Walmart Forcing You to Use Your Savings Catcher Balance

Updated August 10, 2020 by Kyle

I’m a big fan of Walmart’s Savings Catcher app which allows you to scan your Wally World receipts and get money back if they find a lower price from local competitors. I was actually working on building my balance to $100 so I could buy a new Bluetooth speaker.

So I was a bit surprised yesterday when I got an email from Walmart telling me that my Savings Catcher balance was going to be forced into a Walmart eGift card soon. Here are the details…

Walmart Savings Catcher

When Will It Happen?

According to the notice, “We’ll be transferring your Savings Catcher rewards balance to an eGift Card between October 11 and October 31 – just in time for the holiday season. Your eGift Card can be used toward any Walmart purchase.”

They also call it “Great News!” which is hilarious. “Great News”, we’re forcing you to spend your Savings Catcher money in order to pad our Holiday season bottom-line.

You also have the option to redeem your Savings Catcher rewards via the American Express Blue Bird card by October 11th. After the 11th they’ll force an eGift Card on you.

So if you have a Savings Catcher balance, keep an eye out for an email with your eGift Card attached. It’ll have directions within on how to redeem the sucker.

Update 1/25/18:

I just got another email from Walmart and as of 2/01/18 your rewards will automatically be transferred to your Savings Catcher eGift card each time they’re earned.

Also, I thought this tidbit from the email was worth passing along: “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 – simply manage your eGift card settings in your account payments method.”

Savings Catcher balance

What Happens Moving Forward?

According to the email, everything returns to normal after they force the eGift Card on you. This is a one-time deal in theory.

But be warned, Walmart can pull out this trick whenever they want moving forward.

The bottom-line for me is that with all of the reward cards, loyalty cards, and gift cards already in my wallet I don’t need another thing forced upon me that I have to remember to use.

At least the eGift Card doesn’t expire or have any fees attached to it.

Ask the Reader: Do you use the Savings Catcher app regularly? If so, how much money have you accrued so far?

By Kyle James


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Just realized Walmart turned on a setting that had me using my savings catcher balance last two times i was there “first” before using my credit card I selected. I had to go in and turn that setting off. Very slick Walmart 😮


I had almost $100 on my blue bird card. Where is it?


Same here, I lost about $150


I just rn across this. I am glad that I did. I thought I had lost my savings catcher money, but low and behold, it was right their on a Walmart e card. Thank you for the info.


I do not have a smart phone so the blue bird was great for me


someone keeps hacking my account and stealing my balance. first time i was up to $70. and now i built it back to 30. ive changed emails and passwords. its very discouraging

Beverly A Green

I do not have a smart phone. I was told my balance could be emailed to me for redemption. Called customer service at Wal mart and was told I could no longer use savings catcher without a smart phone. I have 46.69
in my account that I can’t use. It plainly says in the balance that it can be emailed to you. That is a lie. False statements need a class action lawsuit.
Going to quit shopping there if this is not resolved


Yeah, and they steal your money, also, The money just disappears from your account. What a waste of time. I look at it this way if they steal $10.00 from a million people they get $10,000,000.00


“I was actually working on building my balance to $100 so I could buy a new Bluetooth speaker.”

Or you could simply use your Savings Catcher balance and a credit card together, like any other purchase, like a normal person?


I haven’t gotten a single penny back from all the receipts I’ve sent in since the forcing of cashing in earlier this year. Does anybody else have this happening? I finally quit sending in photos of my receipts…..


If you use cash instead of Walmart pay, you can no longer scan the receipt. If you use WIC, you can no longer scan the receipt. If you use Food stamps, you can no longer scan your recipt. And this is supposed to be an improvement?

Aline Heathman

Im so confused over this whole mess. I paid with a Discover card, Wal-Mart scan Wal-mart pay? Now I don’t see the Discover amount on my card???? Do I pay Wal-mart?

Jane Gordon

How do I cash in my Savings Catcher money I have had for a while. Truthfully I forgot about it and would like to use it. Shop at Walmart all the time.


I had about $150 on my Saving Catcher account, when Wal Mart stops this program, where did my money go?

Lucas M

Download walmart app….its under walmart pay….they converted savings catcher balance into an egiftcard.