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Readers Couponing Questions Answered

Angela from Oregon asked:  “I appreciate when you share the latest coupons or good deals, it helps me know what coupons to print.  I don’t shop at Walmart and on many of the coupons you show that Walmart is a good place to use the coupon.  Will you show more options for other stores? Oh and I see the Walmart logo on some of the coupons, can they be used anywhere else?

These are great questions!

Why Walmart?   Actually I don’t shop Walmart all that often.  For me the Walmart Neighborhood Markets in Las Vegas are usually the only Walmart I generally shop  instead of the super centers.  I found the prices at the Neighborhood Markets are the same as super centers.   The reason why I often use Walmart in the coupon deal scenarios is because Walmart is a good measure of what a sale price you can expect to see at other stores.  Of course – it’s for the Walmart shoppers, too.   Walmart is a good gauge of sorts to know what a good price would be to pay when using a coupon.  The bottom price after coupons represent a good price for stocking up.  When an item is on sale at another store, I do always try to include that in the deal scenario.

Walmart Logo On The Coupon, now what?:  Many time the logo you see on the screen on the printable coupons (usually only on coupons.com) will show on the SCREEEN ONLY and not print on the coupon.  Mr. Cameraman would say “Walmart is buying braincells”.   If a coupon does print the Walmart logo on it you will see it several ways.  1) Shows Walmart logo only 2) prints “redeemable at Walmart” or “found at Walmart” 3) And the rare occasion “Redeem at Walmart Only”

1) Shows only Walmart Logo, redeemable at Walmart or found at Walmart printed on the coupon.   These coupons can be used at any store, they are a regular manufacturer coupon that Walmart paid to have their name printed.  It is up to each stores discretion if they want to take them.  I personally have never been turned away from using these coupons at any store.

2) Redeem at Walmart Only:  Then that is the “rule” for that coupon, it can be used only at a Walmart store.  This is very rare to see printed on the coupons.  As with any coupon that prints a store name and the wording “only” it is restricted to that particular store.

The exception is if a store wants to use their “Price Match Policy” and they choose to accept competitor store coupons.  ie: Walmart does accept other stores coupons.

For more information be sure to check out the coupon 101, coupon terms & acronyms and other 101 help.

 

Do you have questions about coupons, savings, an area you want to save in but need help?  Send the questions to me and I will help answer them.  Use the “Contact” button on the top bar and send on over your questions! 

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Extreme Couponing Questions

How to make the most of Extreme Couponing 101.  There is a common coupon question about wording on coupons and I want to make sure I address it for new couponers and readers.   This is the question Keely left in the comments on a post:  “Newbie question…When the coupons (especially coupons.com) says “available at Walmart”, does that mean you have to use it there? Or will other stores accept it? Like Target or Walgreen’s?”

 

Hi Keely — Great question. And we all have asked this before when learning about coupons. When it shows “available at Walmart” or “redeemable at Walmart” it’s just Walmart paying to have their logo seen and letting you know you can use the coupon there, like a suggestion.  It is a manufacturer coupon than can be used any place that takes coupons, NOT just Walmart.  So, yes you can use it at Walgreens, Target and any other store.

If you see a coupon that shows “redeemable ONLY at Walmart” then that is the rule for that coupon and it can only be used at Walmart or whatever store is listed.  This does not happen too often. So the trick is the wording “only”

See the image below with how it will print on the coupon.  Missing are the words “only”  so use it anywhere.

Hope this helps you along on your Extreme Couponing ventures! Jen

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Where can I donate my samples?  Readers Questions

Lisa P a Tip Resource reader asked a great question:  “I would love to donate all the freebies I don’t really use. Could you give me an address to where I could send these for the military?  Thanks for all your great posts.”

The free samples I post have SO many benefits.  I even did a whole series about Why Free Samples Are The Bomb! You can check out all that information and you’ll understand why I am passionate about freebies.

But let me answer Lisa’s question.  The samples are great to donate!  Twice a year I go through all of mine and get them ready to donate.  We have a local group through our church that makes boxes for military members.  But I am thinking the best place for you could be with this organization   Or, contact your local homeless shelter or teen support shelter.  One time a year I donate to the a shelter here in town that give the small samples to teens that are homeless or living in tough situations.  Many of them live at home, but have nothing because their parents sell everything for drugs.  So the small samples allow the kids to use the items up quickly and it’s small enough they can hide it or their parents won’t take and sell.  Ugh! So sad what kids go through.

Call your local USO  – located at most airports or a military facility near you.  The USO’s help our troops transitioning back home and traveling.  They will leave the samples for those traveling at the USO to use.  We have used the USO often when we traveled around the world, it is a great resting place for the military.

Shelters –  We donate our pet samples to a non-kill animal shelter that does pet donations at Petco every weekend. Just stop by there or call them to donate.

What do you do with all your free samples if you aren’t using them?  Any more suggestions?

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