Welcome to Learn to Coupon... in 30 days. For the next 30 days (week days), I will be posting a couponing how to. Each day we will build on the prior days information. The goal of this series is to teach you the basics of couponing. Where to start, what coupons to use, how to use your coupons and more.This series will focus on realistic strategies for couponing. There will be some depth to the posts, so you will need to spend the time reading the posts in the entirety. Since each post will build on the day before, I suggest you read them chronologically.
If you have not read the previous days post, you can read them here.
As we previously discussed, there are two types of coupons – a store coupon and a manufacturer coupon. You may use one manufacturer coupon per item. However, to maximize your savings, you can use both a store coupon and a manufacturer coupon on one item. This is referred to as coupon stacking. Coupon stacking is one of most effective ways to save money.
Coupon stacking is not to be confused with doubling coupons. Doubling coupons means the store will take the value of your coupon and double it. Coupon stacking means using two coupons on one item.
Each store has its on policy on whether they allow stacking. If they do permit stacking, this will allow one manufacturer coupon and one store coupon per item. Remember, you have to determine if your coupon is a store or manufacturer coupon before you try to stack. Just because a coupon has a store logo on it, it does not automatically make it a store coupon. You will want to check to make sure it is a true store coupon and not a manufacturer coupon.
Note there is no notation of Manufacturer Coupon. There is no barcode that fits the manufacturer coupon guidelines. It has the store logo on it.
The second coupon is a Target Web coupon. This coupon is valid only at Target. Note that there is no remit to address. There is no notation of manufacturer coupon.
The third example is a Rite Aid coupon. If you look closely this coupon says manufacturer coupon. However, this is a Rite aid store coupon. A few things to note: Good only at Rite Aid. The bar code starts with RC. The barcode will not scan at another store. There is no remit to address on the coupon.
So now that you have determined that you have a store coupon, you can stack them.
An example of coupon stacking:
Kellogg’s Cereal $2.50
you will use $1.00/1 manufacturer coupon
you will use $1.00/1 store coupon
Pay $.50 after both coupons
Some of you have looked at the verbiage on the coupon that says that you may not use the coupon with another offer. When you see this verbiage, it means you may not use two manufacturer offers or two store offers together. It does not mean you cannot use a store coupon and manufacturer coupon together.
It is important to know your stores policy. Here are some common stacking policies:
Rite Aid actually allows 3 coupon per item. Per their policy you may use one manufacturer coupon, one Rite Aid RC48 coupon and one Rite Aid RC49 coupon. To determine what the RC code is, look at the 4 four digits of the coupon. Regardless of the source, you may only use one of each type per item.
Target allows one manufacturer coupon and one Target Store coupon per item. Target Store coupons include those found instore, online and in newspapers. Regardless of source, you may only use one Target Store coupon per item.
CVS allows one manufacturer coupon and one CVS coupon per item.
When purchasing a single item, Walgreens accepts one manufacturer coupon and applicable Walgreens coupon(s) for the purchase of a single item. The only caveat at Walgreens is - The number of manufacturer coupons, including Register Rewards manufacturer coupons, may not exceed the number of items in the transaction.
Remember, not all stores allow coupon stacking. Some stores do not offer store coupons at all. Please check with your store to see what your stores policy is.