A co-worker and friend told me about price matching at Wal-Mart. You do not need the ads, you don’t clip anything and once you get the hang of it, it doesn’t take much time at the checkout.
Several times a week I get sales ads from other grocery stores in my area, before I would just toss these aside because I am not one to drive all around town for a sale. Now, I keep them on my dining room table and once a week go through them while making my list.
I have one list of my price matching; broke down with store names, sale prices with units/sizes. Then I make a typical grocery list with everything I need, price matched items with a star next to them. I organize my list based on how my store is laid out so nothing is over looked.
Price matching works on name and store brands, like item to like item. You do need to pay attention to what the Wal-Mart price is so you know you are getting a deal. (If you want to go an extra step and make note of the store price next to your sale price this will make it easier at the end to calculate your total savings) You may also want to compare the item you have a price match for to a store brand item to even further insure you are getting the best price.
The best price matching successes I have had are on the Brand Name things I use weekly; like my gallons size and 12pack bottles of Diet Green Tea, Lipton with Honey to go packets, Silk Almond Milk, Quaker Oatmeal and of course stocking up on meat! Most everything else I will sacrifice for a store brand and cheaper price. (Using sale ads when Wal-Mart’s price isn’t lower) I also use price matching for fresh fruits and veggies. I would say typically my cart is maybe 5-10% things I do not have a sale price for!
Each week my savings range from $30-$74. Well worth the little effort it takes to look through ads and write a few things down I think! Before I discovered Price Matching I was spending between $1-200 making my monthly cost entirely too high for my liking. Now my weekly bill is typically under $100—like last week I spend $50 and saved $30. (So what would have cost me $80 I got for $50!) I call that a success!
I hope everyone tried Price Matching at least once—let’s make these grocery stores work for our business; it’s the only thing we can do to fight back on the ever rising cost of food!