Savings Catcher Devaluation
Ok so I am probably the only miles & points blogger who has written about Walmart’s Savings Catcher program. I really don’t know why, because it involves two things that we are mostly all involved with. Walmart & trying to save money. There is even a Bluebird component, so it is right up our alley.
What Is Savings Catcher
For those who don’t know, Savings Catcher is Walmart’s price matching program. While you can still bring in competitor’s ads to the store and have them match the price, you don’t have to. All you have to do is scan your receipt and Walmart’s program will automatically match the prices to local competitors and you receive the difference back in Walmart Buck$.
To sweeten the deal, Walmart has been offering 2x the price difference back if you redeem your “Walmart Buck$” to a Bluebird card. Unfortunately that promotion ends on 2/28/15 and has yet to be renewed.
If you are interested in finding out more about Savings Catcher, I suggest reading these posts:
- A Complete Walmart Savings Catcher Review & Guide – 360 Degrees
- Walmart Savings Catcher in the Real World – How to Use, Does it Work & the App!
- Avoid Problems Redeeming Walmart Bucks with Bluebird (Background, How-To & Tips)
- A Huge Savings on Thanksgiving Dinner – How I Combined Deals to Effortlessly Save Significant Money
I received an email from Walmart the other day that they are making some changed to Savings Catcher. Updated terms went into effect on February 14, 2015 with the following changes:
- The removal of some departments consisting mostly of items that do not have a like for like match at other retailers, such as produce and bakery items.
- Limiting comparisons to offers of other mass market retailers, grocery and dollar stores, removing comparisons with drug stores.
So they removed drug stores from the mix. This is a shame since CVS often has competitive prices on many items. They also removed some product categories. While I understand understand their justification for baked good, it doesn’t hold up for produce. A roma tomato is a roma tomato. It isn’t like Walmart is known for the quality of their produce.
If you are one of those crazy people who loves to bring an ad into the store and hold up lines, then don’t worry! You should still be able to match items in those categories with the ad. It isn’t quite as easy, but it is possible.
How Bad Is This
This devaluation is not a huge deal in my opinion. Savings Catcher is still valuable for Walmart shoppers since it is so convenient. I won’t lie, before Savings Catcher I wasn’t a regular Walmart shopper and I am not a huge fan of their in-store experience.
Since Savings Catcher offered a 2x return to my Bluebird and the convenience of price matching without any work, I did shift some of my shopping to Walmart. After all, I am already there quite often taking care of other business.
I recently made the switch from Serve to Target’s REDcard, which means that I plan to spend MUCH LESS TIME in Walmart. With these changes and 2x going away at the end of the month, I think I may just find my way back to my favorite local grocery store.
What do you think? Is this a huge deal? Have you ever used Savings Catcher?