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!

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
  •  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!

Always check before you buy

A quick lesson I would like to pass on. Many of you who are new to “couponing” have emailed me with stories of some cashiers or stores not taking coupons one day, but accepting them the next. This can be very frustrating, and emotionally draining. But I want to give some words of encouragement. “It depends on the day”. Yes it doesn’t amount to much, but point taken is that each person has their own ideas about coupons. It depends on who is counting the money behind the desk at your local store, or which manager is on duty that day. Unfortunately most people aren’t walking store rules and policies. That is why I have called each of my local stores and asked them what their store policy is. A lot of the time the first person I talk to will have absolutely no idea what the policy is. So I call often, learn who their managers are, I write what I learn down, and I bring it with me.
I tend to know the days my favorite cashiers work, and which store managers are coupon friendly. If you ever have had a bad day at a store because they did not accept your coupons that you spent so much time on, here is my own experience, just recently.
I went last night and was able to use my coupon at Albertsons, just fine. But as of this morning one of my local Albertsons has changed their policy. They will be happy to take any competitors coupon that are printed in the ad, but
they will not be taking competitors coupons printed off the internet. They said they can not tell which ones are fake. They will still be happy to take printed MFR (manufacturer coupons). All of this because the person counting coupons in the back didn’t like what was happening, not because the corporation came up with or changed a policy.

It only takes a moment to call, but a huge amount of savings. To which I and many of my readers can attest to!

Albertsons is a really coupon friendly store, I totally understand them not being able to take these coupons that “might” be a fake. Disappointed, yes but I understand. It is always best to follow the rules, be honest and that way we all benefit from coupon shopping. When people use “fake” coupons it hurts everyone….so please make sure you are always an honest coupon shopper. Thanks Albertsons for all the great deals!