – General Mills (occasional coupon inserts in Sunday’s papers)
Blinkie – coupon dispensers in stores
Peelie – coupons found on products that you peel off
Hangtag – coupons found hanging on bottles
All You – Magazine sold at Walmart or via subscription

 Whole Foods:  Click here for their coupons. If you prefer to shop at Publix, they should accept these as competitor coupons.  You may also want to check out The Thrifty Mama’s post on Whole Foods deals here.

 Publix Greenwise:  Click here for their weekly ads.

 Many thanks to IHeartPublix.com for their great tips on shopping at Publix!

 For Publix “Super Deals” for 6/30-7/6, please click here.

For Publix full sale list with coupon match-ups for 6/30-7/6, please click here.

For Publix Advantage Buy Flyer sales, please click here.

 Renita’s Favorite Money-Saving Sites

http://www.simplycvsshopping.com/

http://www.specials.publix.com

http://www.iheartpublix.com

http://www.iheartwags.com

http://www.iheartcvs.com

http://www.cvsdeals.gather.com

http://publixpennypincher.blogspot.com

http://www.southernsavers.com

http://frugalityisfree.com

http://getadealdude.com

http://claimsqueen.com/

http://www.thesimpledollar.com

http://www.iheartthemart.com

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Renita is a resident of Palm BeachCounty, and author of “Wow! You Saved How Much?” For more information, visit her website at http://wowyousavedhowmuch.com.

 “Copyright © Renita R. Perrone All rights reserved. Permission granted to reprint this article on your website without alteration (excluding the weekly deals)  if you include this copyright statement and leave the hyperlinks live and in place.” http://wowyousavedhowmuch.com

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