Monday, May 2, 2011

Know WalMart's Coupon Policy

I have become a huge WalMart fan when it comes to using my coupons.

One reason is that because I have been able to match up some of my great coupons to their merchandise price. In fact, one trip to WalMart resulted in my being PAID to shop.

Their "overage" clause in their policy is wonderful.

It states: "If coupon value exceeds the price of the item, the excess may be given to the customer as cash or applied toward the basket purchase."

This simply means that if you purchase items that you have a coupon for, and the coupon amount exceeds the retail amount of those items, AND that the coupon amount covers the tax assessed on your purchase, you will be handed "change" for your payment with coupons.

You are more than welcome to add additional items to your purchase to make up for the "overage" amount, but you do not have to.

You can read about my coupon overage shopping trip here: Wal Mart PAID YaYa $1.36 to Shop Today.

In addition to their "overage clause", their policy on coupon acceptance is fairly straight forward.
Here are some things that stand out and bares mention.
Wal Mart Accepts the following coupons:
  • Internet Printable Coupons
  • Manufacturer Coupons
  • Competitors Coupons
  • Soft Drink Caps
  • Check Out Coupons (Catalinas received from other stores at checkout)
Wal Mart does NOT Accept:

  • Check out coupons that offer dollars/cents/percentages off entire basket purchases
  • Internet Printable Coupons that require NO purchase
  • Certain Competitor coupons, which state value off at a specific competitor, or Buy one Get one with no specific price, or Double-Triple Coupon values.
When shopping at Wal Mart with multiple coupons, it's best to remember:

  • You must present the coupon at the time of purchase.
  • One Coupon per item
  • There is NO coupon limit per transaction

  • The system WILL prompt for manager approval when:
  • You use 40 coupons in one transaction
  • The coupon value is $20 or more on one particular item
  • You use $50 in coupon value or more in one transaction.
So, don't worry, you did nothing wrong. Use those coupons, and let Wal Mart management do what they are required to do.

You can read all about Wal Mart's coupon policy here: Wal Mart's Coupon Policy

In fact, we recommend printing it out to have on hand when shopping.

Happy Wal Mart Shopping!


Bailey said...

Great information. I do hope to get to the break even point. I would love to see the cash back. Thanks for the information.

WAH Adventures! said...

Seems I need to get my local wal-mart to review their own coupon policy. They are the worst! I received coupons in the mail from a manufacturer but they had the same look as the kind you print off. However, the coupons had a watermark to show they were valid. I spent 15 minutes in line while they inspected and questioned me about where I got them. I swear they asked me if I really printed it a dozen times. I even had the original letter I received with the coupons and they still did not want to believe me!
I take my coupons to Kroger, they are happy to accept and usually match.

Angie said...

This is wonderful! I didn't know they accepted competitor coupons. I have a Wal-Mart close, however many of its competitors are too far to make it worth a special trip to use their coupon. From now on, I'll remember to cut them regardless.

Stacey said...

These are great coupon tips! I used to be huge on coupons and then I got lazy. But now that I'm broke - I have to get back on it! LOL

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