Important changes to Fred Meyer Coupon Acceptance Policy

Fred Meyer recently made some changes to their Coupon Acceptance Policy, and I wanted to bring them to your attention as some of these changes may very well impact how you plan your coupon shopping trips at Fred Meyer.

Most notably are the changes related to the number of like coupons permitted in a single shopping trip:

We reserve the right to limit no more than five (5) paper manufacturer coupons for the same product, each coupon value considered (1) coupon in the same transaction.

This means that you can use up to (5) like manufacturer coupons in the same transaction. Please note that this does not mean 5 manufacturer coupons total. What this is referring to is coupons for the same product.

Another change is similar to the one above:

Only two internet coupons per manufacturer, per Customer, per day will be accepted. Internet coupons that display the following characteristics will not be accepted:

  • Blurry
  • Out of proportion
  • Do not scan properly
  • Appear altered in any way

So when it comes to your printable coupons (think Coupons.com, SmartSource.com)? Remember it’s only two coupons from the same manufacturer per transaction. Again, this doesn’t mean two printable coupons total, but like coupons.

I recommend that you read and print the Fred Meyer Coupon Policy.

My Thoughts

Fred Meyer isn’t the only store to impose new changes like these that keep folks from heading to checkout with 200 of a single coupon. We’ve seen changes this year from stores including Rite Aid and Albertsons.

The message that I have heard from the stores is that they’ve seen an increase in people using coupons at checkout and have had to work to find ways to ensure lots of people can get in on a deal. Sometimes it’s not just about stock – you can have a store stock up well on an item only to have a couple folks clear them out. So stores may choose to also address this issue by limiting the quantities of coupons allowed at checkout.

While changes like these may mean changing up how you shop, they also mean that the store is working to ensure lots of people can get in on their hot deals, that they can minimize the risk of coupon fraud, and that they can continue to offer good deals in the days to come.

One of the things that I addressed in my webcast on Monday about ethical couponing is the importance of periodically reviewing online coupon policies. These are subject to change at any time, without notice, and some changes (like the ones we’ve seen here today) may impact the way you shop at your favorite stores.

Please note that going forward, my Fred Meyer weekly deals and scenarios shared will reflect the changes to this coupon policy.

Weigh in!

We’ve seen a lot of changes in the world of couponing this year, and I’d love to hear your thoughts!

How have you shopped differently since these changes have been implemented? Do you agree with these changes? Where do you see couponing headed in the future?


Comments

  1. Serena Wainwright says

    I was wondering how long it would take for the stores to start limiting people who use coupons. I imagine they will be phased out completely at some point.

  2. Heather says

    I frequently have 6 of one coupons from the paper and I have noticed that even since the changes they will take my 6. One coupon probably isn’t enough for them to argue with…

    • arussell says

      That is entirely possible!

      If you look closely at the verbiage it reads “we reserve the right to” – which doesn’t necessarily mean they will in practice. I would just prepared either way. ;)

  3. Annie says

    To be honest (and yes I know I’m probably in the minority) overall – I’ve liked the limits. (aka Rite aid) not only because generally I’m able to find stock on the shelves when I go – but also because its relieved me from feeling like I have to cash in BIG on every awesome deal. The reality that I’ve found is – the deal will be back.. or better.. so sometimes I’m glad there is a limit and I’m forced to wait it out..

      • Amber H. says

        I completely agree, too. I don’t get multiple papers anyway, so it doesn’t affect me all that much, but I think it does make things a bit more fair for everyone. 5 isn’t really an unreasonable quantity. You can still get a good stockpile going, it just might take longer. And this way, in general, more customers stay happy.

  4. Amanda H says

    I so agree with Annie – I went to Rite Aid last night (Thursday) and was able to find all of the items I had coupons for. This has happened on the last couple of shopping trips to Rite Aid whereas before I was spending a lot of time and gas hunting for what I was after. I think the change in limits is a positive thing!

    • Amber H. says

      I quit shopping at Rite Aid for exactly that reason. The closest stores are still completely out of my way and, even though I would “lump trips together” so that I wasn’t heading into town unnecessarily, it was still frustrating to have Rite Aid be one of my stops only to have them out of EVERY item I was trying to get (sometimes as many as 5 or 6 different things, all out of stock!) I might have to try there again sometime now :)

  5. Janet says

    Unfortunately, I’m afraid some of these policies will only have some people with more carts for their transactions and could result in stores limiting the number of consecutive transactions or limit to deals per day. Either way, there are those (who are heralded on television – unfortunately) who will still find the loop holes. I so appreciate the ethical way I have found my favorite bloggers to conduct and teach couponing! Love you guys, Coupon Project!

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