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

by Alli on June 29, 2012

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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?

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

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)


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. 🙁


Liz June 29, 2012 at 11:21 pm

Will Jewel be doubling coupons with this new policy?


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.

Reply July 6, 2012 at 3:11 am

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


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…


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?



Amy July 26, 2012 at 3:08 pm

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


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