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On Your Side: Walmart's automatic price-matching program

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A message from Walmart claims customers will always pay the lowest advertised price, even if they only shop in one store.

The company has a new auto price-matching program, and it's using North Texas as a test market.

Armed with ads and set for savings, savings blogger Aarn Farmer knows how to find good deals.

"It's not uncommon to be able to save 60 percent if you're using the right coupons and price matches," said Farmer.

He makes shopping visits about four times a week, and says he saves money each time.

His tips are published daily on his website, www.groceryshopforfreeatthemart.com, where he reveals the results of his research after hours of combing through competitor ads to find sales.

"That's the secret -- combining the best sales with the best coupons and saving," said Farmer.

But no more, says the low cost leader. Now, Walmart will price match for you.

Ads Farmer brought with him to Walmart showed Mountain Dew was on sale at Dollar General for about 65 cents cheaper than at Walmart, while Cheerios were on sale at Dollar General for about 42 cents cheaper than at Walmart.

Shoppers could find the ad, bring it to the register and negotiate a price match, or, "All you have to do is just buy like normal, type your receipt number and the date in the Walmart Savings Catcher website, and it finds the best deals for you and then rebates the difference," said Farmer.

The program is called Savings Catcher. If the program catches a sale, the difference is deposited on to a Walmart gift card.

Not everything in the store is up for the money match -- right now, the program is limited to most grocery items and doesn't include weighed produce.

Also, an item can't just be cheaper elsewhere -- that lower price has to be advertised online or in an ad.

Farmer's preference for paring sales and coupons is also completely welcome.

Receipts are uploaded using a special code. Savings Catcher cash back posts about 72 hours later.

FOX 4's Steve Noviello and Farmer deliberately shopped for items they knew were advertised elsewhere at a lower price.

The Savings Catcher missed about 60 percent of the cash they were due back. They spoke to folks at Walmart, who explained this is exactly why the program is going through a testing phase first.

The Walmart workers did some research and credited Noviello and Farmer the full amount.

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