Walmart Introduces Walmart Pay + Streamlines Savings Catcher

Date Fri, December 8 2017

I was excited to log in to my email the other day to see changes coming to Walmart’s Savings Catcher program. You may remember me writing about it in the past. Essentially, Savings Catcher is a feature of the app that gives you back any difference in price with local competitors. Basically, you scan your receipt and the app looks for lower prices. If another store sells the product for lower than Walmart, you get the difference back.

The options for redemption include a Walmart eGift card or Bluebird. I opted for the eGift card, which meant that I had to log in and redeem the money to a gift card and could only use it online. I would frequently order things site-to-store with this money.

I’ve saved almost $90 in this way and like Savings Catcher (and saving the app also saves receipts that you can use for returns). But having to manually log on and use eGift cards wasn’t super convenient. So I am happy to see some of the upcoming changes announced that were recently announced. These include.

 

Your rewards will automatically be transferred to a Savings Catcher eGift card each time they’re earned. No need to manually redeem your rewards.

Your Savings Catcher eGift card will be automatically saved to your Walmart.com account for you, so you will no longer receive emails with your
Savings Catcher eGift card bar code.

The ability to transfer rewards to a Bluebird card will be discontinued.

Walmart Pay will become the preferred way to spend your Savings Catcher rewards in-store. Additionally, you will continue to be able to spend
your rewards on Walmart.com.

You don’t have to immediately spend your rewards when they’re transferred to your eGift Card. You can choose to accumulate them as desired.

I don’t typically pay from my phone, however, so I took a look into how Walmart Pay will work. I already use the app. Walmart Pay requires shoppers to register a preferred payment method.

When you’re in the store, the checkout will have an option for Walmart Pay. You’ll need to enter a 4-digit code and scan a QR code on your phone to complete the transactions. Buyers will receive virtual receipts for their purchases.

These transactions count as in-store purchases, so I am not sure if you’ll be able to use Savings Catcher with them (you currently can’t do this with online purchases). Overall, I think shopping at Walmart will be more convenient and this is a smart move.

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