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Sep
2011

Coupon Policies

Here is the place for the most current coupon policies for many of the stores you might shop at.  If you are aware of other official coupon policies, please leave a comment below and I will get it added to the list!

::National Chains:

Target Coupon Policy
Target Price Matching Policy
Walmart Coupon Policy
Walmart Price Matching Policy (see my post here for more information on price matching at Walmart)

::Drugstores:

CVS Coupon Policy
Walgreens Coupon Policy
Rite Aid Coupon Policy

::Grocery Stores:

Safeway Coupon Policy
Giant Eagle Coupon Policy
Kroger Coupon Policy

{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

Pam C. September 23, 2011 at 4:48 PM

Hi Charlene. i love your website and facebook page. I am pretty new to couponing and just came upon something when i was coupon shopping today at CVS. Maybe you can tell me if this is something that has always happened and i just never noticed or if this is something new because so many people are doing it now. O.K. this is what went down. I had gotten a raincheck for some dawn liquid dishsoap at the sale price of .99 ea. Along with that i stacked a manufacturers coupon for .75 cents off with a limit of 4 which is what i bought. Each one came to .24 cents x 4 is .96 cents but the tax came to .32 cents. What happened here??? What they do is tax on the sale price before coupons not on what i actually paid for it. Has that always been so?? Or some new tax law? i’m still stunned. I went to another CVS and they did the same thing too. Am i just behind the times?? Please respond when u can.

Thanks,
PC

Brandy September 24, 2011 at 12:31 PM

Hey Pam C.-

I am not Charlene, but maybe I can help. When you use a manufacturer’s coupon, you are responsible for the full sales price before coupon. So, if you buy the soap at $.99, you are responsible for the sales tax for the $.99 purchase, not the price after coupon. Now, generally, if you are using a store coupon (the ones that actually say “store coupon” at the top, these generally (at least in my experiences) will essentially make the item minus the store coupon a sales price, so you would only be responsible for the tax on the item after the coupon. So, basically, had your coupon been a store coupon, you only would have paid tax on $.24. It is a little confusing, but hopefully it makes sense!

Charlene September 24, 2011 at 12:46 PM

That is right. A coupon is a form of payment just like cash or a check or a credit card. So the tax rate is not reduced if you pay with cash vs if you pay with a credit card and the same principle applies to coupons. The full pre-coupon price is what your tax is based off and you are responsible for that- I talked about that specifically in my post about realistic couponing. When you see people buy 400 toothbrushes just to have them in the basement, it makes no sense to me because you are paying tax on each and every one so to buy excessive quantities seems like it would be a lot of money even if the item was
“free” with coupons.

lacie l October 20, 2011 at 11:35 AM

good to know.. fantastic i seen this had a simliar issue but at wally world

lacie l October 20, 2011 at 11:38 AM

says they are all gone :(

Gidget December 29, 2011 at 2:51 AM

Hello, Hope everyone is having a great holiday season. I have a question about stacking.
If i Have a BOGOF for widgets and a 1/1 widget can I use them togeather, they are both manufacturer’s coupons. thanks for your help.

Charlene December 29, 2011 at 7:38 AM
TJ April 15, 2012 at 3:47 AM

When price matching at Walmart, how does Walmart validate competiters pricing if you don’t bring in the ad?

Charlene April 15, 2012 at 9:17 AM

TJ,

They are supposed to keep copies of every ad themselves that can be referenced. Personally I find the process much easier if you just take the ads in yourself. I have had cashiers just take my word for it on certain price matches in the past and others that had to dig the flyers out and it was a nightmare.

Carol June 20, 2012 at 4:43 AM

Hi I’m new to coupons and know where to get the manufacture coupons but I don’t understand where you get coupons so I can “stack” or even save anything it seems I’m still saving more just to buy to store brand it’s cheaper even with a coupon! I’ve been saving my coupons but I’m not getting any savings!!!!! Someone help!

Charlene June 20, 2012 at 7:30 AM

Carol,

There is a lot of information here that can get you started:

http://myfrugaladventures.com/2011/04/extreme-couponing-where-to-begin/

Sara October 15, 2012 at 4:42 PM

I was wondering what the coupon policy is for a Food 4 Less. Can somebody tell me do the except internet coupons, newspaper coupons or do they just except the digtal coupons on there website? Thanks.

heather November 12, 2012 at 10:37 PM

Can you please add Foodlion and Lowes Foods to your list?

Rachel November 28, 2012 at 7:50 AM

I was wondering if the Nugget Market ever has store coupons. Their ads only show store specials, but no coupons.

Chris February 6, 2013 at 5:17 AM

I have a question about Kroger couponing. I’ve noticed recently that with the buy 1 get 1 vitamins, they’ve been saying that I can’t use a coupon on both items b/c the 2nd one is free. Is this true?

Monifah May 27, 2013 at 11:42 AM

Hey this is my first time on your web site and i am a “Coupon Virgin” as y’all call them i have a family of four two gorgeous boys ages 10 and 11 and my wonderful girlfriend……i recently came across the show Extreme Couponing i watched a complete marathon on it and i instantly became addicted and has decided to start couponing being that we are all living off my girlfriend’s one income, i have all the internet access i could want but i have no printer, i am searching the web high and low to see where i can get the same coupons anybody else gets just in my mailbox!!!! Can u please help me i would be totally grateful.

msbowhunter@gmx.com June 30, 2013 at 12:18 PM

Im curious to what coupons I can double or not? I thought if there was a 5 beg of bar code you could double? How does all that work with double couponing? And also if I have a buy one get one free coupon also a coupon for say .50 off can I combine them?

Lillian August 21, 2014 at 6:13 PM

I have a rather odd couponing question/ challenge. I have $50 for back to school shopping and I really would like an under armor backpack that is $54. Only I want to get as much as possible out of my $50 and still be able to get the backpack. Is there any way that I can use coupons to get the price of the backpack down as much as possible while still having extra cash for supplies? I would really like to use this experience to start actually couponing, so all advice is greatly appreciated! :)

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