Walmart has made a major change to how shoppers shop at its stores in New York State. The change is welcomed by many families and people who struggle with certain environments.

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Walmart did a trial run of the new shopping experience. During the back-to-school season, the retailer had stores change their TV walls to static images, turn off the radio, and lower the lights. The stores made the changes to become more sensory-friendly. According to Autism Speaks,

Sensory issues are common in people with autism and are even included in the diagnostic criteria for autism spectrum disorder. Each autistic person is unique, and this includes their personal sensory sensitivities.

Walmart recently announced that it's bringing the pilot program back permanently (or at least with no end in sight). Walmart stores in New York State and around the country will offer sensory-friendly hours from 8 am to 10 am. Initially, the program was only offered on Saturdays, but the company says that it's offering the hours daily at all U.S. and Puerto Rico Walmart stores.

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Walmart Made A Major Change Customers In New York Hate

Many consumers in New York who have used coupons to help combat rising food prices may be disappointed. Coupons In The News says that Walmart recently changed its coupon policy after leaving it untouched for six years. The policy change happened on September 24, 2023. The retailer says,

To help our customers save money and live better, we gladly accept valid paper manufacturer coupons issued by manufacturers of products that Walmart sells. These paper manufacturer coupons must scan at the register and must not be expired in accordance with the following guidelines.

One of the major changes is that Walmart will not give cash back or allow overages to apply to other items in the transaction if the coupon's discount is greater than the item. Customers are also no longer permitted to use more than four identical coupons per day. Coupons In the News says that one of the most significant changes is that there will be no more overrides. If a checkout scanner does not accept the coupon a manager will not override it.

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Walmart's coupon policy also states:

- No digital coupons on customers' phones will be accepted
- No expired coupons will be accepted
- Items must match the size, brand, quantity, color, etc. or coupons will not be accepted
- Only one manufacturer coupon per item will be accepted
- Coupons must be scanned at the register

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