I am so, so, so excited about Walmart’s new Savings Catcher. SO. EXCITED. Seriously. Are you getting the idea I’m excited?
This is something we got a presentation and demo on this spring when we were at the Walmart HQ, then last week we got sneak peek and the opportunity to try using it locally–it’s going to be available to everyone starting NEXT WEEK–August 4th!
So now you are wondering–what exactly is this thing?
Well, do you like to save money? Do you check out the sales fliers and comparison shop between several different retailers to find the best price? Does that take a lot of time and effort? Well you don’t have to do it anymore!! You can just shop at Walmart, enter your receipt into Savings Catcher within one week (either via the website or by scanning the barcode into the Walmart App on your phone), and the program will do all the matching for you. If a competitor has a lower price, you will get the savings. . . let it build up and then cash it out in a Walmart e-giftcard to be used on whatever you like!
Isn’t that amazing? SO. EXCITED.
Here’s a quick video explaining the process–but I’ll give you the detailed, screenshot walk through as well:
First off, let’s get the important stuff out of the way:
Savings Catcher does not apply to online purchases.
Savings Catcher does not apply to every single purchase at Walmart, but it applies to many items sold at the stores. This includes:
- Most groceries such as cereal, rice and most fruits and vegetables except for: store brand items, deli, bakery and weighed items like meat.
- Consumable items such as paper towels, bleach and trash bags.
- Health and beauty items such as shampoo and makeup. (LOVE THIS)
- Select general merchandise items.
Savings Catcher does not currently apply to:
- Store brands, deli, bakery and weighed items like meat.
- General merchandise items, (including, but not limited to, electronics, media and gaming, toys, sporting goods, housewares, small appliances, home décor, bedding, books and magazines, apparel and shoes, jewelry, furniture, office supplies and seasonal products).
- Non-branded items.
- Tobacco, firearms, gasoline, tires, prescription drugs, optical and photo products and services, or products that require a service agreement such as wireless, automotive or financial products.
You can use coupons and still use Savings Catcher–the program will compare the original price of the item to the price at other stores and give you the difference–it basically just ignores the fact that you used a coupon.
Savings Catcher does not compare the following types of offers (basically all the same stuff that they don’t do with couponing either):
- Items that require a separate purchase to get the advertised price (example: “Buy oatmeal to get cereal for $1.”)
- Items with no actual price that require a purchase to get a free product (example: “Buy both oatmeal & cereal to get milk for free.”)
- Items that require a purchase to get a gift card (example: “Buy a 12 pack of paper towels to get a $5 gift card.”)
- Buy one get one free (BOGO) deals where no item price is listed (example: Peter Pan Peanut Butter, buy one, get one free. Save up to $2.50.”)
- Going out of business or closeout prices.
- Percentage off (example: “All mascara, 40% off.)
How to Use Walmart’s Savings Catcher
First, go shopping at Walmart and buy the things you normally buy. After you have made your purchase there are 3 ways for your information to get into Savings Catcher.
- Enter it by hand on the Savings Catcher Website
- Scan the barcode at the bottom of your receipt using the Walmart App
- Utillize eReceipts and have your receipts automatically entered into Savings Catcher (rolling out now)
Let’s start with the Savings Catcher Website.
Once you get to the site you click on “Start Now”. If you don’t have an account it will walk you through a very quick account creation. Then you get to the Savings Catcher Summary page. This will show you any Reward Dollars you already have (I have $6.89 from the demonstration they did at Walmart HQ). You enter your receipt number and the purchase date in under “Enter New Receipt”. Remember, you can only enter 7 receipts a week, and your receipt must be entered in within 7 days of the purchase–so I recommend you do it right away when you get home!
The receipt number is the long number right above the bar code at the bottom of your receipt.
Once you have entered the number and date you will get a “Success” screen.
Once your receipt is processed you will get an email letting you know the process is done, telling you any savings and giving you a link so you can log back in. Of course you can also just go to the site on your own and log back in.
When you log in you can see a purchase summary for the receipt. The one I am showing here is from the demonstration they did down at Walmart HQ. You will get to see how many stores they matched against, all the items matched, who they were matched against, and what the price difference was. There is even a way to submit information if you think they missed a deal.
Now to submit your receipt to Savings Catcher using the Walmart App.
You simply open the app on your phone and then hit the bar code scan up at the top (this is a great thing to use to check prices in store as well–no more searching for an associate or walking to the back of the store for the self scan thing).
Once you have the scanner open in the Walmart app just scan that bar code at the bottom of your receipt. (sorry for the blurry photo, it was hard to actually use the app and take a screen shot at the same time). Once the code is scanned the app will open up the Savings Catcher website and populate the receipt number into the form. For right now you will still have to put the date in and sign in–they are working on integrating it even more fully eventually so you won’t have to do that. When the receipt has been entered you will get a “Success” message on your phone.
Again, you will get an email when the receipt is processed and can go to the Savings Catcher website to see the full details.
As for the eReceipts, that is just rolling out in my area, so I haven’t had a chance to use that yet in conjunction with Savings Catcher. Just know that as it all goes along, you will be able to sign up for eReceipts, which will in time be linked to your Savings Catcher account. Eventually you will just make your purchase and the whole system will do the Savings Catcher for you via the eReceipt without you having to enter anything!
I love how easy whole Savings Catcher program makes saving. You just go to the store you shop at anyway, buy the things you normally buy, do a very quick process and you can rest easy knowing that if there is a savings to be had you will get it without having to drive all over creation and spend time pouring over sales fliers.
So are you now excited about using Savings Catcher starting next week?