1. Know the price match policy when you shop. Keep a printed copy with you if you suspect there is any chance of difficulty.
  2. Make sure all your proof documentation is current and in line with the price match policy.
  3. Take the current flyers with you when you go shopping. You don’t even need to look at the flyers before you go to the store for trips like weekly grocery shopping. The most heavily discounted items will be on the front page. Other significantly reduced items will be placed on the back page.  Select the lowest price among flyers when making your purchases. The lowest price can be achieved without travelling to multiple stores, saving time and transportation cost.
  4. When price matching a lot of items (e.g. groceries), group the items matched from the same flyer together. Put each flyer in front of the relevant items. For each item, read the product name to the casher, tell them the price per unit, and allow them to see the flyer. Validate that the correct price and quantity are being entered.
  5. Shop at stores that price match as well as provide loyalty points. This allows you to achieve the lowest cost while maximizing your loyalty benefits.
  6. Frequent price matching stores with the best customer service and/or return policy, while still obtaining the lowest price.
  7. Practice price arbitrage at store that offer 110% discount. Look for large differences in price between Staples, Future Shop, and Best Buy and lower price retailers.
  8. When shopping for electronics with the 110% discount, take a current printout from the competitor’s web site showing the price and quantity available at stores in the local area. Best Buy and Future Shop, for example, will allow you to select up to 3 stores to check for inventory. If the web site shows it in stock at multiple stores and the current price, description, and model number then your price match experience should be greatly enhanced.

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