Since starting this blog I have been contacted by readers many times with questions about couponing, Frugal Living, Walmart’s policies and procedures, and various other little things. I figure if one person is wondering about it, there might be others so this will be an on-going feature to answer the most common questions that come up. If you have a question, please check out the master list of Ask A Walmart Expert articles to see if your answer is there already or contact me and I’ll do what I can to help you out.
UPDATE: Since this post was written, Walmart has changed the price match policy in Florida to make it the same as in the rest of the United States. You can disregard the information concerning Florida as the top part of the post now applies to all 50 states.
Will Walmart Price Match BOGO Deals?
This question is a little tricky to answer because there is one state in the union where the rules are different. Walmart has a completely different set of BOGO rules for the great state of Florida so let’s look at the other 49 states first.
Walmart BOGO Ad Match Rules for Most of the United States
The main thing you need to know is that as long as the Walmart cashier can figure out a FINAL PRICE on something, they will ad match it. Here’s the wording in the Walmart Ad Match policy online.
We gladly match the price in the following types of ads:*
- Buy one, get one FREE ads with a specified price
- Example: Buy one for $2.49, get one FREE (BOGO)
So as long as the price of the item you are buying is listed, they will gladly match it.
Here’s the type of BOGO they WON”T match
We do not match the price in the following types of competitor ads:
- Buy one, get one FREE (BOGO) ads with no actual price given
So if the ad just says BOGO and there are no prices given, you are out of luck. Walmart needs to know what you would pay walking out the door at the other store for that item.
Here are 2 real world examples of BOGO deals
So this isn’t the best example because it’s B2G1 but the idea is the same. Because a final price is listed, if Walmart carried any of these products, you could get 3 and pay $13.98.
Here’s an example of a BOGO deal you CANNOT ad match. There is no final price listed so Walmart doesn’t know what to do with the price. Even if you go to CVS and take a pic of this product on the shelf with the tag and try to show it to them, they won’t PM it because it has to be in the ad.
Remember that this principle holds true for any variation of the sale. So if an ad is BOGO, B2G1, B3G1, Buy 2 and get a third for a penny, Buy 1 Get a 2nd half-off, whatever, as long as there is a final price printed in the ad, Walmart will ad match it. No final price, no ad match, ever.
And just to be clear, when I say “final price” I mean the price BEFORE any coupons, RR’s, ECB’s or other discounts are removed. Here is more info on that if you need it.
Walmart Ad Matching Policy in Florida
So Florida has it’s own set of rules concerning ad matching BOGOs. In that state, Walmart is out to get Publix and Winn-Dixie so they will allow you to ad match BOGOs, even if no final price is listed and they will do it at Walmart’s prices.
So if Publix puts Bumble Bee Tuna on sale for BOGO, Walmart will allow you to get 2 cans for what ever the price of a single can is at Walmart. The only catch is there is a limit of two PM’s (4 items) per deal.
If you would like to see how this store policy evolved over time, you can read my article here.
You can see more of the Resources I have for Couponers here.
I hope that clears up any confusion but if you have any questions, please leave a comment and I’ll get back to you.