So, you are shopping at Walgreens and you lay down your Instant Value Coupon (printed or from the booklet in the store) and the clerk says to you “You can’t use both of those as they are two manufacturer’s coupons.” Are they right? Is an IVC a manufacturer’s coupon? The answer is clearly written in the Walgreens on-line coupon policy:
- When purchasing a single item, Walgreens accepts one manufacturer coupon and applicable Walgreens coupon(s) for the purchase of a single item, unless prohibited by either coupon offer.
A Walgreens Instant Value Coupon as you find to print on-line or in the in-store booklets (which include the same coupons), is a Walgreens store coupon. The ways to tell are as follow:
The coupon has zeros in the barcode (as the image shows above). The first number is a “0” which advises both you and the cashier that it is a store coupon.
There is not a scannable bar code (as on the image above).
The coupon does not state “manufacturer’s coupon” on it. If you review the coupon above, you will see that it does not include this wording.
The coupon does not include the clearing house address in the verbiage, which is where all manufacturer’s coupons must go in order for the store to be reimbursed.
What do you do if you are told that you can’t stack them. First of all, pull out your Walgreens coupon policy. Then, you can show them on the coupon that it does not state “Manufacturer’s coupon redeemable only at Walgreens.” If you still can’t get them to accept the coupon, your next option is to not use the coupon or turn and leave your items at the store and shop elsewhere – or ask them if you can call Customer Service together when standing in line to have them explain the policy to the cashier or the manager.
There are stores, however, that will never abide by their policy, no matter what. They’ll refuse the coupons over and over again. I just recommend that you avoid these stores and find another place to shop instead. It isn’t worth your frustration nor aggravation — because you will probably never win.