COUPON POLICY – Local Stores UPDATE 3/11

Please note that each state, each store can differ on  store coupon policy, and they can change from week to week.  These changes apply to my local stores, please check your own stores to see if they have changed too.  I have put this weeks changes in red. Updates as of 3/11/09

I get a lot of questions about coupons, and company policy.  So this week I called around, and talked to the Customer Service in each store asking them what their coupon policy’s are.  I must warn you most cashier have no idea what the coupon policy is in their store.  It is so important to be informed, and be an educated coupon shopper.  Some stores are a little more coupon friendly than others.  If you get a crabby cashier that acts like you are robbing the store, for using coupons.  Remember the store DOES get paid back for your coupons from the manufacturer. A coupon is just like paying with cash.  It just comes from the manufacturer, not you.

Albertsons-
  •  will take all MFR ( manufacturer coupons) and you can stack it with an Albertsons in-store coupon
  •  will take printed coupons
  •  as of 4/3/09 they will no longer take competitors ad coupons
  • Will not take Internet printable competitors coupons
  • WILL  take Walgreens Register Rewards Catalina Coupons 
  •  DO NOT match competitors ads or prices
Walgreens-
  • will take all MFR coupons, and you can stack it with a Walgreens in-store coupon
  • will take printable Internet coupons
  • DOES NOT match competitors ads or prices
  • DOES NOT take other stores in-store coupons
  • DOES NOT take albertsons catalinas
Rite Aid-
  • will take all MFR coupons, and you can stack it with a Rite Aid in-store coupon
  • will take printable Internet coupons
  • DOES NOT match competitors ads or prices
  • DOES NOT take other stores in-store coupons
Shopko-
  • will take all MFR coupons, and you can stack it with a Shopko in-store coupon
  • will take competitors coupons coupons, Like Fred Meyer, Walgreens…
  • will price match, others ads ( as long as it states the price, no 50% off, no buy 1 get 1 free) The items must be in stock at the competitors ad price.  Ad must be current, and bring Ad with you.
  • will take printable Internet coupons
Walmart-
  • will take all MFR coupons
  • will take competitors coupons coupons, Like Fred Meyer, Walgreens…
  • will price match, others ads ( as long as it states the price, no 50% off, no buy 1 get 1 free) .  Ad must be current, and bring Ad with you.
  • will take printable Internet coupons (some stores have stopped or limited them)
  • for an online copy click here to read , you might want to print it out and carry it with you.
Winco-
  • Will take MRF coupons
  • As of March 2009 they will now take printable coupons that will scan.
  • DOES NOT match competitors ads or prices
  • DOES NOT take other stores in-store coupons
Fred Meyer-
  • Will take MRF coupons
  • will take printable Internet coupons, as long as it says Manufacturer coupon on it
  • DOES NOT match competitors ads or prices
  • DOES NOT take other stores in-store coupons
Target-
  • will take all MFR coupons, and you can stack it with a Target in-store coupon.  As long as the total of the coupons are more than the price of the item.
  • will take printable Internet coupons, as long as it says Manufacturer coupon on it and it must scan.
  • DOES NOT match competitors ads or prices
  • DOES NOT take other stores in-store coupons
Kmart-
  • will take all MFR coupons
  • Will now take printed coupons, See press release here
  • DOES NOT match competitors ads or prices
  • DOES NOT take other stores in-store coupons
  • if you sign up at Kmart.com and join their email list, they send special like double or triple coupon sales.
Please remember company policy differ from region to region. They may change at any time. You need to always check with your stores management,, educate yourself, and  write down their name, the day to spoke with them.  Many times you will know the stores coupon policy’s better than the cashiers. 
 Be kind, save money and have fun doing it!
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11 Responses

  1. Thanks for the research! I appreciate all the great tips and info!!!!

  2. Sarah, could you clearify for me Target’s stacking policy, “As long as the total of the coupons are more than the price of the item.”
    So you can only stack coupons if you’ll get the item for free?!?
    Donell

  3. So I just called Target again to make sure I was getting this right. The customer service lady told me that you can use 1 in-store coupon and 1 MRF coupon as long as it does not got over the amount. If it does got over the amount you will need to buy another item. Basically they will not give you change back. SO if you buy a box of granola bars for $3 and you have $3.5o in coupons then you would need to buy something else for 50 cents to bring your total back up to $0 or more. Hope that helps?

  4. I sent my husband yesterday to Albertson’s to buy the saltines that were on sale for $.97 and a had a MFR coupon $1/2 and she told him that we could not use the Albertsons and the MFR together. BUt a few days ago i had got some with the same coupons. So i got them for .5o. Weird but i dont want to call am complain about a $1.

  5. Allmaras Family,
    I know it is only a $1 but you should call. My store manager actually sent out an email telling us about the store coupon and the MFR coupon telling us we could use them together. He had them at the store for us. Most the time is is one cashier that is confused, not the store. My Store Managers LOVEs us coupon moms and treats us with kindness, and realize we are helping their stores bottom line. REMEMBER the store does get paid for that coupon. As long as it is not a copy, or fake……never never use a bad coupon that hurts us all in the long run.

  6. I went into the Nampa Target on Tuesday to get some trial sizes with coupons I had. Of course I made sure none of my coupons said “not valid on trial sizes” and the cashier would NOT TAKE ANY OF THEM, because they were $1.00 off coupons and the items were only $.97. I also had a few clearance items with coupons amounts slightly over, which she would not take. I wouldn’t have had overage because I did grab a box of rice that would have covered the difference. She would still not take any of them. I have been doing this for years and have never had a problem but she says they can’t do it anymore. I have had more problems with cashiers not taking coupons in the last week than I have had in 15 years of couponing. Frustrating but I wouldn’t be surprised to see more of this.

  7. Jenn B,
    I just had a long conversation with Heath the store manager at Target. He was sorry to hear you had a bad coupon experience, He said next time that happens ask for him to come see if he can override the beeping machine. You should be able to use coupons that are more than the value of the item AS LONG as you buy other items. They can’t give cash back……you know all this, so I am not sure what the issue was. But he asked me to please tell you to ask for him next time and he will try to make your coupons work……after all he realizes coupons used in his store are money for that store! Hope this helps!
    Sarah

  8. Hello, I just found your blog through a comment you made on another blog. You have some very useful info on your site and I intend to try shopping at CVs, Walgreens, and Target soon with coupons. I have just started couponing–prob one of the few men out there! lol Thanks for your info, RyansDad http://www.moneylifedebt.blogspot.com

  9. Just wanted to let you know that my friendly Albertson’s manager this week informed me that they no longer accept Internet printed coupons in black and white — only if they’re printed in color. So if you don’t have a color printer, you’re out of luck. He said they’ve had issues with fraud (people copying coupons in bulk and selling them). This new policy may not be the case nationwide — my Albertson’s ad here in Colorado Springs is always completely different from yours! I am jealous of your good sales! Thanks for all your hard work.

  10. Just wanted to let you know that my friendly Albertson’s manager this week informed me that they no longer accept Internet printed coupons in black and white — only if they’re printed in color. So if you don’t have a color printer, you’re out of luck. He said they’ve had issues with fraud (people copying coupons in bulk and selling them). This new policy may not be the case nationwide — my Albertson’s ad here in Colorado Springs is always completely different from yours! I am jealous of your good sales! Thanks for all your hard work.

  11. I can’t find any info on your site whether Walmart will honor the Albertsons double coupons? I have really enjoyed your website since a friend of mine told me about it…..having always been a big fan of coupons you are making my job much easier.

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