Have you ever gotten your hands on a great coupon for a store you don’t frequent? Before you toss it in the recycle bin, consider taking it to a competitor. Lots of retailers accept their competitor’s coupons. Wondering which ones? Here’s a rundown of grocery stores, home improvement retailers and lots of other companies that will gladly accept competitor coupons. Have a store to add to our list? Just leave a comment with the information.
Giant/Super G: According to a Consumer Affairs employee with Giant/Super G, the chain has honored competitor coupons to satisfy the customer during the holiday season, but as a general practice that’s a decision made by the store manager. As a policy they only accept manufacturer coupons. However, it’s within the store manager’s authority as to whether competitor coupons are accepted. In other words, just ask your store’s manager.
Harris Teeter: This grocery store chain gladly accepts local competitor’s circular or direct-mail coupons for money off your total bill. They won’t take competitor coupons that are for specific items and they won’t take coupons found online.
Hiller’s Markets: Hiller’s is a small chain in Michigan that accepts competitor coupons on a store-by-store basis. It’s pretty much up to the Store Director to make the call.
Lowe’s Foods: This grocery store chain accepts competitor’s circular or direct mail coupons for dollars off the entire order. They will not accept coupons for specific items. The coupon can’t be expired or from the internet.
Marsh: This Indiana and Ohio chain appears to accept competitor coupons. According to their coupon policy they accept all internet coupons with just a few exceptions like photo copies, free item coupons and coupons that appear to have been altered.
Publix: Most Publix grocery store locations will accept competitor coupons as long as they are a direct competitor. That means the competitor has to be close to the store—not on the other side of town. And most do not consider pharmacy chains like Walgreens or CVS to be competitors.
Safeway, Bloom, Save-A-Lot, Meijer, Hy-Vee, Food Lion, Rouses, Save Mart Supermarkets, Schnucks, Wegman’s, Winco, Weis, as well as most Kroger locations do not accept competitor coupons at this time.
Faucet.com: If you’re looking for a faucet, light or accessory you may want to consider Faucet.com. According to their website they accept competitor coupons, but in order to find out if your coupon is accepted you need to call 800.444.5783.
Home Depot: If you have a coupon for a hardware store like Lowe’s, but the Home Depot is closer to your home don’t worry. You can use competitor coupons at Home Depot.
Lowe’s: Lowe’s will accept competitor coupons for various hardware stores, including Home Depot.
Menards: Menards will accept competitor coupons, but there are some extra rules. They won’t accept expired coupons and, due to fraud, Menards won’t accept competitor coupons for a percentage off the total transaction if it’s great than a 10% discount.
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Babies “R” Us: Some moms say they’ve been allowed to use competitor coupons at Babies “R” Us, but it appears that it depends on the store. Nothing is mentioned on the company website.
Bed Bath and Beyond: According to their website, Bed Bath and Beyond accepts competitor coupons for products that are sold by those competitors. The coupon can’t be expired and some exclusions may apply. Your local store will have more information.
Office Depot: Office Depot has a Price Match Guarantee which includes using competitor coupons, according to their policy listed on their website.
AC Moore: Although it’s not currently mentioned on their website, AC Moore does accept competitor coupons. So grab a coupon for Michaels, Hobby Lobby, or Jo-Ann Fabrics and save some money on your next craft project.
Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts: You can also use competitor coupons at Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts. This store will also price match.
Michaels: Craft store Michaels accepts competitor coupons as well, according to store employees. They’ll welcome any competitor’s coupon whether it’s printed off the internet or clipped from a recent flyer.
Hobby Lobby will price match if an item they sell is listed at a lower price in a competitor’s ad, but they will not accept competitor coupons.
Wondering how to use a competitor coupon? Just use it like any other coupon. You may want to check with a manager first to make sure that the location where you are shopping accepts competitor coupons. Keep in mind that you may be able to stack your competitor coupon with a manufacturer coupon as well. And don’t be surprised if the cashier doesn’t know how to ring them up. Not very many shoppers use this method of saving money.
By Alison Storm
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