Free food at Walmart with new BOGO policy

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Walmart's putting the go in BOGO sales.

I reported Tuesday on my Shop-O-Matic blog that the world's largest retailer is ad-matching buy-one-get-one-free sales from Publix, Winn-Dixie and other grocers in a new Florida program.

"Our customers have told us they want us to accept BOGO offers from other retailers," Walmart spokeswoman Molly Philhours said Monday. "In Florida, we ad-match those offers at Walmart's everyday low price."

Information about the program is scarce. Walmart hasn't issued a press release, posted info in stores or updated its national policy on its corporate website. The company is only sharing info on Facbook and in radio spots.

That's a mistake, because it frustrates customers at the register and forces cashiers to interpret the policy, sometimes incorrectly.

Since I'm all about the smooth checkout, I asked Walmart for specifics.

Couponers are welcome. Hoarders are not.

"Multiple coupons will be accepted on each item, even the free ones," Pilhours said. "We have placed a limit of two BOGO offers per item to make sure all customers are able to take advantage of this new policy." Items and sizes must be identical to those advertised.

Cherry-pick the week's best deals offered by South Florida grocery chains, add coupons and rack up some serious time and savings.

I tested this theory on an undercover shopping mission at Walmart Neighborhood Market in Pompano Beach with $15 in my pocket (my editors are cheap).

It turns out Walmart's cheap, too.

Some prices were a whopping 50 percent less than those advertised by Publix and Winn-Dixie.

I spent $14.30 for 12 items on BOGO: Kellogg's Raisin Bran, Thomas' English Muffins, Ragu Pasta Sauce, Ronzoni pasta, Planters Peanuts and Betty Crocker Premium Brownie Mix.

I got all the items at the Walmart price, which were indeed cheaper than those advertising by competitors.

The muffins, $4.29 for two at Winn-Dixie, cost $2.28 at Walmart. The cereal, $4.53 for two at Publix, was $2.98 (I saved another $1 with a coupon).

I was impressed with the store. It was was clean, bright and well stocked with a large selection of major brands. Employees were friendly and helpful, too. Claude stopped me in the frozen foods to make sure I knew about the new BOGO poicy.

Unfortunately, for me and those not-so patiently waiting behind me, the checkout clerk was not aware of the new policy, expressing total disbelief when I explained there had been a change.

After a confab with the customer service manager, the clerk returned to ring up all the items at Walmart's lower price and bag my free food.

All in a day's work.

What's your deal? Email it to dchristensen@sunsentinel.com or visit Facebook.com/DoreensDeals.

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