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 like the following:
- Festival Foods
- Big Lots
- Dollar General
- Family Dollar
- Piggly Wiggly
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.
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.
Do you price-match? What tips do you have for readers?
Do you know of other stores that price match in our area?
Things to remember:
- This weekly match-up is for Olsen’s in “Green Bay” (Howard).
- At Olsen’s (not Larry’s) manufacturer’s coupons will be doubled up to and including $1.00 up to ten per $25 transaction Friday-Saturday-Sunday. To see if your store is participating and to print your Double Coupon Savings Pass, click here and pick Weekly Specials.
- Piggly Wiggly stores are independently owned and their ads occasionally don’t match up, check your store ad for prices.
- Their coupon policy can be found here but again, because each is independently owned and operated, you should check your store’s policy as well.
- At Green Bay area stores, you will need to have a Preferred Club Card to get some of the deals. There are also “Pig Points” that you can earn with the Preferred Club Card. Those points can be redeemed for gas at participating Renew gas stations, or discounts on sale items. For more information on the Pig’s Preferred Club card, click here.
Exclusive Facebook Coupon (w/ $10 purchase) this week:
Save $6.25 at checkout when you buy any combination of five (5) of the following (no more than 5 of each item allowed):
Capri Sun Juice Drink 10 count $2.04
Jello-O Gelatin or Pudding Snack 4 count $1.94
- $1/2 JELL-O Refrigerated Snacks
- $.75/1 Refrigerated Jell-O Cinnamon Rice or Vanilla Pudding, not valid on sugar-free (if included in sale)
- $0.80/2 Jell-O, refrigerated snacks 06/09/2013 SS Insert (exp 07/07/2013)
Kool Aid or Country Time Drink Mix 6 – 8 quart $2.74
Kraft Velveeta Shells & Cheese or Deluxe Mac & Cheese Dinner 10 – 14 oz $2.74
Kraft American Singles 16 oz $2.94
Kraft Shredded or Chunk Cheese 7 to 8 oz $2.74
Kraft Miracle Whip 30 oz $4.24
Kraft Salad Dressing 14 – 16 oz $2.24
Maxwell House Wake Up Coffee 30 oz $5.24
MiO Liquid Drink Enhancer $2.94
- $1/2 MiO Liquid Water Enhancers, 1.62 fl. oz
- $1/1 MiO, liquid water enhancer 06/09/2013 SS Insert (exp 07/07/2013)
Oscar Mayer Bologna 14 – 16 oz $2.14
Oscar Mayer Fully Cooked Bacon $3.54
Oscar Mayer Bacon 12 – 16 oz $4.24
Oscar Mayer hot dogs 14 – 16 oz $2.04
Oscar Mayer Deli Fresh Shaved Lunch Meat 7 to 9 oz – $2.94
I then whittled my list down to about three dozen different items which included everything from:
- peanut butter
- loaves of bread (white and whole grain)
- I also included all sorts of popular “dead animal” choices like
- boneless skinless chicken breast
- pork chops
- ground beef, chuck or round, etc.
Based upon their answers, I shopped all the major grocery stores in our area to find out who had the best regular prices. (You can see those results here). Because let’s face it, shopping the sales isn’t enough these days. It’s what you put in your cart that isn’t on sale that can make a big difference, too!
A lot can happen in two years. For one thing, my family has completely changed our shopping strategies. Target now carries groceries. Olsen’s Piggly Wiggly now doubles coupons and has increased the size of their store. We’ll be getting a Costco in the fall.
I was thinking about doing the research again to see if there was any differences. Is that 2011 informal study still relevant?
So I’m asking you: what are your grocery must-haves? Help me decide which items need to be on the list!
It’s Sunday! Which means tons of new sales flyers to scour for deals even if you don’t get the paper. You don’t have to work hard to figure out the deals because there a lot of other websites out there doing the work for you.
There are several sites in Wisconsin doing most of our area grocery stores’ matchups. Because of that we have backed off from doing them. We hate being redundant! We can, however, point you in the direction of our favorite blogs and all their hard work!
- Festival Foods
- Copps/Pick ‘n Save
- Piggly Wiggly
- Totally Target
- Wild for Wags (Walgreens)
- I Heart CVS
- Grocery Shop for Free at the Mart for Walmart
- Woodmans (I recently took a trip and wrote down some prices of organic/natural foods)
You’ll find a link to this post on the home page of Green Bay Consumer under “Popular Posts”.