How to Stack Coupons

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Stacking is when you use a Manufacturer’s Coupon AND a Store Coupon together on the Same item.

Types of Coupons:

Manufacturer’s Coupons – Coupons that the Manufacturer’s send out for their own products. Every Manufacturer’s coupon has a Redemption Address on it for the store to send the coupon in to get reimbursed for.

Store Coupons – Some stores have their own coupons they give out. Often these can be combined with Manufacturer’s coupons for Extra Savings!

Example: This is called Stacking

Target has Dora Rolling Paper $2.50

 You can use a $1.00 Dora Rolling Paper Manu Coupon

 AND use the $1.00 Target Dora Rolling Paper Coupon

 You only pay $0.50!!!

Or an often one you see in My Matchups:
Walgreens has Toothpaste $2.00
You can use a $1.00/1 Toothpaste Manu Coupon
AND Use a $1.00/1 Walgreens IVC
Get Toothpaste for FREE!!!

If you haven’t noticed, there are a lot of gray areas in couponing. While there are some fundamentals we can all agree on, such as we shouldn’t copy coupons or use them for items other than stated, there are just situations where you’re left going “huh?”.

In these situations this is what I do:
1) see what you can find out about what you are unsure of – by researching, asking someone.
2) let your conscience be your guide.

Can you use a buy 1, get 1 free coupon AND a cents-off coupon (both manufacturer) toward the purchase of the same items?
Suppose you want to buy 2 body washes. You have a “buy one, get one free” body wash coupon you clipped from your Sunday paper. You also have a $1.00 off 1 body wash coupon you printed from an online coupon site. Can you use both on the 2 body wash at checkout?


What do I think about the First Scenario with the Body wash?

I think it’s like stacking manufacturer coupons. Which you cannot do.
Here’s why. In order to get the “free” product, you have to buy a product. That means that the manufacturer coupon must “attach” itself to BOTH products. Using a cents-off coupon on top of that feels very much like stacking coupons to me.

We can all agree this scenario is wrong right? :
You Buy 2 bars of soap
You Use $1/2 manufacturer coupon
And you Use $1/1 manufacturer coupon

And I see the “Buy one, get one free” very much like a $1/2. I’ve arrived at this opinion after careful consideration, and that’s why I won’t ever suggest you use both towards the purchase of the same items. The only exception is if one of the coupons is a store coupon.

So What do you think? Correct use, or incorrect use of coupons?
Let me know what your opinion is! : )

Remember, sometimes with coupons there can be a lot of “gray” areas! If you have been couponing for a long time, then you know what I mean!




Kristy ~ My Momma Taught Me



One comment

  1. Everything YOU Need to Know to Shop at Tops Friendly Markets Grocery Store!

    […] Here are two examples of Coupons you can get from Tops. Tops often has catalinas that print out of the machine. The above coupon is an example of one. These are manufacturers coupons supposed to only be used at Tops. These Cannot be combined with other manufacturers coupons. The bottom coupon is an example of a store coupon. If you get a store coupon, or in ad coupon, these can be used with manufacturers coupons for extra savings if available (this is called stacking). […]


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