For a few days now we have pondered the new changes coming at Price Chopper with the announcement of a new Coupon Policy. These announcements were posted on Price Chopper’s Facebook page and at the store itself on registers, doors, and even on the coupon kiosk. These new changes have been rolled out today, March 24th, to include a more united front on what stores are considered competitors and changes to using manufacturer coupons in Price Chopper! The last changes of the coupon policy were made in March of 2012 and this is very common for stores to change their coupon policy to adhere with changes to new coupon practices’.
Prior to the new coupon policy changes the policy stated that they would accept up to two paper competitor coupons, but failed to specify what stores are considered a competitor. Now the coupon policy specifies “We do not accept competitor coupons earned on a loyalty rewards program, competitor digital coupons or coupons from any warehouse club, dollar, limited food assortment or drug store. Examples of these types of stores are CVS, Walgreen’s, Rite Aid, BJ’s, Family Dollar, and Dollar General.” Competitor coupons are just another way that Price Chopper uses as marketing to get shoppers into their stores. ”We accept one (1) competitor “dollars off your order” coupon from other supermarkets; the value of which may not exceed 50% of the order. This coupon may not be combined with any other “dollars off an order” coupon, including a Price Chopper “dollars off” coupon. An example of this type of coupon is a $5 off a $50 purchase coupon. The dollar amount of the purchase requirement, if any, will be determined after AdvantEdge savings and all other coupons have been deducted.”
Along with a more specified competitor coupon acceptance policy is changes to how many competitor cents off coupons you can use in an order such as $1 off one, .40 off 2, etc.. Prior the policy stated “only two competitor coupons per order” but now there is no mention as to how many will be accepted (except the Dollars Off Your order rule above and the limit of four like coupons per household per day.) This may mean that you are able to use more then 2 competitor cents off item coupons in one order as long as you have the quantity specified.
The section on the new coupon policy under Competitor Coupons no longer states “They may not be combined with Price Chopper Store Coupons or Manufacturer Coupons on the same product purchase,” this in my opinion is a nice deduction to the coupon policy. Now we will be able to use one competitor coupon along with a manufacturer’s coupon as long as the coupon does not state otherwise.
Another change to the coupon policy is the removal of the 50% rule. This rule was super confusing for all of us because once your coupons started deducting, if your total reached fifty percent off your coupons would no longer double (example: your total was $10 you give coupons your total is $5, no coupons will double after $5!) Don’t worry if that confused you, its gone now!! This now means that you can double up to 4 like coupons or like items per household per day without having to worry about the dollar amount to spend. Four like coupons and four like items means if you have 5 $1 off Tide Coupons you would only be able to use 4 coupons, but if you had 4 $1 Tide, 4 .75 off Bounty, and 4 .50 off Capri Sun coupons you would be able to use them all together because they are not identical coupons or identical products. It only limits you to the amount of products that you are able to buy using coupons.
It may seem like a disappointment to no longer be able to use Dollar General $5 off $25 purchases because they come out so often, but look a the bright side the coupon policy is now changed so that we can all better understand it. There will be ways for couponers to continue to save money shopping at Price Chopper. If you keep a copy of the coupon policy in your binders make sure to print