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Coupon Abbreviations
  • SC = Store Coupon
  • MC = Manufacturer Coupon
  • SS = Smart Source
  • RP = Red Plum
  • PG = Proctor and Gamble
Coupon Terms
  • WYB = When You Buy
  • B1G1 = Buy One Get One Free
  • .75/1 = 75 cents off one item
  • .75/3 = 75 cents off three items
  • EXP = Expiration Date

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forgot to use coupons

We have all gone grocery shopping only to get home and realize that we forgot to use some (or all) of the coupons you had cut. My most memorable time of this was getting home to learn that my toddler had stolen coupons from my bag and stuffed them in her pockets. As I got her ready for bed I discovered why my savings hadn’t been quite what I thought it should be.

In moments like this, rather than get frustrated, I encourage you to grab your receipt and head back to the store with your coupons. Many grocery stores will take your coupons after the fact. While I can’t promise that they will always fix it, this is definitely one of those “it doesn’t hurt to ask” moments.

There are even some non-grocery stores that are known for this. Bed Bath & Beyond is one that wins a gold star in this category. You can come back in at any point with a coupon and have it applied to an old receipt. It doesn’t matter how long ago you bought it, just hold on to the receipt!

    • Sheri

      Great advice. I always use the at Bed Bath and Beyond after the fact when my husband goes there and buys stuff without coupons! Target is also really good about this- although I think it needs to be within 3 days.

      • Jen

        My Target is same day. Made the mistake one day going back the next day and got a “no”. Finally got them to give me the coupon vale but only after I made another purchase. I ran and grabbed a few bananas and they then took the coupon off that order. Never again…if I miss a coupon I will just forget it.

    • Sheri

      Great advice. I always use the at Bed Bath and Beyond after the fact when my husband goes there and buys stuff without coupons! Target is also really good about this- although I think it needs to be within 3 days.

    • Liz

      Both Publix and CVS have let me come back and use both store and manufacturer coupons. I’m always really nice to the staff at Publix and they take good care of me because of that.

    • Liz

      Both Publix and CVS have let me come back and use both store and manufacturer coupons. I’m always really nice to the staff at Publix and they take good care of me because of that.

    • Ernestandlinda Dunford

      targets good with this too

    • Ernestandlinda Dunford

      targets good with this too

    • Melissa

      At Target it is 24 hours :) I learned the heard way…

      • Mona

        I had a employee tell it me it was only the same day, but called corporate and was told 3 days.

    • Melissa

      At Target it is 24 hours :) I learned the heard way…

    • D

      Has anyone tried this at CVS? I just forgot some coupons there on Saturday and wondered if I should ask about it.

      • spi_cy13

        D,
        I have tried this at CVS multiple times (over the years), the they do take coupons after your transaction. Always check with the cashier first though. If you’re a regular at your local CVS, you shouldn’t have a problem.

    • Genie Davis Nix

      Kroger corrects my mistakes for me!

    • e-lane

      Once I forgot to use my Kroger card and wasn’t prompted for it (probably has never happened before!). Went to Customer Svc right away and they could pretty easily give me a refund since the bottom of the receipt stated that I “could have saved $xx with a Kroger card”. The lady helping me even manually add the value of coupons that would have doubled. But they couldn’t do the digital coupons that would have been applied. I probably could have dug thru the bags to return then repurchase those items, but with 3 young kids it wasn’t worth it at that point :-)

    • Alisha Fox Carswell

      I have done this at Target and Food Lion before and they were always great about taking them off when I brought them back in.

    • 3isenuf

      I just learned that about Bed, Bath, and Beyond. An employee told us about that policy over the weekend. Awesome! Also, Kroger has always been good about allowing me to buy an extra item or two whenever I mis-count my Mega Event purchases and then adjusting my receipt accordingly.

    • tess

      CVS and Publix are the easiest. I’ve even taken expired coupons to CVS two days later, shown my receipt, and been refunded the difference. Also ACE Hardware is very good about honoring their own rewards coupons that have expired. Never hurts to ask (politely) :)

    • Sarah Pope

      Target only allows 3 days after you purchase the items now. They changed their policy a few months ago here in Florida.

    • Anna Winn

      My Bilo has told me that they don’t do this… I think it depends on the person behind the customer service counter.

    • Target even applied a cartwheel that I forgot to add, a couple days later. :)