It's not often you're able to leave a store with a cart filled with free products but, according to Jessica Crowe, today's your lucky day. On Saturday, September 14, 2013, TheHappyCouponer.com shared a huge secret with their readers: Every time you use a Rachael Ray dog food coupon Walmart pays you 62 cents.
To serious couponers, this coupon is called a “money-maker” and it happens all the time. A manufacturer will release a coupon that's worth more than the price of the product and when you redeem that coupon the store will either give you the difference in cash or they'll apply it to the other purchases in your cart.
“Not all stores give you the overage,” says Crowe, owner of TheHappyCouponer.com, a coupon clipping service and blog. “Some stores will only give you up to the price of the product. In this case, for example, the coupon is worth $2.50 but the product only retails for $1.88. Some stores will only give you credit for $1.88. Some will give you the full $2.50, but only if you're purchasing other items. They take it off your total at the end.”
Crowe wanted to test Walmart's coupon policy and the Rachael Ray coupon gave her the ideal opportunity. The coupon in question was for $2.50 of any purchase of Rachael Ray's Nutrish Super Premium Food for Dogs. It also states the consumer can use the coupon on any size or variety of the product.
“Walmart's regular retail price for individual serving tubs is $1.88, leaving an overage of 62 cents. Their corporate coupon policy states that they'll give you the excess in cash or apply it to the other purchases in your cart if the coupon value exceeds the price of the item,” said Crowe. “It also states there's no limit on the number of coupons per transaction.”
Crowe went into her local Walmart store on Georgesville Rd. in Columbus, Ohio and had a bit of a problem at first, but she eventually walked out of another Walmart store with 100 tubs of Rachael Ray Nutrish dog food and $62 in cash.
Crowe plans to donate the dog food to her local animal shelter and the money she made will go into her grocery fund. “Considering I spend about $175 a week on groceries, I just made 35 percent of my weekly budget with one coupon and I'm helping out my local animal shelter in the process. Walmart will be reimbursed by Rachael Ray so they're not losing anything in the process. It's a win-win-win for everybody!”
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