price matching

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Price matching is a great way to save time and money, but it takes some organization. Here’s the secrets to how you price match like a couponing pro.

Price match secrets

Have you picked out all the sale items from the Sunday ads? If you want something from a few different stores, there’s no need to run around from store to store to take advantage of the sale prices. You can shop at one store and take advantage of all the sales. It’s called price matching or ad matching and several stores offer it.

Walmart, Best Buy, Staples, Office Max, and Office Depot are some of the stores that allow you to bring in a competitor’s ad and get that price at their store. At Walmart, you don’t even need the ad. It sounds easy, but how easy is it?

In a test, I had a novice couponer try to price match. I told him the basic rules, and let him go to work. I wanted to use someone who wasn’t skilled in saving money to show you that anyone can price match.

I found very few clerks know the policy at Walmart. We also tested a few other stores, and sometimes a price match added ten extra minutes to our shopping trip. It required circulars from other stores and a store manager. At Walmart, it’s supposed to be easier. Most times, the cashier was happy to change the price whether she or he knew the policy or not.

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Know the price match policy at each store

While some people report problems, it all comes down to knowing the policy where you are shopping. Don’t let a cashier frustrate you, and don’t be surprised if you have to educate them on the policy.

Organization is key

Just like successful couponers are organized, price matching takes organization too.

The hardest part is matching the items. It needs to be the exact same product including the model number and quantity. With seasonal items like back to school products, there are lots of variations making it difficult to price match. Some stores had two package Sharpie’s on sale, but at the store we were using to ad match we might have only found packages with three markers.

So, it’s hard with some items to ad match because you need to buy the same product.

I created an Excel spreadsheet to stay organized. This might be helpful if you are buying many products. It helps you keep the sales, prices, and model numbers organized.