One of the most important things I consider when picking a grocery store is its coupon policy. While there are many other factors to consider, a stores coupon policy can make a difference in how much money you can save.
Coupon policies can be detailed and include a great deal of information. They can be confusing to decode, so the best thing to do is ask specific questions to determine what is allowed and what is not. By knowing the policy, you can plan shopping trips and be sure you are using coupons to the best of your advantage.
If you are unsure about what questions to ask, here are a few sample questions. Keep in mind there may be regional variations or even differences from store to store within the same chain.
What is your stores specific coupon policy?
Where is this policy located for customers to view and print if needed?
Does your store double or triple coupons?
What day does your circular come out, and where can I find the circular?
What day of the week does the new sale cycle start?
Do you accept competitors coupons? If so, what stores does that include?
Do you accept manufacturers coupons that have another stores logo printed on them?
Will you substitute your house brand for a competitors house brand?
Do you match sale prices? If so, what are the guidelines?
Is there a limit on how many coupons you can use per transaction?