Walmart Coupon Policy
Coupon shopping at Walmart definitely has pros and cons. It is a great place to do your supplemental shopping but you may possibly encounter confusion at the check out. Unlike other stores, Walmart does not publish a regular weekly ad, run sales, promotions or gift card deals. Extreme couponing done right at Walmart is simply a combination of price matching and pairing coupons up with Rollback (sale) items to get the best possible prices!
The Ins and Outs of coupon shopping at Walmart!
First off, Print and Carry the Walmart coupon policy, and Ad Match Guarantee with you when you shop. Unfortunately not all cashiers are on the same page about what is and is not allowed so your policy may come in handy. If a cashier is unsure or disagrees with the policy, politely ask to speak to a manager.
And don’t forget to learn all about the Walmart Savings Catcher!!
Price Matching Highlights:
- Price Matching at Walmart is a great way to save time, gas and money! You can do it with or with out coupons. I personally love to price match produce because we rarely see coupons for fresh fruits and veggies! To price match, simply show the cashier a competitor stores ad price for an item and they will adjust the price to match! Be sure to show them the ad before they ring up the item and double check that the item you are buying is identical in brand, size and quantity to the item in the competitor ad.
- Walmart will match any local competitor’s advertised price.
- You may price match and item and then use a manufacture coupon.
- Walmart does NOT price match their own stores or online prices.
- The new coupon policy states that Walmart doesn’t require the customer to have the ad with them to price match an item. I recommend taking the ad with you if you’ve got it.
- For all of the price matching guidelines and limitations, see the policy.
Coupon Policy Highlights:
- Walmart will accept printable coupons, manufacture coupons, competitor coupons, soft drink caps and Catalinas.
- They do NOT accept, checkout coupons for dollars or % off entire purchase, printable coupons that require no purchase, competitor coupons for dollars/cents off, % off, BOGO without a specific price and double or twice the value coupons. (Some Walmart’s consider twice the value coupons competitor coupons and will accept them.)
- One coupon per item. Per transaction means your entire purchase.
- Walmart allows Overage. The Walmart policy states:
“If coupon value exceeds the price of the item, the excess may be given to the customer as cash or applied toward the basket purchase.”
- For all of the specifics, see the coupon policy.
Tips to Successful Shopping at Walmart:
- Be prepared. Walmart can be a busy place. Have your policies and coupons ready to go. Shopping without little people may also make for a quicker shopping trip.
- Pick your cashier wisely. Some Walmarts have specified lines for coupon shoppers. It helps to know of cashiers who are coupon friendly and knowledgeable about the policies.
- Ask your cashier how they would prefer you give them the coupons. They may like them all at once, or one by one with the items as they ring them up.
- Group your price matching and regular coupon items. Place your ads with the items you are price matching and don’t forget to let the cashier know before they ring up the item.
- If you have coupons that require the cashier to write the price on the coupon, give them the coupon at the same time they ring up the item and let them know to avoid having to go back and look it up.
- If you have a question about a price match or coupon, ask a manager BEFORE you start your shopping to avoid frustration at the register.
- Always be polite to your cashiers and managers. If you disagree with a cashier or are unsure about something, ask to speak with a manager.
- Be honest. Knowingly committing coupon fraud may ruin the good deals for all coupon shoppers.
Frequently asked Questions:
Q: What is a Rollback item?
A:”Rollback” means that the advertised price is even lower than the regular Every Day Low Price. Rollback prices last for varied amounts of time.
Q: Why is there a price difference between different Walmart stores?
A: Each store is required to manage its own inventory. Therefore, a manager may lower a price to clear out an overstock item, to reward customers with an in-store sale (eg. Roll backs) or to compete with other local stores
Q: Does Walmart allow overage?
A: Yes! The Official Walmart Coupon Policy states, “If coupon value exceeds the price of the item, the excess may be given to the customer as cash or applied toward the basket purchase.”
Q: Does Walmart issue rain checks?
A: Yes, if an advertised item is out of stock at your store, upon your request, they will issue you a Rain Check to purchase the item at the advertised price when it becomes available. They may also sell you a similar item at the ad price, or a comparable price reduction.
Q: Does Walmart accept Competitor coupons?
A: Yes, as long as they are for a specific item for a specified price, for example, $2.99. They also need to have a valid expiration date, and can be accepted in black & white.
Q: Will Walmart take a competitor’s store coupon with a mfc coupon?
A: No. That is called stacking and they do not allow it. One coupon per item.
Q: Does Walmart accept Twice The Value or “Double” coupons?
A: The Official Coupon Policy states they do NOT accept Twice or Triple The Value coupons, however, some store locations still do accept because they consider them to be competitor coupons.
Q: Will Walmart accept a dollar off manufacture coupon and a BOGO coupon together?
A: No. They used to allow this but it recently changed. This is called stacking and they do not allow it any longer.
Q: How can I contact Walmart’s corporate headquarters?
A: Visit Walmart’s Contact Us Page for all the info
Feel free to ask additional questions that I have not covered and I will do my best to add/answer them the best I can!