Matching Your Coupons
Matching coupons refers to matching your coupons to items on sale. By combining a sale with a coupon, you are creating additional savings. It is very easy to match sales to coupons by perusing the weekly flyers. There are also many websites that will do it for you and suggest where to find the coupons to fit current and upcoming sales.
STACKING YOUR COUPONS
Stacking your coupons means that you are maximizing your savings by using more than one coupon. This is the trickier part of the match and stack scenario.
The main thing to know here is that you can only use 1 MFR (manufacturer) coupon on any one item. I am not aware of any stores that will allow you to combine multiple mfr coupons for one product. (If you’re buying multiples of the same product, you can usually use one coupon per item – unless it is restricted.)
Store coupons are a different animal. I’ll use CVS for my example today. Many times you will receive several types of coupons from CVS, both on your receipt and from the Big Red Machine. They can be percentage-off coupons (%off), buy one get one coupons (B1G1), Buy xx$ get x$ off (B$G$) coupons and similar.
Manufacturer coupons have also started to be printed at CVS so you must be careful and read each of them carefully. The register will kick them back if you don’t follow the directions. (Tomorrow’s post is about couponing at CVS so I’ll get more in depth on their program.)
The most common stacking scenario is to use 1 MFR coupon with 1 store coupon. An easy example would be:
- CVS has Hershey’s candy bars on sale for $2.00
- You have a MFR coupon from Hershey’s for .75 off/one candy bar
- The Big Red Machine at CVS spits out a store/CVS coupon for $1.00 off any chocolate candy bar.
- The cashier rings the candy bar up at $2.00.
- You hand her both coupons for which she takes $1.75 off of the total
- Your total is now .25, you give her a quarter & enjoy your chocolate!
This was just a simple example of stacking coupons after matching them to items on sale. In our CVS article tomorrow, we’ll dig further into store coupons and how they save you money.