You may have noticed more and more coupons printing with other store logos on them and many have asked “Can I still use it at Kroger?”. My stance on this issue is that no matter what the coupon states (with the exception of the word “ONLY”), if your coupon prints as a regular manufacturer’s coupon, you can use it at any store. When a coupon states “redeemable at such and such store”, I view that as merely a suggestion and just another way for stores to advertise. The store advertising on the coupon does NOT change the fact that:
- the coupon says “manufacturer’s coupon” at the top
- the coupon WILL SCAN at any store that accepts coupons
- the coupon offers a remittance address that does not state any store exclusions
Unless a store’s policy specifically outlines something contrary to what I have here, these are the guidelines I use. Below I have shared a few examples of different coupons and a brief explanation of where and how you can use them.
This coupon states “Redeemable at Walmart” AND prints with a Walmart Logo. It is just a regular manufacturer’s coupon, however – and can be redeemed at any store. You may also see this worded as “Redeem at Walmart”. Again, just a suggestion.
This coupon shows a Walmart logo and states “Available at Walmart”, but the logo does not print. It is just a regular manufacturer coupon that can be redeemed at any store. The words “available at” just tell you where you might find this item. I say thanks for the heads up, but I’ll use my coupon where it’s on sale!
This coupon states “Redeemable ONLY at Walmart”. It is a regular manufacturer’s coupon, but since it uses the word “ONLY” I feel like that one should only be used at Walmart. It just comes across as a command to me. In this case, this product is only sold at Walmart anyway – so you wouldn’t have a choice. This terminology is quite rare to see on a manufacturer coupon.
This coupon states “Redeem ONLY at Target” and prints as a Target Store Coupon. This coupon can ONLY be redeemed at Target.
Of course, as mentioned in the outset…these are MY opinions based on my knowledge of and experience with coupons. You may be a more conservative couponer than I am, so go with what you feel is appropriate in the given situation. The Kroger coupon policy varies by region, and I have never seen this addressed within. All it states is that “competitor coupons” are not accepted.With that being said, I can sit here and type all day long about MY opinions on the matter, but if your cashier/store manager feels differently…there’s not much you can do. Until we get a clear policy on this, it’s all up for debate. Hopefully these guidelines will give you something to work with when making your stand.