Walmart Savings Catcher App--Pros and Cons
Okay, maybe not. But any time you save a dollar or get a chunky rebate it feels like you've won a grand prize. These days, I feel pretty rich whenever I open my phone and see a message from Walmart saying they refunded me some dollars and cents...
I shop at Walmart a lot. It is pretty much the best one-stop place.
With other stores being widely scattered and often overpriced, it is easier to snag some savings with Walmart's price matching policy.
That's why I want to talk about the Savings Catcher App, and how it is incredibly helpful to people in rural areas.
What is Savings Catcher?
Its an APP! You can get it if you have iOS or Android. Its free, and it helps you save moooooney!
Okay, what it really does is a digital oh-so-modern version of the old-fashioned price match. But you don't have to carry sale fliers with you or argue with a cashier while your ice cream melts.
You just shop. Pay. Scan your receipt. Wait for refund.
Walmart scans sales by local competitors, and if someone else has a lower price, Walmart puts the difference into your account.
Why Is a Savings App Great For Rural Dwellers?
Living in a rural area, or even a small town that isn't close to any big towns or cities, means limited shopping options.
"Real" grocery stores are often extremely pricey. And you might actually have to go to three or four different towns to hit all the bargains. (Hardly any savings as far as fuel!)
I once mapped out on paper how far I would have to go to get same or lower prices without going into a Wal-Mart. That week, it would have meant seven different stores, and I would have driven nearly 100 miles altogether. That sounds exhausting!
The other option is to collect piles of circulars and hold up the checkout lane to do a standard price-match.
With a savings app, you can just shop one store for all your needs, scan your receipt, and let the computers do all the work for you. Not only do you get a refund if it finds a lower price, you save a ton in gas money!
Pros and Cons of Savings Catcher App
What I Like:
- It is easy to use. It takes literally 3 seconds to scan a code.
- It saves me time (and space). I don't have to remember to price match anything while checking out, and I don't have to save circulars from every store in four counties.
- It notifies you when you get cash back. You can check the receipt to see what items were the goldmine.
- It saves your receipts so you can check back on what you've bought. This is so helpful when setting up a budget or making a weekly/monthly menu plan. (No paper clutter!)
- The app also allows you to shop your local store from your phone and has a feature for making lists.
What I Don't Like:
- You have to print out a paper gift card. (A rechargeable, sturdy, plastic card would be better!)
- Sometimes the scanner won't accept the code and you have to type it in manually. Still easy from a phone or computer, but it takes longer.
- There are a lot of items that don't qualify for refunds.
Will the Savings Catcher App Help You?
Anything that saves a little money is worthwhile, right? Especially when it is fast? Anyone could benefit from this app, but the people who will get the most benefit will be those who:
- Shop frequently at Walmart
- Buy name-brand items (even occasionally.)
- Live in an area with competitors
Where it doesn't help much:
- If you buy mostly generic or non-food items. (some non-food items do qualify though.
- The competition has overly high prices (in which case Walmart is probably cheaper even without the rewards.)
How Much Have I Saved?
Only $26 in three months. Which isn't too bad considering that there are only about four things we ever buy that are name-brand.
You can get a few dollars back with the Walmart Savings Catcher App. Its fast, its easy, and its kind of fun getting those notifications that say:
"You Get Back $1.20!"
If I lived closer to the stores that had the lower price, then yeah...I would probably give them my business more often instead of going through the Big W.
But, as it is, it would be financially irresponsible to spend more money than I save chasing down smaller stores with bargains.
As it is, I'm satisfied with the convenience, and I encourage you to try it too!
This is not a sponsored post. It is my honest opinion of the Savings Catcher App. I don't receive any compensation or promotion if you choose to use this app.