I’ve had several questions from several different people in the past week over coupon policies. I decided to put it in writing for all those in the Fort Wayne area.
There are two different grocery stores in our town and I will discuss them both. The good news is that both of these stores accept coupons. The bad news is that their coupon policies are slightly different.
The good news again? I’m going to make it simple for you to save money with your coupons at every store in Fort Wayne!
Let’s start with Meijer.
Meijer doubles coupons up to $0.50. If you have a coupon that is worth $0.45, at Meijer, it is actually worth $0.90. If you have a coupon that is worth $0.55, that coupon is redeemed at face value. All coupons will double automatically when they are scanned.
At Meijer, you can redeem up to two identical coupons to be doubled. Any remaining identical coupons will stay at face value. For example, if you have three $0.50 coupons, two of them will be doubled to $1. The third coupon will be redeemed at $0.50.
Meijer allows you to stack a Meijer Mealbox coupon with a manufacturer’s coupon. This means that you can print a coupon from the Meijer site and also use a manfacturer’s coupon from the Sunday paper on the same product.
When using the U-Scan at Meijer, you scan your own coupons. As soon as you are done, before selecting your payment option, scan your coupons. They will probably beep! At least, mine always do. If so, the checker will come over to override the machine.
Now, let’s talk about using coupons at Kroger.
Kroger triples coupons up to $0.50. If you have a coupon that is worth $0.50, it triples to $1.50 at Kroger. As at Meijer, if you have a coupon that is $0.55, it will be redeemed at face value. All coupons will triple automatically.
At Kroger, you can redeem up to two identical coupons to be doubled. Any remaining identical coupons will stay at face value. This is the same policy as Meijer. It recently changed to match. Once again, if you have three $0.50 coupons, two of them will be doubled to $1. The third coupon will be redeemed at $0.50.
When using the U-Scan at Kroger, the cashier will scan your coupons. When you are finished checking out, the machine will ask you if you have any coupons, prompting you to give them to the cashier.
Those are the basic coupon policies. Why is it so important to know this policies? These policies determine where I redeem my coupons.
Meijer has lower regular prices than Kroger. That works in Meijer’s favor.
Kroger has a better coupon policy with triples compared to Meijer’s double policy. That works in Kroger’s favor.
Both stores have good sales. That balances out the score.
So, what should you do to save the most money? Here’s what I do.
I do my regular shopping at Meijer and I do my sale shopping with good coupons at Kroger.
It pays to know your coupon policies because certain coupons are worth more at certain stores.
For example, say that both Kroger and Meijer have Kraft cheese on sale for $2, and I have a coupon for $0.45. At Meijer, I would get the cheese for $1.10 a bag. At Kroger, I would get the cheese for $0.65 a bag. When you do this enough, the savings add up even more.
That is why I shop at both Kroger and Meijer.
Watch your sales. Know your policies. Use your coupons.
You can save at all our Fort Wayne stores, too!
If you have any more questions about coupon policies, leave them in the comments and I’ll be happy to be answer them.