Tuesday Tip: Deciphering your Store Policy

Kroger and Publix double coupons $0.50 and under. Harris Teeter doubles $0.75 and under. Publix accepts competitor coupons ā€“ but not always. Harris Teeter doesn’t allow 2 coupons for a B1G1 item.

Wow! These policies can be so confusing. They are neither consistent across stores nor consistent within a chain of stores. So what to do? Ask!

Always ask the store manager, and more than likely they can clear things up for you. If some new issue comes up, ask on your way into the store to avoid squabbles at the register while others are waiting. Write down their answers and stick a “cheat sheet” with your coupons. That way, you’re never confused!

I’ve compiled a list of questions that you can ask to help you decipher the coupon policy:

  1. What days does your sales ad run?
  2. Do you double coupons? Up to what value?
  3. Is there a coupon or doubling limit per transaction?
  4. Can you use a store coupon and a manufacturer’s coupon for the same item? (See “stacking” tips.)
  5. Can you use Internet coupons?
  6. Do you accept competitor coupons?
  7. Which stores do you consider competitors?
  8. Can you use two coupons for B1G1 sales?
  9. Can you use coupons on rebate items?
  10. Can you use coupons on clearance items?
  11. What should I do if an item is scanned incorrectly?
  12. What should I do if the cashier does not scan a coupon?

Ask away my friends!

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