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Wal-Mart and Dillons Make Changes to Their Coupon Policies


Several weeks ago I wrote about the new coupon policy at Wal-Mart that would allow you to use Register Rewards from stores such as Walgreen's that were printed with "Manufacturer's Coupons" on the top. This was in addition to stating that coupons for above the purchase price of an item could be used and the overage applied to other items in your cart.

All good things must come to an end; Wal-Mart has revised their policy to exclude the use of catalinas or Register Rewards that are for dollars off of a "basket purchase" meaning off the total of your order. Catalinas accepted will be limited to specific items; for instance if the register at Dillons printed a coupon for $1/1 Crystal Light you could use that catalina coupon at Wal-Mart.

I've heard "rumors" that they were no longer allowing the use of coupon overages to apply towards your entire purchase but in reading the Wal-Mart coupon policy this is specifically highlighted as something they WILL do.

You can download and print the latest revisions and the Wal-Mart coupon policy in its entirety HERE.

The other news in coupon policies is the revisions made to the use of coupons at Dillons. There have been "rumors" that Dillons will no longer double coupons and that they will no longer stack coupons. As of this weekend the only change to their current policy is that they will no longer "stack" eCoupons with paper coupons.

Previously, if you loaded coupons to your Dillons card via Dillons.com these would be automatically applied to your purchase AND you would be able to use an additional paper coupon for the same item. This is no longer the case. If you load eCoupons to your Dillons card those will automatically be applied to your purchase (the eCoupons are good for only ONE purchase of item(s) listed in the coupon description) first and if you attempt to use a paper coupon it will be rejected (the dreaded "beep"). You will not be given the option of using either or...the eCoupon is automatically applied if it is available. This will mean you need to be a little more careful in your planning if you are still going to use the eCoupons for your shopping.

That is the ONLY change to their coupon policy to date. Dillons is still doubling manufacturer's coupons up to $1 and you may still use paper store coupons in addition to paper manufacturer's coupons.

If you have questions regarding the new policy at Dillons be sure to stop in and speak to someone at Customer Service. It has been my experience that they are very friendly and open to discussing coupons with their customers.


impska 7 years, 2 months ago

The automatic use of the eCoupon instead of the paper coupon is annoying, since the paper coupon can be doubled and the eCoupon can't. I hate that beep!

Katara 7 years, 2 months ago

I agree. It is also frustrating that I do not have a choice as to which one I want to use. Perhaps the paper coupon is a better deal for that shopping trip.

I have noticed that the cellfire and the shortcuts.com still stack on top of the paper coupons. It seems to only apply to the eCoupons that you get on the Dillons website or on the P&G website. I just assumed the eCoupon policy applied to all eCoupons and when reviewing my receipt found those extra in there.

impska 7 years, 2 months ago

Thanks for pointing that out Katara.

Katara 7 years, 2 months ago

Krogers is currently doing a test in the Houston market area where they have discontinued doubling/or tripling coupons. Supposedly there is a new program that is designed to be equal or better in savings. So far, Dillons and other Kroger subsidiaries are not affected.

SuperJenn 7 years, 2 months ago

Katara... I am watching/listening carefully to see what the reaction is in Houston. Not very fair of them to change the rules in the middle of the game.... ;)

garrenfamily 7 years, 2 months ago

Do you know when you can no longer stack ecpn/paper cpn? I went Saturday night and mine went through just fine. I will look through their website again, but didn't know if you knew when it is effective. Thanks!

Katara 7 years, 2 months ago

Yup. Many are unhappy & whatever Krogers comes up with, it had better be pretty good according to the comments I've read on other websites.

twinetowngirl 7 years, 2 months ago

Didn't Dillons have a program that if you bought two 50.00 gift cards you got extra fuel points? I seem to remember something about that, but I finally got around to doing that this weekend, spend 60 some on groceries and only ended up with 48 fuel points. Not sure what I did wrong.

workinghard 7 years, 2 months ago

The fuel points applied to the month you bought the gift cards. I think you have till the end of the next month to buy gas and use the fuel points. Sometimes the way they expire the fuel points is confusing. I filled up with gas just before the end of the month and had 200 points expiring in a few days but had 500 points expiring the end of the next month. The ticket says the 200 will not carry over but the pump uses which ever points is higher. So it used the 500 points instead so the 200 expired I guess.

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