I did a post a few days ago talking about matching up coupons with products. To read that post please click here. In that post I talked about if a coupon scans at the register “without beeping” then the store will get paid for that coupon. Even if it is not pictured on the coupon.
Well this week at Albertsons they have a huge Post cereal sale The coupons I used were for $1 off 2 boxes of Post Selects. I made sure I bought 2 ( both the right size) but instead of select cereal I bought Honey Bunches of Oats ( post brand also) My coupons scanned with no problem. I have now gotten many emails asking me how I got away with it? Telling me your stores won’t let you use the coupon on anything that is not pictured. Well my Manager said it was ok and once again said, that if it scans they will get paid. SO they are happy to let me use them.
Once again I am one of those girls that like to follow the rules. This morning I called Post Cereal Company. I explained that I used a Post Selects coupon on a Post Honey Bunches of Oats cereal. I told them it scanned just fine and it was for the correct size and quantity…..just the the exact flavor. I told her I was confused as to why some stores let you use them and others won’t. I wanted to make sure my store WOULD get paid and that I was not committing coupon fraud.
She told me that same thing as Huggies had told me in the post I did earlier. That as long as the coupon scans without beeping at the register the store WILL get paid. It is not coupon fraud and they are happy to have me buy there products. BUT it is up to each store as to weather or not they will allow you to use that coupon or any coupon in their store. So to make a long story short, it is up to the the store. That is why I choose to shop at coupon friendly stores like my local Caldwell Albertsons. They play by the manufacturers rules, but they also treat me with respect, and happily accept my coupons.
Here is my advice to you. Get to know your managers, be open, ask questions. I don’t try to “sneak” anything past. I am VERY open and if I ever have a question I ask both the store and Manufacturer. Once I know what the “rules” are I am happy to abide by those rules. There are lots of stores to shop at if they are not coupon friendly then don’t shop there. I am happy to drive a few extra minutes to a store that understand coupons and treats we with respect.
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