This guest post is by Jenny Dean of Guide to Couponing.
What does it mean when someone says, “stack coupons”? If you’ve watched the Extreme Couponing show, you might have noticed that the couponer being featured on the episode literally hands the cashier a stack of coupons when she is ready to check out. That’s one of the reasons it is called stacking coupons, but another reason is because you can sometimes use two coupons on one purchase. In other words, you can stack a manufacturer’s coupon with a store coupon when you buy something.
In order to easily locate coupons to stack with sales prices, you’ll want to reference a coupon database so that you don’t spend hours searching through your coupons. God bless the invention of the Internet for making this a lot easier on us.
One of the best ways to maximize your savings is to double, triple or quadruple your savings by taking advantage of several kinds of savings like coupons, sales, rebates and try me free forms. It’s important to know each store’s policy when it comes to matching competitors’ prices, doubling coupons, etc. , so you can always land the best savings.
Below are some scenarios on how to multiply your savings.
Savings x 2 = Product on Sale + Manufacturer’s Coupon
When you coordinate a product on sale with a coupon, you end up doubling your savings.
Savings x 2 = Double Coupons
Some grocery store chains and some super stores (Kmart comes to mind) offer double coupons. One of my grocery store chains doubles any coupon 50 cents or less. So, for example, if Colgate is on sale for $2.99 and I have a 50-cent coupon, it doubles to $1 at the register and my final price would be $1.99. Sometimes you might have a 45-cents-off coupon and a 75-cents-off coupon. If you are in a store that doubles, then using the 45-cents-off coupon would be wiser, because it will give you 90 cents off the sales price, whereas the 75-cent one will only give you 75 cents off.
Some stores, like Kmart, offer double coupons up to a certain dollar amount –- in other words, they might double up to $2. They do not do this all the time, but will advertise in your local paper or your local online ad that it is happening that week.
I love double coupons. I cannot tell you how many bags of frozen veggies I have gotten for free or nearly free because of coupon doubling. For example, if bags of Bird’s Eye veggies are on sale for 79 cents and I have a coupon for 35 cents off one, the coupon doubles to 70 cents — so the final price for that bag of peas is only nine 9. If you are a mom and making your own baby food, this can be killer!
One of the ways to make the most out of your coupons, regardless of whether they double, is to buy the smallest size of the product. However, many manufacturers do put size limitations on the coupon itself -– so be sure to read the coupon.
If you’ve watched Extreme Couponing on TLC, then you have seen how people come home with thousands of dollars worth of groceries for just pennies on the dollar. It might seem impossible, but it is very possible.
Savings x 3 = Product on Sale + Manufacturer’s Coupon + Store Coupon
When you coordinate a product on sale with a manufacturer’s coupon and a store coupon, you triple your savings.
Savings x 4 = Product on Sale + Manufacturer’s Coupon + Store Coupon + Rebate/TMF
When you coordinate a product on sale with a manufacturer’s coupon and a store coupon and then send in a rebate or TMF form for that item, you quadruple your savings.
What are some of the ways that you multiply your savings when couponing?
Jenny Dean is the author of Couponing for the Beginner: A Guide to Couponing for the Uninitiated.
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