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So, you’re still a die-hard Wal-Mart fan.  Don’t clip coupons, and won’t shop at any other store.  Maybe you don’t have time to visit more than one location each week.  You don’t get the newspaper, and don’t have time to search for coupons on the internet.  Besides, the last time you checked, Wal-Mart had the best prices around.

But what you have discovered, is that your grocery bill is getting bigger, and your paycheck isn’t.  Maybe you have lost an income and now you have reached the end of your savings and the reality of your financial situation has just reared its ugly head.  But none the less, you are not going to start being one of those people who spend hours running around town hitting ever sale just to save a buck, or clipping a massive number of coupons.  Nope, you’re going to keep right on shopping at Wal-mart.

Ok, go ahead and stay at Wal-Mart.  But while you’re there, why not save another dollar or two.

How you ask?

Well, first and most importantly, and I can’t stress this enough, sit down, plan a menu, make your list from that and the stick to it.  Part of planning a menu includes planning what you might have around for snacks, so don’t just think about your main meal.  Plan your breakfast and lunches too.  This will help avoid trips during the week for items you forgot.

Then, take a few minutes, (probably more like an hour) and scan the ads for other stores in your area.  If you live in or around Wichita, you have Dillon’s, White’s IGA, Homeland, and Leekers.  Don’t try to use the excuse that you don’t get the paper, or you’re not in their delivery area.  I have a link to all of them on my website.  Now, look at what they have on sale that’s on your list.  If the price looks like it might be better than what you have been paying at Wal-Mart, print off that page and take it with you.  (Be sure to make a note on you grocery list, and which flier it’s on)  Then, while you’re at Wal-Mart, check the prices against what is on sale at other stores.  If the price is less, then have the cashier price match to the lower price at the other store.  But be ready to present the flier that show’s a better price, especially if it’s a really good one.

Here is an example of what I’m talking about.  At White’s IGA this week, they have Betty Crocker Suddenly Salad 10/$10.  These usually sell for between $1.49 and $2.00 at Wal-Mart.  Today let’s say it $1.89 a box.  When your ready to check out, tell the cashier you want to price match this product with the sale price at White’s IGA.  They will ask the amount and probably want to see the ad, then they will mark down your package to $1.00.  You just saved $.89 on one box.  No coupon and you didn’t have to go anywhere else.  If you do this on 10 different items, you could save $8.90 on this trip alone.

You won’t find a large number of things to price match every week, but if you get in the habit of looking and then price matching even just one or two items a week, (like milk and orange juice for $2.99 at Dillons’)  the savings will add up.  And any penny saved is better than no pennies at all!

So, by putting aside an hour or so to make a menu and shopping list, check the local sale ads, and print off a few pages, you can help lower your shopping bill at Wal-Mart.  No coupons, and no running around town.

So, why not start making your new plan today!

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Check out page 4 of the Homeland ad for this week. 

Go to coupons.com and print off the $1/2 Bic Stationary Products, then either go to Homeland, or print off a copy of the ad and take it to Walmart and get 2 packs of Bic pens for $.18!!!!  Filler paper was $.75 at Walmart, so you may want to price match that too!  Spiral notebooks were $.15 at Walmart, 8/$1 equals $.125 each.

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While shopping for school supplies and groceries this weekend, I found a remarkable sale on Capri Sun’s at the Walmart in New Market Square.  They were only $1 a box!  So today I went back and bought some more to stock in my “store room” downstairs.  I shared this fabulous sale with my niece Karen.  So she went to the Walmart on West Kellogg to pick some up for her kids, but when she got there she discovered they were $1.97 each.  That’s Walmarts regular price for Capri Suns.  She called me to verify which store I bought them at.  I told her to tell the cashier she wanted to price match them to the New Market Square Walmart.  They told her they don’t price match their other stores, because they’re not in competition with them.  WHAT?  Then why do you have different prices for your products at a store that is in the same general vicinity? 

So, now to get the better price she has to drive to 21 & Maize Rd. and buy the Capri Suns at that location. 

I can understand that prices may not be the same at Walmarts in two different cities, but not in the same city.  There are at least 6 different Walmarts in the Wichita area.  I’m not counting Derby or Augusta, just Wichita proper.  And they’re telling the public that prices may vary as much as a dollar, from one store to the other?  Always the best prices?  Guess not.

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I’ve already been out to Walmart and found some very good buys on crayons, notebooks, Bic pens, and glue.  If you don’t know what supplies your kids need, check the internet.  Most of the districts have their generic supplies listed, so you can at the very least start getting the things that are on sale.  Be sure to go to coupons.com and print off the $1/2 coupons for any Bic stationary, and get your pens for $.50 instead of $1!

But…be sure to check the sales at all the stores.  Remember, even if you don’t want to run all over town to pick up school supplies, just take the ads with you to Walmart and have them match the prices!

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On my website I post links to grocery stores in the Wichita Area.  I realize that not everyone wants to drive to Goddard, or Haysville, or Valley Center to save a few pennies on just a couple of things.  Keeping in mind, though, that all of these stores double coupons up to or including $1, if you have a lot of coupons for one item, like Green Giant Valley Fresh Steamers, and one of these stores has them priced at $1.25 a bag, driving 8 miles one way to save $20 might not be such a stretch!  But if it’s a normal week, and there is no fabulous sale, don’t think for one minute you can’t take advantage of an item they have advertised for less than at Walmart.  Example, Homeland in Haysville has Pepsi products advertised on the website page of their flyer 5/$12.00.  That’s $2.40 a 12 pack.  Or $4.80 for a 24 pack if you want to compare apples to apples.  Walmart has 24 packs priced at $4.98.  That’s an $.18 difference.  And personally, I would rather buy 12 packs, because their easier to store, and I can buy a bigger variety of drinks at a lower cost!  Another item that I’m sure is priced lower this week, is 12 oz. packages of Kraft American Singles. $1.59 each and with your Kraft coupons you have printed out, that’s $1 each at Walmart.  Now if your on that side of town, according to their coupon policy that’s $.59 a package, because with their loyalty card, they will double coupons including $1!  Check with the store on limits.  They are also advertising Kraft BBQ sauce for $.79.  I got it for $.98 at Walmart, so it was still free, but if your going to Homeland and still have a couple of these, your not losing any money! 

My point here is, don’t be afraid to buy these items at Walmart and have the cashier price match them for you.  Just be prepared to show them the ad copy of that item.  Especially if you’re price matching something Walmart already has on sale, like the Pepsi!  They have the signs all over the store, and there should never be a time that they refuse a legitimate sale price, if you can back it up.  I like to tell the cashier up front that I intend to price match a few items, so they don’t get ahead of me while I’m putting things on the conveyer.

I want to point out that, the printed flyer that is available at Homeland this week, is slightly different than the one on the web.  The web has the Pepsi products 5/$12 and the printed copy I got in the mail has Coke products 3/$9.99.  So if you are going to price match at Walmart, make sure you have the copy that has the product you want.

Checking the area sales before you shop at Walmart, may help you save even more money!  So don’t be afraid to price match!