It is important to understand the stores coupon policy, to ensure you follow the coupon policy and are within the guidelines when shopping with coupons.
For example, Meijers Coupon Policy allows you to use a manufacturer coupon and a store coupon together (called stacking). This allows you to get bigger savings on those items when the coupons can be stacked. The Meijers in the local lansing area also limit to doubling 2 like coupons, up to 50 cents.
Drug stores like CVS, Walgreens, and Rite Aid are more tricky. It is best to start out with one drug store, learn their policy and move on to the next one. Drug stores are great for getting a few items, but are not a place to look to get cart loads of items. This is because they don’t have a lot of storage space for stock. Sometimes what you see on the shelf is all that they have of an item.
If there is a sale on an item you have to have, consider going to the store on the first day of the sale as early as possible. If it is not there, ask if the store does rain checks and get one.
If the store is out of an item, you could consider doing price matching at Walmart. Review their policy for price matching as there are restrictions on what they will and wont do.
Print and take the coupon policy with you. The cashiers get limited training on the stores coupon policy, so you may need to show them the coupon policy and explain a bit on what you believe to be how it should be handled. Don’t be surprised of a floor manager has to be called over to clarify. This has happened to me and I ask them to help me understand the policy.
If you disagree, you can check out and go right to customer service to discuss with them, or call the corporate headquarters (I have not called corporate on things as I get them resolved in the store).
You also catch more flies with honey, than with vinegar. I can’t stress enough on being polite. I have found handling things that way, is a lot easier than yelling and carrying on like a toddler. If you disagree you have the choice to purchase the item or not purchase the item. Make the choice.
You can ask to speak with the floor manager, their boss and up the chain if you need to, but coming from the place of ‘help me understand’ versus the toddler mode of ‘give me what I want now’ will be better for your credibility and the rest of us that will try to coupon after you at that store.
What store gives you the best deals? What store do you have the most trouble with?