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Big Changes to Walmart's Coupon Policy

Big Changes to Walmart's Coupon Policy
Alison Storm

Walmart is making some big changes in an effort to pull out of a sales slump. For starters, the discount retailer is changing its

tagline to, "Low Prices, Every day. On everything." And they mean everything. According to CNN, along with a tweaked slogan the company recently announced changes to its price match policy.

With Walmart's new price match policy, consumers can get prices matched on all products at the registers in all stores without  having to bring in a competitor's ad as proof. Store managers will now be required to stay on top of what their competitors' are charging so the mega-retailer can be more competitive. This is a great way to save money if you don't want to clip coupons.

But if you are a coupon clipper, you'll want to review some of the recent changes to Walmart's coupon policy. According to Walmart here are the coupons they will accept:

  • Print-at-home internet coupons as long as they are legible, include the words "Manufacturer Coupon" printed on them, have a remit address for the manufacturer, include an expiration date and have a scannable bar code. Your printed coupons don't have to be in color, but if they are buy one, get one free then they must have a specified price.
  • Manufacturers' coupons for a specific price amount or for free items (as long as they are not printed from the Internet). Otherwise the same rules apply as for print-at-home internet coupons.
  • Competitors' coupons for a specific item at a specified price. These must also include a valid expiration date.
  • Soft drink container caps.
  • Checkout coupons which are also known as "Catalinas." The same rules apply for Catalinas as other forms of coupons.

There are some coupons Walmart will not accept:

  • Checkout coupons that are for a certain amount or percentage off your entire purchase.
  • Print-at-home coupons that do not require a purchase.
  • Competitors' coupons that are for a specific amount or percentage off at a certain retailer. They also will not accept buy one, get one free coupons that do not have a specified price.

While Walmart's new coupon policy does not limit the amount of coupons you can use in one transaction keep in mind that the

system will require a supervisor's verification if you use more than 40 coupons, use a coupon worth more than $20 off on a single item or redeem $50 or more in coupons in one transaction. I don't know about you, but often I feel like I know a store's coupon policies better than the cashiers do. Thankfully Walmart created this printable version of their new coupon policy. I'd suggest sticking a copy of it in your coupon binder or wallet just in case you run into problems.

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  1. Michelle

    Sounds like they're preparing themselves for extreme couponing.

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