How to Get Free Giftcards at Walmart!
Back in my childless glory days (a little over 2 years ago), my grocery store shopping took HOURS, like 5-6 hours (yikes!) After planning all the meals I would stock in my deep freeze (only 4-5 times a year) and making my grocery list, I would go through the ads for 3 different grocery stores to find the best prices on items I needed. It was a meticulous process, but I usually saved on average 30% at each store (without any coupons!) Any items I couldn’t find on sale I would buy at Walmart or Sam’s Club.
At this point you might be thinking, well Walmart price matches, so why don’t you just buy everything at Walmart? My honest answer is that I’ve never had a positive experience trying to price match there. Usually the Walmarts I go to are super busy and I hate to hold up the line. Every time I’ve ever asked a checker if they would price match an ad on my phone, they would tell me I need to physically bring the ad into the store. Sometimes I would forget to ask and honestly, sometimes the checker didn’t seem interested in trying to price match the 30 items from different stores I wanted to price match. Yeah I know, it’s a lot of lame excuses, but I just didn’t think it was worth the time and effort to “try” something that may not work.
Fast forward to today, now I have two small children and my time to shop has become drastically reduced. Because of this, I have limited most of my shopping to 3 stores: Walmart, Sam’s Club, and Aldi (I love Aldi for quick trips!) I still find though that I make trips to other stores to pick up things, for example pop (or soda, depending on your location!) My husband drinks 3-4 cans of pop a day and refuses to drink the off-brand. I, in return, stubbornly refuse to pay more than $3 for a 12 pack. So I wait until Target is running four 12 packs for $12 dollars and then buy 12+ cases!
But recently my sister told me about the game changer to price matching at Walmart, it’s called the “Savings Catcher” and it’s part of the Walmart App. Basically, after you shop at Walmart you take a picture of your receipt with your phone (you only have 7 days from the date of purchase to do this). This magical app then searches the store ads of top retailers in the area for the items you purchased. The names of these retailers appear on the screen during the process, for example I saw names like Schnucks, Kroger, Target, and Dollar General. If the app finds a lower price for an item you purchased, it gives you the difference in either the form of a Walmart eGift Card or as credit to a Bluebird card by American Express (Walmart’s credit card).
So I decided to put the app to the test.
I went shopping on Easter Eve to pick up a few things for lunch the next day. Not surprisingly, everyone else in St. Louis must have had the same idea, because Walmart was a madhouse! Our household was down to the last two 12 packs of pop (I think Micah was getting nervous), so before I went to the store I checked to see if pop was on sale in the area. I have found the easiest way to check this is on the “Flipp” app, if you don’t have it you should get it! I promise I will make a post explaining this app soon! I found that Coke products were on sale at Target (four 12 packs for $12) and Pepsi products were on sale at Walgreens (three 12 packs for $9). So while I was at Walmart, I picked up 4 cases of Coke products and 3 cases of Pepsi products to see if the Savings Catcher would find these sale prices.
As soon as I finished my shopping and got out to the car, I used the app to scan my receipt and submit it to the Savings Catcher!
To do this:
- I opened the app and clicked on the Account button (bottom right corner).
- A menu appeared and I clicked on “Store Receipts.”
- I clicked on the “+” sign in the upper right corner, at which time my smartphone camera activated and allowed me to take a picture of the QR code (or the barcode).
- After scanning your receipt, it takes you to a screen where you must put in your date of purchase and then you can click Submit. Just to be clear, at this point, the receipt is not entered into the Savings Catcher. It is only entered into your Walmart account which is actually helpful, because it can now be used as a “receipt” if you end up needing to return something.
- There are two possible ways to enter your receipt into the Savings Catcher.
First Time Users:
- The first time I used the app, I had to go back to the “Shop” button in the bottom left corner of the screen. Then scroll down just a little. At this point, you’ll see a little grid menu with a green piggy bank that says “Savings Catcher.” Click on it.
- Then click “Add a Walmart Receipt.” It allowed me to select the receipt I just entered and said it would send me an email when the process was over.
Second time (and on) users:
After Step 4, a box popped up asking if I’d like to submit my receipt to the “Savings Catcher.” I clicked submit and waited roughly 48 hours for an email.
The app tells you that the review process can take up to 72 hours, however I received an email notification 18 hours later that said “You get $13.17 back!” The app found each of my cases of pop for $3, citing both Target and Kroger (I didn’t even know there was a Kroger in the area.) It also gave me money back for 3 random things I bought, Marshmallows, Rice Crispies and Ore-Ida French Fries. Overall not a bad savings, since these random things were products I would’ve bought anyway.
My Thoughts on the Walmart App:
Now if you go look on the web you will found a variety of reviews on this app. But let me tell you some of my thoughts.
Personally, this app is going to save me time, which one could argue is just as valuable as money. Instead of having to run to Target every couple of months to stock up on pop, I am going to buy it at Walmart.
I think if you are the kind of person that does all your shopping at Walmart and doesn’t typically price match, this is app will benefit you the most. This app will likely save you some money because that was money you were already going to spend at Walmart. The catch here is that the amount of money you will save depends on what kind of shopper you are. The Price Catcher only price matches identical items, but what items are typically the cheapest at Walmart? The store brand. In my research, I’ve found that Walmart’s store brand is usually cheaper than name brand products on sale at other stores.
If you are the kind of person like me pre-kids, shopping all over town to get the best price, this app won’t be that exciting. Price Catcher isn’t going to match the price of name brand products specific to other stores. For example, the night before Easter, I found Kretschmar ham on sale at Shop N’Save for $1.38 a pound. Walmart’s Sam’s Choice ham was priced at $1.98 per pound. Walmart isn’t going to price match this because they don’t sell that brand of ham, so I’m probably better off running over to Shop N’Save.
As mentioned earlier, the money you get back from the Price Catcher can be put on an eGift card or put on a Bluebird American Express Card. It doesn’t bother me that the money isn’t “cash,” because I buy a lot of stuff at Walmart. But some people, like those who live on a super tight budget or who don’t do that much shopping at Walmart, may prefer to have that money in their pocket.
So overall, is this the best thing ever?
I think the Walmart app is great for people who don’t have time to shop various stores, clip coupons, or do research to utilize Walmart’s price matching. In my opinion, it doesn’t hurt to use 1 minute of your time to submit your receipt and see what kind of savings can be found. Additionally, for people like me who buy a lot of certain name brand products, like pop, it will save you time from running to various stores stocking up. Overall, I think it’s a worthy app to have on your phone.
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