Coupons can save you a lot of money, but if you're shopping, you might not have the right coupons for the right store. Surprisingly, some retailers accept coupons from their competitors. Here are the common stores that allow you to save a penny with unexpected discount coupons.
This is what was noticed in a local Michaels store, a lady in front takes a JoAnn coupon out of her bag and gives it to the cashier. She had something like, "Wow, that's cool! I did not know you could do that." She came home and told me about her findings and suggested writing a blog post on the subject. So, as the wonderful (and smart) husband that I am, I did exactly what she ordered me to do. I spent some time online and on the phone to find out what other retailers will accept discount coupons from the competition. This is what I discovered.
If you are not familiar with AC Moore, they have more than 130 craft stores in the eastern United States. They are happy to accept discount coupons from Michaels, JoAnn and Hobby Lobby. According to the thrifty girl, "AC Moore will NOT accept coupons that do not apply to your purchase. You can use Michaels coupons as long as you use them in a separate transaction (one coupon per transaction, meaning you have more than one coupon ) coupon to use then you must break your purchase.) You can only use one Michaels and one AC Moore (not two of each) coupon total and they must be separate items, not entire purchases. "
Bed Bath & Beyond
The policy on bedbath & more than coupons, when it comes to discount coupons for competitors, is quite liberal. They gladly accept coupons if the store where the coupon is made also carries the product that you buy from BB & B. The discount voucher must not have expired and it is up to individual stores to determine what qualifies as a "local competitor". Although it has been my experience that they are rather mild about this.
Dick's sports goods
I could not find much online about the coupon policy of Dick's Sporting Goods, so I decided to give my local store a good mood. I told the man that I had a Sports Authority coupon with a 20% discount (which I actually do) and asked if they would accept it. He said: "We will always match the price anyway, but if the item you want to buy is the same price or higher in our store, we will accept the 20% discount coupon." So the next time you shop at Dick's and can not find a voucher, all you have to do is take out the Rather-Be-Shopping iPhone app and grab a coupon from a Sports Authority and use it at check-out.
Home Depot does have a coupon policy for competitors, but certain locations are milder than others. I even read on this forum that some Home Depot locations accept a 20% discount on a Harbor Freight item coupon, even if the two retailers do not carry the same brands. It is always worth shooting, but often the discount coupon from a local store must be the same exact item that you are trying to buy. The best bet is to be extremely friendly and polite and speak to someone in a management position when trying to use a Harbor Freight coupon at Home Depot.
JoAnn Fabrics and Crafts
JoAnn's takes discount coupons from Michaels, Hancock Fabrics and Hobby Lobby. They also let you use more than one discount coupon per purchase. So if you have a 40% discount on a normal voucher from Michaels, Hancock and Hobby Lobby, you can use all three if you buy at least three items. The only major exclusion is that JoAnn does not accept the voucher from a competitor for an item that they do not carry. For example, you can not use a Michaels coupon when buying fabrics from JoAnn's, as Michaels does not sell fabrics.
If you find that a local competitor has a sales flyer ticket or a discount coupon that can bar the price of the Lowe, you provide evidence and not only will they match the price, but also 10%. The only important reservation is that the price of the competitor cannot be a customs clearance or sale price, it must be the normal price that applies 'every day'.
Menards' coupon policy is certainly worth knowing if you regularly shop there. They gladly accept discount coupons from local competitors. It is up to individual stores to determine what qualifies as a "local store", but it should certainly include Home Depot, Menards, Lowes and Ace Hardware. The only reservation is that coupons from competitors are not accepted for sales.
It is also worth noting that Michaels does not accept competitor coupons for a fixed percentage of your entire order. They do not take a 25% discount on your full Ben Franklin order, but they are happy to accept a 50% discount on a coupon for an item.
Office Depot will respect the discount coupons of competitors at the level of the local store according to the pricing policy. In other words, they want to make it really confusing. I waded through the boilerplate and discovered that they will accept local competitor coupons for exact match products that are not available in the competing store. Major retailers whose discount coupons they will accept include Office Max, Staples, Costco, Best Buy, Kmart, Sears, Target and Sam's Club.
I called my local sports authority and asked him if they would accept a discount coupon worth $ 50 off Dick's Sporting Goods, and they said, "Heck, yes, every big sports goods store we'll take." Good to know. This should also include Big 5 Sporting Goods and Modells.
The big 'Walmart takes your competitive coupon if, and only if, it falls into these categories. The Walmart website says: must be a specific item for a given price, for example, $ 2.99. Can buy one, get a free (BOGO) coupon for items with a specified price. Must have a valid expiration date and is acceptable in black and white. The big no-no is as follows: Dollars/cent discount coupons at a specific retailer. Percentage discount on competitive vouchers. Buy one, receive a free (BOGO) discount coupons without a specific price and discount coupons with a double or triple value.
Kyle James is the founder of Rather-Be-Shopping, a website that is updated daily with the best online coupon codes, printable coupons, and bargains that we can find at all of your favorite online stores.