App Gives Extra Walmart Savings

Hand holding cash.

Do you shop at Walmart?  If you do, you should definitely look into the Walmart Savings Catcher app.  This program, which you can use on your smart phone or computer, allows you to enter your Walmart receipts.  The Savings Catcher program then compares the price you paid at Walmart with other prices at nearby stores, and if the price you paid at Walmart was higher, it gives you the difference in the form of an eGift Card.

If you’re a price-watcher, you probably already know that Walmart has a generous price-matching policy, allowing customers to provide an advertised price from a competitor to pay that price at the Walmart store.  In theory, the Savings Catcher app should make that easier.  However, I’ve read numerous reviews and there are some reasons why Price Catcher is never going to provide the same level of savings as traditional price-matching.

  • Savings Catcher only works on advertised prices at stores identified as direct competitors due to their physical location.
  • Savings Catcher only works on certain groceries such as pantry staples and frozen foods, certain consumables such as paper towels and cleaners, and certain health and beauty products such as shampoo and makeup.
  • Savings Catcher does not work on the following categories:
    • Any food, consumables, or health & wellness items that do not meet the eligibility criteria above,
    • Produce,
    • Bakery items,
    • Fresh or variable weight meat,
    • Deli items,
    • Seafood,
    • General merchandise items including, but not limited to, outdoor living consumables (such as such as fertilizer and bug spray), office supplies, apparel, DVD’s, electronics, CD and gaming media, toys, housewares, small appliances, sporting goods, home décor, bedding, books and magazines, shoes, jewelry, furniture and seasonal products,
    • Non-branded items,
    • Tobacco, alcohol, 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.

As you can see, that is a lot of the store that isn’t covered by the Savings Catcher app but does accept traditional price-matching.

I’m not a Walmart shopper.  In fact, I try to avoid Walmart whenever possible.  However, I know it is the best choice for lots of families, and I want you to save money whenever possible.  I wouldn’t stop comparison shopping and traditional price-matching, but the Savings Catcher app requires almost no effort for a possible payout.  Give it a try, and let me know what you think!


About the Author

Kate Horrell
Kate Horrell is a military financial coach, mom of four teens, and Navy spouse. She has a background in taxes and mortgage banking, and a trove of experience helping other military families with their money. Follow her on twitter @realKateHorrell.
  • Dave

    In our situation, my wife says she’s up to about $20 in a year’s use. Not spectacular, but free money we wouldn’t have otherwise.

    • Kate

      Thanks for sharing your experience, Dave. It is always good to hear how things have worked for a real person :)

  • Christine

    I use it too. I think I have about $42 over a year or so. I don’t shop at Wal-Mart as much as I used to, but I’m with Dave. Any free money is OK with me.

  • Clyde

    We have been using Savings Catcher for the past year, received $86. But the past 5 receipts have only netted minimal amounts or nothing when compared to all previous receipts. There also seems to be something questionable in their notification system; Walmart states they will take up to three days to look for lower/sales pricing but we’ve been receiving notification within hours of scanning a receipt that no lower prices have been found or it’s a very minimal amount. A little while later recieve another notification accepting our receipt and will look for savings which may take up to three days. The two notifications are backwards.

  • Marlene

    Debra, arch deposits almost always post to an acct immediately as it is electronic. Paper check deposits are subject to review and up to 7 day business holds to ensure the item has cleared the finding acct.

    Cash the check at the drawing bank and then deposit the cash into the acct. NO HOLDs!
    Also when the tenure with the bank is established and regular transaction history is established the hold become less likely.

  • Anaya