Do Stores Really Fight Coupon Fraud?


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I am sure that people are going to come out of the woodwork to share their two cents on this subject, so I am opening by telling you that this is by no way a formed opinion, just some observations from a long career in retail.  Oftentimes we look at things as black and white, but I am here to tell you that there is definitely grey area in every single store when it comes to the issue of coupon fraud.  Let's face it, we all know what it means to "profile" a cashier.  We all know which managers … [Read more...]

Walmart Coupon Acceptance Policy Changes


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Have you noticed any changes when using coupons at Walmart lately? One big change you will probably notice is that the registers have been updated to accept the new GS1 databar codes. This may be positive or negative depending on how accurate they will scan. Effective September 1, 2012, Walmart made some changes to their employee coupon policy and updated their register systems. You will not see these changes on the current Walmart Coupon Policy. Walmart Coupon Acceptance Changes: 1. All … [Read more...]

Penalties and Charges Against Coupon Fraud are Real


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Recently I received a message from a friend asking me if I could help her with an issue.  She was wanting to help a friend with basics of how to start couponing, and as she did, she got into this situation. This person started arguing with her about the right and wrongs of couponing policies, and coupon ettiquette. She told her that there were rules and ethics to follow when using coupons, but her friend challenged her and boasted that there are no rules and if so, who governs them? Where is … [Read more...]

Couponing Correctly: It’s Not Up to the Store Manager


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There are a lot of things that drive me nuts.  It's not a secret, I have a lot of pet peeves.  However, one of the things that really gets me going quicker than anything else is the average consumer's reliance on "the store manager".  Before you get all hot and bothered, let me explain.  I am all for you building a relationship with the management in the store where you shop.  I think it is very beneficial for you to have that resource and I can assure you they love to know the people that are … [Read more...]

NO! You Can’t Use Whitestrips Coupons on Toothpaste! It’s Fraud!


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I received an email this week from a fan that alerted me to a situation with the Crest Whitestrips coupons.  Apparently there are people out there that are using this coupon for toothpaste and think it's perfectly legitimate.  Well, let me be the very first to thank you for attempting to ruin couponing through the misuse of coupons.  I wouldn't be so enraged about this situation with the exception of the fact that some of the people that are doing this are apparently charging others to teach … [Read more...]