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So I've been keeping a little secret from you all for a few months now -- and it's seriously been killing me not to be able to share this exciting news! I know some of you have heard the rumors about a new money-saving app from Walmart, but my non-disclosure agreement prevented me from addressing them up until now.

Well, I'm thrilled to tell you that Savings Catcher is available in stores nationwide starting Monday, August 4th, and it's going to revolutionize the way you grocery shop!!! Walmart has always been about everyday low pricing, but this program takes it a step further by comparing Walmart's everyday low price to the advertised sales prices of competitor stores in your area.

Simply submit your receipt through the Savings Catcher app or online, and you'll automatically received the difference back in the form of a Walmart Rewards eGift Card! No more driving from store to store for the best prices... No more haggling with the cashiers to price match competitor stores... And yes, you can absolutely still use your coupons with the program to save even more.

Here's how it works:

  • Enter your receipt number via the Savings Catcher app or the online portal.
  • Savings Catcher scans the circulars from competitors in your area to find any sale prices for eligible items on your receipt.
  • If Savings Catcher finds a lower advertised price, you'll receive the difference back in the form of a Walmart Rewards eGift Card!

Important details:

  • Coupons can be used in conjunction with the program in accordance with the Walmart Coupon Policy. Simply submit them to the cashier at checkout as usual.
  • You must shop while the sale price is in effect at your competitor stores.
  • Up to 7 receipts may be submitted per Savings Catcher account per week.
  • Receipts must be entered within 7 days of purchase.
  • For tax purposes, there is a cap of $600 per account per year (January 1st-December 31st). However, there's good news for large families; everyone in your household is entitled to their own Savings Catcher account.

So what items are eligible for savings with the Savings Catcher program? If it's an item that has previously been covered under the price matching policy, savings should register with Savings Catcher. More specifically:

  • Most groceries such as cereal, rice, and most fruits and veggies; excluding store brand items, deli, bakery and weighed items like meat.
  • Consumable items such as paper towels, bleach and trash bags.
  • Health and beauty items such as shampoo and makeup.
  • Select general merchandise items.

There is the possibility that more items will be added as time goes on, so stay tuned for updates on that front!

Walmart has put together a pretty thorough Savings Catcher FAQ on their website, so I'd encourage you to read through that for complete details. But the savings start now, so shop at Walmart and save those receipts to enter them into Savings Catcher for your savings!

So what do you think? Are you excited about this new way to save at Walmart?

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Stocking Up On Summer First Aid Essentials

by Tara Kuczykowski on June 9, 2014 · 0 comments


School's been out here for exactly one week, and I've already had to deal with more cuts, scrapes, bites, bruises and sunburns than I can count. You should see the bruise on my oldest boy's arm, courtesy of a wild pitch when he was at bat. Ouch!!!

Oh, and poison ivy... My kids have a knack for finding a patch in the middle of nowhere. I'm sure you all can relate!

Since it appears that I'll be pulling out my first aid kit frequently over the next few months, it seems like the perfect time to stock up and make sure I have everything I need on hand.

Your summer first aid essentials may look a little different from mine, but here's what I grabbed on my last trip to Walmart:

  • Value-size Band-Aid Bandages-- on rollback for $8.97, this variety pack should (hopefully) last us all summer!
  • Equate Triple Antibiotic + Pain Relief -- store brand products are a great way to save on first aid supplies. This antibiotic ointment was over $4 less than the national brand!
  • Benadryl Itch Relief Stick-- I love this little stick for small bites and stings, and we can often find high-value coupons to save on it!
  • Equate Ibuprofen-- I picked up both the junior strength and adult strength. Mom and dad need a little first aid sometimes, too!
  • Alavert-- we have several family members that suffer from seasonal allergies, including myself.
  • Solarcaine Spray-- I try to apply sunscreen when possible, but with the kids running in and out all day long, the occasional sunburn is inevitable. This spray provides cooling relief!
  • Ivarest (not pictured) -- as I mentioned, my kids seem to gravitate to Poison Ivy, and I've found that Ivarest does a great job of calming the rash and itching. In fact, it didn't even make it into the photo, because someone had already walked off with it, lol!

Don't worry about picking up a container for your first aid kit. Chances are you already have something laying around the house that will be perfect. I always save the little crates that some brands of mandarin oranges come in, and they're the perfect size for organizing your first aid kit!

While you're stocking your first aid kit, it's also the perfect time to purge any outdated meds. Some products will have specific disposal guidelines on the packaging, so be sure to follow those carefully. If nothing is listed, here are some great tips for safely disposing of prescriptions and over-the-counter medications and vitamins.

We carry large first aid kits in both of our cars, but I also grabbed five of these small travel-size Band-Aid First Aid Kits to put in each of my kids' sports bags. These are an incredible bargain at just $0.97, and sometimes you can get them for less with a coupon! You won't find them with the first aid supplies, though -- look for them in the travel size section of your local Walmart.

What are your "must-have" first aid supplies for summer?

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New Wild Oats Organics at Walmart #WILDOATS4ALL

by Tara Kuczykowski on April 18, 2014 · 1 comment

As I'm sure you know, buying organic products can put a quite a dent in your pocket. Even when using coupons, there's often a significant price premium on organic food items over their conventional counterparts, which often forces us, as consumers, to make some difficult choices as to which items are worth the extra money and where a compromise makes sense. However, I'm happy to share that these choices may be fewer and further between now...

In case you missed the announcement last week, Walmart will start carrying Wild Oats organic food items at a 25% or more cost savings over national brand organic products starting this month! This is pretty exciting news for me, because the availability of organic products at Walmart, up until now, has been very little to none in my area.

If you're not familiar with Wild Oats, Wild Oats Marketplace Organic adheres to USDA guidelines for organic certification and includes everything from canned vegetables starting at $0.88 to a full range of spices such as paprika, curry powder and ground cinnamon starting at $2.48. Not only are Wild Oats products USDA-certified, Wild Oats also has a list of 125 "no-nos" that it refuses to include in and of its products -- like artificial sweeteners, artificial preservatives, hydrogenated fats and more.

Just check out the savings below:

I'm particularly excited to try the chicken broth. Good organic chicken broth is hard to come by without paying a fortune, so I'm really hoping we'll like the Wild Oats brand enough to replace my significantly more expensive current favorite brand! Oh, and the olive oil too. I think the hardest part will be figuring out which products I want to try first!

Which Wild Oats product are you most excited about trying?

In addition to offering the line in stores, you'll also be able to purchase Wild Oats on Walmart.com later this summer.

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Colgate recently launched a brand new kind of toothbrush that contains a built-in whitening pen. Dubbed the Colgate Optic White Toothbrush + Whitening Pen, it claims the following:

  • Whiter Teeth in 2 Days
  • First toothbrush with a built-in whitening pen
  • As Easy to Use as Brush. Whiten. Go.TM

I recently had the opportunity to give the new Colgate Optic White Toothbrush + Whitening Pen a try, and overall I was very pleased with it. My teeth were noticeably whiter after using it along with the whitening pen for several days. I should note that I also used the Optic White toothpaste and mouthwash in conjunction with the toothbrush.

Really the only thing I wasn't crazy about is the rubber "pegs" that are interspersed with the bristles in the toothbrush. They do seem to help with scrubbing your teeth, but I have permanent retainers on the back side of my top and bottom teeth, and they prevented the bristles from really getting in and cleaning them well.

If you'd like to give the Colgate Optic White Toothbrush + Whitening Pen a try for yourself, earn a $3 off printable coupon by entering the Optic White Style Makeover Contest! You'll also be entered for a chance to win a trip to Los Angeles and makeover with Jeannie Mai, or one of hundreds of first and second prizes.

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Made in the USA: Walmart Investing in American Jobs

by Tara Kuczykowski on February 8, 2014 · 7 comments

Growing up, my grandfather and mother both worked for Tappan Stove Company, my father worked at Ohio Brass, and though I didn't know him yet, my husband's father worked at their local steel mill. What's the common thread here? None of these jobs exist anymore -- small town manufacturing plants have all but disappeared.

I won't speculate on the cause other than to say that I don't think it's fair to point fingers at any one single source. But I do believe that we can all do our part by choosing to vote with our wallets... purchasing American-made options whenever possible.

That's something that's not always easy to do, but now, thanks to a new initiative by Walmart, purchasing "Made in the USA" products is going to get a lot easier. Over the next 10 years, Walmart is investing $250 billion in products that support American jobs. I don't know about you, but I think that's pretty amazing!

What does that mean exactly? Well, Walmart will be working with suppliers to:

  • Increase what they already buy of U.S. manufactured goods
  • Source “new to Walmart” U.S. manufactured goods
  • Re-shore the manufacturing of goods they currently buy by facilitating and accelerating efforts of their suppliers

You may have already seen some of the TV spots highlighting this initiative, but if not, you'll definitely want to take a look at the following video playlist. I especially found the one from the perspective of a closed factory fascinating, but I also loved watching the human aspect of the American workers telling their stories.

You can browse over 1,000 products that support American jobs that Walmart already sells online at http://bit.ly/12b9c3N. And look for more products in stores now!

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