I think the trickiest thing about couponing is the store policies. EVERY store has a different one and if you are like me, you shop at 5 different ones so it’s hard to keep them straight.
The best thing you can do is to get the store’s policy and take it with you when you go shopping. Then if a problem comes up, you have it there to show the cashier or management. There are a couple of ways you can get these policies. You can always ask for them when you go into the store or you can get them from the store’s website.
Unfortunately, for Thrifty Divas we can’t list every store especially because so many are regional. However, we will list the major ones that most everyone has or at least a large population of people.
You can find Kroger’s policy here.
Kroger also has digital coupons available. These are coupons you load up onto your reward cards before going. There are some rules for that too that you can fine here.
Target is a favorite among Thrifty Divas!
You can print out their policy here. Target is getting more strict with coupon usage, so definitely check their policy out. Target accepts one Manufacturer Coupon and one Target Coupon for the same item (unless prohibited by either coupon).
Wal-Mart is up and coming for couponers.
When I first started couponing, there wasn’t a lot of talk of Wal-Mart, but people are really starting to get deals. Wal-Mart was recently in the news for kicking a couponer out of the store after an argument over coupons. It’s been said she has been allowed back in. Regardless don’t get yourself into a situation like this, KNOW before you go exactly what their company policy is. Print it out here.
Safeway has tons of great deals.
Since we don’t have a Kroger where we live, we find that Safeway typically has some of the best deals of our well known chain grocery stores. You can find their coupon policy here. Safeway also has digital coupons available through it’s website to load your card up.
Saving Albertsons for last.
Albertsons is definitely popular among couponers. I think it’s because of the double coupons they have as inserts every once in a while. But doublers are a whole other issue. You can find their main coupon policy paper here. Some points about doublers from Albertsons.
1. You can only use three per transaction. You can do more than one transaction, but be careful that you don’t go when it’s super busy and there is a line behind you. This is when checkers and other patrons will hate you.
2. You can only double up to a $1.
3. They only last for three days. Typically it’s Sunday through Tuesday.
Have we forgot any? Are there stores you have run into problems at? Tell us about it.
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