I just love when I hear ... "sure, we'll take our competitor's coupon!" :-) For me, this is probably one of the best ways to save both time and money. Rarely do I go to Publix and not use a competitor's coupon.
I do have to say, Publix has one of the best coupon policies. They accept competitor's coupons, in the grocery, and also at the pharmacy. Each Publix store has its own list of competitors. Nearly all of the Publix stores in the South Florida area consider Winn Dixie, Target and Whole Foods to be competitors. So that means, if I have a Winn Dixie coupon (like the one shown above), I can use that coupon at Publix! Target and Whole Foods have printable coupons on their websites, making it super easy to save additional money by using those competitor coupons.
The pharmacy at Publix also accepts competitor coupons on prescriptions. Just this week, I picked up a prescription for my mom using a Winn Dixie coupon that offered a $20 gift card when you filled a new prescription at Winn Dixie. The pharmacist honored the coupon and I walked out with a $20 Publix gift card, just because I had that little Winn Dixie coupon! :-)
Pet lovers out there will be happy to hear that most of the major pet stores (PetSmart, Petco & Pet Supermarket) will accept each other's coupons. Nearly once a month the Sunday coupon inserts contain a Pet Supermarket coupon to save $2 off of a $10 purchase i I have used that coupon at Petco and also at PetSmart with great success.
Office supply stores also frequently accept coupons from their competitors. Office Max, Staples, and Office Depot will all take each other's coupons. Most of the stores will honor the coupon based on the wording. So if it says good only on an online purchase, then they may not allow you to use the coupon in the store.
So how do you know if you can use a competitors coupon where you are shopping? Most stores have their coupon policies on their websites and posted in their stores. And ... if you aren't sure, just ask! I always say, "the worst they can say is no." :-)