Can you use a coupon after it expires? The answer is yes — well, sometimes. It depends on the store, type of coupon, and the cashier.
There are quite a few stores that are well known for either accepting old coupons, or at least finding you a replacement. Just remember that it isn’t required for most of these places, so the trick is to be nice, and if you get a no, leave it at that.
1. Military Commissaries Overseas
Commissaries outside of the United States will take manufacturer coupons up to six months past their expiration date.
If you live in the States, you can send your expired coupons to them through Troopons, which is a program that collects and sends coupons to military bases around the world.
2. Bed Bath & Beyond
Bed Bath & Beyond is probably the most popularly known store to take expired coupons. Coupons can also be used on sale and clearance items here, like the “20% off one item” coupon. Their main rule for coupons is one per item.
While Petco’s policy states they don’t accept expired coupons, a lot of stores will still take them. They almost never accept expired manufacturer coupons, but may accept store coupons like “$5.00 off a purchase of $25.00 or more.”
TIP: Some manufacturer coupons have a few days grace period so it’s worth still trying to use them if they just expired.
They’ve been known to accept their own dollar-off or percentage-off coupons up to six months expired!
They won’t accept expired manufacturer coupons, though.
Lowe’s doesn’t have an official coupon policy on their website, but cashiers have honored coupons that are up to seven days past their expiration date, like the 10% off store coupon.
Like many other stores, Kroger’s coupon policy states that they won’t accept expired coupons. Fortunately for us, they have “Make It Right,” a policy that promises customers that they can walk out happy.
In this case, it means they’ll often take expired coupons, like the “dollar off” ones in their weekly ad, or try to find you one that’s current.
7. Bath & Body Works
Most store managers will allow a three-day grace period when you shop in store. Hold on to coupons like their “$10.00 off your purchase of $40.00 or more” until three days after the expiration date.
Staples associates are pretty great at taking your expired coupons — or if they can, they’ll reissue or reprint a coupon for customers.
Item coupons, like “20% off any single kitchen appliance,” can only be used on full-price items. If you have a coupon for a specific item and the product is already on clearance, regardless of the expiration date, you won’t be able to use that coupon.
9. Burger King
Most Burger Kings are all about the customer. They often won’t even bother to look at the expiration date on your coupon.
If you’re in the drive-thru, mention your coupons, like the free Whopper sandwich with the purchase of a Whopper, as you’re ordering your food — don’t wait until you get to the window.
Kohl’s won’t take expired coupons like their 20% off family pass, but some stores will accept expired Kohl’s Cash. It depends on the location, but some stores will take your Kohl’s Cash a few days after expiration, while more and more are starting to not allow it at all.
At Chipotle, some expired coupons, like the “buy one get one burrito” offer, will still register when the associate scans them. Usually, they’ll work up to a few days after their expiration date.