Couponing for the Rest of Us

Dollar Store makes BIG Announcement! Beginning Aug 26th they’ll be accepting coupons. #dollarstore

 

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Guess what?  Dollar Tree just announced they will begin accepting manufacturer coupons effective Sunday, Aug 26th.  See official coupon policy below!


IN-STORE COUPON ACCEPTANCE: GUIDELINES & LIMITATIONS

DOLLAR TREE WILL ACCEPT COUPONS IN STORES BEGINNING SUNDAY, AUGUST 26, 2012

  1. Only original and intact manufacturers’ coupons will be accepted. Retailer-specific coupons will not be accepted.
  2. Coupons are void if copied, scanned, or if they have been altered in any way.
  3. Only two (2) print-at-home Internet coupons may be redeemed per transaction.
  4. We are unable to accept coupons for “Free” items with no purchase requirements or where the amount for the product is blank.
  5. Coupons can only be used in stores and must be presented at time of purchase. Coupons cannot be redeemed for cash at a later time.
  6. Coupons will not be accepted without the purchase of the item specified and are subject to the terms listed (e.g. expiration date, size, limitations, quantity, etc.).
  7. Coupons cannot be redeemed for more than the purchase price of the item.
  8. Only one (1) manufacturer’s coupon will be accepted per item.
  9. Management has the right to refuse any coupon or otherwise limit quantities.

 

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Here’s a link to the official policy on the Dollar Store site.


Bi-Lo: Coupon Policy Updates (Specific Competitors)

It’s always nice to stay up to date on store coupon policies. Many change so often it can be hard to keep track of them.  Here is the OFFICIAL Bi-Lo Coupon Policy – you can read/print it out here, but here are the main points summarized:

The Biggies:

  • Bi-Lo will accept local competitor coupons 
    Competitor and store coupons can be stacked with a manufacturer coupon – Competitor Coupon Must be for the exact same item – No $/$$ coupons (Like $5 off $20) – Local competitors may vary by store, but specific ones are mentioned now!!
  • Electronic Coupons 
    SavingStar already works for Bi-Lo and Bi-lo also offers e-coupons on their site. With the Bi-lo electronic coupons, you simply login and add the e-coupons you want to your card. Once you scan your card at checkout the e-coupons will come off for the items you purchased.
  • Coupons & BonusCard must be presented at BEGINNING of checkout
  • Coupons double up to $.60 – but only up to the price of the item.   No overage!
  • Coupons that say “Do Not Double” will NOT be doubled.
    These are known in coupon lingo as “DND” coupons
  • Limit of 10 “like” coupons will double per transaction
    Example:  Buy (11) Vlasic Pickles, use (11) $.55 coupons – only 10 will double, and the 11th will stay $.55.  You can still buy other things and those coupons will double just fine, but only 10 of the “Same” coupon will double per transaction.  (this was already a rule, but it’s not widely known)

 

Often times there will be some exceptions, so to make sure you can use a coupon ask a manager when you first come in to shop, that way you don’t have a hassle when checking out.   You can see here two couponers we met who scored HUGE all because they asked a manager when they first came in. We never want to abuse any store coupon policy because that will affect couponing not only for us but for everyone. When the store loses money, the consumers are affected big or small.

Also, if you visit a store often, get to know your managers. One thing I have found out over time with couponing is that getting to know your day to day managers is an amazing key to successful shopping/couponing. If the manager knows you coupon and knows how you shop etc., often times they will be more helpful as to which coupons you can use, coupon limits, ordering products, etc. It really goes a LONG way to introduce yourself to them.

Walgreens Coupon Policy for 2012

In case you need to brush up on your Drugstore Coupon Policies this year – I thought we’d do a quick overview of the policy changes that have been made recently.  Here are the main points of the Official Walgreens Coupon Policy:

Coupons:

  • You can stack 1 Manufacturer coupon with 1 Walgreens coupon per item.
  • If the coupon exceeds the price of the item, the coupon can be adjusted down to the item’s price.
  • You can use 2 coupons on a BOGO Sale.

Register Rewards:

  • Register Rewards count as a manufacturer coupon – and you may not use more manufacturer coupons than items purchased.
  • If you redeem a Register Reward from one item towards buying the same item again – you will not receive another Register Reward.
  • Register Rewards will only print during the promotional period – rainchecks will not be eligible for Register Rewards after the promotion is ended.
  • Register Rewards cannot be used to buy:

Prescriptions
Tobacco products
Alcoholic beverages
Dairy products
Lottery tickets
Money orders/transfers
Transportation passes
Special event/entertainment tickets or passes
Postage stamps
Gift cards/phone cards/prepaid/Green DotTM cards
Prescription Savings Club” memberships
Health care services, including immunizations
Any items prohibited by law

CVS Coupon Policy for 2012

In case you need to brush up on your Drugstore Coupon Policies this year – I thought we’d do a quick overview of the policy changes that have been made recently.  CVS put out a printable coupon policy back in September 2011. Here are the main points of CVS’ Coupon Policy:

  • You can stack a manufacturer coupon with a CVS coupon
  • Only 1 Manufacturer Coupon per Item
  • If your coupon is more than the price of the item, CVS will adjust the value of the coupon down to the item
  • You can use a BOGO coupon on a BOGO item to get both items FREE
    (While not specifically stated, this is almost always true.)
  • CVS does NOT take competitor coupons
  • CVS rainchecks never expire AND you will get your ECB’s on the item (if it was supposed to receive ECB’s)

*HUGE NEWS* Wal-Mart Policy Updates: Giving Overage, Accepting Register Rewards!

Wal-Mart has often been a difficult place to use coupons – in general.  However, they’ve just made some HUGE CHANGES to their coupon policy that will have couponers showing up en masse to try their luck at Wally World!  You can read the full policy here.

Below you will find the main points of Wal-Mart Coupon Policy.  I have pulled out the new & exciting bits and they are up top in bullet points – with explanations.
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  • Coupons may exceed the price of the item. Change may be given or applied toward the cost of the basket purchase:
    - This means that if you have a $3/1 Gain Fabric Softener Coupon – and Gain is only $1.87 – you will get $1.13 back in change, or have it applied to other items in your order!  This is HUGE!
  • We Accept Checkout coupons (also called “Catalinas”) that are printed at our competitors’ registers, have “Manufacturer Coupon” with specific requirements printed on them, a valid remit address for the manufacturer, valid expiration date, and a scannable bar code:
    - This should include Walgreens Register Rewards and Checkout coupons from Bi-Lo or Food Lion (the ones that print out after your receipt, but meet the above guidelines)
  • We Accept Competitors’ coupons that feature a specific item for a specified price:
    - Basically – this means they will price match as usual.  Don’t get too excited about that :)

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Publix: Policy Changes Are Comining….

I just wanted to give everyone a heads up (In case you missed the helpful comments left by some) – Starting as early as TOMORROW, there are some Publix stores that will be altering their competitor Coupon Policy to be a bit more strict:

  • Some stores will be limiting competitor coupons to *3* major competitors  (Harvey’s won’t be among them)
  • Some stores will stop accepting competitor coupons on store brands, which normally would be substituted with Publix brands.

We have heard from folks who shop at these stores: – Bass Road Store in Macon GA,  Hwy 96 Store in Kathleen GA, and Houston CO Stores in Middle GA.  If YOUR store has signs posted about change – or if you have heard details – please weigh in in the comment section so we can all be better informed when we plan our trips this week!

Store Coupon Policies

Official Coupon Policy from Company Websites (printable)

  • Bi-Lo  HERE
  • Target Coupon Policy HERE Pricing Policy HERE & Target Price Matching Guidelines and FAQ’S HERE
  • Walmart Coupon Policy HERE, price matching policy HERE, and FAQ’s HERE.
  • Dollar General HERE
  • Rite Aid Coupon Policy HERE
  • More Coming Soon

General Guidelines

  • Publix Guidelines (coming soon)
  • Kroger Guidelines (coming soon)
  • Kmart Coupon Guidelines HERE (thanks redberrydeals.com
  • CVS Guidelines HERE
  • More Coming Soon

Store Coupon Policies

Store Coupon Policies
**These are policies we’ve found to be consistent with the stores in our area. Always check with your store to verify that store’s procedures. All stores agree every situation is subject to manager’s approval.
Must present Advantage Card
Doubles 3 manufacture coupons up to $0.50 per $10 spent (6 coupons spend $20, etc.)
Only one coupon per item
The Double Coupon will not exceed the price of the item
Will not accept Coupons over the item price (item $0.95 – $1.00 coupon won’t work)
Doubles coupons up to $0.60
Accepts internet printables, but not for free items (no BOGO)
Doesn’t accept store coupons
Some stores may have limits
Doubles coupons up to $0.50
You don’t have to buy two of B1G1 to get the sale price
If you buy two B1G1 products, you can use 2 coupons
Accepts Supermarket Competitor Coupons (Food Lion, Bi Lo, Kroger, Target)
Can use a store coupon and manufacture coupon on the same item
Doubles coupons up to $0.50
You don’t have to buy 2 of BOGO to get the sale price
If you buy two BOGO products, you can use 2 coupons
Can use a store coupon & manufacture coupon on the same item
Has e coupons online with store card
Does NOT take competitor Coupons
Matches competitor sale ad prices if you have ad with you (read sizes and quantities carefully)
Accepts manufacture coupons (not blinkies though)
Accepts competitor coupons…we’ve had problems with this…can call 1-800-WAL-Mart
Doesn’t double or issue coupons