Arizona shoppers are constantly looking for ways to save money, especially these days. Big chain stores like Walmart proudly advertise low prices.

Walmart's new coupon policy.
The new policy changes how consumers shop at Walmart. // Canva

In recent years, savvy shoppers found even more ways to cut corners and save extra cash. It was fun while it lasted, but Walmart just made a big announcement that will change the way some of us shop and save in their store.

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Extreme Couponing for Beginners

Extreme couponing has taken off in recent years. Television shows, blogs, websites - the buzz has been everywhere, touting ways to not only stretch your budget and save cash but for some, it's become a quest. The sport of extreme couponing begins with a pair of scissors, a few apps, and a little time.

Explaining extreme couponing. // Canva

As Thrifty Nomads explains, extreme couponing uses coupons and loyalty programs to a shopper's advantage. The basics are pretty simple:

  • Shoppers learn coupon lingo and understand expiration dates, quantities, etc.
  • Collect coupons from various sources, such as online, flyers, and newspapers
  • Get multiple duplicates of coupons for the same item
  • Use technology, such as cash-back apps, to get more savings
  • Get organized with a binder, dividers, and labels
No more extreme couponing at Walmart
Extreme couponing has become a way to save money. // Canva

Hacking the System: with Extreme Couponing

The whole thing was all fun and games, until last month when Walmart changed its policy on coupons. The new policy will effectively put an end to extreme couponing in their store.

Walmart doesn't honor app savings or coupons
Walmart doesn't use apps or online savings // Canva

Walmart's New Coupon policy:

  • Eliminates overages
  • Imposes like-coupon limits (one coupon, one item, per customer)
  • Declines a cash register override if the coupon is rejected
Walmart's new coupon policy
No more cash back or cash value applied to your order // Canva

No More Cash Back on Differences at Walmart

While Walmart doesn't deal in digital coupons, store coupons, or double coupons, until now Walmart was considered one of the most coupon-friendly retailers in the nation.  The store imposed fewer limits than other retailers.

One of the most notable changes in the new policy? Walmart is no longer allowing product overages.

Walmart's new coupon policy stops product stacking
No more product or coupon stacking. // Canva

Up until now, Walmart honored the full coupon value, no matter the price of the product being purchased. For example, if your coupons were worth more than the product value, the store would either give customers cash back or apply the difference to the transaction.

There is also a new coupon limit: consumers are limited to four identical coupons per household, per day. So no more endless coupon stacking, either.

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