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Let’s face it: Couponing can get confusing. Before you use coupons, there are some serious policy questions you should be asking: What stores are best for beginning couponers? Who has the best overall coupon deals? What stores will make price adjustments for coupons? Who allows coupon overages? Which stores are the best to coupon at?

Guess what? We have the answers.

Make sure to download the free Krazy Coupon Lady app and set your favorite stores so that you know when the best deals are available.

 

1. CVS Coupon Policy

someone holding coupons and baby wipes next to cvs basket

Best thing about couponing at CVS: Earning ExtraBucks before you apply the coupon value.

CVS ExtraBucks are basically money you earn in most transactions toward a future purchase at CVS. You earn points toward ExtraBucks in most transactions (there are a few exceptions, like gift cards, magazines, etc.), and CVS counts the money toward those points before you use coupons (as long as you use your ExtraCare card).

CVS coupon policy highlights:

  • One manufacturer coupon and up to three CVS coupons per item — see Ways to Stack Coupons at CVS for more details.
  • No coupon limit per transaction.
  • Adjusts coupon value if the item is less than coupon.
  • Allows “free item” coupons.
  • Allows coupons on clearance and sale items.

Learn how to coupon at CVS and then score all the CVS deals.

 

2. Walmart Coupon Policy

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Best thing about couponing at Walmart: They allow for coupon overages.

If you have a coupon that’s worth more than the price of the item, Walmart will apply the extra to your bill and, in some instances, give you cash back. Walmart is also an easy place to get started if you’re new to couponing.

Walmart coupon policy highlights:

  • One coupon per item.
  • No coupon limit per transaction.
  • Allows for coupon overage.
  • Allows “free product” coupons* (not from internet source).
  • Allows coupons on clearance and rollback deals.

*A free-product coupon is a rare, high-value coupon that manufacturers sometimes send out to get you to try their product — no purchase necessary. You’ll still be responsible for all applicable sales tax, but you essentially get a completely free item. Not all retailers accept them, so we’ve highlighted those who do on this list. We have a big list of companies that’ll send you free or high-value coupons.

Learn how to coupon at Walmart and then score all the Walmart deals.

 

3. Target Coupon Policy

A 10% off Tide laundry detergent on the target circle app, held next to a $2 off manufacture coupon, and a bottle of Tide liquid detergent.

Best thing about couponing at Target: Overall coupon deals.

Target has over 500 Circle offers to take advantage of — some are manufacturer, some are store coupons.

Target is great for all couponers, but especially for beginning couponers. You can save simply with one manufacturer coupon per item, or you can experiment with coupon stacking in a straightforward manner.

Target coupon policy highlights:

  • Allows one manufacturer coupon, one Target coupon, and one Circle offer — such as 20% off One A Day Vitamins — per item.
  • Limit of four identical coupons per household, per day.
  • Adjusts coupon value if item is less than coupon.
  • Allows “free product” coupons (not from internet sources).
  • Allows coupons on clearance and sale items.

Learn how to coupon at Target and then score all the Target deals.

 

4. Kroger Coupon Policy

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Best thing about couponing at Kroger: Being able to use manufacturer coupons during Kroger Grocery Pickup.

There are so many ways to get sweet deals at Kroger, but one of our favorites is that you can use manufacturer coupons when you use their grocery pickup service. Not sure how that works? We’ll tell you everything you need to know about Kroger grocery pickup (aka Clicklist).

Kroger coupon policy highlights:

  • Allows one manufacturer and store coupon per item. (Your mileage may vary with stacking at Kroger. Kroger paper store coupons are only valid on Kroger store brands and are pretty rare; look for them in monthly mailers. Some stores allow you to stack the 5x digital Kroger coupons with manufacturer coupons while other stores don’t.)
  • Limit of three identical coupons per household, per day.
  • However, in some instances, internet coupons may be limited to two coupons per customer in a single day.
  • Adjusts item value if item is less than coupon.
  • Allows “free item” coupons.
  • Allows coupons on clearance and sale items.
  • Access to digital coupons when you download the Kroger app — no coupon clipping necessary.

Learn how to coupon at Kroger and then score all the Kroger deals.

 

 

5. Walgreens Coupon Policy

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Best thing about couponing at Walgreens: Allows coupons on clearance and sale items.

Technically Walgreens reserves the right to limit excessive coupon use, but they leave the decision up to individual store management. Basically, don’t clear out their shelves or abuse their policy and you’ll be fine.

Walgreens coupon policy highlights:

  • Allows one manufacturer coupon and one Walgreens coupon per item (Walgreens considers a Register Reward a manufacturer coupon).
  • A filler item can be used to redeem a Register Reward with a manufacturer coupon.
  • Limit of four identical coupons per household, per day.
  • Will NOT accept coupons that are more than the value of the item — no exceptions.
  • Allows “free item” coupons (not from internet sources).
  • Allows coupons on clearance and sale items.

Learn how to coupon at Walgreens and then score all the Walgreens deals.

 

6. Publix Coupon Policy

Publix card reader

Best thing about couponing at Publix: They accept competitor coupons and allow overage.

Publix also runs sweet BOGO sales every week. But my favorite thing about Publix is that you can stack a manufacturer coupon with a competitor coupon for some seriously great savings. If your coupon value is over the product amount, you’ll also get the overage on a Publix gift card.

Publix coupon policy highlights:

  • Allows one manufacturer coupon and one Publix coupon OR competitor coupon per item.
  • Limit of eight of the same coupons per day, per household.
  • Allows overage on coupon value — get a Publix gift card if your coupon is more than the product cost.
  • Allows “free item” coupons.
  • Allows coupons on clearance and sale items.
  • Accepts competitors’ coupons.

Learn how to coupon at Publix and then score all the Publix deals.

 

7. Dollar Tree Coupon Policy

Dollar Tree app on phone next to dollar tree basket

Best thing about couponing at Dollar Tree: It’s easy to score freebies.

Dollar Tree can be a stickler about their policy, but if you pay careful attention to sizes and details (aka coupon fine print), you’ll never have a problem. Follow our Dollar Tree deals page to see all of the freebies you can score with coupons.

Dollar Tree coupon policy highlights:

  • Allows one manufacturer coupon per item.
  • Limit of four identical coupons per household, per day.
  • Limit of two internet coupons per customer, per day.
  • Adjusts coupon value if item is less than coupon.
  • Allows coupons on clearance and sale items.

Learn how to coupon at Dollar Tree and then score all the Dollar Tree deals.

 

8. Rite Aid Coupon Policy

someone holding coupon next to cart full of products

Best thing about couponing at Rite Aid: You can use up to three coupons on one item.

We love to score deals at Rite Aid by stacking coupons with sales and earning BonusCash (money you can spend on a later transaction at Rite Aid).

Rite Aid coupon policy highlights:

  • Allows one manufacturer coupon, one Rite Aid Valuable coupon (UPC that begins with “48”), and one Rite Aid Manufacturer coupon (UPC that begins with “49”) per item.
  • Limit of four identical coupons per household, per day.
  • Allows coupons on clearance and sale items.
  • Use BonusCash beginning at 6 a.m. on the day after you receive it. BonusCash will expire 60 days from the date it was first issued.

Learn how to coupon at Ride Aid and then score all the Rite Aid deals.

 

Honorable Mentions:

These four retailers didn’t make the cut because they don’t accept manufacturer coupons in the traditional way, but you can still get great savings with in-house coupons and promo codes.

1. Costco Coupon Book & Policy

someone holding costco savings paper

Costco doesn’t accept manufacturer coupons, but the monthly deals you get work like automatic coupons. Look for their warehouse booklet in the mail or at customer service. You have to be a member to get the deals, though, so make sure you’re actually buying enough to make the membership worth it.

Check out the latest Costco deals.

 

 

2. Amazon Coupon Policy

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Like Costco, Amazon doesn’t accept manufacturer coupons. But they do have a variety of promotional codes and digital Amazon coupons that you can apply to certain products to save money.

To find the best deals, follow our Amazon deals page.

 

3. Sam’s Club Coupon Policy

someone holding sams club price

Like Costco, Sam’s Club doesn’t accept manufacturer coupons, but the monthly deals you get work like automatic coupons. You have to be a member to get the deals, so wait for Sam’s Club to run a promo where you pay the $45 membership fee and get a $20 gift card to spend in the store.

Here are all of the Sam’s Club deals.

 

4. Aldi Coupon Policy

the aldi finds aisle in store

Aldi doesn’t accept manufacturer coupons because 90% of the items sold are Aldi’s exclusive brand, and many of those items are 50% less than typical prices at other grocery stores. Look for items marked “Aldi Finds” for some of the best discounts in stores.

Aldi will offer regional promotions or coupons tied to an event, such as an Aldi store Grand Opening. Keep an eye on your mailbox or in stores for special promotions near you.

Check out these Aldi deals.

 

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