Walmart doesn’t have a weekly sale ad like most other stores, because they don’t actually have items on sale. They have “rollbacks,” but they’re not always advertised, and the rollback prices are not dated, i.e. they may last for a week or several months. You just never know. This makes it challenging for the average shopper to plan a coupon shopping trip to Walmart. You can get great coupon deals there, but it may take more effort than going to the grocery store.
Walmart does not offer double coupons, but they do have some pretty cool ways to save with coupons and with their price matching policy. Here are the highlights:
- Accept ALL manufacturer pre-printed coupons (i.e. Sunday newspaper coupons, tear pads, peelies, etc.)
- Accept internet printed coupons; they DO NOT accept internet printed coupons for free items or buy one, get one free.
- Accept competitor store coupons for a specific price, but not for dollars/cents off or percentage off.
- Accept manufacturer checkout coupons (Catalinas) from competitors for dollars/cents off.
- If the value of the coupon exceeds the price of the item (overage), the difference will be applied to the rest of the shopping order (WOW – no other stores in our area allow overage. They automatically reduce the coupon amount).
Walmart has a reputation for being the “low price” retailer, and they do have great everyday prices on many items. However, many grocery stores and even Target have lower sale prices on a regular basis. And when you have a grocery store that doubles coupons, even getting Walmart to price match isn’t going to be as good of a deal.
Since I started coupon shopping, I don’t shop at Walmart very often, since I get more “bang for my buck” at the grocery stores and I don’t have to jump through a bunch of hoops trying to price match items, which can make the checkout process long and complicated. But I do keep an eye out for deals listed on the internet by the “Walmart Shopping Experts” like I Heart The Mart.
More about Walmart:
Find recent posts about Walmart: Walmart Best Deals
Find Printable Manufacturer Coupons at Walmart.com (these are featured on the WalMart website, but can be used at any retailer that accepts manufacturer coupons).
Find Free Samples at Walmart.com, which often arrive with high value coupons attached!