Ever wish you could get the best prices from every store’s ad, without going to every different retail location? You can!
By price matching deals, you can get the best price on items you’re purchasing—without having to run around town chasing every deal. For example, if one store has cereal on sale, and another has milk on sale, you can use price matching to buy them at the sale price, at one location and save the extra trip. You can also combine price matching with coupons for event more savings! If a particular store (like a local drugstore) doesn’t take coupons, you can price match their advertised deals at another store that accepts coupons to save even more.
So how does price matching work? Here is an example.
- Store A has a toy on sale for $19.99. You have a coupon good for $10 off, but it's only valid at Store B where the price is $34.99.
- Take the print ad for Store A to Store B and have them match the price for Store A. You get the price for $19.99
- Use your coupon for $10 off at Store B with the price matched price of $19.99
- Your final price for the toy = $9.99!
Since I began couponing I price match regularly. It's a great tool and you can save big bucks! All you need to do is be prepared when you go. Make sure you are informed about the competitors price, and bring a copy of the ad with you when you go. Also, be sure you have some time and are patient. Many cashiers aren't even aware their stores do price match, or don't do them very frequently, so more often than not, a manager does need to be called in to assist. Make sure you have some time and aren't late for something when you go in. It takes some patience, but is worth the savings!
Below are a few different retailers and how to price match at their locations. Please keep in mind that different stores have different management, and might have slightly different policies. For best results when price matching somewhere new, you might want to check online or call ahead to make sure they will participate before pushing a full cart up to the register.
Wal-Mart: Wal-Mart wants to be a price leader, and they achieve this by price matching. There are a few stipulations (you can find their policy online) and the store manager has final say. Just take the current ad showing the item and the price to the register with your purchase.
Office Depot: Office Depot promises to match any competitor's price on the spot. The item must be identical and in-stock. Excludes free product offers, special orders, services, Internet purchases, liquidation, ad errors, clearance, refurbished and close out items. Here is their Low Price Guarantee.
Hy-Vee: Most Hy-Vee will price match if you bring in a current competitor ad. Just show the ad with the item and price to the cashier at check-out. They will most likely need to get a manager’s approval. Not every location does price match, so you might want to call ahead to see if they will participate.
Office Max: This office supply retailer also has a price match policy, but it is a little more complicated. You must complete a Price Match Request and restrictions do apply.
Staples: Any product sold at Staples qualifies for a price match. Even if you've already bought the item at Staples and you find a cheaper price somewhere else, they'll refund you the difference within 14 days. Just show the lower price when you buy the item at Staples and they will match the price, or within 14 days of your Staples purchase and they will give you the difference. Check out all the details here.
Sears: Sears will not only match a competitor’s price, they will beat it if you find a lower price on an identical branded item with the same features (like in electronics with an identical brand and model number) with another model available at a competitor retail store. They will give you that price, plus 10% of the difference. They won’t match limited quantity items or pricing during special events such as Black Friday. Here is their Price Match Plus Policy .
Kohl’s: Simply bring in the ad and they'll match the price, according to the FAQ on their website. This applies to in-store prices and products only, not to Kohls.com pricing or products. The policy applies to in-store products only, not to the website.
Home Depot: If you find a current lower price on an identical, in-stock item from any retailer, they will match the price and beat it by 10%. To read the full rules of their price match policy check out their Low Price Guarantee. This is valid on in-store purchases only. Be sure to bring in the competing ad, and the cashier will probably need to call over the manager to do a price match
Best Buy: Best Buy will price match not only at time of purchase, but also during the allotted exchange period if you find the item on sale cheaper right after purchase. Simply bring in the ad of the local retail competitor while the lower price is in effect and receive your price match. Here is their online policy for additional rules and details.
Target: To price match at Target, just bring in the competitor ad to customer service. Simply bring in the competitor ad showing the identical price and they'll match it, however coupons are usually applied to the pre-price matched price. They also will not price match deals deemed “special” such as Black Friday deals.. No matching deals deemed special - which means no matching on Black Friday
Bed Bath and Beyond: According to Bed Bath and Beyond's website they will gladly price match their competitor's identical items. They won’t price match online, but you can call customer service or visit your local store.
Jo-Ann Stores: Jo-Ann Stores will match prices when the following conditions are met: applies to identical item, price to match must have been advertised within the past 7 days, includes ads for competitors, Jo-Ann stores and Joann.com, Pricing policies may be different between the website and stores due to different promotion timing, requires proof of lower price via original/current ad or print-out of online price. Excludes special buys, liquidations, and club purchases.