Financial Disaster Averted– Coupons to the Rescue

I’m back on the road to coupon savings again…

Recently I discussed my coupon concerns regarding the changeover from coupons featuring UPC bar codes to coupons with the newer GS1 DataBar.

In my original post, I told you how I went to Wal-Mart, and they could not scan, and therefore would not accept, the coupons that only had the GS1 bar code on them. If you would like to read the original post, here it is:

Attention Couponers: What does GS1 Mean to You?

In my follow-up post, I shared the feedback that I received from a Wal-Mart representative when I contacted the corporate office about the coupon acceptance issue, along with the test that I did to see if the coupons would actually work. If you would like to read the follow-up post, here it is:

A Step in the Right Direction Regarding Wal-Mart and GS1 DataBar Coupons

I promised to follow-up after I went to the store and was able to redeem more coupons featuring the GS1 bar code. Well, I was much overdue for a visit to the store, so on Saturday my husband and I headed to Wal-Mart to stock up. I brought along a stack of coupons, some bearing both UPC and GS1 bar codes, and some bearing only GS1 bar codes. I was able to redeem all of them, and the GS1 coupons scanned without issue.

Yay! I’m a happy shopper again!

I am very glad and relieved to have this problem resolved in such a short time. I was afraid that it might take months, and in the meanwhile, I would be forced to spend more without being able to use coupons.

Much thanks to Wal-Mart for taking care of this issue in such a speedy manner. If your local grocery, drug, or discount store is not accepting the GS1 coupons, I would definitely recommend that you contact the store’s management or corporate office to have the issue looked into. GS1 is the wave of the future, so all stores will need to adjust their systems to accept these coupons.

If you are still having issues with these coupons, feel free to comment below, and share your experience with us.

Happy couponing! 😉

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4 Responses to Financial Disaster Averted– Coupons to the Rescue

  1. Happy to say that I have had one store out here in the middle of no where scan a couple of coupons with the new GS1 code! They worked just fine and had no problem. Now if all the others will fix their issues I’ll be a happy shopper again. OH, you are not going to believe the mess I over heard at a local store the other day…. check out the story on my blog when you have time. Here’s the link.

    • jllopez1006 says:


      Thanks for letting me know. I am going to check out your latest blog post right now…

      Enjoy your evening.

  2. Tina B says:

    I had not heard about this, thanks for the info I do love my coupons!

    • jllopez1006 says:


      Hopefully if you have not heard about this thus far, it means that you will not have any issues. Many current coupons still features both bar codes thankfully.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment.

      Have a great evening!

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