Dollar Tree: What Does Free Mean?

Tiffany over at OneDealataTime did a great write up of an issue I am sure we will be seeing a lot of. She went to Dollar Tree this morning as well… here is her story (um, I feel like the announcer for Law and Order… “these are their stories…dun dun!”):

Since today was the first day Dollar Tree was accepting coupons, Paul and I went to see what was up with it. We normally don’t shop on Sunday’s but I wanted to report back what was happening.

Pretty much it was uneventful :)

The stores were not crowded with couponers, we only saw a few. The cashiers were nice although I don’t think they got any training except to be handed the coupon policy. Which is actually different then the one they have had on their website, so I am not sure how they are going to fix that! There were really a lot of good deals to be had. The hardest part is going to be READING the coupons VERY carefully, as Dollar Tree has weird sizes that most of us are not used to.

Dollar Tree 2012 Coupon Policy:

The only real issue that anyone seems to be having is with the #4 in the coupon policy.

#4. We are unable to accept coupons for “Free” items with no purchase requirements or where the amount for the product is blank.

Cashiers are taking this to mean that they can not take coupons that are for $1 off, as it will make the item free. This is NOT what this means. It means that they will not take a coupon that states you get the items free and has a place for the cashier to write in the amount.

For example:

I could NOT use this coupon at Dollar Tree. There is no purchase required and the cashier has to add in the price.

Likewise, a $1 off coupon requires you to purchase an item in order to receive a $1 off. Make sense? Hopefully, the Dollar Tree cashiers and managers will get some training and a little more help.

This is really exciting, I have already seen some great deals and am excited to see each week more and more great deals available!

Thank you, Tiffany! I hope this clears up what some of the coupon policy means! To see more deals, check out the whole match up for the Dollar Tree HERE.

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  1. So if you can only use 2 (print at home) can you use a coupon from the newspaper in that transaction with the 2 print at home?

  2. The managers received training, there were conference calls about it and updates sent out through emails. you can use the $1.00 off coupons. sorry for the inconvience.

  3. Also point out to your readers policy number 9. Be prepared if the manager on duty isn’t sure about a specific coupon

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