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Extreme Couponing Tip: Overage

“What is overage and what stores offer this?”

Overage: Receiving cash back or having the remaining balance applied to the basket purchase when (because of coupon usage) your total falls below $0.

The great majority of stores do NOT purposefully allow overage, and this is often stated in their coupon policy (examples include Albertsons, CVS, Rite Aid, Safeway, Target, and Walgreens). Many registers or cashiers adjust the amount of the coupon down to match the price of the product if the coupon’s face value is greater. One of the only exceptions is the national chain store, Walmart, whose Coupon Acceptance Policy specifically 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.”

Other stores most likely to give overage include local non-chain stores or ones with registers/cashiers that do not adjust down the coupon price. Shop around (trial and error) or ask customer service to see if any stores in your area offer overage. If they do, remember that this is a privilege, and the store may reverse their policy or update their register system at any time.