How to Save Money At Walmart 2019

Those of you who have been to my classes or been around here for very long, know how much I abhor the Big Blue Store, commonly known as Walmart.  But, I know that some of you continue to shop there.  Either out of habit- because you think it is cheaper there or even out of necessity because you just don’t have a variety of stores close to you.  Either way, you need to understand their coupon policy and what is acceptable and what is not.  Once you have read thru this and understand it, you will know more about their policy than most cashiers or CS peeps.  (That is not a slam against their cashiers, but a knock on the noggin for their corporate office for not training their staff better!!)

I am going to cut and paste their policy on here and give you some explanations under certain parts in red.  Make sure you print a copy from their site and keep it in your shopping/coupon binder. (When shopping there, you might just be glad you have it at hand!)

Walmart accepts:

  • Print-at-home internet coupons
    • Must be legible
    • Must have “Manufacturer Coupon” printed on them
    • Must have a valid remit address for the manufacturer
      (Where do they send it for reimbursement?)
    • Must have a valid expiration date
    • Must have a scannable bar code
    • Buy one, get one free (BOGO) coupons with a specified price
    • Are acceptable in black and white or color
      (Save on ink and print in B&W)
    • May not be duplicated
      (Do NOT copy printable coupons!)
  • Manufacturers’ coupons
    • For dollar/cents off
    • For free items (except those printed off the Internet)
    • Buy one, get one free (BOGO) coupons
    • Must have “Manufacturer Coupon” printed on them
    • Must have a valid remit address for the manufacturer
    • Must have a valid expiration date
    • Must have a scannable bar code
    • May not be duplicated
  • Competitors’ coupons
    • A specific item for a specified price, for example, $2.99
      (They accept a Walgreen’s in-ad type coupon which states “XYZ item for .49 cents.”  Not a Target type that says “$1 off XYZ item”.
    • Buy one, get one free (BOGO) coupons for items with a specified price
      (I have never had an issue with a BOGO Q that does not have a price limit)
    • Have a valid expiration date
    • Are acceptable in black and white
  • Soft drink container caps
  • Checkout coupons (“Catalinas”)
    • Printed at our competitors’ registers for dollar/cents off on a specific item
      (they accept these from Winn Dixie, Target, Walgreens and others)
    • Must have “Manufacturer Coupon” with specific item requirements printed on them
    • Must have a valid remit address for the manufacturer
    • Must have a valid expiration date
    • Must have a scannable bar code
    • Are acceptable in black and white
    • May not be duplicated

Walmart Does NOT Accept:

  • Checkout coupons:
    (Coupons received at check out attached to your receipt)
  • Dollars/cents off the entire basket purchase
    • (Like recent Walgreens $5 off $25 purchase)
    • Percentage off the entire basket purchase
  • Print-at-home Internet coupons that require no purchase
    (For a free item)
  • Competitors’ coupons:
    • Dollars/cents off at a specific retailer
      (Target- $1 off XYZ item)
    • Percentage off
    • Buy one, get one free (BOGO) coupons without a specified price
    • Double- or triple-value coupons
      (Doesn’t apply in FL, as we don’t get these-but in other states it might)

Guidelines and Limitations:

  • We only accepts coupons for merchandise that we sell.
    (Seems simple.  They only accept a Q for something they actually stock on their shelves.)
  • Coupons must be presented at the time of purchase.
    (Can not come back later and say “Oops!  I forgot to use my coupons.”)
  • Only one coupon per item.
    ( No different than anywhere else.  1 MQ per 1 item…)
  • Item purchased must be identical to the coupon (size, quantity, brand, flavor, color, etc).
  • There is no limit on the number of coupons per transaction.
  • Coupons must have an expiration date and be redeemed prior to expiration.
  • If coupon value exceeds the price of the item, the excess may be given to the customer as cash or applied toward the basket purchase.
    (They allow OVERAGE!  They will literally pay you the excess if you have it after items are scanned and coupons are deducted.)
  • SNAP items purchased in a SNAP transaction are ineligible for cash back.
  • WIC items purchased in a WIC transaction are applied to the basket purchase and may not be eligible for cash back. Refer to state-specific WIC guidelines.
  • Great Value, Marketside, Equate, Parents Choice, and World Table coupons have no cash value and are ineligible for cash back or application to the basket purchase.
    (The only one that I have EVER seen a coupon for is Parent’s Choice…)
  • The system will prompt for supervisor verification for:
    • 40 coupons per transaction.
    • A coupon of $20 or greater on one item.
    • $50 or more in coupons in one transaction.
      (They will accept more than 40 or a higher total value than $50, but a supervisor has to approve it.)

My 2 Sense:
Choose your cashier wisely!  If you find one that is coupon friendly and knowledgeable.  Try to get that cashier each time!  Not that you are trying to pull a fast one, but just that your transaction will go much smoother when you don’t have to continuously explain yourself or their own policy.  (On the flip side, stay away- far away from any that are just plain old’ cranky and seem to know nothing about Q’s and their intended use.)

They do have some good deals to use our coupons towards, without waiting for a sale to come along.  We often get $2 Schick disposable razor Q’s and they have a basic package that costs $1.97.  We occasionally get nice dish soap Q’s like $1.00 off Gain or Dawn dish soap and they sell the smaller bottle for .97.

They do price match.  They now say that you do not have to bring the sale ad with you, as they will confirm the price.  BUT, if you want to not spend an hour while they hunt it down, bring your own sale ads!  They have to be current ads, for the products they sell.  They cannot be something printed from the internet.

  • Price matching refers to actually listed prices, not BOGO offers, or percentage off.
  • They do not match “After reward” prices since they are often free AND the reward is for use on a future purchase. (Such as the 3 main drugstores various reward programs)
  • They do price match AND accept MQ towards the item!

In Florida only, they do BOGO match. From any store with a printed ad.  This BOGO Match policy is fairly new and Walmart is applying the store BOGO sale to THEIR OWN prices. (Example:  Del Monte Veggies BOGO @ 1.59 at Publix.  BOGO Match the same veggies @ .65 at Walmart!  Big savings!)
If you are going to dabble at couponing, then BOGO matching at Walmart will be a great saving.  IF you are serious about couponing and saving the most money, then learning to shop and save at Publix and CVS are going to save you MUCH more!

My Final Thoughts:

We have all spent many years shopping at Walmart, thinking it was the best deal for our money.  It is NOT!  That is a huge marketing campaign.  They do not have sales.  They do not ever do BOGO deals.  Their best attempt at this is called a “Rollback”, which are mostly a joke. (Granted there are some that when combined with MQ make for a good deal.)

Their Customer Service stinks.  And they don’t seem to care.  They don’t mind at all that there are 30 people in line in 2 check out lanes.  It annoys me to death when I go in and pick up my few items and stand in line longer than it took me to shop… (See how much I LOVE this store….)  I will also tell you that having become a Publix shopper, I am truly spoiled biased.  If you ever shopped at a Publix, you know exactly what I mean!  No comparison!

After all of this non-glowing explanation, If you still want to (or have to) shop at Walmart, consider using Ihearthemart as your one-stop Walmart deals website.  Paul runs it and does a fantastic job!  He usually has some Best Deal price matching posts each week for various national stores.  He’s got a sense of humor and loves Walmart.  Check out his site!