New Jewel-Osco Coupon Policy (Starts July 1, 2012)

by Alli on June 29, 2012

You may have heard that Jewel has released a new coupon policy! I have waited to put it up for this reason – it has been revised more than once. I don’t want to give you information until I know it’s the correct information! That being said, here is your shiny new coupon policy that will be active as of 7/1:

Jewel-Osco is committed to providing our customers with a satisfying shopping experience that includes fast, friendly checkout.

Definitions and Restrictions

Manufacturer Coupons – Coupons issued by the manufacturer or vendor that are reimbursable to the merchant. The coupon verbiage contains terms of agreement, redemption instructions, a face value, an expiration date, scan barcode and the words “Manufacturer Coupon.”

Store Coupons – Contain the verbiage “redeemable only at Jewel Osco.” They are issued directly by Jewel-Osco and may be distributed electronically or via newspaper, ad inserts, direct mailer, or by other means.

Catalina Coupons – Catalina is a third party vendor who partners with Jewel-Osco and product manufacturers to deliver Manufacturer and Store coupons to consumers based on purchases. Catalina coupons are printed directly at the lane and may only be used for a future purchase.

Internet Coupons – Coupons printed directly from an internet website and presented for redemption with a qualifying purchase. They can be either a Manufacturer or Store coupon. A Manufacturer Coupon must have the standard redemption information as is listed in the ‘Manufacturer Coupon’ section above.

The following conditions apply:

  • DO NOT accept internet coupons for free product offers which do not require a qualifying purchase (“Buy one get one free” is allowable)
  • DO NOT accept internet coupons with redemption value greater than FIVE ($5)
  • DO NOT accept internet coupons that lack a barcode
  • DO NOT accept photocopied internet coupons
  • DO NOT accept blurry or distorted coupons

General Acceptance Guidelines

  • Coupons are intended for one time use and cannot be used more than once, except in circumstances where doubling or tripling of coupons is permitted or otherwise stated, eg Friends & Family multiuse store coupons
  • Cents off Coupons – will be accepted for the full face value on a “cents off” coupon provided the customer has other purchases against which to credit the additional amount. Coupon deductions may not exceed the total amount of purchase – no cash back may be given
  • A cents off coupon may be used with a B1G1Free coupon, redeemable on the purchased item
  • Free/Max Value Manufacturer Coupons – The Item Price cannot be exceeded when crediting a
  • Free/Max Value coupon
  • ILLINOIS STORES ONLY: Customers are NOT required to pay taxes on ‘Unconditional ‘ Free Manufacturer Coupons. Ring as a separate Tax Exempt order to relieve the taxes once manufacturer coupon has been scanned
  • For Manufacturer Coupons that do not specify a specific discount, such as “Buy one get one free,” or “Free up to XXX” the applied discount must be legibly written on the coupon by the cashier
  • Manufacturer coupons may be combined with store offers, store promotions & store coupons.
  • One Manufacturer coupon and one Store coupon may be redeemed per item
  • Photocopied manufacturer coupons will not be accepted
  • Competitor’s Store coupon: The following will be redeemed as a Store Coupon:
  •      Competitor ‘Own Brand’ merchandise Store Coupon on exact size and type of Jewel-Osco ‘Own Brand’ merchandise, at the face value of the coupon, within the valid dates of that coupon.
  •      Competitor Minimum Purchase Store Coupon at the face value of the store coupon must have a minimum purchase that exceeds the value of the coupon, within the valid dates of the coupon.
  •      List of Competitor ‘Own Brand’ and ‘Minimum Purchase Required’ Coupons honored: Dominick’s, Food 4 Less, Walmart, Target, Mariano’s, Caputo’s, Tony’s, Woodman’s, Walgreen’s, CVS.
  • Catalina Manufacturer Coupons with the verbiage “Redeemable only at” [a competitor]) CANNOT be redeemed at Jewel-Osco or any SUPERVALU location
  • For all coupons, follow limitations on quantities or the number of purchases per customer
  • All coupons should be checked for expiration – expired coupons will not be accepted
  • Mail In Rebate offers may often resemble coupons, but cannot be accepted as an in-store discount at the time of purchase. Customers are expected to complete a rebate offer by submitting the requested information through the mail
  • Consumers pay sales tax on the full price of an item when redeeming a manufacturer coupon EXCEPTION: Unless unconditional free in the State of Illinois
  • Coupons may be redeemed in WIC transactions
  • Coupons may be redeemed in a LINK transaction however customers are responsible for all taxes on coupon value”

In my opinion, it is a bummer that we will no longer be able to use Register Rewards that say “Redeemable Only At,” but I am digging the overage opportunities that we may have! What do you think?

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1 Kathy C June 29, 2012 at 11:20 pm

I think these rules are AWEFUL…

■DO NOT accept internet coupons for free product offers which do not require a qualifying purchase (“Buy one get one free” is allowable)
■DO NOT accept internet coupons with redemption value greater than FIVE ($5)

2 Alli July 1, 2012 at 8:17 am

I know those don’t sound great, but they’re actually not new policies. I don’t know of any stores that take printable free coupons (most manufacturer’s are offering them by mail these days) and I would be leery of any printable that was valued at more than $5. Most of them are fraudulent, unfortunately. :(

3 Liz June 29, 2012 at 11:21 pm

Will Jewel be doubling coupons with this new policy?

4 Alli July 1, 2012 at 8:08 am

Hi Liz,
No Jewel won’t be doubling. I have had several talks with them about how we LOVE the doubling, but the only plan they have is to occasionally bring back the doubles coupons.

5 July 6, 2012 at 3:11 am

I really like reading news about Jewel osco. Thanks for that informative post! Best wishes, Nuria.

6 Concetta July 10, 2012 at 3:42 pm

“One Manufacturer coupon and one Store coupon may be redeemed per item”

YAY! Just like Target stores! If only Dominick’s would get on board with this policy…

7 Josh July 25, 2012 at 11:52 am

Thanks for putting this info together!

I’m sure it is in front of my face…… Do you know if Jewel allows customers to use a coupon on the free item in a bogo?


8 Amy July 26, 2012 at 3:08 pm

Josh, you can use 2 coupons on a BOGO free sale.

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