According to an article on USATODAY.com, Walmart has a new online tool that compares the prices of 80,000 food and household products offered in their stores to those offered by local competitors. For those of us who practice the fine art of ad matching, this is big news.
Instead of spending time scanning the local ads or using an on-line ad matching service, all you’ll need to do is enter your TC# found at the bottom of your receipt along with the date of your purchase and the program will compare your purchases to the same items featured in local ads. If they find a lower price, they will issue you a store credit for the difference.
The store credit can be used online or in stores. You can also use it immediately or allow it to build up. You could have the money accumulate throughout the year and then use it at Christmas time to buy toys and stocking stuffers.
How It Works
1) Set up an account at Walmart.com.
2) Go shopping at Walmart
3) Go here and enter your TC# and the date.
4) The program compares prices for you
5) Your savings are issued as a WalMart online gift card that can be used in stores or online.
(There always seem to be rules.)
1. You will need to open your Wal-Mart.com account within 7 days of purchasing the product.
2. Products are only matched against retailers in your geographic area.
3. Products are not matched against on-line items or products.
4. Only the products on the food and cleaning aisles are processed. If you buy an electronic you’ll still need to bring in your ad.
5. You don’t get cash back, but store credit which has to be spent at Wal-Mart.
6. The computer program doesn’t compare the Great Value brand against other local brands. However, if you are in the store, they will ad match their Great Value Brand against other local brands.
6. This program is still in its trial stages and hasn’t been rolled out to all geographic areas yet. You’ll have to check with your local Wal-Mart to see if they are participating.
I save a lot of money by matching the Great Value brand against the Western Family brand in our area. If those savings aren’t calculated in, I would be spending more by using this program. However, there are times when I run in for one thing and come out with 27 without checking the ads. So in those instances, this program would save me money.
Also, if you weren’t a person who checked the ads before, this program may be a great way for you to save some money with very little effort on your part.
Finally, if you’re looking for a way to cut back on your food budget, this could be one of the least painful ways to make that happen.
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