Coupon Class Day 7Sorry for the postpone yesterday of our coupon class. The Kroger mega event threw us all off! There was so much to post on all the good deals and trying to help everyone figure out how to shop the sale took up the day!Day 7 of our coupon class is going to be all Walmart. We will have a few “experts” giving us some awesome tips on how to make the most of your shopping experience there!Are you ready?!

If you have missed any of the days, you can check them out below:

Day 1 – Getting Started

Day 2 – All about coupons

Day 3 – Organizing Coupons

Day 4 – Creating a stockpile

Day 5 – About Grocery Stores

Day 6 – CVS & Walgreens

Day 7 – Walmart

Day 8 – Target

Day 9 – Resources

Day 7 Walmart

We are going to dig in to couponing at Walmart today. Walmart is the #1 retailer in the country. As much as I love Target, I am in Walmart a lot more. And for MANY people they ONLY have a Walmart.Today we are going to be covering the Coupon Policy, the Ad Match policy and Shopping Strategies at your Walmart store.

Day 7 Walmart coupon Policy

The Walmart coupon policy had a major overhaul in 2011. It became very coupon friendly and added the element of overage which is really cool. It is always very important to print a copy of the policy and have it with you when you are shopping there. The biggest obstacle I have had at Walmart is a cashier that doesn’t know their own policy.

We gladly accept the following types of coupons*

  • Print-at-home internet coupons
    • Must be legible
    • Must have “Manufacturer Coupon” printed on them
    • Must have a valid remit address for the manufacturer
    • Must have a valid expiration date
    • Must have a scannable bar code
    • Buy one, get one free (BOGO) coupons
    • Are acceptable in black and white or color
    • May not be duplicated
  • Manufacturers’ coupons
    • For dollar/cents off
    • For free items (except those printed off the Internet)
    • Buy one, get one free (BOGO) coupons
    • Must have “Manufacturer Coupon” printed on them
    • Must have a valid remit address for the manufacturer
    • Must have a valid expiration date
    • Must have a scannable bar code
    • May not be duplicated

Walmart Day 7 Common Questions
These are some of the most common questions @iheartthemart and I get asked about Walmart.

1. NO! This used to be the case, but Walmart no longer does competitor price matching  You can read about that HERE.

2. Walmart will no longer ad match local competitors.

3. There is not a limit on coupons you can use at Walmart. After 40 coupons the register will beep and a CSM will just need to turn the key, but that doesn’t mean you can’t use more then 40 coupons!

4. In the Walmart coupon policy it is clear that they allow overage in the form of cash back. That is why you carry the coupon policy with you. Walmart  is reimbursed 100% for the coupon. If you have problems you need to call 1-800-Walmart and ask them to help you fix it.

Walmart Day 7

I was not planning on including this, but I hear this all day long every day and wanted to address it. I am a firm believer in following the coupon policy and letting mangers make decisions for their own stores.

HOWEVER, Walmart seems to have some issues with managers and cashiers claiming that there is a “new” coupon policy. This is often said when they are unsure of the current policy or want an excuse to not accept a coupon, issue that you might have. BUT when pressed, they can’t produce a new coupon policy or even the current one at all.

In EVERY situation that I have asked to see the “new” policy there has not been one produced EVER. That gives me the chance to pull the current one out of my binder to show them what it says. I also usually say “I love to follow the rules, and I will be happy to follow any new policy you have, but until you can show it to me, let’s go by the one that is currently on the site.”