Taking advantage of store price matching policies can be a great way to save…so long as you know what you’re in for. The primary downfall is that interpretation and execution of these policies is left to the discretion of the cashier – who may or may not be properly trained. I have received countless emails and comments from shoppers who were unsuccessful in their price matching attempts, despite the fact that they were trying to make legitimate purchases.
Here are my best tips for successful price matching:
Know your store policy – and bring a copy with you
Before you make any attempt to price match, read over the store policy. Then make a copy and keep it with you whenever you shop. That way you’ll have it available to share with the cashier if necessary. Policies of the national chains: Walmart, Target, Best Buy. You can also search the website of your favorite local grocer to see if they have a policy of their own.
Test it out
Before you try to price match 8 or 10 items, do a trial run by trying it out on just one or two, to see how it goes at checkout. If your cashier seems knowledgeable, chances are the staff has been properly trained. If you run into a glitch, the opposite may be true. In this case, consider contacting the store manager and corporate office to share your experience. Doing this may serve to put some balls in motion so the training happens, and your future trips will (hopefully) work without a hitch!
Keep your transaction organized
When you arrive at checkout, separate price matched items from the rest of your purchase. I like to put them at the end of my transaction. Keep a list of items and store(s) you are matching, so you can quickly inform the cashier as he/she is scanning. Some stores do not require you to bring in a copy of the sale ad, but it’s not a bad idea to do so if you are able. Just in case.