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Coupon Abbreviations
  • SC = Store Coupon
  • MC = Manufacturer Coupon
  • SS = Smart Source
  • RMN = Retail Me Not
  • 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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While many stores accept coupons that are linked to their own stores, some go so far as to accept competitor coupons. These would be coupons that are NOT manufacturer coupons, but coupons that say they are to be used at a particular store. For example, Kroger often sends home mailers that include store coupons for items you frequently buy. If you take these coupons to Publix, they will accept them.

Knowing the competitor coupon policies at the stores where you shop can save you even more money, because it keeps you from having to go to a bunch of different stores to get the lowest prices. You can do most of your shopping at 1 or 2 stores, saving you time and money.

Competitor Coupon Policies at Your Favorite Stores

Note: Coupon policies are always subject to change, so be sure to check with the store if you have issues or questions.


Winn-Dixie will accept authorized competitor coupons, and you can only use one coupon per item, whether it’s a store or manufacturer coupon.:

Food Lion

Food Lion does accept competitor coupons.  Each store has a list of who is considered a competitor for that store.


Giant will accept competitor coupons, except for ones for warehouse stores like Costco.

Harris Teeter

Harris Teeter accepts paper coupons for local competitors for cents off a specific item.  They will not accept a coupon that is dollars off a total purchase.

Lowe’s Foods

Lowe’s Foods will accept up to 4 paper competitor coupons per person per day.  You can use these with manufacturer coupons on the same items.


Menard’s is yet another store that accepts competitor coupons.


Petsmart will accept competitor coupons, as long as they are physical coupons (no digital versions).


Publix accepts competitor coupons for identical items, and they’ll also accept store coupons for competitor’s private brands to use on Publix brand items.

Stores that Don’t Accept Competitor Coupons

The following stores don’t accept competitor coupons; follow the links to see their full coupon policies. However, some of these stores will do price matching.

Home Depot
Kroger/Fred Meyer
Office Depot

Here is a comprehensive list of the competitor coupon policies at your favorite stores, as well as a list of places that don't accept them!