How to Stack Coupons

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To begin 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.


Example #1

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.

Example #2

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.

Example #3


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

Rite Aid allows stacking/  Per their policy you may use one manufacturer coupon and a Rite Aid 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. Rite Aid Coupons include Store circular coupons, store booklet coupons and Rite Aid Video Values Coupons.


Target allows one manufacturer coupon , one Target  Store coupon  and one Cartwheel Offer per item.  Target store coupons include printable and mobile coupons.  The Cartwheel offer will be deducted after the Target Store coupon, but before the manufacturer coupon.

Item $5.00
use $1.00/1 Target Printable Coupon OR use $1.00/1 Target Mobile Coupon
use $1.00/1 Manufacturer Coupon
use $.50 Cartwheel Offer
Pay $2.50 after coupons & cartwheel


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.

Stacking With Other Offers


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  • Ruchama

    Rite Aid will actually accept two store coupons, as long as they’re different types — they consider the ones with bar codes that start with 48 (generally the newspaper ones) and ones with bar codes that start with 49 (the Video Value ones) to be different, and they’ll accept one of each. Their eCoupons on their website seem to sometimes count as manufacturer coupons and sometimes as store coupons, but I haven’t figured out why.

    • Shannon


      I removed this from the post because we haven’t seen a RC48 in quite awhile. I asked my contact and they indicate that they no longer issue the 48s .

      • Ruchama

        Ah, OK. I thought I’d remembered seeing them just a few weeks ago, but I guess I was mistaken.

        • Shannon

          If you happen to see them, let me know.. Really I was just trying to make this simple for newbies :)