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Last Edited by nuffsaid September 18, 2015 at 12:01 PM
The following are the official rules concerning posting about coupon usage in the Drugstore/Grocery B&M Deals forum.

Rules:
  • Watermarks on ads hosted at Slickdeals must be the watermark of Slickdeals or Slickdeals user name. No watermarks from other sites or blogs allowed.
  • Materially Modified coupons are not allowed on Slickdeals. They are not to be hosted by, or linked to from, Slickdeals.
  • Immaterially Modified and Unmodified coupons may be hosted on Slickdeals as long as they do not violate any of our other rules.
  • Multiple Prints per Page(MPP) coupons are generally not allowed and will be examined on a case-by-case basis.
  • Users may link to offers from Coupon Printing sites, but they may not link to scans of already printed coupons. You may not link to a printable link from competitor site or a blog
  • Scans of Manufacturer's Coupons are not to be hosted by, or linked to from, Slickdeals. The exception to this is a link directly to a coupon hosted on the manufacturer's website.
  • Discussion of how to use coupons for anything other than their original intent is prohibited.
  • Discussion of store policies is acceptable. Discussing how to intentionally trick or fool stores into accepting coupons that they would otherwise reject is prohibited.
  • Store Coupons that are not widely distributed and/or issued to a particular individual are not allowed are not to be hosted by Slickdeals, also they may not be linked to if hosted offsite, unless hosted by the individual store
    - Target and CVS store coupons are not to be hosted by, or linked to from, Slickdeals.
    - Links directly to coupons hosted by Target or CVS are allowed.



Definitions:
  • Materially Modified: A coupon to which a substantial change has been made. For example, a change to the dollar amount, expiration date, bar code, or member id#.
  • Immaterially Modified: A coupon to which an insubstantial change has been made. For example, a coupon that has been resized to print more clearly.
  • Unmodified: A coupon that has not been modified in any way.
  • Coupon Printing Site: A site that requires users to install a proprietary "printer" before coupons may be printed. For example, couponnetwork.com.
  • Manufacturer's Coupon: A coupon from a manufacturer. For example, General Mills.
  • Store Coupon: Coupons issued by a store to be redeemed only in that store. For example, Target.

If a user is uncertain about the application of the rules, he or she should contact one of the Drugstore Forum Moderators. If there is any doubt regarding whether a coupon is allowed, users should not post until they have a moderator's approval.

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Last Edited by nuffsaid December 20, 2012 at 09:50 AM
Welcome to the official Slickdeals coupon policy thread!

Everyone wants to save a buck or two, and coupons are a great way to achieve amazing savings on all of life's necessities. But with great power comes great responsibility and everyone on the Drugstore forum is expected to live by the rules. Couponing takes time, and it takes effort on your part. There is nothing "easy" about it, and there is a learning curve that everyone must go through. The tools are here, and they are free, but it takes a special person to be a true couponer. You can expect to be humiliated, berated, and even be made to cry at least once. And you will make mistakes. We all do. But a true couponer uses that mistake as a learning tool and improves upon it. Good luck to you!

We'll cover everything you need to know about how to use coupons properly and within the limits SD has set in place. I hope the below answers all of your questions, but if you need anything clarified, please don't hesitate to ask.


Coupon Wording

The wording on the coupon is of utmost importance. $10 off one 14lb bag of dog food means just that. Using it on anything else is a no-no, and discussion of such activity on this board is not allowed.

"It scanned, therefore it must be ok." Nono As responsible coupon shoppers, we are expected to know what the coupon means and what item(s) it is to be used on. Using it on anything else just because it will go through is improper at best, and unethical, fraudulent, and illegal at worst. Proper couponing involves more than just clipping a few q's and heading to the store…it involves lots of time reading and understanding the nuances of coding, as well as knowing each individual store's policies. For the basics of coding, check out this thread (Coupon Barcode Basics). If you want to know more about how a particular store's registers work, check out that store's thread here in the Drugstore/Grocery Store Forum Index. Everybody makes mistakes, and we are not here to castigate each other for them, but rather to help each other learn the rules and abide by them as we all pursue the best deals to be found.

If a coupon states "One per Transaction" or "One per Customer", then we must follow that wording. Any discussion of using multiples of a coupon with this language in a single transaction is not allowed.

I am sure that everyone here knows this, but I want to point it out just in case. "One per purchase" does NOT mean "one per transaction". You can purchase 20 items in one transaction, and use q's to cover those 20 items, as long as the q's don't say "one per transaction" or "Limit four per Shopping Visit" a la Proctor & Gamble (P&G). YMMV on convincing that grouchy old cashier otherwise, but you are completely within the guidelines of legitimate coupon usage.


Store Coupon vs Manufacturer's Coupon

Many stores will allow you to stack a store coupon and a manufacturer's coupon together on one item (make sure your store allows this before trying it!). However, it is getting harder and harder to tell the two coupons apart. What is a Retailer Coupon? What about the one that says CVS/pharmacy Coupon across the top?

The bottom line is that ALL manufacturers' coupons will have a 12 digit barcode that starts with either a 5 or a 9 (though some of the 9 ones may have an extra 9 in them, so they would be 13 digits). A true manufacturer coupon will also have a Remit To address and instructions so that the store can submit the q for reimbursement. These coupons will scan anywhere that accepts manufacturer coupons. As always though, pay attention to the wording. Some will say "Redeem Only At X Store", and should be redeemed only at X store, as other stores may or may not get reimbursed for it. Note that this is not the same as "Redeem At X Store"…if there is no "Only" in there, you can use it anywhere (YMMV on your cashier, but it should be accepted if you can talk them into scanning it).

Store coupons will start with something other than 5 or 9, and can have more or less than 12 digits.

Wording at the top of the coupon is irrelevant to the scanner. All it sees is the barcode. If it is a manufacturer barcode, the register will accept it (with proper usage, of course) as a manufacturer coupon (MQ), regardless of whether the coupon says "Manufacturer Coupon", "Retailer Coupon", "Store Coupon", or some other silly confusing phrase.

A coupon with a store specific barcode or other form of entry (for example, Publix q's do not have barcodes, they have a 4 digit LU number that the cashier has to enter manually) is a store coupon, regardless of what the q says on the top of it. I cannot use Publix q's with an LU anywhere other than Publix, and they should be considered store q's. But again, be sure you pay attention to the wording and follow your store's policies. Publix allows stacking a store coupon and a manufacturer coupon, but they recently put out a batch of store q's that say "cannot be combined with any other coupon"…so coupons with that wording cannot be stacked with an MQ.


Coupon Copying

Coupons from many of the popular sites, including coupons.com, redplum.com, and smartsource.com, have identifying ID numbers and barcodes that can be traced back to your computer. Copying these coupons is a big no-no and can potentially lead to you being banned from one or all of these sites. You cannot print these coupons to PDF, nor are we allowed to scan them and post as PDF files (though why would you want to? All those folks making copies of your PDF q leads to you not being able to print any more). PDF's of these q's are not allowed to be posted. You can however post a link to the q on the coupon website.

Printing from these sites requires that you download and install their software program. There is no way around this; if you want to print the q, you have to have the program. It is free, and I don't think anyone here has reported any malicious content or damage. If you are opposed to this download, that's fine…but you'll have to live without the q.

Some folks will trade Internet Printable (IP) coupons, but many others would caution against it, unless you know or trust the person you are sending it too. Remember, that IP can be traced back to you, and you can be penalized for someone else's misuse.

Some manufacturer's still release PDF coupons (though I can't imagine why…). SD allows us to post a link directly to the source of the coupon, whether it be the manufacturer's site, or the store flyer that contains it, or wherever it originated from. We are NOT allowed to post the PDF itself as an attachment, nor are we allowed to host it on Google docs or any other site. We are also not allowed to post MPP's of these PDF coupon (multiples per page).


Coupon Begging

So sorry you missed that H-O-T Physicians Formula PDF, but begging is NOT allowed. Check out the RAOK thread here to see if someone is giving away the q you want, or check out the Coupon Trading Thread here to see if someone is willing to trade with you. Can't find it? Take your search to PM, and see if someone is willing to send it to you. Or do a Google search…surely some site with lower standards than SD has it posted. Please do not post a request in the threads, unless of course you just want someone to mod alert you so your post can be deleted.


BOGO 01 vs BOGO 14

This is a big deal. We're using 14 as an example, but the same rules apply for 02, 14, 16, and 19. If you don't know what these mean, please stop now and head over to the Coupon Barcode Basics thread here, read the first post, and then come back.

Coupon wording is king, but if you intend to be a serious coupon shopper (and if you are here on SD, you do intend to be a serious couponer nod ), you need to know a little bit about coding as well. Some q's will beep even with legitimate usage, depending on how that q is coded and how the store's registers are set up. Knowing which ones will beep and why can be a tremendous help to you.

In a nutshell, a BOGO q that is coded 01 attaches to only one item. However, a BOGO q that is coded 14 attaches to two items. Here are some more concrete examples as laid out by Slayers750 (minor formatting changes, but the idea is intact):
Guidelines regarding a B1G1 manufacturer coupon with a regular manufacturer coupon
A) B1G1 coupons say buy X get Y free. If the coupon is coded "01", the coupon is only applied to the one that you get free, in this case Y.
There is nothing to say that you cannot use another coupon on the one product you are actually buying, in this case X. So YES, you CAN use a $1 off 1 coupon on X.
However, if the coupon is coded "14", then the coupon attaches to both items and you will not be able to put an additional coupon on the "X" item.

Example: Buy 2 HE products use one $1 off 1 HE and 1 X B1G1
This is YMMV according to many stores and only allowed if the coupon is coded "01".

If the coupon was coded "14" then you cannot do this as the register will beep. Asking the cashier to force through that coupon in this situation is not allowed.

The manufacturer can choose the coding in this case ("01") or ("14") and this determines if the manufacturer will allow you to do the above or not.

B) Using the example above you can NOT use a $1 dollar off two items because that coupon applies to two products.
Example: Buy two HE products and use $1 off WYB 2 HE products and 1 X B1G1. <--- This is not allowed.

OK to do: If you buy a total of four products you can use two B1G1 coupons + $1 wyb 2. In this situation you have four products: The two B1G1 coupons apply to two products and the $1 wyb 2 applies to the other two products for a total of four.
Again, this can only be done if the B1G1 are coded "01" -- if they are coded "14" then you would only be able to use the 2 B1G1 coupons only. This is YMMV according to many stores.

C) The rule of thumb is that you can NOT have more coupons than products.
Example: Buy two herbal essences use two $1 dollar off one product and one X B1G1. <--- This is not allowed. There are too many coupons for the number of products.

D) 'WYB' VS. 'AND': If a coupon says Save $1.00 on X WYB Y, you CAN use a coupon $1.00 off one coupon on Y. If a coupon says Save $1.00 on X AND Y, then you can NOT use another coupon on either X or Y because the coupon applies to BOTH products.

Example of an abusive situation:
You cannot abuse the system like this: Buy two of product x and use a coupon of $5 off two products of x AND also the $1 off product x just because the $5 off two products is only coded for one product ("74").


"Piggybacking"

You purchase the following:
Olay Body Wash $8.99
Venus Spa Breeze $9.49
Zest 3pk $3.29
Total pre-coupon: $21.77

WRONG:
Coupons used:
Buy Venus razor get Olay BW Free
$2 off Venus razor
Buy OLAY BW get Zest soap free
This is called piggybacking, and is unacceptable to discuss on SD.

In the above scenario the coupons would apply like this
Olay Body Wash $8.99 Buy Venus razor get Olay BW Free
Venus Spa Breeze $9.49 $2 off Venus razor
Zest 3pk $3.29 Buy OLAY BW get Zest soap free You do not have two items to use this BOGO on at this time

I know that more lenient sites discuss, if not encourage, piggybacking. I also know that some stores have register programming that will find this acceptable. We at SD want to maintain integrity of the site and of couponing. after discussing and researching have taken this position.

The short version:
Is you need two items to apply one BOGO.
Your "BUY" may not also be a "GET"



Odd & Ends and Other Miscellany

If you have any questions that pertain to coupon usage at a specific store, please visit the thread(s) for that store. A q that beeps at RA may not beep at CVS, so you are better off checking the RA thread for specific information as to why that q beeped. And since coupon acceptance policies vary from store to store, that store's thread is going to be your best source of information as to what you can or cannot do within their policy.

Coupon coding as we know it is coming to an end. Many stores are already using that funny looking barcode on the right side of your coupon, and the rest are supposed to be able to soon. Just wait until your q beeps and you can't tell why anymore! MsGal is right...better go ahead and start drinking laugh out loud


Per The Raddish:

Slickdeals will not be issuing warnings for posts breaking store policy, but we absolutely will have a zero tolerance approach to dealing with blatant coupon fraud.



Special Thanks to rydergal for authoring the framework of the guidelines wiki. worship

And rydergal would like to thank anyone and everyone that gave their feedback on my "first draft", including but not limited to reg036 and MsGal. Thank you!

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I've gone back to the guys in suits .....
That bolded part right there? Yeah, that's your whole problem. laugh out loud


I'll bet you dollars to doughnuts the "guys in suits" don't even use coupons, much less know how they work. shake head
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That bolded part right there? Yeah, that's your whole problem. laugh out loud


I'll bet you dollars to doughnuts the "guys in suits" don't even use coupons, much less know how they work. shake head
Iagree (throw some water on Msgal, I'm sure she Faint )

They don't know, they don't care and they don't use them...I think us members are the only ones that care
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Then let's tell them.

What would be your ideal coupon policy for Slickdeals? This question is open to everyone, so please get as many of your compatriots as possible to enter into this discussion. Smilie
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Allowed:
-Links to MQs
-Links to PDFs
-Links to MPP of PDFs as long as the PDF (single) is also hosted on Manufacturer site.
-Walgreens store coupons, IVC, etc. since most books containing those are scarce and hard to come by

Not allowed:
-MPP of MQs are not allowed to be posted on SD or linked to off SD.
-Target Qs
-No CVS Qs unless hosted by CVS url


I may think of more later


We all know that copying bricks coupons is a huge NO_NO and so is trying to print them to a PDF so none of that talk should be allowed here. If someone does speak of it and the post gets MA'd, the post needs to be removed pronto!
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Allowed:
-Links to MQs
-Links to PDFs
-Links to MPP of PDFs as long as the PDF (single) is also hosted on Manufacturer site.
-Walgreens store coupons, IVC, etc. since most books containing those are scarce and hard to come by

Not allowed:
-MPP of MQs are not allowed to be posted on SD or linked to off SD.
-Target Qs
-No CVS Qs unless hosted by CVS url


I may think of more later


We all know that copying bricks coupons is a huge NO_NO and so is trying to print them to a PDF so none of that talk should be allowed here. If someone does speak of it and the post gets MA'd, the post needs to be removed pronto!
Excellent. MFH, maybe we could distinguish this line and say:
Not allowed:
-MPP of Unique MQs are not allowed to be posted on SD or linked to off SD.
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Iagree (throw some water on Msgal, I'm sure she Faint )

They don't know, they don't care and they don't use them...I think us members are the only ones that care
p.s. i use coupons, but not as energetically, efficiently, or consistently as you guys Smilie
The problem is finding a balance between happy couponers, and less angry manufacturers/stores who send other guys in suits with things like "Esq." or "J.D." on their business cards.. Smilie
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Quote from MyFeetHurt View Post :
Allowed:
-Links to MQs
-Links to PDFs
-Links to MPP of PDFs as long as the PDF (single) is also hosted on Manufacturer site.
-Walgreens store coupons, IVC, etc. since most books containing those are scarce and hard to come by

Not allowed:
-MPP of MQs are not allowed to be posted on SD or linked to off SD.
-Target Qs
-No CVS Qs unless hosted by CVS url


I may think of more later


We all know that copying bricks coupons is a huge NO_NO and so is trying to print them to a PDF so none of that talk should be allowed here. If someone does speak of it and the post gets MA'd, the post needs to be removed pronto!

What should the rule be regarding a PDF that the mfr pulled off of their site due to limits being reach.
Should the PDF rule state that pdf is allowed as long as it is still currently linkable and active on the manufacture sight ?? Same goes for mpp ??
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What should the rule be regarding a PDF that the mfr pulled off of their site due to limits being reach.
Should the PDF rule state that pdf is allowed as long as it is still currently linkable and active on the manufacture sight ?? Same goes for mpp ??
That's what I meant...as long as it is also hosted on the manufacturers site

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p.s. i use coupons, but not as energetically, efficiently, or consistently as you guys Smilie
The problem is finding a balance between happy couponers, and less angry manufacturers/stores who send other guys in suits with things like "Esq." or "J.D." on their business cards.. Smilie
Good to know we have at least one Mod Admin "in the know" so to speak
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The problem is finding a balance between happy couponers, and less angry manufacturers/stores who send other guys in suits with things like "Esq." or "J.D." on their business cards.. Smilie
Those pesky lawyers. laugh out loud

I think couponers should have business cards, too.

E.C=Extreme Couponer
H.C.=Heavy Couponer
C.U.= Coupon User

annnnnnd......

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Those pesky lawyers. laugh out loud

I think couponers should have business cards, too.

*snip*

G.J.K.SoC (Graduate of Jaime Kerlew School of Cheaters) Stick Out Tongue
The people that would want to wear that last one would also want it to function as a blinkie machine, constantly spitting out $10 CWS coupons with NED. LOL
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Not to rain on anyones parade, but doesn't the 2nd barcode become the only barcode on 6/1 or 7/1? this is a wonderful thread, and does far more then just talk about the manufacturer's intent. But when the 2nd barcode becomes the only barcode, won't much of this become a moot point?

Walmarts been capable of scanning the 2nd barcode since Jan. of this year at least. CVS has been able to do it since Feb. of this year. Back in Feb. I read on Jill Caldado's (spelling?) mommy blog that someone had used a coupon they had gotten in a red plum home mailer on a Weds., when everyone else would get it Sunday. The coupon was scanned, and the register didn't accept the coupon, said it wasn't valid yet. GS1/RSS14/Databar has a field for everything. When a coupon used to read "cannot be combined......." but the register might have allowed it, this ones supposed to bring an end to the piggybacking. Since the 1st barcode gets dropped, we won't know whats a 00, 01, or a 14.

Then again, CVS had the scrubbing bubbles 2/$6 and the bogo coupon was taking off $4.99. Maybe the sky isn't falling afterall. Just depends on how the manufacturer "codes" the values of that 2nd barcode. And if thats the case, its going to be an experiment, where this coupon acted this way at this store, but this way at another.
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Question about a coupon from the 1/23 RP. Save $1 on any carton of Eggs with purchase of 2 Kikkoman products. Would it be ok to use other coupons for the Kikkoman products along with this coupon? coupon coding is 5 41390 10033 3. TIA
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Question about a coupon from the 1/23 RP. Save $1 on any carton of Eggs with purchase of 2 Kikkoman products. Would it be ok to use other coupons for the Kikkoman products along with this coupon? coupon coding is 5 41390 10033 3. TIA
I did. As far as I could tell, the $1 q was for the eggs...so I also used one (or two? I don't recall...it's been awhile) coupon(s) on the Kikkoman.
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I did. As far as I could tell, the $1 q was for the eggs...so I also used one (or two? I don't recall...it's been awhile) coupon(s) on the Kikkoman.
Coupon is coded for $1 off 2 (33), so it's off the Kikkoman, not off the eggs...
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