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Walmart 101: How the Krazy Coupon Lady Shops Walmart

Walmart can be a great place to coupon when you combine an item on rollback with a manufacturer coupon!  And with Walmart’s price match guarantee and their coupon policy, which allows for “overage”, you can even get paid for your purchase!

Walmart Accepts Manufacturer Coupons

Walmart accepts manufacturer coupons from the Sunday coupon inserts as well as printable manufacturer coupons.  In order to be in compliance with policy, coupons must read “manufacturer coupon” across the top, have an expiration date, and a scannable barcode.

Coupons can be printed in black and white.  Walmart will not accept print-at-home Internet coupons that require no purchase.

 

 

Tip to remember when checking out: There is no limit on the number of coupons per transaction. (Though a manager will need to approve transactions where 40 coupons or more are being used.)

 

Walmart Accepts (some) Competitor Coupons

Walmart will accept current competitor coupons that specify a price for a specific item. Walmart will not accept a competitor coupon for cents/dollars off or a percentage off.  Ask your local store for a list of those whom they consider local competitors (it varies by region). Walmart only accepts one coupon per item, so you cannot stack a competitor’s store coupon with a manufacturer coupon;  just use one or the other.

Walmart will accept Buy One, Get One free (BOGO) competitor coupons for items with a specified price.  

 

Walmart Accepts (some) Catalina Coupons

While Walmart does not have Catalina machines at their stores, they will accept Catalinas/Checkout Coupons printed from other store locations. They must be manufacturer coupons for a specific price off a specific item. They will not accept drugstore rewards or Catalinas that are for a dollar amount off the shopping trip total.

 

 

 

How to Get Krazy at Walmart

Price Matching: Walmart will price match a current competitor’s ad price right at the register. Let your cashier know that you will be price matching before they ring an item up since the price will need to be entered manually. Walmart will price match from a competitor ad when there is a specific item and price listed.  They will also price match a BOGO only if there is a specific price. (For example, Buy 1 at $4.00, Get 1 Free.)  They will not price match for a “gimmick” sale, such as Spend $25, Save $5 Instantly; nor will they match a price based on a rain check.  Best part? You don’t even need the ad with you; just let the cashier know which store, and Walmart will provide the ad!

Rollback: Look for items on rollback at Walmart! Rollbacks are Walmart’s version of a sale and are a great way to save when you stack their low prices with coupons!

Overage: Walmart is one of the few stores whose policy is to give the customer overage (cash back or applied to the basket purchase) if the value of the coupon exceeds the item’s price.

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.

Trial/Travel Size: Walmart has an extensive trial size section comprised of items priced around $1.00. When coupons do not exclude trial/travel size items, you can score some free products! If your coupon value exceeds the price of the item, you will receive overage.

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63 thoughts on “Walmart 101: How the Krazy Coupon Lady Shops Walmart”

  1. Viri says:

    Does anyone know if you can stack coupons at Walmart (for example if I print out a coupon that’s only redeemable at Walmart) can I stack it with a manufactures Q????

  2. so if I have a sales paper for walgreens advertising 4-12 pks of pepsi for $12 they will match it ?

  3. Caroline says:

    So, say the price for an item is cheaper at one store than at Wal-mart, they will match the price and you get it for the lower price?

  4. tonya black says:

    so if you have 2 printed coupons that are same, say 2 hinz ketchup, you can only use one at walmart?

  5. Kari says:

    I have a question about price matching at Wal-Mart. So, say Walgreens has something on sale for $4.99 “with in-ad coupon,” can I tell Wal-Mart that Walgreens has it for $4.99? I suppose then you could say, “well I can get this at Target using a Target coupon for $2.99 so I should be able to go to Wal-Mart and tell them that Target has this for $2.99….” So what are the technical/ethical rules for this scenario? Thanks for any help!!

  6. Kari says:

    I have a question about price matching at Wal-Mart. So, say Walgreens has something on sale for $4.99 “with in-ad coupon,” can I tell Wal-Mart that Walgreens has it for $4.99? I suppose then you could say, “well I can get this at Target using a Target coupon for $2.99 so I should be able to go to Wal-Mart and tell them that Target has this for $2.99….” So what are the technical/ethical rules for this scenario? Thanks for any help!!

  7. Maybe I’m not too nice, but, I would have taken the dollar from him, smiled and said “cool, I have another coupon I can use at Walgreens” and walked out..

  8. Abbya says:

    I havent seen anything on their policy about doubling & what they double up too.I asked my Wal-Mart store if they do & of course I was told yes by one manager & then no by another.:/ So if they double what do they double up too?

  9. Kingsgirl12367 says:

    one of my friends says when she goes to walmart theyll price match how frys and safeway doubles coupons. have you heard anything about this?
    im on the other side of the world compared to you but whata reyour thought on this?

  10. Couponsweetie says:

    Can anyone please help me…. Does Walmart match prices after the RR from Walgreens. For example: Motrin- $4.00
    RR-$3.00
    = 1.00
    Can I price match this product for $1.00?

  11. Coloradocouponer says:

    For some items like vlasic pickles or smuckers jam, Walmart prices are excellent with a coupon even though they don’t double. I have used those 55 cent of vlasic pickle coupolns on the bulk size bottle which ends up priced lower than the regular grocery store on sale for a bottle half the size. However, the ad match in Denver has been a gimmick. I have been told that our Safeway and King Sooper ads are not eligible since to get the prices in the ad you have to use the loyalty card. Honestly, if you can catch a good sale and have a coupoun that doubles, I have done much better at the other stores than Walmart

  12. Coloradocouponer says:

    For some items like vlasic pickles or smuckers jam, Walmart prices are excellent with a coupon even though they don’t double. I have used those 55 cent of vlasic pickle coupolns on the bulk size bottle which ends up priced lower than the regular grocery store on sale for a bottle half the size. However, the ad match in Denver has been a gimmick. I have been told that our Safeway and King Sooper ads are not eligible since to get the prices in the ad you have to use the loyalty card. Honestly, if you can catch a good sale and have a coupoun that doubles, I have done much better at the other stores than Walmart

  13. Coloradocouponer says:

    For some items like vlasic pickles or smuckers jam, Walmart prices are excellent with a coupon even though they don’t double. I have used those 55 cent of vlasic pickle coupolns on the bulk size bottle which ends up priced lower than the regular grocery store on sale for a bottle half the size. However, the ad match in Denver has been a gimmick. I have been told that our Safeway and King Sooper ads are not eligible since to get the prices in the ad you have to use the loyalty card. Honestly, if you can catch a good sale and have a coupoun that doubles, I have done much better at the other stores than Walmart

  14. Coloradocouponer says:

    For some items like vlasic pickles or smuckers jam, Walmart prices are excellent with a coupon even though they don’t double. I have used those 55 cent of vlasic pickle coupolns on the bulk size bottle which ends up priced lower than the regular grocery store on sale for a bottle half the size. However, the ad match in Denver has been a gimmick. I have been told that our Safeway and King Sooper ads are not eligible since to get the prices in the ad you have to use the loyalty card. Honestly, if you can catch a good sale and have a coupoun that doubles, I have done much better at the other stores than Walmart

  15. Brandy says:

    “Walmart Will Accept Competitor Coupons” so I can use a walgreens or target coupon at walmart? *Just want to make sure I’m not mis-reading this!

  16. crystal says:

    I worked at Walmart for 3 years and recently quit and started on my own business.. i know that cashiers get told what to do by the CSM (customer service manager) WHO is not at all manager, just a supervisor. So if the cashier says no he/she can’t do it because they know that if they go on they will get written up by them (they have all the time over so many stupid things, like accepting some coupons) and after 3 write ups they’re out of a job. So if cashiers seem a little scared and/or stupid about this stuff and call up a CSM saying “i don’t know if we can do this” they want approval so that they won’t get their pay docked (which happens after the first write up easily) fired.. ect.. Walmart goes through employees like toilet paper. So it is not the cashiers fault really, because it’s either accept a coupon and get fired.. or say no because the uninformed supervisors told her to at meetings..
    But i also know that the CSMs make up thier own rules.. they are usually really big headed after their promotion and feel like bossing people around, so if you have a problem with a coupon or ANYTHING, and if you asked for a manager and you see on their name tag that they are Customer Service Manager Or Supervisor, request to see the store manager.. They are usually the nicest and get things done properly. if not, then shop somewhere else.. not worth the hassle sometimes.

  17. Suzz377 says:

    I have a question. If you have a coupon for a free item or BOGO free with a value up to $2.00 and the item is only $1.00, do you get the $1.00 overage. This happened to me today, I had several free coupons that I’d been saving to use at one time and was expecting to have an overage. The cashier told me you only get the price of the item free not the price stated on the coupon. The woman at customer service told me the same thing. I have been there other times where they scan the free coupon and it takes off the maximum value. I called corporate when I got home and she couldn’t tell me the policy so she’s sending an email to the store manager to call me with an answer within the next few days. I added it up and if you do get overages than I will be owed $28.

  18. Suzz377 says:

    I have a question. If you have a coupon for a free item or BOGO free with a value up to $2.00 and the item is only $1.00, do you get the $1.00 overage. This happened to me today, I had several free coupons that I’d been saving to use at one time and was expecting to have an overage. The cashier told me you only get the price of the item free not the price stated on the coupon. The woman at customer service told me the same thing. I have been there other times where they scan the free coupon and it takes off the maximum value. I called corporate when I got home and she couldn’t tell me the policy so she’s sending an email to the store manager to call me with an answer within the next few days. I added it up and if you do get overages than I will be owed $28.

    • Casey R/Antelope, CA says:

      In this case, no, you don’t get the overage. If the item cost $1 you only get the $1 off that. Those type of coupons have a maximum amout off so that if you go to a store that sells it for $2.50 then you only get $2 off since that is the max. The only time you get an overage is if an item is for instance on sale for $.50 and you have a coupon that states $1.00 off one, then you will get the $.50 overage. I hope that makes sence.

  19. Marilyn says:

    Dont forget you can use the 5 dollar coupon from Albertsons or Publix off of 25 or 50 dollar purchase.. They just pick an item for that price and deduct it…This is done here in Florida…

  20. Marilyn says:

    Dont forget you can use the 5 dollar coupon from Albertsons or Publix off of 25 or 50 dollar purchase.. They just pick an item for that price and deduct it…This is done here in Florida…

  21. Kerry0303 says:

    I think it should be considered fraud for them to mark down your coupons. This is the biggest problem I’ve had with Wal-Mart. Next time I’ll have my coupon policy with me.

  22. Logan says:

    Can I use a B1G1 free and another coupn on an item (actually 2 items)???

  23. Maranda262 says:

    What if it is a printed Target coupon and does not have the address on it? When I print from Target it has everything else but that.

  24. Princess Chele says:

    Obviously, shopping in the late evening is best when shopping at WalMart with coupons. I really haven’t had too many issues with them not taking my coupons. Although, I have not pushed the issue too hard. If you go to a young male, they tend to push coupons through with no problem. Also, I find building a relationship with one or two specific checkers helps.

  25. Invinciblepat says:

    Can I use black and white coupons from my printer? Color cartridges are expensive. what is the best printer you have found?

  26. 13 says:

    It is”REDICULOUS’ NONE of my coupons will scan at Walmart. I have one of the best printers you can buy,good ink and they won’t usually scan at other stores either but they punch in the code at those other stores. I’m never shopping at Walmart again!!!!!!!!!

    • Tidbit380 says:

      I’ve found that if you fold the internet coupons (in between the two different bar codes), it will scan with no problem… Had this happen many times at wal-mart and remedied it myself at the self-check out.

      • Guest says:

        Can you use coupons at the self check out?? I have never tried….just wondering

      • Guest says:

        Can you use coupons at the self check out?? I have never tried….just wondering

        • Lynn says:

          yes you should be able to, once you are done scanning the items, it should ask it you have any coupons, or a button for coupons.

          • Fcasvu13 says:

            you can use them at the check out. At my Walmart, it doesn’t prompt you to scan them, but you just scan them just like all your other items. After you scan your coupon, it will say ‘Please insert your coupon’ (there is a little slot labeled coupons somewhere on the self-checkout machine), just slide it in and continue. It won’t let you continue until you insert the coupon in the slot.

  27. jw0131 says:

    I’m new to this so my question is if I have a BOG1 coupon for a toothbrush and then I also have a $2 off the same brush can I use both coupouns since I’m technically getting 2 items. I heard you can do this at walgreens, but I wanted to see if its ok at Walmart. Thanks

    • Kerry0303 says:

      I’ve done it at my Wal-Mart. I used my BOGO Gillette bodywash with a $2 off Gillette bodywash. Never had any troube with it.

      • Erin says:

        I tried this today with the gillette and they wouldn’t let me do it . It doesn’t specifically say anything in the coupon policy about using a bogo and another coupon so I just let it go. Was there something I could’ve done??

      • Jkirgan26 says:

        I did the same thing today 8 times

  28. Demetra says:

    Just wanted to note that my Walmart in Garden City, near Boise, Idaho has been extremely accomodating. They have taken any and all coupons from other stores without question stating that they want to “keep you here”. I also witnessed someone using doublers successfully at check out. I did, however, have a cashier nearly balk at the $1 off Gain dish liquid because they were priced at only 97 cents each. She eventually made it work.

  29. Alicia says:

    I refuse to shop at Walmart. It sounds like too much of a headache shopping here.

  30. thekatsmeow says:

    Just thought I'd share that I just got an email from Walmart asking for clarification of the "store coupons" section and posted their response on my blog. You are welcome to link to it if you'd like.

    Kathleen
    Scrappin' Through Life With Kat
    http://kathleendriggers.blogspot.com

  31. Coupon Crazies says:

    My main problem was that every male in that store was ignorant that night… and thruly thinks that "One coupon per purchase" truly means one coupon per shopping trip AND they only allow it every 2 hours!!

    How would the manufacturers handle this? Do they only want the stores allowing 1 coupon at a time?

    Also, I watched a lady (whom I know from my coupon class) about 30 minutes after me, she came through with a cart full of items, and used MANY multiple coupons with NO problems. And yes… they did state "one coupon per purchase" I am at a loss right now with Wal-Mart, and still havent heard back from management!

  32. Robert says:

    I work swing shift and I go shopping at 11:00PM at night. I have not had any problems using my coupons at Walmart in Meridian. I shop at Walmart every other Friday. I have a favorite (young man college student) cashier who knows me and he pushes my coupons through. I find that it's not as stressful as shopping during the day. Dawn

  33. Penny says:

    I sent a question to corporate about matching competitor's coupons and the answer was a big, fat, hairy NO! So, I was surprised to see this. Aside from that, I have never had any trouble using coupons or comping prices at Walmart… but I stay away from the Devil in the Blue Vest as often as possible and do most of my shopping at other places.

  34. Polly says:

    I have done two things to insure success at WM.
    1) When my color ink jet printer died, we bought a wonderful desktop laser jet printer. The black printing is clear and I have had NO problems with IPs not scanning.
    2)When a cashier is clearly ignorant of wording or coupons in general. I politely ask that the item in question be taken off. Then when all is said and done, I go directly to the store manager or asst manager, explain, show my coupon and I generally get what I want. The key is to remain calm. The manager then usually talks to the supervisor and the info trickles down to the cashiers.
    BUT…all of this can be recended at any time. Corp leaves it up to each store.

  35. Coupon Crazies says:

    Seriously… I am debating on calling or going in personally to speak with the store manager. I am furious about what happenned! Not ONLY over the coupons, but how long it took to get it cleared up, and the attitudes of the employees. Made me feel like a criminal… (who knows coupons laws) haha…

  36. Becky says:

    Coupon Crazies…I hear ya. I was in line for over 30 minutes while they tried to tell me that I could only use my $.25 coupon for charmin on the items listed on the picture. I all knowingly told them you don't go by what is on the picture unless the words state on the coupon "as listed" or "as pictured." Needless to say I am NEVER shopping at Walmart with coupons ever again. I think all of us KCL should all band and just stop shopping at Walmart altogether. They suck!

  37. Coupon Crazies says:

    WOW WOW WOW! Did this post come at the right time or what? I went to Wal-Mart last night to use up my .55/1 Reeses q's and the B1G1 q's at the same time. I had 34 q's and 34 items! I was told that they only accept the "One coupon per purchase", when I tried to explain the definition of that term…. he just outright did not want to listen. So the CSM came over and said the exact same thing… so I said well then lets ring them up seperately!! "No, sorry ma'am, one per purchase every 2 hours' WHAT??? Ok so now I was getting furious. I asked them for a copy of the coupon policy and OF COURSE, they didnt have it. So I went out to the car, called the store to find out which real manager was on duty, grabbed my policy and marched back into the store to talk to him.

    He STILL said the same thing. So I made a VERY clear point, right now they have the 24 packs of soda on sale and EVERY box has a save $1 now coupon. I said "sir you mean to tell me that if I buy 10 cases of soda, you are only going to allow me to use one of the coupons?" He then walked away to talk to the CSM that I had dealt with before. This will get VERY long, so to sum it up, I got BACK in line to purchase the bars, and then they guy said you can use the B1G1 in conjunction with the .55/1. Wrong again! I was there for 2 hours until they got it right, and it did take the ONLY female checker in the store to figure it out. I got there at 9:45pm, and my reciept time is 11:52!

    I cant wait to get on the phone and call the store manager, and corporate.

    • Karen says:

      Please please tell me what came of this? This happened to me today. I was denied my b1g1 w/ a coupon for $ off, I then went to walgreens. They did it right away with both coupons. 2 items, 2 coupons! I went back to show them my reciept at walmart, that everything worked out at walgreens! Manager didn’t listen, then asked me “what do you want $1, do you need it that bad?”. & then took a dollar out of his wallet and set it on the counter infront of me!!!! I’m fuming!!!! Please help!

    • Karinaarellano says:

      wow…that sucks, i know tho, the walmart where i live is horrible sometimes, they make it almost impossible to price match and use coupons at the same time…., price matching was my problem. They purposely take the fruits and veggies that are on sale and place them in the back..and when we ask for more they simply say they ran out!! And every time i do price match and couponing at the same time they get upset and alway’s try to limit my purchasing..so i always ask for different transactions.., it’s stupid because it’s harder and them!!

      • Cherry1207 98 says:

        1-800-WALMART and while you have them on the phone while you’re standing in the checkout line tell the rep that you are calling the local news so that they can see how Wal-Mart is trying to help our Nation to REGROW it’s Economy. Worked for me in Tupelo, MS But I have also started videoing every trip I make so that I can post on website and send to TLC if it ever gets too ugly at wally world!

  38. Sharon says:

    Lindsay I cant believe I see someone else with same dumb response about b&w Qs on my laser printer. A manager at Kmart told me that and I had to leave a cart full of items after 2 hours of shopping during DOUBLE COUPON WEEK! They had just accepted mine 10 times already. I was so angry and upset I havent even notified corporate yet, cause I didnt wanna go thru explaing it yet. He said cashiers drawers have been coming up short so they cant take em, I was like HUH? Three days later after I cooled down a little (the last day of sale)I went at a different shift time and no problem.

  39. Kristi M. says:

    I've always had great success with the walmart closest to me. They are super nice and willing to do anything to make it work.

  40. beka89 says:

    Our Walmart will only take IP's if they scan correctly the first try. If they scan it and it doesn't beep, no luck they hand it back to you. This makes it rather hit or miss to use printed coupons there so I normally don't try to, unless the one really nice cashier who will always try it multiple times (and eventually they always work)is on duty when I come in.

  41. HanksFam says:

    A cashier at the Walmart in Hurricane, Utah just told me that they will not price match on "fresh value" prices…meaning if we have to use our "card" to get the sale price.

  42. The Skinner Family says:

    Yes, there are two Walmart's close to me and one will only take IP's in color and the other one does not care if they are B&W. I called corporate about it and they said it can be left up to the managers of individual stores.

  43. Lindsey says:

    I had a cashier at Walmart tell me they cannot take printed coupons if they do not have color on them. So, if you print in B & W, they wouldn't be accepted. Has anyone ever heard of this?

    • Danielle says:

      Ya I’ve heard that line b4. Just show them the policy cause it states in b&w or color and the competitors can only be in b&w.

    • Haynesjill says:

      No, I live in Visalia, Ca. and the walmart I shop at accepts them as long as they are legible and not out dated

    • Tessa says:

      on printable coupons have to have a yellowish strip around the experation date, this is just to verify that the coupon is real

    • Tessa says:

      on printable coupons have to have a yellowish strip around the experation date, this is just to verify that the coupon is real

    • Tessa says:

      on printable coupons have to have a yellowish strip around the experation date, this is just to verify that the coupon is real