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We have received an official copy of Cub Foods’ coupon policy, revised 3/7/11. You can download it/read it for yourself here, but I’ll also highlight some points below. Thanks to Pocket Your Dollars’ reader Holly for sending us this information.
In my opinion, these are the noteworthy points with my commentary and thoughts on each:
POLICY: “Cub Foods only accepts original coupons and does not accept photocopied or reproduced coupons (including multiple prints of same series internet coupons).”
CARRIE’S THOUGHTS: This makes me wonder if they will accept only one of the same coupon printed from a PDF.
POLICY: “Cub Foods will accept expired coupons up to 90 days past the printed expiration date (subject to manufacturer guarantee of payment). Printed expiration dates are verified in addition to scanning the coupon for validity.”
CARRIE’S THOUGHTS: Some readers have mentioned recently that Cub Foods stores are not accepting expired coupons any more. According to this official policy, it appears as though they still are. Some Cub Foods will actually accept expired manufacturer’s coupons past 90 days. They do not accept any expired store coupons.
POLICY: “Cub Foods will accept ONE manufacturer coupon and ONE store coupon on the same qualifying item.”
POLICY:“Cub Foods does not accept competitor coupons (coupons generated by any competitor with competitor logo are considered competitor coupons) with the exception of Catalina Marketing coupons.”
CARRIE’S THOUGHTS: The way this is written it would mean that internet printable manufacturer’s coupons and in-ad manufacturer’s coupons from other stores, with that store’s logo on them, should not be accepted.
POLICY: “Cub Foods may issue private promotion ‘manufacturer coupons’ in advertisements that state ‘redeemable only at Cub Foods’ in which Cub Foods is the only retailer that will accept them.”
CARRIE’S THOUGHTS: To me this means that in-ad manufacturer’s coupons should not be used at other stores because those other stores will not be reimbursed.
POLICY: “Coupons that exceed the retail value of an item will be adjusted to provide the maximum value, not exceeding the price of the item.”
POLICY: “Cub Foods does not accept internet generated manufacturer coupons that have the following conditions:
• Free product without a required purchase. (Carrie’s thoughts: Buy One, Get One Free internet printable coupons are fine though)
• A redemption value that exceeds $5.00.
• The absence of a clear and scannable UPC bar code.
• The absence of a valid manufacturer address on the printed coupon.”
CARRIE’S THOUGHTS: The $5.00 maximum limit is new to me, but it makes sense, is reasonable and limits the stores liability against fraudulent coupons, but the rest of this sounds pretty standard. It’s stated elsewhere in the policy that “buy one, get one free” internet printable coupons are acceptable.
POLICY: “Rain checks for store coupons will be given out as long as the store coupon does not state on it ‘while supplies last.’”
POLICY: “Cub Foods will accept competitor Catalina manufacturer coupons.”
CARRIE’S THOUGHTS: Catalina coupons are those generated at checkout, by the Catalina machine, including manufacturer’s coupons for a specific item and manufacturer’s coupons for money off your next purchase, like Register Rewards.
Your turn: What do you think of this coupon policy? What questions do you still have for Cub Foods?