Saving Even More Money with Walmart’s BOGO Ad Match in Florida

by Melanie Edwards on November 19, 2013 · 55 comments

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Walmart's BOGO Ad Match in Florida

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Walmart has been matching local competitor ad prices for a while now, but in the state of Florida, Walmart is now also matching BOGO (buy one get one free) deals! I’m so lucky to live in Florida and be able to take advantage of this wonderful promotion, which was surprisingly really hassle-free to complete! I was asked by Walmart to share my experience with you on how to participate in their new BOGO ad match and provide you with a little more information on how it works. But, first, check out this commercial local to the Orlando and Central Florida area to get a better idea of Walmart’s BOGO ad match!

Walmart BOGO Ad Match Commercial for Orlando, Florida Area

Here in Florida, there are several stores that offer weekly BOGO deals which can often go a long way in rounding out your grocery shopping trip. I tend to purchase items my family regularly uses when they go on BOGO sale because most times it means I save quite a bit of money. For those of you that use coupons on top of the BOGO deal, you can really save a lot of money! But, here’s where Walmart’s BOGO ad match works beautifully: you can purchase the first item at Walmart’s everyday low price, plus receive the second item for free! Let me share with you a real example from my own shopping trip.

Walmart's BOGO Ad Match in Florida

I purchased frozen pizza that was on BOGO sale at a local grocery store. The pizza cost $6.19, so I would have gotten 2 of them for that price through their BOGO sale. But, at Walmart, the same pizza regularly cost $3.33 so for nearly half the price, I also got 2 pizzas! In fact, I double lucked out because Walmart had the pizza on sale for $2.98 on the day I went shopping, so really I got TWO frozen pizzas for $2.98 thanks to the BOGO ad match! This is just one example of how I saved money and was able to use the BOGO ad match to get two items at the regular, less expensive Walmart price.

How Walmart BOGO Ad Match Works: More Information

Walmart's BOGO Ad Match in Florida

Below are a few bullet points sent to me by Walmart to help answer any questions you may have about how BOGO ad match works in the state of Florida:

  • Walmart will match the price of any local competitor’s printed ad, including BOGO offers, while their ad is in effect, for an identical product. Our store managers define “local” for each store– they are the experts on their community and know which stores are within the trade area.
  • Currently, this only applies to the state of Florida.
  • We have placed a limit of 2 BOGO offers per item to make sure all of our customers are able to take advantage of this new policy.
  • Walmart accepts one valid manufacturer coupon per item purchased, please see Walmart’s current coupon policy for details. Customers Ad matching BOGO offers can apply a manufacturer’s coupon on both of the items, including the free item.

The process of matching the BOGO deals was super easy and painless. I simply brought the competitor’s printed sales ad to the store with me, showed the cashier the necessary items that were on BOGO sale at the competitor, and she matched the offer right on the spot after scanning the first item at Walmart’s price. I can’t even tell you how excited I am to be able to take advantage of BOGO deals at Walmart now to double up on the savings! I was so excited after my shopping trip, that I texted my husband from the parking lot sharing the excitement with him. (No lie!)

If you’re in Florida, have you taken advantage of Walmart’s BOGO ad match yet? How are you liking it?

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1 South Floridian November 21, 2013 at 10:55 am

Been working great for me. No reason to shop at Publix or Winn Dixie for their BOGO’s, nor to even shop at the discount places like Save A Lot or Dollar General or Presidential, as Walmart will price match them also. They really do guarantee the lowest prices in town, all under one roof. I have found that bringing the competitor’s print ads are a very good idea.

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2 Melanie Edwards November 21, 2013 at 2:38 pm

So glad to hear that! I’ve been having great luck myself. :)

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3 Ashley December 9, 2013 at 10:56 pm

Really great break-down of how it works. Just what I was looking for! Thanks so much :)

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4 Melanie Edwards December 11, 2013 at 11:42 am

So glad you found it helpful!

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5 michelle March 7, 2014 at 8:46 pm

I absolutelyyy LOVE the matching BOGOS at walmart :)

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6 michelle March 7, 2014 at 8:56 pm

I “heard” about the matching from a friend arounddd the “end of September” , I was thinking, what ???? I knew walmart was cheaper on MOST products . Sooo, I was ecstatic ! OVer 5 months later, I still am :) Have saved ALOT of money . And being a couponer (not hardcore, but doing fine) have saved even more. I just keep stocking up my pantry (cuzz im paranoid, they’ll stop the matching) , thennn my “matching bogo PARTY will come to an end :( :( :( Will be a sad day for me if that ever happens .

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7 Carmen Duerr March 13, 2014 at 7:11 am

I only wish it was that easy here in Naples Florida at the East Trail Walmart. I think I have left more carts at the register and gone to public across the street than actual purchases when it comes to bogos and coupons. The managers don’t even know their own company policy, and can’t be bothered to learn them. There are only two managers there that have taken the time to understand what they are offering, and the cashiers all make up their own rules. I am done for now with Walmart. I have 6 kids and grandbabies I do not have time for their ignorance and the frustration it has caused me.

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8 Melanie Edwards March 14, 2014 at 7:44 pm

I’m so sorry to hear that! I’ve passed your feedback along to the Walmart team. Thanks for sharing with us.

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9 Jeannett E March 20, 2014 at 10:19 am

I am still in absolute awe about the BOGO price match!!! It’s simply amazing!!! I have three boys who will eat you out of house and home, I literally save a minimum of $200 a week. I too live in Naples, but I go to the Wal-Mart Market off of Airport Pulling and I have also shopped at the Collier location using BOGO and never had a problem. Some of the people in line behind me kind of roll their eyes, because it takes a little longer to check out, but for once in my life I’m actually getting paid for dirty looks;) Saving a minimum of $800 a month ($9600 annually) is like the lottery check I’ll never win;) I’m still in shock over the whole phenom…… Hope it never ends, but just in case I bought a freezer (from Wal-Mart) yesterday to store all my fabulous finds:) Save, save, save!!!!

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10 Melanie Edwards March 24, 2014 at 3:17 pm

Thanks for sharing your experience, Jeannett!

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11 Denise B. April 3, 2014 at 6:19 pm

We were told this morning at the Wal-Mart we shop at that it is no longer ad matching BOGO’s! :(

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12 Melanie Edwards April 7, 2014 at 1:22 pm

Oh no! Denise, do you mind sharing which Walmart store this is? Feel free to email me privately – melanie at modernmami dot com.

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13 SanfordGal September 29, 2014 at 3:18 am

I believe if the corporate policy is that they DO, and they’re advertising that on TV, radio, on the website, denying you those PROMISES OF SALE ITEMS after you arrive is an FTC violation. Email the Federal Trade Commision and file a complaint. That goes for ANY business that advertises one thing and didn’t intend to give you that well before you even got into your car to patronize their store.

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14 Karen April 12, 2014 at 2:34 pm

yesteray at the St Petersburg (201 34th st n) I was told that Walmart no longer matched BOGOs. They even still had the sign up when you entered the store advertising the match. Did the policy change or was the cashier just lazy?

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15 Melanie Edwards April 14, 2014 at 3:02 pm

Karen, I’m passing this along to the people I work with at Walmart so they can contact the appropriate team at Walmart and look more into it. That I know of, the policy hasn’t changed, but I’ll be sure to update once I hear back.

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16 SanfordGal September 29, 2014 at 3:16 am

Karen, if the corporate website states they have this policy, and a store only puts up a sign at the physical location negating it when you get there, that’s a serious violation with the Federal Trade Commission, and is a Bait and Switch tactic that they can be fined for. Whip out your phone, take a few clear photos of it, and then open a video app or audio app and go ask for the manager on duty and ask why they have a sign up that negates corporate policy but lured people to the store under the guise of these great sales. Then send it up to Youtube and email Walmart the link, and see what Corporate says. Of course, don’t make the vid public until you hear back from Corporate with an unsatisfactory answer. Luring customers with ads and commericials stating come down to our store for such and such, and then obliterating it by a window sign AFTER you arrive is a serious violation with the FTC.

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17 Andrea April 15, 2014 at 1:12 pm

Is there a link to their official Florida BOGO match policy ? My Walmart neighborhood market was fully matching the BOGOs including meat , produce ,and fresh bakery items. .but as of last week they are saying they won’t match THOSE bogo items anymore. Sadly those are what I mainly matched there..if they won’t match those anymore ill stick with publix and winn Dixie as they take competitor coupons and are overall more coupon friendly . Neighborhood Market
6177 S Jog Rd
Lake Worth, FL 33467

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18 Melanie Edwards April 16, 2014 at 1:50 pm

Andrea, this is the link I found: http://corporate.walmart.com/ad-match-guarantee. I’m passing your comment along to the people I work with at Walmart so they can contact the appropriate team at Walmart and look more into it as well. I’ll be sure to update anything I hear back. Thanks!

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19 michelle April 24, 2014 at 9:36 pm

i was at my walmart as of 2 days ago , my walmart is STILL matching bogos. :) PLEASEEEEE , I also am in AWEE of the matching bogos. LOVE IT is an understatement :) DONT stop the matching .

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20 Melanie Edwards April 25, 2014 at 5:44 pm

That’s great to hear, Michelle! I also had no issues when I went earlier this week to my local Walmart. :)

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21 nikki May 23, 2014 at 9:39 am

Is this promo still in effect?

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22 Melanie Edwards May 27, 2014 at 12:28 pm

Hi Nikki, as far as I know, yes, the BOGO ad match is still in effect in Florida.

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23 Brent May 28, 2014 at 8:22 pm

I just did the BOGO at the Wal-Mart in Inverness, FL the other day and they didn’t blink an eye. I just heard about it a couple months ago but each time I’ve done it, it has been painless and quick… often the cashiers are already familiar with the products and I don’t even have to show them the ads. I have not tried to match store meats, etc. but only exactly like for like items/brands and no problem with that.

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24 Melanie Edwards May 29, 2014 at 8:53 pm

Great to hear, Brent!

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25 Aj June 16, 2014 at 6:51 pm

Here in Polk County they were only allowing you to buy two Different BOGO per transaction per visit Ex: Dial Soap BOGO and LAYS Chips BOGO that is it no more can be on that transaction ? is that the policy? because My Cousin who lives in Citrus County Gets all the BOGO on her transaction . I am confused Please Help

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26 SanfordGal September 29, 2014 at 3:01 am

It’s two DEALS per PERSON on EACH BOGO ITEM. You don’t have to choose one BOGO and then that’s IT! If you buy peanut butter on BOGO, it was supposed to be you getting FOUR JARS TOTAL, two jars equaling ONE BOGO DEAL.
Then that’s IT for that brand of peanut butter. Then if another brand is also BOGO, you can get four of THOSE as well. You can get four items of ALL THE BOGOS EVERYWHERE. The only limit is that you can’t more than TWO DEALS (total four) on THE SAME ITEM’S AD. Of note, if you’re AD MATCHING, like “bananas 45 cents/lb” you can get as much as you like. If it’s a “2 for $5″ sale, you can get as MUCH AS YOU LIKE on that sale with the SALE PRICE from the other store. It’s only the BOGO DEALS that are limited to “2 deals per ad item.”

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27 Peggy July 2, 2014 at 12:29 pm

Melanie, The last couple of times I have been in the Florida Riverview Walmart, on Gibsonton Dr I have been hassled about Ad matching. Last night the girl only wanted to Ad match for the Blue Bunny flavors pictured in the Ad from Winn Dixie even though it said assorted flavors. They told me they won’t honor meat BOGO’s any longer.. Nor will they do store brands. They won’t honor Buy 2 get 1 Free items. She also questioned items where the manufactorer was giving an extra 20% free to the customer, because the ounces didn’t match.

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28 SanfordGal September 29, 2014 at 3:10 am

If they’re stating to you that they will not match “the meat” BOGOS or B2G1, etc., etc., PRINT OUT THE AD-MATCH POLICY FROM THEIR OWN WEBSITE and ask the cashier “please show me a copy of the policy you are operating under to deny me the sale.” If she just mouths off (no paper shown), politely ask for the supervisor (they have to get them!). Then state the same thing to the supervisor, and state what the cashier told you, and state you believe that’s wrong. If the supervisor plays stupid or agrees, ask to see a copy of the policy they are operating under. Notice I didn’t say ask for “WM COUPON POLICY” because they’re stating things that aren’t on it! So, ask for the printed policy THEY are operating under, and that you want to see it IN PRINT because you believe they are IN ERROR. If the supervisor won’t hand it to you, ask for THEIR supervisor. Do this until you get the manager on duty, if necessary. If the last “manager” agrees with the cashier or plays stupid, THEN you whip out the CORPORATE POLICY (by this time, 3-4 people may be standing there ON CAMERA, and possibly the manager, so there’s your proof for corporate that they’re all not COMPLYING and are CONFUSED! :) …..You then show them the line that states “they will match the meat pound for pound or each, it must match the unit sold….” etc that IS ON THE POLICY. Then, if they deny it, you tell them you will not pay for it, and go to the side and phone WM Corporate from your cell, and let the manager know that you unfortunately have to clear it up with them, because obviously, the store has been ignoring the policy and is confused. I am sure THEN you will get the manager to give you the deal THEY STATED they will give you from the policy. (Trust me, been there, done that, had a WONDERFUL time doing it for friends I visited out of state while shopping with them. I had the policy link saved on my smart phone and whipped it out right from the internet).

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29 sarah July 10, 2014 at 4:53 pm

I don’t know if this works in Tampa or not. By the mixed reviews on here about the coupon policy and the crappy customer service it seems to be better just to shop at publix or winndixie. Plus when you shop at wWalmart you are supporting an evil corporation who pays their employees the bare minimum to keep their prices so low so that everyone will shop there. Wal mart is scamming America!!!! Here is how it works…Their employees aren’t paid a living wage so many are on food stamps. Then the employees go back to Walmart to spend their food stamps while wall mart profits on our tax dollars. The CEO of Walmart makes 17 million a year while we help buy groceries for his employees so he doesn’t have to. Its a scam!!!! Boycott Walmart!!! You are paying more for those bo gos than you think!!! Wake up people!!!!!

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30 Andrea July 26, 2014 at 9:21 pm

Wake up yourself. People who work for Publix, Target, Kmart, Kohls, Winn Dixie, heck even people who work for dentists and doctors, and people who work for lawyers and the government are on food stamps. Tough times abound for many, not just people who work at Walmart. And how do you know Walmart doesn’t pay a living wage? I live just dandy on what I make. In fact, I make the SAME wage as my counterpart at the above mention stores, and in a few cases I make MORE. You sound like a parrot.

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31 Jeni July 30, 2014 at 3:30 pm

I had been as matching at the university walmart for a couple months- worked like a charm, no hassle, no fuss. But recently I’ve gotten a different vibe from employees. Not only did the cashier cringe when she saw the ad (I was matching a total of 2 items), but she also just mumbled that she couldn’t as match the BOGO chicken deal from Winn Dixie. I understand, I’m not asking for a free package of chicken. But this lady, the customer service lady, and the manager I spoke said they cannot ad match the deal because my package of chicken was not exactly 2 pounds. Now, the ad says “BOGO boneless skinless chicken UP TO 5.47 on 2 pounds” here’s my issue: walmart’s policy on produce and meats is POUND FOR POUND. wouldn’t it make sense if they said, ok buy a pound get a pound, up to 5.47 worth of chicken. That’s how I understood the ad. So, my package of chicken, no matter how many pounds would get discounted only up to 5.47. Right? Am I missing something? The annoying thing is, this hasn’t been a problem for the last couple months. And now all of sudden it’s an issue. This is how it has worked for the past two months I’ve been shopping there. What gives?

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32 SanfordGal September 29, 2014 at 3:22 am

Jeni, when the ad said “save up to 5.47 on 2 pounds,” that meant you only had to buy TWO POUNDS TOTAL. It means if you bought the ONE POUND PACKAGE for 5.47, and got the second one free, you then “saved 5.47 on two pounds.” It never meant a “two pound package.” It meant a ONE LB. PACKAGE, ONE PAID, ONE FREE.

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33 Maria July 15, 2014 at 9:00 pm

How does your BoGo work. Would i pay the advertised price that publix has printed on their ad or walmart price. I went in Today was told new policy was they were goin to scan one item then charge me the difference on the other product to equal the advertised price. Thats not a deal I’d jus continue to shop @ publix . Please explain” Confused ” on Bogo price.

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34 Melanie Edwards July 18, 2014 at 10:25 am

Maria, here is Walmart’s official ad match policy: http://corporate.walmart.com/ad-match-guarantee

The information I explained regarding my shopping experience should also help clear things up.

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35 SanfordGal September 29, 2014 at 3:32 am

Do THAT is exactly the same as charging you the HIGHER PRICE FROM THE OTHER STORE on the FIRST ITEM – then giving you the second free. But they know they can’t DO THAT, it’s probably a Federal Trade law. If you get a WALMART AD in the Sunday paper (they do that quite a bit) that is just listing their “low prices” and couple of Rollbacks, and your let’s say “ABC peanut butter” is in THAT AD for $2.99, they are ADVERTISING A PRICE to the COMMUNITY/WORLD THAT THEY SELL IT AT. They can’t take YOUR JAR and override the price and put in 5.99 for ANY REASON! There are laws against INFLATING A PRICE FOR CERTAIN CUSTOMERS and giving low prices for others. They can’t use the “reason” of “but in return for inflating Maria’s price on the item, we’ll give her….” ANYTHING!!! They KNOW they will violating trade rules on established prices! So, cleverly, how can they INFLATE the price of the first item to be exactly what the other store charged, and then still give you the free one? By ringing up the first one AT THE LOW EVERYDAY WM PRICE (legal) and then charging you ANYTHING EQUAL TO OR LESS THAN THE FIRST ONE. If they ever encounter an item that is $3 in WM but $7 (easy with HABA items), and they charge you $3 for the first one and then FOUR DOLLARS for the second one, they are violating trade laws. They now charged you MORE than the three dollars that they normally sell for only $3. I KNOW the cashiers aren’t the sharpest tools in the shed, so it’s gonna HAPPEN that way to some, trust me, and they’re going to get in trouble for that. You can’t “trick people” into paying higher than standard prices because the unsuspecting customer asked for a BOGO and you sneakily did what they asked, knowing full well they paid more than what you sell the items for.

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36 Linda July 27, 2014 at 1:37 am

7/26/2014 – shopped at Walmart in Pompano Beach, FL on Atlantic & Powerline. The cashier told us that Walmart was stopping the BOGO offers in the very near future but she couldn’t give us a specific date. I hope not!!!

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37 SanfordGal September 29, 2014 at 3:35 am

If the DO, then I’m going to have a good laugh when the next Publix commericials air on TV! They’re going to JUMP on that like a flea on a dog! I can just see it now, from “Our prices are so low, WM wants to match them!” becoming: “Our prices were so low, even WALMART can’t swallow matching them!!!” That’s a PR nightmare for Walmart, and a dream come true for Publix! They’re going to have to pinch themselves to believe it’s really happening!

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38 Cynthia July 28, 2014 at 6:43 am

Why are stores refusing to accept coupons on the bogo deals at Wal-Mart located at Oakland Park Blvd & 441 and the store located on McNab. These stores state that you either do bogo or use a coupon but not both. I will stick with the competition.

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39 SanfordGal September 29, 2014 at 3:39 am

If there’s anything your WM is doing that goes against what is in their PUBLISHED COUPON POLICY, print it out online and hand it the person who states that you didn’t “buy” a second item that is actually on your receipt, albeit with a low 00.00 price. You “bought” it on SALE! And the manufacturer would be interested to know that you didn’t BUY THEIR ITEMS at Walmart because they are rejecting the coupons they paid to distribute to you. Send off a quick email online to these companies and cut and paste what happened and just change the name of the coupon, and they’ll even likely mail you something for your troubles (as another attempt to get you to try their product successfully, and possibly for FREE).

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40 Brooke August 1, 2014 at 9:01 pm

I was told that Walmart was stopping the bogo matching in a couple of weeks. The cashier told me this yesterday at the Boynton beach, fl Neighborhood Market Walmart. She couldn’t give me any details, but mentioned that walmRt was losing too much money, and that the discontinuation would be with little to no notice. Ugh.

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41 Karen Dias August 4, 2014 at 7:35 pm

I was told the same thing at the Braden River store. The cashier said the new policy will be posted in store in a few weeks stating that you would have to pay the regular prices on the two BOGO items then submit your receipt online for reimbursement. Can’t imagine how this will work.

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42 SanfordGal September 29, 2014 at 4:09 am

What she probably meant was they’re ONLY going to do Savings Catcher online with inputting the receipt number (or smartphone by scanning the receipt), and then if there were any discounts from ad matching (that WALMART FEELS IS CORRECT, NO MORE INVOLVEMENT WITH THE CUSTOMER TO CORRECT ERRORS), the saving go to your Saving Catcher account ONLY. The problem is, what she told is INCORRECT for Savings Catcher, because it doesn’t currently give you all the BOGOS. Also, I notice with the Catcher that let’s say you buy Hi-C Orange Drink, BOGO, and you match it with the identical product (because all flavors are BOGO) that is Grape flavor. It’s two different PRODUCT NUMBERS, and the Catcher doesn’t consider that a match!! It has to be the identical FLAVOR/SIZE, ETC! SAME UPC NUMBER! Then Catcher “catches” it. There’s no way her instruction to you to BUY THE BOGOS and then you’ll get “reimbursed” from Catcher was correct. Catcher isn’t set up to do that yet, and it won’t do meat or produce, either, and definitely won’t even do store brands if your store is currently letting you do that. My WM claims in catcher to match “28 STORES” on my account! I can’t even NAME 28 stores that would be competitors! So ALWAYS, ALWAYS go online and submit the receipt to catcher, because I guarantee nobody is checking 28 ads in a who-knows-what radius from the store. Just this month, I got back $6 from Catcher that shocked and surprised me (and you have no idea how anal I GET with my grocery planning! But I can’t match what I don’t know!)

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43 jessica rosado August 3, 2014 at 5:28 pm

I went to Walmart Neighborhood on Lake Underhill and Chickasaw today in the morning(I have gone to this Walmart several times to coupon)but today me and my friend were trying to do the PM from Walgreens for the BOGO of the Right Guard deodorants.I had 2 deals(4 deodorants) and I handed 4 manufacturer coupons to the cashier.To my understanding Walmart will PM BOGO and will accept 1 manufacturer coupon per item.The cashier rejected my 2 of my coupons without even trying them and told me that I can only use 1 coupon per deal(which I have done before based on their policy and advise from another store managers that is ok to do so).Along comes the person in charge(not a manager)with a bad attitude and telling me its only 1 coupon per deal that I should read Walmarts policy(which I’ve done several times). Im an honest couponer and dont like to be treated as a person who is trying to do something wrong.So I did waste my time and effort so I left the store empty handed.And honestly, I dont know if I would wanna go back to Walmart.Too much hassle for saving some $$$ is not worth it for me to get a migraine over something like this.

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44 Melanie Edwards August 5, 2014 at 2:50 pm

I appreciate everyone’s comments and feedback. I am working with the Walmart team and headquarters to hopefully get some more clear answers. (I send all the comments their way!)

Here is Walmart’s official corporate ad match policy: http://corporate.walmart.com/ad-match-guarantee which I encourage everyone to read over to gain a better understanding of what is accepted and not. It includes information on the BOGO ad match as well.

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45 Barbara August 6, 2014 at 4:44 pm

Same situation over here, i live in Orlando Fl, and i went to 3 Walmarts including the one on Lake Underhill and Chickasaw, and they said its only one coupon per bogo, and i think we all have read the Policy over and over, and thats not what the Policy says, i think this is getting out of control, now i have wait and see for when the managers and cashiers are in a good mood for me to buy 2 items, plus i have to take extra money with me, just in case they dont want to take my coupon, great!!

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46 SanfordGal September 29, 2014 at 3:43 am

I know that store. I used to go there when I live there for 2.5 years. Print out the corporate policy and show it to the cashier. If they are just too stupid to understand print, ask for the supervisor. If the supervisor is equally as stupid, continue until you get the manager and look at their BADGE NAME – and let the Manager SEE YOU DO THAT. If showing the policy in print to the manager still doesn’t get you what they state they will do, step to the side and call Walmart Corporate from your phone and politely tell the manager “I’m not comfortable with everyone’s lack of knowledge of the published policy, so please me a minute to clear this up with the Corporate Office.” You’ll probably get your deal after the manager hear’s you’re going to do THAT, especially NICELY.

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47 Rosie August 20, 2014 at 12:42 am

Does Walmart match Buy one get two free??..

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48 Melanie Edwards August 20, 2014 at 3:05 pm

Rosie, no I don’t believe they do.

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49 SanfordGal September 29, 2014 at 3:52 am

Rosie, if it has a PRICE in the ad, they WILL. If it states “buy 1 campbell’s soup, get 2 freee” then NO. If it states “buy 1 at 1.49, and get two FREE!” then YES. If it states “buy 1, get 2 FREE, save up to 1.49″ then NO. They must determine the EXACT PRICE (“up to” doesn’t do that, according to WM) in the AD! If you state “well, all their soup is 1.49″ it won’t help. They’re matching ADS IN PRINT, not what’s on other store’s shelves that aren’t in the circulars.

BTW, they will also match “Buy 2, get 1 free,” although not specifically stated either, but it must HAVE THE EXACT PRICE in it similar to the above.

Note that “having the exact price” has always been in the printed coupon policy, but they never enforced it. ANY BOGO was given if it was in the ad and it said “save up to…” BUT, as of I believe late september/early oct, watch out….I think they’re being told to crack down OR they’re obliterating the policy and want to see what happens FIRST if they WEAKEN the policy. They want to let everyone down gently, I think, and see how much outrage will occur when they tighten the belts with the printed price. I truly believe they don’t want to continue this promotion, but don’t know how to squash the Beast.

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50 Mary September 12, 2014 at 8:57 pm

Love Walmart. Haven’t been to Publix or Winn Dixie since Walmart started matching prices. I always take the weekly ads with me, make sure I buy exact sizes and rarely have a problem. 99% of the clerks are very friendly and accommodating for both BOGOs and a simple price match. I have on occasion even used two coupons for a BOGO with no problems. Often a clerk will say, “I am going to get some of these when I get off.” There is one clerk that gives us a hard time (I think she is put out by have to ring the items up separately) but we have learned and now we just avoid her. The only problem we have experienced is items for sale at half price (buy one item at half price – save up to $X.XX). Costwise this is similar to a BOGO but you only have to buy one. Some clerks will look at the scanned price, say $4.44, make the calculation and ring up a price over ride for $2.22. Others will say they can’t do half price, especially if it is an odd price like $3.99. I find the Walmart published rules are not clear on half priced ads. Does anyone have any insight on this?

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51 SanfordGal September 29, 2014 at 2:54 am

I shop at the Sanford Wal-Mart on Orlando Dr. (17-92). Last week, one of the “supervisors” who was ringing up my order told me that beginning October 6, 2014, they are changing their BOGO policy. They stated that if the BOGO ad says “save UP TO…..” they will not honor ANY BOGOing at ALL on it. They stated the ad MUST have the EXACT PRICE OF THE ITEM in it for them honor that BOGO. THEN I asked “…And you’re going to match the WINN-DIXIE price that’s in the ad or still do it at WAL-MART’S price,” and the person wouldn’t say anything, just sort of was panicking that I even ASKED that. I asked TWICE, because they were very clear that “we will match if the price is clearly stated,” and then said it’s because “Wal-Mart was losing money” and “other stores were inflating their prices for the BOGO and that’s why they didn’t put their prices in their own ads.” I then stated, “If it’s wrong to inflate a price of an item for a sale, then why would YOU WAL-MART do the same thing? Are you saying that YOU are going to massively inflate the price of my first BOGO item because the OTHER store did, and then you will give me the 2nd one free because, again, the other did that only after overcharging me? If it’s so wrong, why would COPY that behavior? How can you inflate the price of an item for ME on MY receipt and the guy in back of me gets it for maybe 2 dollars less?” They did NOT know what to say, and I felt I got NO CLEAR ANSWERS to the questions I asked. Then I read HERE that some stores are charging the first item at the W-M price (fair and LEGAL) and then charges the DIFFERENCE between WM and the other store for the 2nd item. Now, if the item is $3 at WM, and $7 at Publix, I now pay 3 and 4 for each item, and not 3 and 3? I pay MORE than if I hadn’t asked for the BOGO in the first place? When I make my shopping list I have to KNOW IN ADVANCE all the PRICES OF WALMART FOOD ITEMS! How can I know from the competitor ad that says “BOGO peanut butter buy one for $3 get one free” that WM is CHEAPER than the 3 dollars? I wouldn’t put it on my list if it’s not cheaper or even the same price as Walmart! I have to now circle all “possibilities” that I want to buy, then do all this math IN the store, looking at the price on the shelf (IF it’s even there), then take the competitor price, minus the WM price, and hope that I remember this so the cashier puts in the correct price for the 2nd item, the overage. I’m NOT GOING TO DO THIS. I’m NOT going to spend an entire day walking around with a calculator in WM. This is just the excuse I need to go back to the beautiful, clean, WELL-STOCKED PUBLIX that doesn’t even have a piece of fruit with one blemish on it, let alone little flies that are always around the Walmart produce. Walmart is getting too cheap to just suck it up and say “if they BOGO, we’ll BOGO it over here.” I feel irked because we in Florida are the only state I believe that DOESN’T HAVE DOUBLE COUPONS! We don’t get ANY special surprises like that as others get. Also, we get shirked on OTHER DEALS, like if you go to Save-A-Lots weekly ad main page, notice that there’s a HUGE BANNER at the top that flashes deals on MANY ITEMS, and underneath it says “sales not available in Florida.” We in FLORIDA get NOTHING, and it’s just NOT FAIR, and I think that’s why WM did the pilot in Florida: Because they KNEW would couldn’t DOUBLE COUPON THOSE ITEMS that were going to be dirt cheap BOGOS! They could NEVER do that in other states that have the double coupons, because people would be walking out with fists full of CASH PLUS their groceries! TIME to RETURN TO PUBLIX, which will still take coupons, has great BOGOS that bring the price down to Walmarts price, and they accept competitor coupons. I know it’s as over-inflated as Winn-Dixie, but at least in Publix the food is FRESH, the bakery and deli outstanding, and you GET what you PAY FOR.

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