Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Store Coupon Policies

These are general rules at the stores I frequent here in Connecticut. Coupon policies differ between stores even within the same chain so I always advise that you call your store's customer service department to verify their policies before you go.

Stop & Shop
  • Accepts regular manufacturer's coupons and printables
  • Connecticut stores will double any coupon valued at $.99 or less unless the coupon forbids it
  • You can use one store coupon and one manufacturer's coupon for the same item.

Big Y
  • Accepts manufacturer's and printable coupons
  • Connecticut stores do not generally double coupons
  • There are occasionally special coupons or vouchers in the weekly circular that can be paired with a manufacturer's coupon to double or triple the value. These vouchers have a lot of fine print on them so make sure you read all the details.
  • You can use one Big Y Coin and one manufacturer's coupon for the same item.

Price Chopper
  • Accepts manufacturer's coupons, printable coupons and coupons from their own iSave Today coupon dispensers
  • Connecticut stores will double any manufacturer's coupon valued at $.99 or less unless the coupon forbids it
  • You can use 1 store coupon (like the iSave Today coupons) and one manufacturer's coupon for the same item

  • BJ's accepts manufacturer's, printable and their own store coupons.
  • They publish coupon booklets often so check your mail and your store often.
  • They also offer their own printable coupons here
  • Connecticut stores do not double coupons
  • Club packs are multiples of the same item packaged together but each having their own bar code. These items are ok for resale. You can use more than one manufacturer's coupon on these items. For example, say there is a 2 pack of apple juice. There are two bottles shrink wrapped together but each one has their own barcode on the bottle. You can use 2 manufacturer's coupons; one for each bottle. On items like cereal where there is one box but multiple bags inside you can only use one coupon.
  • You can use one BJ's coupon along with manufacturer's coupons together on an item or multipack.

  • Walgreens accepts manufacturer's coupons including printables, and their own store coupons.
  • They publish coupons good for the current week in the weekly circular.
  • They publish a monthly EasySaver catalog with store coupons good for the entire month.
  • You can earn RR for purchasing specific products each week. You can use RR just like cash at Walgreens.
  • You can use 1 manufacturer's coupon and 1 store coupon for the same item.
  • They may accept competitor's coupon. Each store has its own policy so call yours to check.
  • The number of coupons you use cannot exceed the number of items you are buying. This is a confusing one. For example, if you are buying (1) bottle of laundry detergent and are using (1) manufacturer's coupon and (1) store coupon you will have a total of (2) coupons and (1) item. The computer will not accept the second coupon because you only have (1) item. You must also purchase a "filler" item. This can be anything at all...a candy bar, something on clearance for a few cents. It doesn't matter that neither of the coupons are for this item...it only matters that the number of coupons matches the number of items.
  • If you are using a store $x/$xx coupon ($5/$25 for example) give the cashier that coupon first and then the other manufacturer and store coupons to get the best deal. In some cases, the coupon specifies that it may only be used after all other discounts but if not, use it first!
  • You cannot use RR on the same deal multiple times. For example, if you buy a razor and then earn $2 RR you cannot then do another transaction and purchase another razor with those $2 RR that you earned. You can use it on a different item that earns RR but not on the same item.
  • Walgreens can be very strict and confusing about its coupon policies and the number of coupons they will accept. I recommend calling your local store and checking on their policies before shopping.

  • They will accept manufacturer's, printable and store coupons.
  • They offer ECB for purchasing certain items. ECB can be used just like cash in the store.
  • They publish a monthly book listing ECB deals for the month.
  • You can use 1 manufacturer's coupon and 1 store coupon on each item.
  • Many CVS stores will accept competitor's coupons (like from Walgreens, etc). Call your local store to verify.
  • If you have a $x/$xx coupon ($5/$25 for example) use it first before using other store and manufacturer's coupons to get the best deal.
  • You can use a $x/$xx coupon then manufacturer's coupons then store coupons then ECB to get the very best deal.
  • You may roll ECB over and use them to buy more of the same item. For example, if you buy a photo book for $7.99 and earn $7.99 ECB you can then do another transaction and buy a second photo book with the ECB from the first transaction.


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