GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. -- The coupon craze arguably hit when the recession did and then it just took off on cable television. A lot of people wanted to know how they could duplicate those 'extreme coupon' experiences. But the truth is, here in Minnesota, you can't.
Our stores simply have too many restrictions.
And now, one of the biggest stores, Cub Foods, has made one more change. But, you can still get great deals, you just need to know the rules and where to go and when. So we're going to break it all down for you.
Cub Foods: A big change to coupons happened at Cub Foods a few months ago. The store used to accept expired coupons up to 90 days old. Now, they only accept them up to 30 days past the expiration date. They do allow for a manufacturing coupon, as well as a store coupon, per item, as long as it doesn't exceed the price. Unfortunately, you will not find double coupon days at Cub.
Rainbow Foods: At Rainbow Foods they do have double coupon days on Wednesdays and Saturdays and sometimes even double/double days but it does come with some restrictions. You can only use five manufacture coupons up to one dollar a piece. Additionally, you have to spend $25. Carrie Rocha of pocketyourdollars.com, a local couponing website, adds this tip "You know the tag on the shelf that has whatever the full price and the sale price printed on the tag the day you buy it? That counts toward the 25 (dollars)."
Coborns: If you visit a Coborns store, your coupons are worth double every Thursday. You can use up to 15 manufacturer coupons as long as they're 99 cents or less. They accept one manufacturer coupon and one store coupon per item.
Target/Super Target: At Target, you'll find things pretty simple. You can use a manufacturer coupon as well as one Target coupon per item. But there is no cash back if you exceed the price of the item. And Target does not accept expired coupons.
Walmart: Walmart's policy is simple as well. You can only use one coupon per item. You cannot use any expired coupons. But, Walmart does accept competitor's coupons as long as it's for the exact price and the exact same thing. They call it a match guarantee.
Another tip: Many stores have in-store coupons, something you may want to inquire about at the service counter.
Bottom line: Always read the fine print and remember that coupon policies are always changing. So when it doubt... ask!
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