i am soooooooooo confused. hotwhells barbie coupon for $5 off has 5 74299 55074 9 and then (8100)0 04124. how do i find out what i can use it on? anyone have any iedas?
If I recall correctly, there are only a couple of things that code out to match this coupon. My recommendation would be to read the Target, Walmart or Kmart thread, watch for someone talking about using them (usually abbreviated HW) and then PM them to ask.
Ok, so 992's work without beeping at CVS, Walgreens, Albertsons and Safeway, but usually beep at Target (although I have been told the FFS 992's are not beeping). Kroger blocks them and requires cashier verification.
Anyone else able to share addiitonal info on this?
I will keep adding to the list and repping for all clear answers, then maybe we can add this info to the wiki?
992s also do not beep at Kmart.
I've had varying luck with 992s at Smiths (Kroger). Sometimes they beep and sometimes they do not.
Why coupons from scanners at CVS beep even if they are for the same card? I had various coupons like 5/25, 25 GC w prescription, and many others beep when they are from the scanner. Strangely, same coupons from the register beep much less frequently. I can't figure it out.
DONT USE CATALINAS at different stores
Lots of coupons can work at many different places, but that doesn't always mean you should use them. Most Catalina coupons are stopre specific. When the CVS manager finds a Catalina from Shoprigte in his coupon collections, he's going to get strictyer on his coupon policy.
Don't ruin it for everyone else. Be smart when you use your coupons, not sneaky.
rc1000, please back up your statements with facts. I like to deal in facts rather than opinion or conjecture. Fact-based coupon basics makes shopping with coupons enjoyable & fun. Opinion, conjecture, & coupon ignorance makes shopping with coupons stressful & burdensome.
- What you are saying is in contradiction to what has been taught me by non-couponing supervisors/managers at 3 different stores across 2 different chains.
- What you are saying is also in contradiction to what has been confirmed by other couponers in other areas who have spoken directly with their store managers.
- The terms and conditions of a catalina coupon are also stated plainly on the front & back of the coupon, and it is not directed at any specific store, but rather "Grocer: (address of where to send the coupon)" & "Retailer: (t&c of mq redemption).
For CVS, I cut off a catalina's store name to highlight the facts, not to be "sneaky." At CVS, where all coupons that start with 99 beep, the cashier is forced to make a decision every time. Most CVS cashiers who are ignorant of coupon basics will come to the incorrect conclusion that the coupon beeped because it is only good at the store indicated. By cutting off the store name, I eliminate that distraction, so that they only deal in the actual facts on the coupon and not where it originated.
I don't cut the store name off a catalina from Ralphs to use it at either Vons or Target. Most catalinas don't beep at these stores. If a cashier questions the store name before scanning, I just note to the cashier (or supervisor called over by the cashier) the terms on the coupon... that they are standard manufacturer coupons directed to the retailer. When the coupon scans without issue, it confirms what I've said and one or two more people have been trained in coupon basics.
Yes, I do understand that many store managers have little knowledge of how coupons work & how they are processed. And that is why many of us wisely choose where we shop or use particular coupons, even within a particular chain. In any case, I don't want to "coupon down" to the level of a coupon-ignorant store. Rather than stress whether my legit coupon will be accepted, I arm myself with coupon facts and avoid the stores that make up their own coupon facts to suit their agenda. I'd rather "coupon up" to the level of a coupon-savvy store, so that I can learn a thing or two.
Here is an example of a non-couponing, yet coupon-knowledgeable, assistant manager at my Ralphs store: I gave him the $0.50 Propel mq that I'd torn from a Food-4-Less flyer. The mq was about 10" x 5" in size. He scanned it, the coupon doubled, making my Propel free. He didn't like how big it was; it didn't look like it would fit nicely in his register. He held the coupon against the edge of the counter and tore off the barcode portion. Putting the barcode in his register, he tossed away the rest. Shocked, I said, "You can do that?"
Certainly, if my understanding about catalinas is faulty, I welcome your correction... but please, only with facts. And for anyone else reading, please weigh in also!
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