With an increase in coupon usage, many companies are making changes to their coupon policies to deal with issues that are arising. The most recent to make some pretty big changes to their written policy is AAFES. I have to say I LOVE the new policy because it is very specific and does not have all of the gray areas that we saw in the old policy so head over HERE and print out a new copy for your binder. Some of the biggest changes have to do with clear guidelines for stacking manufacturer coupon with AAFES store coupons and using coupons in conjunction with the “We Match Price” Policy. Here are the highlights:
1. They have gone into great detail about what they can and cannot accept as far as manufacturer coupons. A lot of it is pretty standard (needs a remit address, expiration, bar code, etc,), but there are some things of note:
- Manufacturer coupons CAN be combined with the Exchange “We Price Match” policy and one Exchange store coupon (Facebook, Sales Tabloid or Coupon Book) for the same item unless prohibited by either item.
(I am SO glad to see this in writing!)
- One Exchange Store coupon may be applied to a manufacturer’s BOGO coupon unless either coupon prohibits. (There is a whole section on BOGO coupons later!)
- Coupons cannot exceed the value of an item. The Exchange will not provide cash back nor apply the remaining balance to other items in the purchase. (This wording is curious…It sounds like they may just flat out refuse a coupon that is for more than the cost of an item. The old wording was basically that the coupon or item would be adjusted to match.)
|Thanks, Military Wives Saving for the second AAFES quote!|
- Any of you who are overseas or heading that way you’ll be glad to know that they have added in to their policy that they currently accept manufacturer coupons up to 6 months past their expiration date. (Some where having issues with the stores not accepting expired coupons so this will help to have a written, uniform company policy!)
4. Buy one Get One Coupons must have been a real trouble area for them because, like Target, they have dedicated and entire section of the policy to it. Here are the things you need to know:
- BOGO coupons can not be stacked with additional BOGO coupons OR other cents off coupons on the same items. You can use mulitple BOGO items if you are purchasing additional qualifying merchandise unless prohibited by coupon. Basically what this means is if you want to use two BOGO coupons you have to buy 4 items as each BOGO coupon requires the purchase of 2 items.
- Competitor’s BOGO coupons must have a specific price to determine the value of each item and will be calculated as a Price Match and can not be used in addition to the We Price Match adjustment. Basically what this means is that if you have a competitor’s BOGO coupon the PX is going to treat that as a Price Match (like Walmart does) so you can’t have them match the BOGO price and them apply the BOGO coupon.
Example: If Walgreens has a coupon for Buy one Arm and Hammer Detergent, get one free and they are indicated as $7 each before the discount then the PX will “accept” the coupon by matching the price of $3.50 each. (You will still be able to apply a manufacturer and exchange coupon if applicable)
- If an Exchange BOGO coupon is utilized, one additional cents off manufacturer coupon may be applied to the first item unless prohibited by either coupon.
- If a Manufacturer’s BOGO coupon is utilized, one additional cents off Exchange coupon may be applied to the first item unless prohibited by either coupon.
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