New Savings Catcher Program from Walmart
Wow! Walmart has this new beta program called Savings Catcher and it sounds awesome! It’s only being tested in select markets at the moment, but I suspect that if it “catches” on, it will go Nationwide. In a nutshell, you enter your receipt number (what they call the TC number) from any in-store purchase receipt and it will compare the prices you paid to select retailers in your area. If it finds a lower price at one of those select retailers, they will refund you the difference, between the price you paid and the price the other retailer is selling it for, in the form of a Walmart e-gift card. You can get an e-gift card each time, or have them accumulate in your online account until you’re ready to cash them in for one BIG e-gift card.
Right now, Savings Catcher will work with grocery, household supplies and health & beauty items. Nothing like electronics, toys, housewares or things like that, but who knows what the future will bring! After reading through the list of available markets below, Ft Lauderdale is coming up short so make sure to let me know what you think of the program if you’re in one of the lucky markets. If I were you, I’d enter my TC number every time, from every receipt just in case it finds something. What have you got to lose?
I’ve listed some of the features/faqs below, but head on over to their website to get the entire lowdown. Remember, let me know what you think. Happy shopping ~ Michele
Some Savings Catcher Features & Facts Straight from their Website:
1. Includes the following beta test markets & store comparisons:
- Atlanta, GA– Aldi, Food Depot, CVS, Food Lion, Dollar General, Dollar Tree, Family Dollar, Ingles, Kroger, Publix, Rite-Aid, Kmart, Target, Walgreens, IGA, Wayfield Foods and Piggly Wiggly.
- Charlotte, NC– Aldi, Bi-Lo, CVS, Dollar General, Dollar Tree, Family Dollar, Food Lion, Harris Teeter, Ingles, Kmart, Lowes (Food), Target, Rite-Aid, Publix and Walgreens.
- Dallas, TX– Albertsons, Aldi, Brookshires, Dollar General, Dollar Tree, Family Dollar, HEB, Kroger, Target and Tom Thumb.
- Huntsville, AL Market– Aldi, CVS, Dollar General, Dollar Tree, Family Dollar, Save-A-Lot, Foodland, Kroger, Piggly Wiggly, Publix, Rite Aid, Target, Walgreens.
- Lexington, KY– Aldi, CVS, Dollar General, Dollar Tree, Family Dollar, Save-A-Lot, Kroger, Meijer, Rite Aid, Target and Walgreens.
- San Diego– Albertsons, CVS, Dollar Tree, Ralph’s, Rite Aid, Vons, Smart & Final, Target, Fresh & Easy, Walgreens, Stater Bros and Save-A-Lot.
2. What if I use coupons:
No problem, you can still use Savings Catcher. If you use a coupon, Savings Catcher will compare the original Walmart price of the item, before the coupon was applied, to other stores’ advertised prices for the same item. For example: You bought cookies at Walmart. The shelf price was $3 and you used a coupon for $0.25, so you paid $2.75. If Savings Catcher finds that a competitor advertised those same cookies for $2, Savings Catcher will still credit you $1, even though you paid only $2.75 at Walmart.
3. What competitor pricing won’t Savings Catcher cover – Pretty much everything Walmart’s price matching policy won’t cover now:
- Items that require a separate purchase to get the advertised price (example: “Buy oatmeal to get cereal for $1.”)
- Items with no actual price that require a purchase to get a free product. (example: “Buy both oatmeal & cereal to get milk for free.”)
- Items that require a purchase to get a gift card (example: “Buy a 12 pack of paper towels to get a $5 gift card.”)
- Buy one get one free (BOGO) where there is no actual item price listed (example: Peter Pan Peanut Butter, buy one, get one free. Save up to $2.50”)
- Going out of business or closeout prices
- Percentage off (example: “All mascara, 40% off”)
4. Will Savings Catcher work with online pricing?
Savings Catcher currently applies to your in-store purchases only.