How to Handle Tricky Coupon Language
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How to Handle Tricky Coupon Language

Posted on Monday, December 23rd, 2013 at 8:00 am
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cutting couponsWhen couponing it’s important to pay close attention to the details of a coupon. Whether it has to do with size restrictions, where you can redeem a coupon at, or whatever, the devil is definitely in the details. When dealing with coupons that state “Redeem Only At”, “Redeem At”, or “Only At” you need to know what each of these phrases mean in order to not only use them, but also get the best deal possible. Luckily we’re here to help.

1. “Only At”

If you stumble across a coupon that says a product is “only at” x store that means said product is only available at that store in particular. Our suggestion is to pay attention to the expiration date on that coupon. If your offer is a high-value one and has a far off expiration date you may get lucky and other retailers will start carrying the item. However, if it is expiring soon and you do live near a location of the particular retailer, you may want to redeem it while it’s still available.

2. “Redeemable At”, “Available At”, or a Store Logo

If you frequent our coupon feed or have seen a printable stating a coupon is redeemable at stores like Walmart or Target you’ll know exactly what we’re talking about. Usually these printables have a store logo or name of a particular store on them. Don’t let this intimidate you! So long as it is a manufacturer’s coupon and “redeemable at” or “available at” is printed, the store logo or name is merely a suggestion. You can use the coupon at any retailer.

3. “Redeemable Only At” or a Store Coupon

When you see the language “Redeemable Only At” on a coupon your options are narrowed down significantly. This language indicates the coupon can only be used at the advertised retailer.  Also, when a coupon is a store coupon, this means it doesn’t say “Manufacturer’s Coupon” at the top and is an offer created by a store chain, you can only use that coupon at the specified retailer as well.

When dealing with tricky coupons that have phrases like the ones we’ve mentioned it’s best to know a store’s coupon policy well. Understand the rules of the store you plan on shopping at, but if you do have trouble redeeming a coupon don’t be afraid to politely ask for a manager’s help. Don’t let logos or confusing language prevent you from saving big because once you figure out the rules you’ll be a more confident shopper and savvier couponer.

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