Couponing

Couponing #6: Walmart

Walmart is another great place to coupon because their prices are already pretty low to begin with. Another fantastic thing about Walmart is they have a good selection of clearance items that tend to have coupons that match up with them as well. The number one complaint that couponers tend to have about Walmart is they are not very coupon friendly. In my experience, that is not the case. As long as you are nice and doing everything correctly, they should respect that. No need to be intimidated by a big store! Save that money!

Coupons
Walmart accepts manufacturer coupons and they do not have store coupons. They accept anything that says manufacturer coupon on it which means anything from the newspaper, internet printables, catalinas from other stores, etc.. If the coupon does not specify how many you can use in a transaction, you can use as many as you would like BUT the store manager has the right to limit you. In my experience, as long as you are not clearing the shelves, it has never been an issue. If you feel more comfortable doing so, you can call ahead of time to your local Walmart and ask them how many you can use.

Overages
My favorite part about couponing at Walmart is the overage. When there is good overage, I like to stock up on meats or other frozen items that will last. Overage is when the coupon exceeds the price of the item. In Walmart policies, it states that they have to give you cash back or you can use the extra towards your groceries. Personally, I suggest you do not have them give you money back for a couple of reasons. If they owe you cash back at the end of your transaction, a manager will be flagged to go to the register and approve it. Sometimes this can take a while, especially if the store is busy, which means you hold up the line. It is definitely not worth it to me for that reason alone. The other reason is the manager has every right to refuse to give you the money or then limit your coupons. Yes, you can pull up the coupon policy and show them if they are unsure but a lot will tell you they just do not feel comfortable with it and decline the coupon. It is better to just have the overage go towards other groceries or items that you need.

I tend to have great luck when it comes to getting overages. The things that I always find on clearance are makeup, lotions, body wash, shampoo, and conditioners. Fortunately, these are all things that have coupons all of the time! For example, a few weeks ago there was an Almay makeup coupon for $4 off. In the clearance section, there were TONS of .50 Almay lipstick. For each lipstick I bought, I made $3.50. I ended up making over $100 just from buying the makeup! That paid for our groceries. No, this does not happen every single time I go but it tends to be pretty frequent. I then sold the lipstick since I do not wear it and that money paid for the rest of our food for the month and then some!

 

Walmart is a pretty straight forward kind of place to coupon. Make sure you are reading the coupons and getting the correct item that matches and you should be golden! Take a look at the clearance every time you go in and see if you can get some freebies or some overage.

Here you can find Walmart coupon policies: https://corporate.walmart.com/policies

As always, let me know if you have any questions! Happy couponing!

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