When you print out coupons, you may see additional wording, or even a store logo included on the coupon. If you find your coupon has this, does this mean that you must redeem the coupon only at that store? Not necessarily. It is important to read the wording to know for sure if you are limited as to where it can be used.
REDEEMABLE AT “STORE”. If your coupon has this wording, you can use it anywhere coupons are accepted (within the store’s coupon policy, of course). This is simply an advertisement for the store, to try to get you to redeem it there, but you are not obligated to do so.
However, keep in mind that some stores will not accept any coupon with any other store’s logo on it, regardless of the wording.
REDEEMABLE ONLY AT “STORE”. If the coupon has this wording, then you can only use the coupon at this store. The only exception is if your store accepts competitor coupons of this type.
AVAILABLE AT. This wording is the same as Redeemable at. It is simply an advertisement to let you know that this store carries the product. You are not obligated to use it only at that store.
So, what do you do if your store refuses to accept the coupon? First and foremost, do not get angry with the cashier. He/she is only doing the job as trained. There could be confusion and/or a lack of understanding as to the wording. Immediately ask to see the store manager and talk with him or her about it. If they still refuse, you can leave the store or just elect not to use the coupon.
If you happen to live in Kansas City and shop at Price Chopper Stores, I have confirmation that they should accept any redeemable at or available at coupons when shopping at their store. If you do not find this is the case, ask to see the store manager and he/she should help push the coupon through.
*Note that it is still always important to read your store’s policy as they may vary slightly and may not accept them, even though it is allowed.