Friday, February 27, 2009

Store Coupon Policies

First of all, Thanks to everyone who came to our coupon class last night! It was so fun to meet you all! If you have any follow up questions about getting started please email us, or leave a comment here on the blog, and we'll try to help you out. If any of you missed the class and are still interested email Katie and we will get another one going!

Here is a run down of store coupon policies.

Walmart Will Take:
-Competitor Coupons
-Printable Manufacturer Coupons
-Newspaper (or regular) Manufacturer Coupons
-Price Match from a Competitor (just take the ad in)
Walmart Will Not:
-Take One Store Coupon (competitor) and One Manufacturer for 1 Product
(In other words, 1 Coupon Per Item--- your mileage may vary)

Albertson's Will Take:
-Printable Manufacturer Coupons
-Newspaper (regular) Manufacturer Coupons
-Albertsons Will Take One Store Coupon and One Manufacturer Coupon for 1 Product
Albertson's Will Not:
Match Competitor Prices or take competitor coupons

WinCo Will Take:
-Newspaper (regular) Manufacturer Coupons
-Printable Manufacturer Coupons (as long as it has bar code and scans)

Walgreen's Will Take:
-Their own Store Coupons
-Internet Printable Manufacturer Coupons
-Regular Manufacturer Coupons
Will not:
-Price Match
-Take Competitor Coupons

RiteAid Will Take:
-Their own Store Coupons (newspaper or internet)
-Regular Manufacturer Coupons
Will Not:
-Take Internet Printable Manufacturer Coupons
-Price Match
-Take Competitor Coupons

Target Will Take:
-Internet Manufacturer Coupons
-Regular Manufacturer Coupons
-Their Own Store Coupons (found here)
-Target will Take One Store Coupon and One Manufacturer Coupon for 1 Product
Will Not:
-Price Match
-Take Competitor Coupons

Fred Meyer Will Take:
-Internet Printable Manufacturer Coupons
-Regular Manufacturer Coupons
-Their In-Ad Coupons
-FM will take One In-Ad Coupon and One Manufacturer Coupon for 1 product
Will Not:
-Price match
- Take Competitor Coupons

Kmart Will Take:
-Internet Printable Manufacturer Coupons
-Regular Manufacturer Coupons

You may have a different experience, especially at Walmart, but these are Corporate Policies that the stores should be following.
Read more about Store Coupon Policies here.

14 comments:

Mack Photography said...

Thanks for the class girls!! It was so fun. I hope now I can get better at this whole couponing business!!

mamikake said...

I have never posted to your website but I after reading your comment about what coupons each store will take I thought I would pass on that the Idaho Center Walmart will no longer take internet printables. They have it posted at each cash register. The associate told me they have received too many fraudulent internet printable and they can't tell the difference between the real and the fake ones so the opted not to accept them at all. Just an FYI for you so you don't end up like me with a bunch of internet printables and not allowed to use them after they have already rang your bill up. By the way, I love your website it is very helpful and I hope to attend your next class, I wasn't able to attend last night. Thanks!

Courtney said...

I would like to attend the next class. I'm not sure how to email Katie, as you said to do. Where can I find her email address?

The Givens Family said...

Hi Courtney, we'll be figuring out a date for the next coupon class soon. As soon as we know, we'll get a post on the blog with the information and the way to sign up.

Heather Carringer Lemon said...

Thank you so much for the store policy low down. I am really looking forward to learning the whole coupon clipping thing, but yet a little scared of the rejection too. This really helps me with the confidence factor. Expecially the fact I will be toting a few kids along the way.

Jackie said...

Do you know if any stores will take the Babies R Us coupons that they send out or the Toys R Us coupons? And on another note, I have had FM take my catalina's I get from Albertsons. Are they considered competitor coupons? Will FM take the RR from Walgreen's? Thanks for your help. I am still trying to get the couponing system down.

Heather Wheeler said...

Jackie- I am not sure about the babies r us coupons but your best bet is Walmart. If you get the right checker I bet it would work. Catalina's would be considered competitor coupons if they say the store name anywhere on them.
Fred Meyer's policy is that they don't take competitor coupons, so I am not sure if they will take Albertsons Catalina's or not. Walmart should.

Donaldson family said...

FYI - Albertson's will not take competitor's coupons anymore. I tried using the Target one there today.

bozzers42 said...

OK FRIENDS, I NEED YOUR HELP!!!
So I really have not wanted to post my beyond awful Rite Aid trip I had the last week of June but I now feel I need to and am in search of some advise. I am going to make a long story as short as possible though ( I hope )

It goes like this...
Customer (that's me) goes into local rite aid w/ coupons in hand DUH... Pick's out a few item's and heads to check out. Cashier although very, very nice said she had to double check that she was able to take more than 1 (not a problem as I knew it was allowed)
In enters the not so friendly manager who seemed very, very irriated and wanted to argue about my coupons. I was very nice and explained I had read R.A's coupon policy and felt as though I could use these after a min or two she said fine. The very nice cashier finished ringing up my order and suggested I should call corp. and get the coupon pol. in writing. Good idea I thought. She then asked the not so friendly manager to get me the #. Right then I knew I was going to have a problem. The manager tossed the papers she was holding down and walked into a back room. Now this is where I probly should have chose to walk away but I did not, instead I took out my cell and began recording the counter top as soon as she walked back out. I asked her to please write her name and explained to her that she made me feel very unwanted in her store. She completly ignores everyword. Next is where I REALLY should have decided to walk out but again did not LOL... After she handed me the # I lifted up my cell to show her I was recording and said exactly this "I am so glad I am recording this right now so I can show corporte how rude you treat your customer's using coupons." Then the manager decides to reach across a counter and HIT ME! Yes, she hit me. Now this point I will admit I was now a bitch. When she hit me my phone fell, cracking the screen as well as leaving scratches on the back. I was also bleeding on my left hand ( i will admit it was a scratch from her finger nail I think, not a life threating injury!) I picked my phone up and then said "Now you really fucked yourself, I'm calling the cops. I can't believe you just hit me" She then denied hitting me and I said "ok, it's on video" Well, from there the cops come she gets charged w/ battery they take my video for evidence as well as R.A's video. Here's where my problem is, RITE AID is being complete jerks about all of this. #1 the cop calls me 3 days later to let me know they turned the case over to the d.a. and wanted to let me know that rite aid chose to suspen this manager for 3 days. (he did say he wasn't sure he could really be saying this but felt I should know) I can not believe a manager can do this and not be fired on the spot!
#2 All I want is for R.A. to fix the crack in the screen on my phone and they will not return my calls! I have left 3 or 4 msg's with no luck!

WHAT DO I DO?????

BOZZERS424242@YAHOO.COM

bozzers42 said...

OK FRIENDS, I NEED YOUR HELP!!!
So I really have not wanted to post my beyond awful Rite Aid trip I had the last week of June but I now feel I need to and am in search of some advise. I am going to make a long story as short as possible though ( I hope )

It goes like this...
Customer (that's me) goes into local rite aid w/ coupons in hand DUH... Pick's out a few item's and heads to check out. Cashier although very, very nice said she had to double check that she was able to take more than 1 (not a problem as I knew it was allowed)
In enters the not so friendly manager who seemed very, very irriated and wanted to argue about my coupons. I was very nice and explained I had read R.A's coupon policy and felt as though I could use these after a min or two she said fine. The very nice cashier finished ringing up my order and suggested I should call corp. and get the coupon pol. in writing. Good idea I thought. She then asked the not so friendly manager to get me the #. Right then I knew I was going to have a problem. The manager tossed the papers she was holding down and walked into a back room. Now this is where I probly should have chose to walk away but I did not, instead I took out my cell and began recording the counter top as soon as she walked back out. I asked her to please write her name and explained to her that she made me feel very unwanted in her store. She completly ignores everyword. Next is where I REALLY should have decided to walk out but again did not LOL... After she handed me the # I lifted up my cell to show her I was recording and said exactly this "I am so glad I am recording this right now so I can show corporte how rude you treat your customer's using coupons." Then the manager decides to reach across a counter and HIT ME! Yes, she hit me. Now this point I will admit I was now a bitch. When she hit me my phone fell, cracking the screen as well as leaving scratches on the back. I was also bleeding on my left hand ( i will admit it was a scratch from her finger nail I think, not a life threating injury!) I picked my phone up and then said "Now you really fucked yourself, I'm calling the cops. I can't believe you just hit me" She then denied hitting me and I said "ok, it's on video" Well, from there the cops come she gets charged w/ battery they take my video for evidence as well as R.A's video. Here's where my problem is, RITE AID is being complete jerks about all of this. #1 the cop calls me 3 days later to let me know they turned the case over to the d.a. and wanted to let me know that rite aid chose to suspen this manager for 3 days. (he did say he wasn't sure he could really be saying this but felt I should know) I can not believe a manager can do this and not be fired on the spot!
#2 All I want is for R.A. to fix the crack in the screen on my phone and they will not return my calls! I have left 3 or 4 msg's with no luck!

WHAT DO I DO?????

BOZZERS424242@YAHOO.COM

Sharon said...

ATT: BOZZER,
If this is a true story and not some hoax my advise is to kindly SUE their ___ off.

bozzers42 said...

I wish it was a hoax LOL... I swear it is true!!! Rite aid has since given me a check for $500 (recives it yesterday) to replace my broken phone ($299) and the rest for my trouble I guess. Of corse I had to agree that I would not sue, that was never my intention. All I ever wanted was for my phone to be replaced.

The SoCal Mom said...

Just wondering if you had Vons/Safeway's coupon policy?

I will be calling corporate later today.

Went shopping last night for the Wishbone/Nature Valley deals last night and finally after we get everything run up the cashier tells me that they can only take 2 like item coupons. I questioned that so she called a "manager" over. He confirmed. I let him know (nicely :) ) that nearly everything in my basket would have to be taken out and off my order since I had more then 2 like coupons for everything and the deals wouldn't work if I could only use 2 coupons.

After some whispering with the cashier they decided to take them.

I explained that I had 6 children and honestly I cannot leave the store with one or two items each time and if this was the policy I couldn't shop there anymore.

I was apologetic for not knowing, but I was there just a few weeks back doing the Chiquita pineapple deal and the assistant manager was the one ringing me up and I had 12 of the same coupon for these little fruits and he had no problems at all.

Thanks again for listing all the store policies!

Susan and Tony said...

Wanted to update that Target now accepts price matching with an add. The only catch is you have to take it to the guest service desk and get a refund.