Do you ever find yourself frustrated because the coupon you were hoping to use is only redeemable at a store that isn’t even in your area or a store you don’t shop at? Well, what if I told you that 90% of the time the coupon can actually be used at your local grocery store! Today’s post will address and dispel this coupon misconception allowing you to get you back on track with saving big at the grocery store.
I admit, couponing can be a daunting and sometimes frustrating endeavor. But with a little knowledge of what to be on the look-out for, coupled with some couponing best practices, finding and using relevant coupons will be SO much easier.
TLDR: If you have a manufacturer coupon in which the offer text does NOT specify an “Only at” store, the coupon may be redeemed at any store accepting manufacturer coupons.
Don’t Get Fooled by Marketing
How many times have you clicked to print a coupon only to see the words, “Redeemable at”, “Available at”, “Only at” etc. and immediately (and angrily!) close the coupon because you don’t shop at the store listed? For those who are unfamiliar with what this looks like, here is what I am referring to (the upper left corner of a printed grocery coupon, directly below the product image):
Redeemable & Available at Coupons
When you see coupons with this wording it is best to view it as a suggestion or a recommendation, rather than a restriction. This can also be used by the manufacturer as a way to let you know where you can find the product too. Ultimately it comes down to the fact that it is a manufacturer coupon (it says so on the top-center part of the printed coupon) and can be redeemed anywhere that accepts manufacturer coupons.
Only at Coupons
Only at coupons are the ones you need to keep a good eye out for. In my experience, I have found this wording to mean one of two different things. Either the product the coupon is advertising is only available for sale at the store that’s listed (for example Equate products are ONLY available at Walmart), or you can only redeem the coupon at the store that is listed. In the latter of the two instances, the offer text should also indicate the store restriction (i.e. Save $0.75 on two jars of Ragu Pasta Sauce at your local Safeway).
Knowledge is Power!
Now that I have walked through and dispelled the most common coupon misconception, I have one last tactic for you to fasten into your couponing tool-belt:
Know your local grocery stores’ coupon policy
I cannot stress this enough. Most stores will have their coupon redemption policy readily available on their website. Here are a few for some of the larger stores:
When you become familiar with a stores coupon policy you are bound to find out things that you weren’t aware of (acceptance of competitors’ coupons, for example), providing you with more confidence to speak up if a cashier rejects one (or more!) of your coupons you know to be valid. In that situation, I recommend that you ask to speak to a manager if the cashier continues to dispute the coupon as you’d be surprised at how many cashiers don’t fully understand their own stores coupon policy. This knowledge and understanding will ultimately make for a better shopping experience overall.
Have you been able to reverse a coupon rejection by having knowledge of the stores coupon policy? Or have you had coupons rejected only to later find out to late that they could have been used? I want to hear about it! Share your own stories or thoughts on the post by leaving a reply in the comment section below.