Does any store in Hawaii take expired coupons?
According to all store policies in Hawaii the answer is NO! This includes military stores (see more information below). A store policy is where the store will write out their coupon redemption policy for the customers and store employees to follow. The store policy should always be your go to source to learn about how to coupon at the store.
Here is the links to the store policies:
OR go to the Savings Guides for individual stores.
What about about the military stores since Hawaii is considered overseas?
Hawaii is considered overseas to receive COLA, but that is about the extent of Hawaii’s classification for “overseas”. Hawaii is still part of the United States and is the 50th State so no expired coupons are accepted at the Commissary or Military Exchanges. Military Stores that accept expired coupons are those in foreign countries like Japan, Germany, etc.
While we are on this topic let us talk a little more about why stores don’t accept expired coupons?
There is a process in the store for coupons. First you redeem the coupon to the cashier, then at night the cash drawer is counted by the cashier manager. Most grocery stores have an accounting manager to recount the cash drawer the next morning. The accounting manager sends the coupons to the address on the coupon (this is why it is important that all manufacturer’s coupons has a mailing address). Most stores outsource coupons and use a redemption center for their coupons to be processed. The stores usually have a process that is time consuming to copy the coupons, print an inventory list, have a tally spreadsheet of coupons sending for redemption and a lot of paperwork to track these coupons. In most case scenarios from the time you redeem the coupon to the time the store receives their money back can be up to 6 weeks.
What should you do if you have expired coupons you want to use?
- Mail your expired coupons to military overseas. Many of our readers are overseas and eventually gets stationed overseas. Email email@example.com to adopt an overseas military member.
- Using expired coupons knowingly and trying to sneak it through is just as bad as stealing.
- If you want to use an expired coupon at any store – you need to ask for a manager!! A cashier is NOT a manager.
- If the manager accepts the use of expired coupons because maybe the product wasn’t on the shelf, maybe inventory was back logged etc, that may be acceptable but do not abuse their kindness. Stay within store terms and coupon terms to limits. If store or coupon limits to 4 stay within the limit. Never go to a cashier knowingly trying to use expired coupons without letting a manager know.
- I am in no way promoting you to use expired coupons.
- I myself do not use expired coupons. I know coupons have cycles and so do sales. You win some you lose some. It is ok to let deals pass you by!
What stores doing to counter the use of Expired Coupons:
- Many coupons are now being inputted in many store computer systems with a start date and end date to avoid the use of coupons before the marketing period and end of the period. Remember – Coupons are a marketing tool. Don’t abuse it – many companies are opting to not release coupons any longer especially high value coupons due to so much misuse. As a couponer it is our job to read and use coupons correctly according to the coupon terms and to the store terms.
Why would expired coupons effect a store:
- The use of expired coupons could effect a store since they were accepted after the promotion ended.
- With most redemption centers requiring an inventory list to show the amount of products sold to match the amount of coupons redeemed since the acceptance was after the end date the redemption center could deny the request since the inventory list won’t match.
- Therefore the store will not be refunded money
What could happen when you use Expired Coupons:
- Stores in most instances are not refunded money of the expired coupons use.
- Therefore, what the store needs to do to recoup cost lost is to increase the cost of the product by $.10 or $.20…usually when stores increases the cost of product they rarely lower it so in the end if you misuse coupons (using expired coupons, wrong products etc) don’t complain about rising store cost cause that person is partly responsible along with inflation!
- Manager may accept expired coupons if you are a loyal customer.
- The store itself still has a cut off date to meet to redeem the coupons by through the redemption instructions. Depending on the stores process and how long past expiration date the store may not meet the deadline. Therefore, the store will be out the money. All and all if you ever tried to attempt to use expired coupons try to not use them past 7 days and always ask the manager.
Most store do not accepts expired coupons. It is ok to throw away and not use coupons you have. If you use every coupon you have, you will go broke. In the end, I hope I explained the use of expired coupons and how it hurts the community. There is no need to use expired coupons as coupons have cycles and the same coupon will be released again soon.
Better yet, instead of tossing those expired coupons to the trash, did you know that military overseas can use expired coupons up to 6 months past the expiration date? Find a friend to send to overseas or email firstname.lastname@example.org for an address. I will be happy to hook you up with an address, so you can be a coupon fairy to a military family overseas!!
Also, remember to watch the youtube videos.
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