March 4, 2011

Walmart – NEW coupon policy (they take competitor’s coupons!)

I don’t usually post Walmart deals, I frankly don’t have the time or energy to add another store to the list. But after seeing the newes revision of the Walmart coupon policy I might have to start paying more attention to them. (What do you think, do you wish I posted more Walmart deals?)

Walmart posted an updated coupon policy today and there are some exciting details!

  • Competitors’ coupons that feature a specific item for a specified price (for example $2.99). So for example, a Safeway in-ad coupon for $1.77 Quaker oatmeal – you could use that one, because it specifies a specific amount, not an amount off.
  • 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. This is great news. I guess Fred Meyer will also now take competitor catalinas like this.
  • Coupons may exceed the price of the item. Change may be given or applied toward the cost of the basket purchase. WAHOO! So if you have a $1 coupon for an item that is only $0.50 cents you’d get the extra $0.50 as change or applied toward your purchase. Pretty cool!

If you’re going to run out and test the new policy, make sure and bring a copy of it with you. The cashiers may or may not be familiar with the changes.

So what do you think about Walmart’s new coupon policy? Do you find your local Walmart to be coupon friendly?

(Thanks, Consumer Queen!)


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  1. In El Paso, Texas, WALMART IS THE BIGGEST PAIN FOR COMPETITORS COUPONS! We show them the policy and they say that they can’t go by that because the price is already good and usually less at Walmart. We explained that this is a Walmart Policy and they refused. We tried to have them honor a competitors coupon at three different El Paso locations and all refused. They said that every store sets their own rules and they don’t have to accept competitors coupons unless the manager wants to. Asked for a manager and the person that showed up said the manager was busy and that’s the El Paso policy. NO MORE WALMART, EXHAUSTED WITH THE HORRIBLE SERVICE AT THE EL PASO, TEXAS LOCATIONS!

  2. Wow this is awesome, going to try it out now with my print out, wish me luck

  3. Chrystal says:

    I’m so glad! I love shopping at Walmart, I’ll run around to other stores for the great coupon deals but 80% of my shopping is with them.

  4. Heather says:

    I am assuming that by catalinas you mean coupons like $1 off 3 boxes of cereal and not $3 off your next order coupons. Correct?

  5. Miranda says:

    Walmart is a little out of my way so Fred Meyer is my main store. I found out today that they too take catalinas. I asked a cashier and she found out they could. I was so happy to hear it that I thought I better pass it along:)

  6. MICHELLE says:

    This is awesome, thanks for the heads up about this new policy!

  7. My Walmart (Boise ID) has been taking competitors coupons for quite some time now (well over a year). They would even take the Albertson’s doublers. I’m wondering with this new policy, if they wont take them anymore?

  8. Glad Wal-Mart is joining the coupon competition. Does anyone know where I can get a copy of their Ad Comping Policy??

  9. good news, but i still prefer dominicks and target because you can double up their store coupons with mfr coupons so that’s a great deal!

  10. Totally awesome!! Cant wait to try it out!

  11. The Walmart in Hawks Prairie has been pretty good about adhering to the new policies. They even have signs around the store saying they accept competitors coupons.

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