Shopping App Review: Walmart Savings Catcher, Part 1
App: Walmart Savings Catcher
Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. There is also an Android version.
Further information: Savings Catcher FAQs
You've got to go grocery shopping, but you just don't have the time nor inclination to go through all the ads, separating which items you'll buy at which store for which price. You can easily spend half a day running to each store.
What's a shopper to do?
Use the Walmart Savings Catcher app.
This app is dead simple to use, and will allow you to shop at one store (Walmart) and get the same sales prices that all the other stores are offering.
Get the App
You can get the app for iPhone, iPad or Android. They also offer a Mobile Web site, viewable on a smart phone.
If you don't have a smart device, then you can set up an account at Walmart.com. Just click on the Savings Catcher button at the top of the page.
How it Works
Do all your regular shopping at Walmart. Once you've paid, save the receipt.
Open your app.
Press the "Scan a Receipt" button and scan the QR code at the bottom of the receipt. That's it.
Walmart then will analyze the items you purchased, and within 72 hours, tell you if there is a lower price at another store. If there is, they will pay you the difference between their price and the other store's price.
Your receipt is detailed, with which store the item was compared to:
Don't have a smart device? Key the TC# from your receipt in at the website. They will still analyze your purchases and compare the list to local ads. If Walmart is higher, you get the difference.
The money can be applied to a Walmart eGift card or sent to a Bluebird account. If you choose to send it to a Bluebird account, the amount credited will be doubled until February 28, 2015
Remember, you can still price match at the store level. It's always safest to bring the competitor ad with you, and show it to the cashier or department manager. You must have identical UPC codes to get the better price.
You can click on any of your stored receipts and review the purchase and the comparisons.
This only works with brand-name products, ie: Campbells, Pillsbury, etc. If you want to price match generic items, such as the generic brand of milk, for example, you'll have to price match them at the store level when checking out. Just tell the cashier, "I want to price match the milk with Fry's - it's on sale for $.99 per half gallon." Or, whatever the price may be.
You must enter the receipt within 7 days. I usually do it on my iPhone as soon as I've loaded the groceries into my car.
You cannot enter more than 7 receipts in one week.
It will not match prices with other Walmart stores.
It won't work with gimmicky deals, either. For example, if a store is offering a "Buy 10, get $5," deal, Walmart will not match that.
Here's what WalMart says:
Savings Catcher does not compare the following types of offers:
- 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.”) are not included in any state except Florida.
- Going out of business or closeout prices.
- Percentage off (example: “All mascara, 40% off.)
- Items placed on layaway are not eligible for Savings Catcher.
Savings Catcher does not apply to most general merchandise, such as electronics small appliances, sporting goods.
Saves lots of time and multiple shopping trips to a variety of stores.
You can use it for more than groceries. You can use it for consumable items such as toilet paper, paper towels; health and beauty aids; DVD and Blu-Ray movies; socks, underwear; fertilizer and bug sprays; office supplies.
You can use it with coupons. Walmart explains:
If you use a coupon, Savings Catcher will compare the original Walmart price of the item, before the coupon was applied, to other stores’ advertised prices for the same item. For example: You bought cookies at Walmart. The shelf price was $3 and you used a coupon for $0.25, so you paid $2.75. If Savings Catcher finds that a competitor advertised those same cookies for $2.00, Savings Catcher will still credit you $1.00, even though you paid only $2.75 at Walmart.
It checks lots of competitors, not simply grocery stores. It will check Target, drugstores, automotive stores and much more.
It will check produce.
If you decide to redeem your savings to a Bluebird Account, they will double the amount. But, that money must then be used exclusively in a Walmart store.
You can use a smart device or your computer.
Scanned receipts can be used for returns.
My only beef is that I wish more products were included, such as Buy One/Get One offers. They're doing it in Florida, why not everywhere?
Overall, I find this app to be very helpful and it does what it claims to do.