How To Price Match In Canada

Today I wanted to tell you how to price match local sale flyers in your area. Learning how to price match in Canada is easy and will save you money and time. I have put together a short video on how to price match, explaining price matching at Canadian stores!

Price Match in Canada to Save Money!

I’ve received tons of emails over the last few months asking me how I price match, if it’s easy or difficult, and if I get any trouble from the cashiers.

Listen, price matching is very easy. Just follow these steps and you’ll be good to go:

Find the Deals

The first thing you want to do is look through your flyers and circle all of the deals that you want to price match. It’s also a good idea to write down the number of each item that you want to price match right on the flyer itself.

Make Your List

After you’ve gone through your flyers and decided what you want to price match, you need to make your shopping list.

Divide your list in two, with one section for non-price matched items and the other section for items that will be price matched (being sure to include the store name that you want to price match beside each item).

Know the Policy

You want to make sure that you know your store’s price match policy.

Determine if the store allows price matching, if there’s a limit to how many items can be price matched, and if you are allowed to use a coupon on an item you have price matched.

Bring Your Flyer(s)

Most stores require you to bring in the flyers that you want to price match to show your cashier, so make sure you have them with you and ready to go when you get up to the cash register.

There are some stores that will allow printed flyers, but only if the store is in your area. You can NOT price match stores that aren’t local.

Get the Right Item

Make sure you read the fine print of each ad you want to price match to ensure you purchase the right size, flavour, brand, etc.

If there are limits to how many items you can purchase at the store you are price matching, you will have those same limits at the store you are shopping at.

Yes, You CAN Price Match Meat & Produce.

At Walmart, they do allow you price match meat & produce.

We regularly price match things like broccoli, grapes, berries, chicken, pork chops, celery and lettuce (among other things).

Related: How to Price Match Meat at Walmart

Tell Your Cashier

Let your cashier know at the beginning of your transaction that you plan to price match.

Some cashiers are very fast and if you’re not paying attention, they may scan the items you plan to price match at full price, before you have a chance to tell them otherwise.

Separate Price Matches from Regular Purchases

I suggest keeping all price matched items either at the beginning or end of your transaction, instead of spread throughout. This makes it much easier for the cashier (and you!).

Price matching is one of the best ways to save money on your grocery bill every time you shop. Make sure you are as organized as possible with your flyers, list, and how you put things on the counter at the store.

The more work you do ahead of time, preparing for your trip, the easier and quicker it will be when checking out.

Though it may seem a bit overwhelming at first, it gets much easier the more that you do it. I promise.

Do you price match when you go shopping?

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  1. Lauren says:

    I find most stores don’t even check the date of the flyer. Have you ever tried price matching with an old flyer? They usually do it so quickly at Walmart that you could use an older flyer and get away with it – but I am too scared to try! What are your thoughts on this?

  2. Cassie Howard says:

    Lauren: No, I have not done that, nor do I think anyone else should. That is against the rules.

  3. Sandra says:

    Can you price match an item on sale at Shopper’s (for two days only) at Walmart during the week of the flyer or do you have to Price Match at Walmart on the only two days the item is on sale at Shoppers?

  4. T says:

    Might be repetitive but I can’t adk my coupon lady right now…

    Can i PM 2 for $ (Sweet Baby Rays 2 for $2.98 have $2.00 couons)
    And IYO if its something we use lost is it better to get more (only $0.49 each) or get them totaly free but get 1/2 as much.

    • Cassie Howard says:

      Yes, you can price match a 2/$2.98 sale. As for how much to get, that will vary quite a bit between people. Get what you can use before it expires, but only if you can afford and store it.

  5. Jamie says:

    Instead of using flyers, if I print the sale price from an on-line item, will that be enough to allow a price match? For example, there’s an item listed for sale at Toys R Us. I don’t have a flyer with the sale. But if I print the item page from TRU & take it to Canadain Tire to buy the identical item, will CdnT take the print off as enough proof of the lower price?

  6. Alysha says:

    I am confused on how to price match..for example.. every flyer has a sale. Can I only price match the items in the flyer on sale that week from store to store.. or does price matching mean.. if no frills has laundry detergent on sale that week but walmart doesnt, I can go to walmart to do my shopping and get their detergent for the sale price of no frills??

  7. Alysha says:

    even though walmart has it on for regular price?

  8. Sheryl says:

    I purchased 3 booster seats from Canadian Tire which were on sale that ended yesterday. Today, Walmart is advertising the same booster seats for $5 less starting today. Can I still request a price match from Canadian Tire as my alternative measure would be to purchase from Walmart at the lower sale price and return the Canadian Tire purchase for refund even though the sale at Canadian Tire is since over.

  9. MsMarly says:

    Cassie, do you happen to have a list of the brands that stores typically carry, or a list of the ones they DON’T carry would be shorter I imagine. For example if GayLea sour cream is on sale at Food Basics, it may not be carried at another store that price matches. Hope I’m wording my question properly. Oh an another tip for price matching is to be careful of the size of the sale item. Walmart does not carry certain size of potato chip bags and therefore they won’t price match.

  10. Christy says:

    Walmart now except flyers nationwide in Canada. Quebec seems to have the cheapest produce prices.

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