Stacking coupons is one of the trickier things about couponing - even for pro couponers. Why? Because coupons have fine print that you need to read and understand. Further, every store has a specific coupon policy, which you also need to be aware of if you intend to stack coupons. Although it sounds intimidating, we’re here to explain a few basic dos and don’ts to keep in mind about stacking coupons, so you have an easier time using your coupons and getting great deals. Read on.
Manufacturer and store coupons - How are they different?
Manufacturer coupons are issued by product manufacturers for use at any store that accepts the coupon. You will know it is a manufacturer coupon because it will say so somewhere on the coupon.
Store coupons, in comparison, are issued by a specific store and can only be used at the store. What this means is that you can’t use a store coupon issued by Walmart® at Target®. Also, unlike manufacturer coupons, stores do not get a reimbursement when you use a store coupon - they simply absorb the hit.
Dos and don’ts for manufacturer and store coupons
- Use only one manufacturer’s coupon and one store coupon on a product.
- Read the store’s coupon policy to know how many times you can use a manufacturer and store coupon.
- Double-check the expiration dates on the coupons, and time your trips to the grocery store accordingly.
- Try to use two identical manufacturer or store coupons on the same items.
- Expect to use one manufacturer or store coupon multiple times. Typically, you can use one coupon only once.
- Copy coupons. This could be considered fraud and can get you in trouble. Instead, ask your friends or relatives to print coupons for you. Or, buy multiple copies of the Sunday newspaper to get your hands on more coupons.
- Give up because you feel overwhelmed. The key is checking the terms of the coupon and the store’s coupon policy before you head out to shop.
Note: Not all stores allow coupon stacking. Check the store’s coupon policy to know if coupon stacking is allowed.
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