iOS, Android: I’m not a huge Walmart shopper, but if I was—because they had a certain retro gaming system in stock, for example—I’d definitely make sure I was walking into the store, smartphone at the ready. You might think there’s nothing inherently special about Walmart’s app for Android and iOS, but it actually contains one clever little trick that could save you a decent amount of cash on your purchases over time.
When you make a big Walmart purchase, save the receipt. Pull up the app on your device, tap on the Services option at the bottom, and tap on Savings catcher. Log into the app if you haven’t already, and then use the app to scan the barcode that’s printed on your Walmart receipt. Easy as that. (You can also type in the receipt’s “TC” number if the barcode isn’t scanning for whatever reason.)
Walmart will then use its magical retail powers to investigate the prices for everything you purchased at a bunch of other retailers. If it finds a price difference in your favor, you’ll receive the difference as an electronic gift card—which you can then use to buy more stuff at Walmart, of course.
Walmart’s little Savings Catcher option comes with a few catches itself. First off, you can only submit up to seven receipts per week. If you’re a heavy Walmart shopper, make sure you’re using Savings Catcher for the big binges instead of, say, the pack of gum you got. Savings Catcher also only works with a limited range of item categories: groceries, consumables (like paper towels), and “health and beauty” items. So, no, you won’t suddenly get $20 for free because another store else had the NES Classic on sale.
Still, if you head out to the local Walmart for those kinds of purchases, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t use Savings Catcher to save a few bucks. It only takes a few seconds to scan receipts. If you’re lucky, maybe the app will find a buy-one, get-one offer somewhere else, which could really add up in your favor.