Tonight I stopped by our local Jewel grocery store and was surprised to see a posted notice that “Effective May, 2009, Jewel will no longer accept expired coupons.” Coupons have long been a major part of our strategy to reduce household expenses, and we have always used expired coupons (with the permission of the customer service personnel). I completely understand that the stores need to be able to redeem the coupons they receive, and this new policy will allow them to be reimbursed for all the coupons that accept. Still, I can’t help but feel a little sad.
It is common for coupons and sales to run in cycles, so that the current coupons are not valid during big sales. We have always strategized and saved the coupons until the items went on sale, then combined the discounts. It’s a shame that families will no longer be able to use this strategy to cut costs, just when many households have lost their income or savings.
Is your local grocery store still accepting expired coupons?