March 5, 2011

Wal-Mart coupon policy updated *print it out!*

Wal-Mart has updated their coupon policy online.  The 2 big changes that I see (& LOVE) are:

Walmart accepts the following types of coupons (see guidelines below):
  • 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.

  • Target, Harris Teeter & Walgreens are only a FEW of the many stores that print Catalinas.  Now we can use them at Wal-Mart as long as they say "Manufacturer Coupon" on them.  This change can make for some great deals.  This used to be a YMMV issue but not now! :)

    The following are guidelines and limitations:
  • Coupons may exceed the price of the item. Change may be given or applied toward the cost of the basket purchase.

  • Sometimes I have been given overage (like the recent $3 gain coupon on a $1.97 box= $1.03 overage) and sometimes they have adjusted the coupon price down to the item price.  I really couldn't complain about a free item but what I didn't understand was that once they turn in the coupon, they would be reimbursed the full value + the handling fee.  But now it's in writing & hopefully we'll get lots of overage coupons! :)

    I highly suggest printing the coupon policy for all the stores you shop at.  You may never need it but if you do, it's much easier to pull it out & settle the issue right then & there.

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