This is a guest post by Caroline.
We all love price matching, but it can be a hassle sometimes – all those flyers, all those coupons, and all those lists!
Here’s how I make price matching easy:
1. Use the MapleMoney Coupon Match-up Feature. Select the items you want to buy and print off your shopping list, including any coupons you need to use, etc.
2. Take inventory of your fridge, cupboards, freezer, laundry room, and bathroom, and in addition to the MapleMoney list, make your, just to ensure you don’t miss other needed items.
3. Using a separate piece of paper (I use the back of junk mail), go through each flyer and circle the items you want, noting page number, item and price, and if you have a coupon (if you do, make note of how many you have).
4. Match up your coupons to the items on your list – checking dates, and any size restrictions on the coupon, prior to shopping. This is something you must always do before price matching.
5. Use a separate coupon organizer (many dollar stores carry these) with tabs for each store, and place the coupons for each flyer into the respective store slot.
6. During your shopping trip, organize one bag per flyer in your cart (I re-use plastic grocery bags for this part as they take up less room) – with the flyer in the bag (I often have 3 or 4 flyers to price match). If you are purchasing many items, you may need to use a few bags per store.
7. As you shop, organize the items into the bags for each flyer. Keeping the items in separate bags makes the checkout process go smoothly.
8. When you get to the checkout, tell the cashier that you are price matching, and do the price matching first or last, but not sporadically: put the items from the bags, plus the flyer, on the belt, in separate piles.
9. As the cashier scans your items, it goes quickest if you use your list, and reference the page and price of each item. The cashier will find them quickly as you have circled them.
10. Use your coupons on the items as each is scanned – use your list, and your “organized by store” coupon organizer, to ensure you are not missing out on any coupons. The cashier can check the date, quantity, etc. as the items go through.
I came up with this price matching method to organize myself when I go grocery shopping, and have had many cashiers tell me that they like it because the price matching goes so smoothly. They often tell me that they wished everybody would do it this way. because it’s so much easier.
Give it a try and see if you can shave time off your weekly or bi-weekly shopping trip!
Do you have any tips for maximizing your price matching?
Caroline is an avid couponer and is always looking for ways to streamline her weekly shopping trips, which include couponing and price-matching.