Friday, February 28, 2014

Ask a Walmart Expert: Will Walmart Take or Price Match Register Rewards or ECBs?


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.

Will Walmart Take RR’s or ECB’s?

Short Answer? No.

If you don’t know what this question is referring to, Walgreen’s and CVS both have rewards programs where you can get money back on future purchases when you buy certain products.  Here’s an example.


That red arrow is pointing to the 3000 rewards points you would get if you bought this from Walgreens.  These are good at Walgreen’s only and cannot be used at Walmart.

Can you Price Match the RR or ECB Price?

This is usually the next question that comes up.  In the example above, you’ve got a final price listed of 3/$5 so it looks like you should be able to price match this cereal at Walmart to $1.66 a box.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way.  Here’s the wording from Walmart’s policy.

We do not match the price in the following types of competitor ads:

  • Items that require a purchase to get a competitors’ gift card
    • example: "Buy [item A] to get a $B gift card

These RRs and ECBs are essentially giftcards meant to be used on your next transaction so Walmart will not allow you to price match that after-RR price.

DISCLAIMER: Every time I write something like this I am inundated with cries of “They do it at my Walmart!”  All I can tell you is what the policy says.  If you’ve got a store manager that allows it, awesome.  Enjoy your good fortune.  Just know that it it’s not policy and could stop anytime someone actually sits down and reads Walmart’s policies.

Ask a Walmart Expert: Will Walmart Take or Price Match Register Rewards or ECBs?

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