Top 9 Stores with the Best Couponing Policies

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?

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. Walmart

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

If you have a coupon that is 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.

Couponing highlights:

One coupon per item
No coupon limit
Allows for coupon overage
Allows “free-product” newspaper coupons* (not printable coupons)
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. You will 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.

Walmart coupon policy

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2. Target

Best thing about couponing at Target: Overall coupon deals

Target has over 500 Cartwheel 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 stacking in a straightforward manner.

Couponing highlights:

Allows one manufacturer coupon, one Target coupon and one Cartwheel 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” newspaper coupons (not printable coupons)
Allows coupons on clearance and sale items

Target coupon policy

 

3. Kroger

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).

Couponing highlights:

Allows one manufacturer coupon and one Kroger coupon per item
Limit of five 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

Kroger couponing policy

 

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4. CVS

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

CVS ExtraBucks are basically money you earn in every transaction towards a future transaction at CVS. You earn points toward ExtraBucks in every transaction, and CVS counts the money toward those points before you use your coupons (when you use your ExtraCare Card).

Couponing highlights:

One manufacturer coupon and up to three CVS coupons per item — see 7 Ways to Stack Coupons at CVS for more details
No coupon limit
Adjusts coupon value if item is less than coupon
Allows “free item” coupons
Allows coupons on clearance and sale items

CVS coupon policy

 

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5. Publix

Best thing about couponing at Publix: They accept competitor coupons

Publix also runs sweet BOGO sales and “surprise deals” for a penny almost every week. But my favorite thing about Publix is that you can stack a manufacturer coupon with a competitor coupon for some seriously sweet savings.

Couponing 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
Adjusts item value if item is less than coupon
Allows “free item” coupons
Allows coupons on clearance and sale items
Accepts competitors’ coupons

Publix coupon policy

 

6. Winn-Dixie

via Everyone Loves Couponing

Best thing about couponing at Winn-Dixie: They double coupons

Winn-Dixie is one of the few and fabulous who still doubles coupons. They’ll double any coupon up to $0.50, which makes the Winn-Dixie coupon policy one of my favorites.

Couponing highlights:

Allows one manufacturer coupon and one Winn-Dixie coupon per item
Limit of five identical coupons per household, per day
Allows “free item” coupons
Allows coupons on clearance and sale items

Winn-Dixie coupon policy

 

7. Dollar Tree

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.

Couponing 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 “free item” newspaper coupons (not printable coupons)
Allows coupons on clearance and sale items

Dollar Tree coupon policy

 

8. Walgreens

Best thing about couponing at Walgreens: No identical coupon limit

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

Couponing highlights:

Allows one manufacturer coupon and one Walgreens coupon per item (Walgreens considers a Register Reward a manufacturer coupon!)
Use a filler item to redeem a Register Reward with a manufacturer coupon
No limit on number of coupons used, though management reserves the right to limit if they feel use is “excessive”
Will NOT accept coupons that are more than the value of the item — no exceptions
Allows “free item” newspaper coupons (not printable coupons)
Allows coupons on clearance and sale items

Walgreens coupon policy

 

RELATED: How to Coupon at Walgreens

 

9. Rite Aid

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).

Couponing 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 6:00 a.m. on the day after you receive it. BonusCash will expire 60 days from the date it was first issued.

Rite Aid coupon policy

 

RELATED: How to Coupon at Rite Aid

 

 

Honorable Mentions:

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

 

1. Costco

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.

Costco coupon policy

 

2. Amazon

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 ones, follow our Amazon deals page.

Amazon promotional code terms and conditions

 

3. Sam’s Club

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 $45.00 membership fee and get a $20.00 gift card to spend in store!.

Sam’s Club coupon policy

 

4. Aldi

via Baltimore Sun

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 store.

Aldi coupon policy