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New Walmart coupon policy

Posted March 8, 2011

Walmart has a new coupon policy with a few changes worth mentioning.  I highly recommend that you print out the policy and keep it with your coupons so if there are any issues you can help the cashiers/managers to understand their policy.  Here are the highlights:

Overage: The policy actually states, “Coupons may exceed the price of the item. Change may be given or applied toward the cost of the basket purchase.”

Walgreens Register Rewards should now be accepted at Walmart. They tend to scan better with the wand vs. the flat scanner. Here's what the policy states they will accept for register coupons: "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."

Competitor's Coupons: The policy now states that they will take "Competitors' coupons that feature a specific item for a specified price, for example, $2.99". They will not take competitor coupons for $1 off an item for example. The coupon has to state the price of the item, like the coupon makes the price $.99.

Soft drink container caps: They also accept soft drink container caps (like those that say you have won a free soft drink).

Click HERE for the full policy.



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  • tammyslr Mar 12, 2011

    Be aware that today (Saturday) the Walmart in Rocky Mount refused to abide by the new policy. The manager claimed she went and reviewed the policy and that she saw nothing about overage, and i really believe she lied to me. I will print it out and take it with me next time. I was not impressed with her one bit!!

  • Nancy Mar 9, 2011

    timetopray - a Register Reward is for $ off your next purchase, it is not an item specific manufacturers coupon.

    I don't ever shop at WalMart - ever, except for bird seed for our Blue Conure.

    I thought you were inquiring about using RR's for money off on your total order, like some grocery stores that accept them.

  • timetopray Mar 9, 2011

    Nancy - I'm still a little confused. I've never received a Register Rewards that had "Manufacturer Coupon" printed on it with a valid remit address and expiration date like the Catalina's do. Maybe I'm missing something here, but the Register Rewards and even the CVS Reward Bucks aren't manufacturer's coupons. Have you actually tried using one at Walmart?

  • Oxymoron02 Mar 9, 2011

    I guess too grimy to shop at is a relative term.

    I find most Food Lions are too grimy to shop in, but I hold grocery stores to a higher standard than some place I'm running in to for a birthday card, garden trowel and another copy of All You magazine.

    Maybe we frequent different Wally Worlds. All the ones convenient to me have cleaner grocery sections than your average Food Lion.

  • Trickat Mar 9, 2011

    kendradad...I agree with you for the most part, but we have two new Wal-Marts near us that haven't been smuttied up yet: One in Apex at the intersection of US-1/55 and the other in Holly Springs off 55.

    There seems to be a certain "smell" along with the grime and clutter in some of the more established locations that I cannot ignore.

  • kendradad Mar 8, 2011

    If the stuff is free it still isn't worth going to a WalMart to get it. Dirty stores, very poor quality merchandise for the most part, be my guest. Not interested in going to those neighborhoods.

  • Nancy Mar 8, 2011

    timetopray - the RR from walgreens are indeed Catalina's, they come from the same machine that grocery stores use to produce catalina's.

  • timetopray Mar 8, 2011

    Are the register rewards considered Catalina's? I thought they were two different things.

  • Trickat Mar 8, 2011

    I'll definitely print this one out and have it handy - especially since the employee turnover rate is super high at Wal-Mart.

  • Con Amor brings luv and laughter Mar 8, 2011

    You know what I have noticed about walmart. Their registers kick out coupons when I have 2 alike, even if I have 2 of the item. Example. I had 5 coupons for $3 off Glade oil warmers. Well, I picked up the 5 warmers, but the register would only discount for 1. So I had to have them each rang up seperatly, in order to get my full $15 of savings. Same thing happened with cake mix coupons. I had 2 coupons and picked up 2 items, could only get discount on 1 & had to have the other rang seperate. But I always take my dental floss coupons to walmart. The floss is only .98 cents there, and the coupon takes the full $1.00 off of my total purchase. I always have other items, so I never thought I could get change.