How to Price Match at Stores

How to Price Match at Stores

How to Price Match at Stores

When was the last time you had a store price match an item for you?  Did you realize there are several stores who have price matching policies?  Most stores that price match aren’t grocery stores, however Walmart and Target both price match and sell groceries, so remember from time to time to consider heading to your local Walmart or Target if you’re favorite grocery store is out of the product on sale, or if they give you a hard time with using your coupons, etc.  Here is a perfect example of how you can price match this week at Walmart to score some free Goya Baked Beans.

Price Match Example at Walmart:

Goya Beans are on sale this week at A&P and Pathmark (through today, 6/28) for only $0.50 each.  There is a $0.50/1 Goya Baked Beans coupon available from the 6/24 SS insert, making these free, however the Pathmark and A&P Ad says “limit 1.”  I’m not sure if this restriction is enforced, however if you want to play it safe, and if you want to score a bunch of free Goya Baked Beans with your coupons, head on over to Walmart and have them price match.  They will probably have lots in stock and Walmart doesn’t enforce a “4 like coupon limit” like many grocery stores do.

How to EasilyCompare Prices:

If you think you have to search through each and every circular to find the best price, you are in for a nice surprise.  Use the LRWC Grocery Price Comparison Tool to search for the best price on the products you are trying to buy.  Use that information along with the current coupons to price match at the store you would like to shop at.

Here is a list of stores that have a price match guarantee:

Remember, all of these policies have exceptions and restrictions, so please be sure to read them carefully before heading out to price match.  Let us know if you know of other stores that price match!

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  • christine

    Ive had Walmart tell me on numerous occasions that I could not use a price match with a coupon. That the price match, essentially, is the coupon. Needless to say, I left the store very annoyed and without buying any items

    • Steph S.

      That’s happened to me a few times, but don’t be discouraged, as I’ve stuck to my guns and had managers figure it out and put the deals through. I choose a Walmart store based on my success rate at each and go with the one I usually never have a problem at.

    • Candy

      This happened to me in NJ many many times. I ended up calling the district manager who confirmed that they do price match AND accept mfg. coupons so I got names and tel #’s . If I have any further problems I was told to have that store mgr. call them while I was present to clear it up! Trust me – for sanity reasons do this as well !

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  • Steph S.

    I use price matches at Walmart all the time! They are usually pretty easy going with the coupons and PMs so that it’s even more convenient than going to a big name grocery store chain and being hassled about the amount of coupons, etc. I’m not one who goes into any store with more than even 10 of the same coupons and yet I get hassled at many places. I find Walmart to be the most agreeable. 🙂

  • Karen

    Kohl price match too. has to be brick n mortar store. Coupled with 30% coupon and Kohls’ Cash, can amount to quite a saving

  • Kristy

    I just price matched today at Bottom Dollar! Saved me from running to 2 stores!

  • Josh the coupon ninja

    Also Remember if any place(Walmart included) says that the price match IS THE COUPON, tell them that no the price match is just a match of the sale of another store. Steph(posted above) and I had this happen just this past friday at walmart. We stood our ground and had the Assistant manager help us. Well as much as he could, he actually made a mistake in our favor and gave us an even bigger overage. And never forget to have a policy printed out that way if they try to play you, you can win the game

  • Cindy from L.I

    In the rite aid circular it says $10 off shelf price without the price actually listed will this work as well? TFH

    • Candy

      No. You need to have an actual price

  • Maymee

    Does Target price macth with Dollar General store or small store?

  • Arielle

    I’ve used price match at Target numerous times. It’s great when you have a manufacturer’s coupon AND a Target coupon. Then you just bring in the competitor circular and make a triple bargain!

    I did this once for Classico sauces: I had a Target coupon for $1.00 off their new Poblano Alfredo flavor (which is yummy, btw!) and a peelie right on the jars said you get one free tomato sauce if you buy two alfredo. I waited until Classico was on sale, and it came up one day as $1.99 at Shoprite. Brought the circular into Target, used both coupons, and scored 3 jars of Classico sauce for $2.98!

  • Do you do the price match as you are checking out by showing the cashier the other store ad? Or, do you have to do it at Customer Service after completing the transaction? TIA!!

    • Steph S.

      Walmart will let you say the competitors pricing and they will match it, although I always bring a copy of the ad with me to show in case (and usually do anyways). I’m not sure about other store’s price matching policies, but you can find them all online I believe. I do the price matching right in the checkout line and usually have no problem. I do not go to the 10-20 items or less lines as I’ve had problems there.

  • Erica

    How does Walmart acknowledge the price matching if you don’t bring in the ad? The commercials make it seem as if they just take your word. Do they have all the local circulars to research it?

    • Candy

      My store in NJ does have a binder of local ads but if for some reason they do not have it in hand and it seems to be a reasonable price they will take your word for it.

  • Marley

    I had an AWESOME price match at Babies R Us last week! I price matched a ($160) car seat priced $89.99 at Baby Depot. I used two BRU gift cards purchased at Shoprite during spend $50 get $10 catalina special. BRU had a “spend $100, get a free pack of diapers special”, so I grabbed a few items to bring my total to $100.
    In all, I made $20 from GC purchase, saved $70 by price matching and got a free pack of diapers worth $17! I was thrilled!!!

    • Anonymous

      WOW! You did awesome! I had no idea babies r us price matched. Does toys r us do it too?

  • Karen

    Can you price match at walmart if an item from another store says “2 for $3.00”? Or does the item have to be a specific price like $1.50 each?

  • Colleen

    I was told at Target that they can only match advertised pricing, not “CLUB” pricing, that you’d need a grocery card to receive. So for example, you cannot match Shoprite’s price at Target because Shoprite requires your Price Plus Card. Kind of stinks 🙁

    • Melissa

      If what you describes is accurate (I myself have not price matched at Target), you should still be able to price match non-price plus card deals (store calls this a ‘straight sale’). These are sales that do not have a PP discount. There are sometimes very good deals of this type.

  • Michele

    Best Buy will price match based on a competitor’s online price unless you have a printed price of the competitor’s in-store price on you. For example, the blu-ray player we bought yesterday was on sale at BB for $79.99. It sold on for $80 but in store at Wal-Mart for only $68. We didn’t know how their price matching worked in advance so we ended up using the BB’s helpful sales guy for info but making the purchase at wal-mart. I would’ve felt better supporting BB, but $12 is quite a bit of savings and we didn’t want to have to drive back to walmart then back to best buy and eat up our savings on gas. Now we know to do our homework ahead of time. And always check online prices of bigger items because we’ve saved money by buying something online and having free ship to store as opposed to just going into the store and paying their face value. Smart phones make this easy because you can go to the store’s website while you’re in the store to make sure you’re getting the best deal.

  • denise

    walmart would not price match me even with circular of competitor in my hand

    • Denise Uzunis

      What were you purchasing, I’m so surprised by that, I just price matched some play-doh sets from ShopRite to Walmart a few weeks ago

  • DeeDee

    I have the app FAVADO that I use at my local walmart , it is a great app and free.

  • Verito

    first of all loooooove the page, I check it out everyday 🙂
    I was wondering if CVS can matchup prices over Walmart and use manufacture coupon and pay with ECBs? LOL, I might sound crazy but savings its a savings 🙂

    • Selma

      Hi! Do you mean does CVS price match? No, they do not unfortunately.

      • Verito

        oh darn it! thank you 🙂

  • Sonjia

    This happened to me about 2 months ago when my husband and I had a 2 Kroger coupons on Tyson Chicken, the cashier told us that they did not take coupons and the other employee that was behind her looked at her as if to say huh. The cashier got frustrated because she needed to go on break and once we showed the coupon policy, she took them anyway and they final went through. Besides, we saved quite a bit the night that we went.