Help! My grocery store won't accept internet coupons

Unfortunately some grocery stores do not accept coupons printed from the internet. This can be a frustrating experience for shoppers who may not receive a sunday paper and don't have any other avenues for obtaining coupons.

Why would stores not accept internet coupons? Probably the biggest reason is the opportunity for fraud is much higher than with newspaper coupons. It's easy to print and copy an internet coupon multiple times and pass it around. In some cases this is acceptable but many grocery coupons are printed with an unique ID that is supposed to be used only once.

Several online distributors of coupons provide information on what to do if this occurs to you. provides a resource page which recommends you do three things: 1) contact, 2) call the store's corporate headquarters to make sure the local store is correct in rejecting the coupons and 3) call the store's customer service number to request a change in policy.

SmartSource also has a PDF document that it encourages shoppers to distribute to stores who do not accept internet coupons.

Realistically it will be difficult to single-handily change a store's policy. But it certainly helps to inform your local store that you want to use internet coupons and you are willing to take your business elsewhere.

• Published: November 11, 2011
More coupon articles »

Popular Coupons

Kellogg's Printable Coupons

You have to create a free account to print the coupons and they require the coupon printer to be installed on your computer.

$1 off a purchase over $4
Printable Coupon

Grocery Coupons
Requires printing software to be installed on your computer.

Arm & Hammer
Printable coupons for Arm & Hammer products
Requires registration to print the coupons.
Amazon Grocery Coupons
Coupons are for online orders of select grocery products.

Organic Valley
Grocery Coupons

Orbitz Coupon and Promotion Codes
Great list of active codes from Orbitz.

Grocery Coupons
Requires software for printing.

$1 off V8 Fusion
Printable CouponCoupon requires email address and printing program to be installed.

About Us
Privacy Policy
Contact Us

Grocery Coupons
Printable Coupons
Retail Coupons
Coupon Categories

Store Directory

Grocery Lists
Weekly Ads
Cooking Conversion Chart
Metric Conversion Calculators
Coin Counting Worksheet

Coupon Articles

Affiliate Disclosure: Throughout the website, we provide visitors with opportunities to save money using coupons and online deals. In some cases, we receive monetary compensation for these offers. This includes when coupons are printed on this website or when a visitor clicks through to another coupon site and prints coupons. Read more »

© 2013 -