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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

What Is "Coupon Stacking" and How Does it Work?

So now that you've learned the basics, it's time to get into some of the more advanced methods. One of my favorites is "coupon stacking." I do this at Walgreens and Target regularly as they are the two stores I use that put out the most coupons.

If you look at a coupon, somewhere on it (probably at the top) you should see either "manufacturer's coupon" or "store coupon" (or "Target coupon," "Walgreens coupon," etc.). Why is this important? Because in most instances, you can use one store coupon and one manufacturer's coupon stacked on a single item.

Here's an example. On July 3rd this coupon was in the Proctor and Gamble Brandsaver insert for 50¢ off any Pepto product. Not great savings, but better than nothing, right? If you look closely, (again, sorry for the quality of the image. I really need to get a scanner) you'll see that at the top it says "Manufacturer's Coupon."

In the target ad from a different week was this coupon for $1 off Pepto. That's a better deal, right? So I should use the $1 off rather than the 50¢ off, right? Wrong. Why chose one or the other? This one says quite clearly, "Target Coupon." That means it's a store coupon. So, if Pepto goes on sale, I can use BOTH coupons together and get $1.50 off!

Another way to do this is digital coupons. We touched on this just briefly before, but there are sites where you can save digital coupons to your store discount card. Most often these are store coupons. If you stack them with manufacturer's coupons, you can get double the savings that way as well.

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