The holiday season is upon us once again, and for me that means it's time to scramble to fill my holiday shopping lists. I've been saving money to cover the cost for a year now, but that doesn't mean I have an unlimited budget. In fact, my budget is smaller this year than in past years, but my shopping list just keeps getting longer. To help cover the cost, I look for ways to save on the items I think my loved ones will really enjoy, and I've found shopping at stores that price match really helps out. This is how price matching helps me save while Christmas shopping.
What is price matching?
Have you ever spotted an item on sale that you want, but when you get to the store that advertised it, it was sold out? Sure you have, it's happened to everyone. Well, with price matching you can possibly use the sale ad to get that item at the sale price from another store. Some stores will match a sale price from a competitor's ad if they have the exact item in stock.
Which stores offer price matching?
I was honestly surprised by the number of stores that price match in my area. I found that most of our big box stores like Walmart and Target, along with some smaller local chain stores price match. If you are wondering about stores near you, you should check out their website because many stores list their price matching policy online. If you don't see the information you are looking for online, don't hesitate to ask someone at the store. Here is a short list of stores I've found that offer price matching.
- Best Buy
How I've saved using price matching.
Just a few weeks ago I spotted a video game on sale that was on my Christmas shopping list. It was 50% off, and I knew it would sell out fast, so I went right to the store. However, despite the rush, I was still too late, but I knew all hope wasn't lost. I took the sale ad to another store that I knew offer price matching, and was able to purchase the game at the discounted price. I saved $25 on that one item, and while that's at the higher end of the savings I've encountered, it shows how much you could possibility save by using price matching.
There is no way for me to know exactly how much money I've saved using price matching, but I know that it's enough that I have no plans to stop now.
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