Shoppers can use printable coupons at many retail stores and chains that accept manufacturer or newspaper coupons. However, some specific stores or major chains may feature different coupon acceptance policies, such as limiting the use of printable coupons or refusing the accept them completely. Shoppers should check the store's coupon policy to find out if they accept printable coupons.
The most direct way to find out if a store accepts printable coupons is to check its coupon policy. Many stores, such as Target and Wal-Mart, publish their full coupon acceptance policies online so that shoppers may review them before visiting the store. Though most retailers require all employees to study these policies, not every employee understands all aspects. As such, shoppers should check with managers and online policies to determine the proper acceptance rules.
Printable coupons function in the same manner as other coupons, allowing shoppers to exchange the coupons for discounts on qualifying items; instead of taking them from a newspaper or distribution booklet, the shoppers print them from their computers. Many manufacturers make these coupons available on their websites, or through coupon and deal aggregate sites such as Coupons.com. Some retailers also publish their own printable coupons online, which are only valid for use at their own stores. These coupons typically include a notice at the top signifying such restrictions.