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In case you haven’t already learned the hard way, Walmart in Florida is no longer price matching store sales at the Walmart price.  This made for crazy good deals, and actually made Walmart the best choice for shopping.

Now Florida shoppers, your Walmart price match is the same as other states.  They will price match another store’s price if a price is listed in the ad.  In other words if Publix has a BOGO deal listed but no sale price mentioned, you can’t price match it.  I should mention some stores are even refusing to price match items that have a price because Publix says “save up to” they are using an out in the policy saying that “the actual price cannot be determined.”  While it’s not all stores, it is a large enough number to warn you.

Walmart vs. Grocery Store Which One is Better?

It’s really not a hard decision.  While Walmart will price match, their corporate coupon policy does not allow them to take competitor coupons except for ones that have a set price (which are maybe the coupons in the Walgreens ad only), and in areas that double they don’t do that either.  If I went to Publix I could use a store or competitor coupon plus a manufacturer coupon on any item I had.  Won’t work in Walmart… they will accept the manufacturer coupon only.

We won’t even add in the fact that the grocery store will help you take your groceries to car and give your kids a cookie.

Note: If your store does refuse to price match any of the deals in the ad, please know that the BOGO price at Publix will always beat the “always low price” at Walmart.

This week there are great deals on deodorant, dog treats and cereal at Publix that if price matched wouldn’t be anywhere near as good since they have store and competitor coupons available.

Here’s an example starting Thursday in Florida stores (or that started today in some areas):

Dove Deodorant, 2.6 oz, $2.77 (at Walmart)

Dove Deodorant, 2.6 oz, B1G1 at $3.29 (at Publix)
-$2/2 Dove products, (Publix coupon), Health & Beauty flyer
(makes it 64¢ each!)

Is There Anything Worth Price Matching?

Produce!  If you area already headed to Walmart, pull up the grocery stores ads around you on Southern Savers and put all the top produce deals on one shopping list.  Then head in and get all the top deals on produce around town in one place.  Here’s an example of what I mean (it’s my list for this week to price match our local stores).

What About Savings Catcher?

I would prefer to save my money up front, rather than using their app and getting back what I over paid in Walmart gift cards.  I can’t use their gift cards to pay the electricity bill.  Just price match at the register and pay less in the first place rather than hoping the Savings Catcher will get the savings you should have gotten.  For me it’s be wrong 50% of the time.  If I price matched at the register… never wrong.

Have any other thoughts to chime in?

    • Niaja

      I heard about this policy change in Wal-Mart by a cashier talking to another worker not directly to me. I will only start back shopping at Publix again which does not bother me at all. The shopping experience is truly a pleasure. I find that the BOGO deals compiled with store and manufacturer coupons brings the price much lower than what Wal-Mart can ever offer. No love loss for me!

    • zeb

      Savings catcher is a hit or miss for me too. I have bought things I needed in a hurry and didn’t have time to look up best sale, then submitted receipts. One time it caught a 2 dollar savings I didn’t know about, another time it missed items found out were on sale at Walgreens. It says you can contact them if they miss something, but I emailed them about the savings they missed and never heard back. I would not depend on it for best savings but I still send receipts just in case they do find something

    • judi

      it may save me some money but the walmart in Spartanburg s.c. is so bad I rather not save the money

    • judi

      I agree with Niaja Publix is truly a pleasure

    • amie

      Well, my walmart has the worst produce in town, seriously. If I buy yellow walmart bananas and Kroger’s spotted, ripe bananas, the walmart ones actually have more brown spots inside and rot faster. I am not sure how that is possible, but it’s true. They also have fruit flies a lot of the time. I can find old, nasty produce right below their “produce guarantee” sign. Smh. I would rather pay a little more somewhere else. I do like my walmart for coupon overages, cheaper frozen veggies, and the ability to skip a trip to Walgreens just to buy eggs or milk that may be too close to the sell by date. I like walmart for what it is, but I don’t grocery shop there. I stick to Kroger and stock up at Publix and Save A Lot when I am in a town that has those stores. I even do more department store shopping at my local Kmart because of rewards and store coupons…I don’t have a local Target.

      • Toni

        Yeah–I buy very few groceries at Walmart. I stick to the sporting goods department, mostly.

    • Onaney Hernandez

      I would be careful with the produce ad match. I’ve had several cashiers tell me they don’t ad match produce unless it is the exact brand. Even though most ads dont give a brand and just state “grapes”, “apples”, etc. Essentially everyone should go back to business as usual and shop at Publix instead of Walmart again !

    • Onaney Hernandez

      I would be careful with the produce ad match. I’ve had several cashiers tell me they don’t ad match produce unless it is the exact brand. Even though most ads dont give a brand and just state “grapes”, “apples”, etc. Essentially everyone should go back to business as usual and shop at Publix instead of Walmart again !

    • Tracy

      I guess I am back at Publix….I have been shopping at the neighborhood market Walmart loving the fact that they would match the Publix BOGO at Walmart prices, because I have caught Publix on more than one occassion inflating their BOGO prices….Tombstone pizza is always under $3.25 at Walmart or Target, but I saw the BOGO ad for Publix for it….Publix was charging $6.00 for one….I haven’t seen it very often, but that annoyed me. That being said I do like Publix for its shopping atmosphere, great customer service, etc. Walmart neighborhood markets that basically just sell groceries are very nice, much nicer than the Super Walmarts,

      • http://www.budgetmaxer.com/ Darrius

        It’s not necessarily true that Publix or Winn-Dixie for that matter inflates their prices when they do BOGOs. The regular price on the pizza is most likely $6.00 all the time. It’s not like it is $4.00 and then all of a sudden $6.00 when they do BOGO.

    • Tracy

      I guess I am back at Publix….I have been shopping at the neighborhood market Walmart loving the fact that they would match the Publix BOGO at Walmart prices, because I have caught Publix on more than one occassion inflating their BOGO prices….Tombstone pizza is always under $3.25 at Walmart or Target, but I saw the BOGO ad for Publix for it….Publix was charging $6.00 for one….I haven’t seen it very often, but that annoyed me. That being said I do like Publix for its shopping atmosphere, great customer service, etc. Walmart neighborhood markets that basically just sell groceries are very nice, much nicer than the Super Walmarts,

    • pdnr

      I’ve received $$ on my savings catcher twice, both for items I didn’t think it was right to price match so I didn’t tell them to price match it up front. One was 50 cents off cheese at Kroger but you had to buy 10 items to get that price. The other was decaf coffee from Walgreens, the regular was 2.99 and decaff was 3.99 so I told them 3.99 but I got the 2.99 price from savings catcher. Other than that, I’ve gotten all my price matching correct.

    • Laurie

      Only going there now for produce. Savers catcher is fraudulent. Even sent them the screen shot of a CVS ad with date and page #. Still won’t honor the price. Multiple emails back and forth.
      Publix here I come! and I will be welcomed back with open arms!

      • Alison_V

        We will not buy produce at Walmart. One bad batch of organic grapes was all it took. Looked nice on top, but the middle was disgusting! Also, last time I broke down and tried to buy organic milk there, they were all expired!

    • JenC

      I tried to price match once at Walmart. I had my short list of about 6 items that were BOGO and some coupons. I was going to save about $6. When I got to my Walmart, they only had 2 of the 6 items stocked. I couldn’t find any associates to ask about the stock, so I took my 2 BOGO’s to the register to pay. When I commented to the cashier about the other items being “out of stock”, she gave me a reply that is the reason I have yet to return to Walmart. She said, “You know this is a 24 hour store right? Maybe you should come back at 2am when the shelves are stocked”. I will choose Publix no matter what from now on.

    • sandra

      I used to always shop at Walmart before I started Southern Savers. It’s a one stop shop. HOWEVER, I avoid it now at all costs. The lines are horribly long, they are not coupon friendly AT ALL, their “sale” prices are not all they are cracked up to be. It is the worst store out there.

    • Tina Marie Lawler

      correction. Walmart in florida WILL give you the difference from publix’s total bogo deal. example. peanut butter at publix is $4.99 and they are running a bogo. Wal mart every day price is 2.98. they will calculate publix at 2.50 each and give you back .48 per peanut butter. so they are actually matching the EXACT PRICE you pay at publix, plus you can still use one manufacture coupon per item AND until feb 28, 2015 if you transfer your savings to an amx bluebird card, they match you dollar for dollar up to $599. That is free walmart money. I dont know about you, but christmas is coming up and I could sure use $1200 at walmart for presents for 4 kids. May even be able to do the same thing by getting my husband a bluebird card as well.

      • Daryl Ann Guy

        Yup I do the same thing but I use it on Milk……I have gotten over 10.00 through the bluebird card.

    • ScubagirlKim

      FYI. Just tried to do the Publix BOGO at the Windermere Neighborhood Walmart market. They wouldn’t do it. The manager came over with the new 4 page coupon policy and showed me where they are specifically instructed not to accept ads that state, “B1G1 Save $2.50 on 2″. It doesn’t make sense to me since anyone with half a brain knows that means the price for one is $2.50. All the cashiers at the store have been saying they will still accept it for weeks now, but just at the Publix price now and we could get the difference back on savings catcher. I guess they were all misinformed too.

    • rrbarr

      Since the BOGO Publix price is always lower than Walmart’s “low” price, and Publix is too far for me, I still just price match the Publix BOGO price at Walmart to take advantage of BOGO sales! So far in Griffin GA they still ring up at Walmart’s BOGO price which is even better.

    • Queensavealot

      I’d rather put a stick in my eye than go to Wal-Mart.

      • Terry

        :)

    • Melissa Bywalski

      I stopped shopping at Walmart years ago. I was however hoping the deal in FL would stick around long enough to force Publix’s hand and have them do something cool and over the top – like starting to double coupons in FL too. Now, I just have another reason to be annoyed with Walmart, because they caved too soon! I will stick with Publix (and Winn Dixie and Target, just to keep Publix honest) ;)

      • Toni

        It is interesting that Walmart caved so soon because, at least in my neck of the woods, they never had much stock of the Publix BOGO items to begin with, yet they “lost too much money” to continue the program. I wonder if the problem was that Publix shoppers, instead of switching to buy all of their groceries at Walmart, dropped in to pick up the BOGOs only.

        • suemac1

          That was me – I work just a block or two from a Walmart, yet never shopped there until they started matching Publix’s BOGOs. Once they started that, though, I would swing by once a week to pick up BOGOs. I did, however, start finding a small number of things that I buy that almost never go on BOGO at Publix and are cheaper at Walmart; I’ll probably continue to shop there occasionally for those.

    • Rita

      I used to be a hug Walmart shopper but since I found Southern Savers, I don’t go there very often at all. Thanks, Jenny!

    • Rita

      I used to be a hug Walmart shopper but since I found Southern Savers, I don’t go there very often at all. Thanks, Jenny!

    • katebaltau

      I think you’re right.

    • http://www.GTreeAdvertising.com TheMediaFairy

      There are a few items I still buy at WalMart because I haven’t found them elsewhere or can’t beat the price, but I only go about once a month. Never would buy their meat because of it being injected with up to 12% of a “solution”. I’m loyal to Publix, Winn Dixie and Target, each for different reasons. Plus the check out lines at WalMart are always awful.

    • HALL

      How do you perform a ‘Price Match’ listing on a specific category?

    • HALL

      How do you perform a ‘Price Match’ listing on a specific category?

    • Cici Green

      I agree with everything you have said. Saving Catcher doesn’t pay anything on my electric bill either.

    • Carol Roller Larson

      Hopefully, sooner rather than later, the geniuses at Walmart will crunch some numbers and realize that their revenues HAD to have increased when they were price matching BOGOs-no way it wouldn’t have-and change it back. If not, their revenues, at least in Florida will most certainly drop-Publix is right across the street, why would I go around the corner to Walmart? And like you said, my shopping experience is MUCH more pleasant at Publix, lol

      • CynthiaD

        Carol,
        I am positive they are brainstorming. Walmart has 45-60% of the grocery market in the south EXCEPT Florida. They were at only 13% when they started BOGO at Walmart price. No, I won’t go again. I did it twice, and the store is huge, and unfamiliar so the incentive would have to be pretty big too!!

    • crazy4pooh

      I went to my local Walmart ( Tallahassee, Florida) today and thought I would never get done checking out due to Asst. store manager. As stated by others they had their own little 4 page coupon policy. And was even told that on the meat, it was brand name for brand name ie: tyson for tyson. I said wait a minute Winn Dixie’s meats don’t have a name brand and neither does yours. She said right but they have to in order to get the BOGO. And they are only allowing one bogo per household ie: I can’t get more than 2 of any item. So in the end my shopping list was cut by 1/4. And I did save money because the manager did honor them “THIS TIME”. So, when I got home I called the corporate office and filed a complaint. Needless to say I was told ( by corporate) that the only thing in the policy that had changed was BOGO with a specified price. And now BOGO is at the competitors price. The gentleman I spoke with was filling a complaint and the store manager is supposed to be giving me a call Monday. So, Do as I did and take a newly printed copy of the Ad match and coupon policy with you (I made sure to print today) and prepare to duke it out. I understand they have to make a profit. But, for people like me without transportation convenience is just as important as price considering the nearest Winn Dixie is across town.

    • Traci

      Bigger issues then just the BOGO problem. I was told they Do NOT accept any competitor coupons. They would not accept several coupons from Publix, Winn Dixie etc. They say that the coupon has to show the price at the competitor store then the amount of the coupon. Then they will give you the price the competitor has. Why doesn’t WM get out of the Price Match business if the terms are impossible to meet.
      Yes they will accept a price printed in a ad. But that is all. If it say up to…no go. I had heard from a friend they made some changes. I went into their website last night before going today. I never found any of the changes they showed me today.
      I asked why the new policy was not published before shoppers wasted hours instead of learning at the point of sale the new policy. I looked at the front door, at customer service and the register…no new policy updated. But they had taken down all of their Price Match signs.

      Hey they can change what they want..we can adapt. But dont be sneaky about the change.

      I started to leave the 2 overflowing carts for them to put away, instead I just took about 1/2 of the BOGO items out. Publix and Winn Dixie are 1/2 mile from me. Yes, will probably add $100+ to my monthly bill buying at their rate. But shopping will be quicker.

    • Kathy

      I actually wrote an email to Walmart to ask about the price match and this is what they sent me back in an email.

      Today at 12:29 PM

      Thank you for your message.

      Dear Kathy,

      Thank you for your recent inquiry. Previously, WM matched all BOGO advertisements at Walmart’s Every Day Low Price in the state of Florida. As of 10/6/14, that test program has ended; however, will continue to match BOGO’s with Savings Catcher at the competitors “save up to” price. Our intent is to align our Florida Ad Match policy to our National Ad Match policies. This means customers can still match a competitor’s BOGO offer as long as that ad includes a specified price.

      Savings Catcher is an exciting new way for our customers to keep even more money their pockets, and to save time by not having to search all the ads, not just for BOGO’s. If you have not used Savings Catcher, we encourage you to participate and find extra savings. Just go to http://www.savingscatcher.com or download the Walmart App from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.

    • Nelly Bielecki Lovings

      After reading all the comments below, I’m more confused than ever. Does the Savings catcher still match the B1G1 deal? If I buy a bag of Lays chips (Publix price of $4.29: Walmart price of $2.98) and get one free, how much will I actually pay at the register and how much will I get back on Savings catcher? Will I pay $5.96 at the register for 2 bags and get $1.67 back on savings catcher ($5.96-$4.29) or will I get back $2.98?

    • Denise

      I have to say that your comment above, “Note: If your store does refuse to price match any of the deals in the ad, please know that the BOGO price at Publix will always beat the “always low price” at Walmart” is not true.
      I have put hours into using your great site to get prices, cutting the coupons, printing the list and then slowly shopping at Publix for the BOGO deals. NEVER have I found ALL the items cheaper at Publix! The Walmart everyday prices beat Publix’s BOGO more than half Of the time. I end up buying a few things BOGO at Publix and then going to Walmart. I buy store brand AND name brand. I have left Publix discouraged more often than satisfied. To say “always” is a false statement. As hard as we work to earn a living, I will stand in long walmart lines before I will pay for higher priced items. It is worth it.
      I detest the long lines but I think we should be completely honest.
      All that said, I am VERY appreciative of YOUR hard work! You make our couponing MUCH easier!

      • Deborah

        Wow, where are you located? I hate going to Walmart. Sure, a loaf of bread is maybe $.75 cheaper, but I wait for the BOGO at Publix and get them both a lot cheaper…especially with coupons involved. Between Publix and getting most of my meat at Sam’s Club I feel like I save a lot. And, you’re right, I couldn’t do it without Southern Savers help each week!!

    • wela

      For all of you out there wandering why Publix and other stores don’t not double coupons, the answer is simple. When the coupons are redeemed the stores only get the price of the coupon and a handling fee., by doubling they must tack on that amount to something else, so really doubling is not a saving. In the case of Publix which takes, not only other stores coupons, manufactures, their own coupons, its still a better deal, that way you are not paying extra on something else you have not coupon for .

    • Love2save

      I agree with price matching up front because I don’t trust the savings catcher to actually catch everything. If you had to stop in Walmart and didn’t have time to check the ads before hand, it’s a good idea to add your receipt just in case it catches anything.

    • Mimi

      Wishing that I had read this post prior to going to Walmart in Hialeah, FL. After attempting to price match a BOGO offer in a Publix advertisement, my cashier called her manager over. She arrived with her Walmart policy book in tow. I was shown paper that state Walmart no longer price matches BOGO ads with the wording “SAVE UP TO” plus the amount. The ad has to clearly state BOGO with an amount posted (bogo $2.99). So this eliminates almost all grocery stores/retailers in my area. Also told that using Price Catcher will not catch these offers as well. Can anyone tell me what is the difference it’s just a play on word to mislead the public. Needless to say total waste of time I left with nothing and will not waste more time using Price Catcher.

    • MeMe

      Haven’t been to Walmart in over a year. Especially now, that they fire or arrest their low-paid employees, for simply taking a stand for a wage hike. Four of the Walmart patriarchs are BILLIONAIRES and at the top of the Forbes Fortune 500. The only employees paid a fair wage are the tractor trailer drivers!

    • Kate Stewart-Baltau

      The other day the walmart pharmacist screwed up my child’s prescription after oral surgery. I will never use their pharmacy again.

    • Junie01

      My Publix (in Brevard Co Florida) does not double coupons and they are very reluctant to accept competitors coupons. I was in complete shock when I moved here from Georgia. In Georgia,Publix was the best place to shop but here Walmart beats Publix over and over and over again. Wish I was still in Georgia!

      • http://alongthewaywithheather.blogspot.com/ Heather Coleman

        No store in Florida doubles coupons. I live in North Brevard and three Publix stores in my driving area all take mfg and competitor coupons with no issues. I can use one each for each product even with BOGO deals. Always print out the policy and keep with you. Should there be an issue ask for the manager right then and there. Show them their own company policy. Always take names and call or email corporate. There is no excuse for them to be rude or unwilling to follow policy!

      • http://alongthewaywithheather.blogspot.com/ Heather Coleman

        I am in Brevard also and they ( Publix) seem to hate taking any coupons, I often run into rude cashiers and sometimes the management.