Price Matching at Green Bay stores: Is it for you?

March 22, 2012 by
Filed under: Coupons, Grocery 

Another of my “greatest hits”.  This got a great response when I first wrote this in September of 2011.  Instead of running to several different stores to get your deals, you can often price match most deals at stores like Target and WalMart.

Have you heard the term price-matching?  It’s when one store will match the prices of a competitor’s advertised price.  Theoretically it can make your life easier because you do not have to run to more than one store to get what you want.   Therefore price-matching can save you time as well as your money.

Some of the biggest name-stores in the Green Bay area that price match are Target, Shopko and Wal-Mart.  They don’t just price-match each other, they price match most of the area grocery and drug stores, too.

  • Target
  • Wal-Mart
  • Shopko
  • Festival Foods
  • Copps
  • Big Lots
  • Dollar General
  • Family Dollar
  • Piggly Wiggly
  • Walgreens
  •  CVS

The good thing about Wal-Mart’s price matching is that you do not need a physical copy of the ad with you when you want to price match.  At Target and Shopko, you will need a copy of the competitor’s ad.  Each store has the same basic requirements: items must be exactly as described in the ad including size, they will not price-match percentages off or going-out-of business sales.  For more information on each specific policy, read them below:

The bad thing is that it may take a little more time to check out, depending upon the cashier, the manager and the particular store.  I have had great success price-matching at Green Bay East Wal-Mart.

Just a few weeks ago I tried the new Johnsonville brat patties because of an awesome BOGO internet printable (sorry, no longer available).   They were really good and at $6 a package, it came down to $3 per pack with coupon.  Or 50 cents per brat patty.  Then Piggly Wiggly put them on sale for $4.99 and I still had all those coupons left to use.  Piggly Wiggly, however, does not accept BOGO internet printables.

Since it was actually an unplanned trip, I didn’t have my Wal-Mart policy with me (I know, I know, do as I say, not as I do!).  So I asked at the customer service desk if I needed the ad.  The manager on duty overheard and asked what I wanted to price match.  I mentioned the Johnsonville brat patties and she said  “Oh, yeah, that’s a really good deal.  You might want to pick up the chocolate milk that the Pig has on special, too!”  The manager also told me which checkout lane cashier was the most “informed” about price-matching so I made sure to go through her checkout lane.

I know of some people who do all their shopping at one of the above stores because of price-matching.  I admit that I do not price-match a lot but it does come in handy like the example above.

Do you price-match?  What tips do you have for readers?

Do you know of other stores that price match in our area?

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2 Comments on Price Matching at Green Bay stores: Is it for you?

  1. MIchelle Gunderson on Thu, 22nd Mar 2012 3:40 pm
  2. since you opened this can of worms….. don’t hate me….. but I thought it would be REALLY nice if there was a listing of the basic items – milk, bread, eggs, peanut butter, yogurt…. and THE BEST price for the week and the store. Then I could just copy it down and bring it with me to Walmart – where I do price match frequently. Of course I know that the Brownberry Double Fiber bread that I like isn’t going to be on most peoples lists….. but I can dream – right??

    Thanks for all that you do – it is greatly appreciated – not just the pricing but also the community events and family friendly fun things.
    michelle

  3. The Bargain Sleuth on Thu, 22nd Mar 2012 4:45 pm
  4. LOL, it would be nice, wouldn’t it? :-)

    One of the reasons I go to Woodmans once a month (but didn’t in March because they had an actual flyer AND I’ve taken the month off of shopping) is because I keep a running list of prices on MANY things like produce, milk and eggs (including organic) so readers can compare to the sales that come out at other stores every week.

    Also, did you know that you can search the Festival Foods website for items? It isn’t an all-inclusive list but gives you an idea of prices on many items. When a hot coupon comes out and I want to check the price, here’s what I do: select the Shop Online option–doesn’t matter which store you choose, De Pere or the East store. Then, on the right hand side I type in what I’m looking for and it brings the most popular results along with the current prices.

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