Understanding Wording on Coupons

Understanding Wording on Coupons

Are you confused by the different wording on coupons?  Are you unsure if the coupon has to be used at the store listed on the coupon or if you can use it at any store?  If you see wording on coupons such as “Redeemable at Walmart” or “Redeem at Walgreens”,  in most cases these are manufacturer coupons and can be used at any store.  Please keep in mind that some stores may refuse the coupon if it has another store name on it.

Here is how to tell if you can use the coupon at any store or if it’s only meant to be used at one particular store:

1. Coupons that states “Available at”

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The above coupon states “Available at Walmart“.  This wording simply means that the item is available at Walmart Stores but it does not restrict you from using it anywhere else. This is a regular manufacturer coupon.

2. Coupons that have a store logo on them

This coupon shows a Shoprite logo on the coupon however it is a regular manufacturer coupon that can be used anywhere.  You can see above, that the coupon states “Manufacturer’s Coupon” and the bar codes are regular manufacturer coupons.  Plus, look for a remit address on the coupons.  That information is found under the description and begins with the word “Retailer“.  If there is a remit address, that tells you that it is a manufacturer coupon and not a store coupon.  Store coupons do not have a remit address.  In cases like the one above, ShopRite has simply paid to advertise their store on the coupon.

3. Coupons that state “Redeemable At or Redeemable Only at”

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The above coupon states “Redeemable at Walmart” and some coupons may say “Redeemable only at (store name)“.  This wording is similar to the “Available at” wording (see #1).  It simply means that you can redeem the coupon at Walmart but it does not restrict you from using it anywhere else.  In this case, as in the case of the Walgreen’s logo above, Walmart has paid to have their name advertised on the coupon. Also, please be aware of the coupon policies at our store.  Even though these are regular manufacturer coupons, you they still may not accept them.

You can also reference the Coupons.com FAQ section.

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  • staceypunk

    Very helpful! Thanks!

  • Michele

    Cindy, I agree with you on how wording is but maybe you should ask some of the corporate offices of Rite Aid, CVS, Walgreens, Shoprite etc. to have in house coupon pros so they may teach the employees. You know as well as I know the minute you start arguing, your not going to win. Thanks.

  • AngelaE

    Thanks for the clarification!

    I will now be more confident using a “redeemable at walmart” manf. Coup. At Shoprite. Totally makes sense that Walmart (or other store name printed) has paid to advertise on that coup.

    As for the “Reedeemable ONLY at…”….are you saying Shoprite MAY accept this as their store coupon and that I could also use manf. Coup.? Has anyone done this? I know some drugstores (CVS, Rite Aid, etc) accept competitor coupons. Does Shoprite?

  • Jill D

    Thanks, Cindy! These tips are very helpful.

  • CJ

    I wish manufacturers would put “one coupon per item” instead of “one coupon per purchase”. Too many cashiers think “purchase” means your entire transaction.

  • Lori S.

    *I* understand, I just wish my ShopRite did! My store has a policy that they won’t take a coupon with another store’s name on it, even if it is a manufacturer’s coupon.

    Maybe you should be offering to teach couponing classes to the store execs!

  • Brenda

    What about Walgreens RR that say: Reedeemable ONLY at Walgreens these also still say manufacturer’s coupon on them with remit address. Can these be used at other stores?

    • Cindy

      Technically yes. But again, it depends on your store accepting them.

  • Rose

    Thanks Cindy (feel like I have met you and did lunch)…lol…that was very helpful….i have avoided good coupons because I thought you could only use them at Walmart…..

  • alicia

    how about “not valid…with any other coupon offer?”

    i have a petco coupon for $5 off a bag of food that’s on sale for $10, AND i have a $5 rewards certificate AND i have a coup for 3 free cans of food with the purchase of a bag. this is all on science diet by the way, if anyone’s interested.

    now that i’m reading that same wording is also on the manuf coup.

  • Martina

    I tried to use a manufacture coupon “Redeemable at Walmart” at Walgreens and they didn’t take it.

  • Susan

    Please..has anyone figured out the DND situation on the new barcodes? How do we know???

  • Kristy

    I was always wondering about that with the coupons that print out the catalina machine saying “redeem at ShopRite”. I just thought you had to use them only at ShopRite even though it says manufacturer coupon. This would follow what you said above, right?

  • Riya

    With coupons being widely used right now, all the stores should have training sessions so that all their staffs are aware. Its so hard going to a store and they won’t let you use your coupon that says “available at walmart” with the walmart logo on it because they keep arguing that it is a walmart coupon and refuse to accept them.

  • April B

    In the past few weeks I have tried using manufacture coupons at both Target and HEB that say “redeemable at Wal-Mart” or “redeemable at CVS” (printed off coupons.com) every time I tried I was told that I couldn’t use the coupon. I explained that it was a manufacture coupon – it says so right on the coupon and they still said no. At Target I even got the manager who said the coupon was only redeemable at the store who’s name was on the coupon….drives me CRAZY!!

  • Christine

    The Shoprite in Yonkers doesn’t accept any coupons that say “Redeemable at” or with another store logo. I just called (800) Shoprite and they said that they don’t accept those coupons. I explained to them that I have, in the past, used those type of coupons and they went through without any problems. The times it worked for me is because the cashier didn’t scrutinize the coupon and call a manager over. The times it hasn’t worked for me are the times the cashier sees the wording “Redeemable At” and then calls a manager over and then the manager says they don’t accept those coupons. Two days ago, I used the Colgate coupon that says “Reedemable at Walmart” and I didn’t have any problems. Today I tried to use two more but the cashier called the manager over and she said they don’t take those coupons. I suggested to (800)Shoprite that they should really clarify this in their coupon policy. I won’t be trying to use those types of coupons there any more unless it’s with a cashier that I know won’t give me a problem. Couponing is great but sometimes they treat us like we are just trying to get over on them.

  • Cori

    Good to know! I was just stuck looking at coupons that say redeemable at cvs or walmart.

    • Sunil

      Glad the info cam in handy.

      It’s great that we know what the wording means, but I wish the stores would have a quick coupon course to train their cashiers. How about it Cindy? You up to teach them? 🙂

  • irishviper

    I have been told repeatedly by stores that manufacturer coupons with another stores name on it, even though they are manufacturers’ coupons, will not be taken at other stores because they are exclusive to that particular store from the manufacturer to use only there. Like a promotion for that particular store only from the manufacturer. I have tried this at numerous stores & have argued the , But it’s a manufacturer coupon business with the same results. I stopped trying.

    • irishviper

      To add: The only stores I can get to take a manufacturer coupon with another stores name on it is Price Chopper & only because the take competitors coupons at face value but will not double them like a regular manufacturers’ coupon without another stores name on it.

  • prestige

    Ive used a ‘available at walmart’ coupon at DG and been denied…
    Also, if it says only at walmart why wouldnt that be considered store coupon?

  • Nicole

    THANK YOU!!!! Made soooo much more sense and cents!!!

  • Paulal

    I tried to use a manufactures coupon at schnucks that said “Redeemable at Walmart“ but schnucks would not take it, they said cause it had walmart on it. So i called the home office of schnucks and complained about them not taking it. I said it don’t say only redeemable at walmart. They told me it does not matter if it is a manufactures coupon or not or the wording, walmart paid that company to put they’re name on it and it’s advertisement for walmart. they said its against schnucks policy to take any coupon with some other stores name on it.

  • llbmusic

    My Walgreens will not take a coupon that says “Redeemable at” (unless it’s Walgreens).

  • Gboricua

    I just tried using a coupon like that at walgreens , cashier and manager were really rude and they didnt take the coupon they say its only at walmart but ok i dont have time to argue . Thanks for the explaing anyways

  • London Busby

    I have a manufacturer coupon that says “only redeemable at AutoZone” but I want to use it at Target. From my understanding I should be able to, BUT I noticed there is not an address for the coupon to be returned to. So does this mean I can not use it at Target?

    • Denise Uzunis

      Perhaps it is a Auto Zone Store Coupon?

  • Senia

    Hi im new to couponing and im having trouble understanding the coupon restrictions. Can i stack coupons when it states limit one coupon per purchase????

    • geoff84

      Usually “one coupon per purchase” means on one item you can use only one manufacturer coupon, on two items you can use only two manufacturer coupons, and so on. However, most stores will let you stack a store coupon with a manufacturer coupon, thereby using two coupons on one item.

      • MisterBill

        The “one coupon per purchase” wording should be covered above. It means “one coupon per item purchased”, not one coupon per transaction, even if buying multiple items. Some coupons do have transaction limits, but those are worded differently (and should also be covered).

        Also I don’t understand lumping “redeemable at” and “redeemable only at” above. The “only” wording really should only be used at the listed store.

  • mac00

    What if it says cvs/pharmacy under the product picture. There are no CVS in my community or surrounding cities.

    • MisterBill

      Should be the same as “Available at”.

  • Elizabeth

    I have coupons that say target coupon instead of manufacturer’s coupon but it looks like a manufactured coupon. My question is will they accept it only in Target?

    • Denise Uzunis

      Yes, those are Target Store Coupons and are only valid at Target stores

    • MisterBill

      Look at the barcode and you will see it is different from a normal manufacturer’s coupon.

  • Jessica Cowley
    • Sandy

      Since its a manufacturers coupon and not a store coupon I would certainly give it a shot to use at any store. Cant see the barcode so long as its not a Winco UPC and a cashier who doesnt dissect your coupons you should be ok but it will be a YMMV depending on interpretation should they flag it.

    • MisterBill

      I think it’s only for WinCo, but hey, if you can get someone else to accept it, more power to you. Don’t argue if they won’t take it, however.