I learned today that the Whole Foods Coupon Policy changed this week. They are no longer accepting more than ONE Store Coupon per item PER PERSON.

Whole Foods Updated Coupon Policy

Today, unfortunately, my Mom encountered a problem while shopping at Whole Foods. She has been trained (yes, by me!) upon walking in the store to grab the Whole Foods “Whole Deal” Coupon flyer/booklet. Then, as she shops, she glances through it to see if there are any applicable coupons she can use (lets just be happy she does this and saves SOME money, even though she doesn’t look ahead of time to see if there are any other manufacturer coupons she could pair with sales… we are working slowly here.)

Whole Foods Coupon PolicyShe was buying Cream Cheese and noticed a $1 Off (1) Organic Valley coupon in the WF coupon flyer, so she grabbed her three items and proceeded to finish her shopping. When she got to the register, she told the cashier that she only grabbed one book, but in the past they would use that same code three times in order for her to save $1 off EACH item.

The cashier informed her that Whole Foods has recently changed their coupon policy and no longer allows customers to use more than one coupon per person. PER PERSON?!! So she asked to speak to a manager, who was also surprised at the change in verbiage and they read the coupon together (here is a “zoom in” from the coupon above:

Whole Foods Coupon Policy Change on Coupon

Sure enough, the coupon says “Limit one coupon per purchase of specified product(s) per individual”. In plain english, that means you can only use one coupon per item per person. So my Mom could not use 3 coupons like she had hoped. And, to take it a step farther, she can’t even go back another day to use more (that wording would be one per individual per day.

We are now only allowed to use one coupon per booklet period. End of story.

So what do we do?

Well, I told my Mom that the best thing to do was to bring my Dad along for the trip so that they could use one coupon each. And, just like we saw with Target coupons a few years ago, they used to have the same wording and they eventually updated it and removed that stipulation when they wanted to entice more coupon shoppers in there store.

Here is the Whole Foods Coupon Policy in its entirety:

Whole Foods Coupon Policy Full

Here’s what it says: {and my explanation}

  • A store coupon and a manufacturer coupon can be combined on one item. {that means they allow “stacking”}
  • When the value of the coupon exceeds the value of the product no cash back is given. {so they do not allow overage}
  • Coupons are never doubled or tripled. {I think this is self explanatory}
  • All types of coupons are accepted with the exception of those that are obviously photocopied. {photocopying coupons is illegal anyway}
  • Competitor coupons are not accepted with the exception of Michigan stores. {Sounds like a great case for moving to the Great Lakes State” right?!}
  • Case discounts can be combined with coupons. {that is like pairing a sale with a coupon}
  • If there is a BOGO FREE promo, one coupon can be used for the full price item. {this is a bummer, but also the same way Walgreen’s treats their BOGO Sales}

These coupons can still be used at Publix as a competitor coupon.

So long as your local Publix considers Whole Foods as a competitor (we have a list here to check), then you can use these coupons there. You will just have to go by the same rules as if you used them at Whole Foods and limit them to one per person (or individual, as it is actually worded).


Print the current Whole Foods store coupons.

Do you use coupons at Whole Foods?
Have you found this change active at  your store?
Please comment below and let me know!

I haven’t been able to do the Whole Foods Coupon Matchups in about a year, but my friend Bethany at AllNaturalSavings has them. So you can check out the best deals happening at Whole Foods and go shopping! Just remember you only can use one store coupon per item, per person!

Photo Credit: Mike Mozart

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