Example: 1 Manufacturer Coupon + 1 Store Coupon = COUPON STACKING!
Buy 1 Herbal Essence $2.99
- (1) $1/1 Herbal Essence Manufacturer coupon
Stack (1) $1/1 Herbal Essence Target Store Coupon
Final Price: $.99!
WalgreensWhen purchasing an item at Walgreens, you can use one manufacturer coupon and one Walgreens coupon. The one thing to remember when stacking at Walgreens is that the number of manufacturer coupons, including Register Rewards manufacturer coupons, may not exceed the number of items in the transaction. That is why you may sometimes need “Filler” Items
CVSCVS allows one manufacturer coupon and one CVS store coupon per item purchased.
Be sure to check your stores Coupon Policy and always keep a copy with you while shopping.
Don’t be Fooled By Sales Ads!
10/$10 promotions - You do not have to buy 10 items to get the $1 price! The only exception to this rule is if the ad states that you must!
Rock-bottom prices - Don’t go out and use your coupon immediately! If you use that 25¢ off item coupon right away when it’s not on sale you aren’t reaching your saving potential! Wait until the item goes on sale for $1 then use the coupon. If your store triples coupons then you could get the item for only 25¢! Matching sales with coupons is getting a great price. Combining sales plus coupons plus another promotion (rebates, double coupons, store coupons) is getting the best price!
“One per Purchase” - Most coupons say “one coupon per purchase” somewhere in the fine print. Cashiers will try to tell you that that means you can only use one coupon per transaction/day. This is NOT true! One per purchase means that you can only use one coupon per item purchased! So if you are buying 10 items and have 10 coupons then you can use them all!
Limits - Stores will sometimes put limits on the item to make you think it’s a great price! If cereal is just on sale 2/$4 you might not even notice it. But if it’s on sale 2/$4, limit 2! Then you will likely think it’s a great price since they had to put a limit on it!
“Bigger is better” - The cost per unit of the bigger box of cereal may be less than the smaller one but with coupons and sales the smaller box is likely a better deal.
NEVER Copy a Coupon– It is illegal to copy a printable (or any) coupon even if it doesn’t state it on the coupon. Printable coupons have an IP address from your computer, you will be tracked down by this #. There are safety features on most coupons, much like a check, that will indicate to the manufacturer that it has been copied.
Stock Up – Don’t Stockpile More than You Need. If you happen to find great FREEBIES, stock up enough for 3-6 months, depending on the size of your family. If you feel the need to get more free stuff, donate it.
Do NOT Clear the Shelves - If you find a great deal on something, take what you can“reasonably” use in the next 3 months and leave some for the next person! This, of course, does not apply to those stores that only carry 2-4 items of any given product; in that case, you have no choice but to “clear the shelf”!
Be Kind and COURTEOUS to your Cashier – Many times cashiers are not familiar with coupons since most of the population does not use them. Even among coupon users, the vast majority do not use more than 5 coupons in a single transaction. Be kind and patient with the cashier, they are only doing their job. Carry your Coupon Policies and show the Cashier what you are talking about.
Be Kind to Others in Line – I always tell the people who get in line behind me that I am using coupons/price matching. Most people will either change lanes, stay and watch or at least, be more patient about waiting for a lengthy transaction.
Let’s just start off by saying that stockpiling IS NOT hoarding.