Who wouldn’t like to shave a few bucks off their shopping trip while making sure that they get the best deal on everything they buy? I know I’m always looking for ways to save money on the things I have to buy. That way I have more money for the things I want to buy. That’s where Walmart Savings Catcher comes in.
I was talking with my friend the other day and the subject got on grocery shopping–a task we both do weekly. I turned the subject to how much money I have accumulated so far through Walmart’s Savings Catcher program. To my surprise, she looked at me like I was in some kind of secret savings club. One that she hadn’t been invited to join. Before she could start with the guilt trip, I told her that I thought everyone knew about Savings Catcher.
When her eyes narrowed, I backtracked and quickly told her all about how to save money on her weekly shopping. She was too happy about learning this new information to be mad anymore. That conversation had me wondering. How many other people didn’t know how easy it is to save money with Savings Catcher? That was when I decided to write this post. If you shop regularly at Wally World, you don’t want to miss this.
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Walmart has made it super simple to save money while using them for your everyday shopping. All you do is shop—buy whatever it is you need, or want, or are out of—and then submit your receipt to Savings Catcher. Walmart will then scan the stores in your nearby area and see if any of them offer the same products for less. If they do, they will issue you a credit for the difference.
So what’s the catch? It’s pretty brilliant on Walmart’s part. Ever since I can remember their logo was “Better Prices. Guaranteed” or something similar. Now they are literally guaranteeing that you will get the best price out of all the stores in your general area. Of course, you have to submit your receipt to them first. It leads me to the question of why they don’t just price their items cheaper to begin with.
That’s pretty simple to answer. For those who don’t know about Savings Catcher, or aren’t worried about saving money, Walmart makes a few extra bucks. Also, even when they issue a credit for the difference on cheaper products, the credit is in the form of a Walmart gift card or a Blue Bird by American Express card that can only be used at Walmart, ensuring that they’ll be getting that money back eventually. If you shop regularly at Walmart, though, having a store credit is just as good as money in your pocket.
How To Submit a Savings Catcher Receipt
If you pay for your items using Walmart Pay, you can go to your Walmart Pay receipts on the Walmart app. You’ll find them in the dropdown menu under “Store Receipts.” Once you find the right one, click the button to submit it to Savings Catcher.
If you don’t use Walmart Pay (I only used it once because they offered a $10 credit for using it the first time.) and don’t have the Walmart app, you can submit your receipt on the website. From the home page, go to My Account and choose Savings Catcher from the drop-down menu. Next, enter the TC# and date from the paper receipt.
An easier way would be to download the Walmart app. Then click the Savings Catcher button on the home screen. It’s a cute little piggy bank image. Then you click “add a Walmart Receipt,” and it will turn on your camera. Center the square lines in the middle of the screen on the QR code at the bottom of your receipt. In about a second it will capture the code.
Usually, next, it will pop up a screen with the receipt number entered and ask you to select the date for the receipt. After to pick the right date, click to submit the receipt and your part is over. It took me way longer to explain how to add a receipt than it takes actually to submit one.
It takes a few days for your receipt to be processed. Walmart will send you an email to tell you whether they found lower prices once they’ve finished. Walmart does keep their prices competitive, so there’s the possibility that they won’t find any lower prices. If you have a bunch of items on your receipt, though, it’s likely that you will save on at least one of them.
Once you get your email, you can go to the app and view how much money you’ve accumulated. You can also see details about which items were cheaper and where. You can cash out right then and receive a Walmart egift card that you can print out and use in store or use the number on a Walmart.com purchase, or you can accumulate your balance.
I’ve been collecting my savings since the beginning of this year and plan to hold on to it until Christmas. I spend the bulk of my money during this period of the year at Walmart anyway, so I know it won’t go to waste.
If you’re looking for other easy ways to save on your regular shopping excursions, check out my posts on the Top 5 Grocery Rebate Apps and Save Time and Money with Walmart Online Grocery. Also, I’d love to hear your take on Walmart’s Savings Catcher program. Leave a comment and tell me what you think.