Couponers know there’s more saving to be found in coupons than just face value. What’s the trick? Many grocers offer double coupons every day. So, just like magic, a 50-cents off coupon *poof* turns into $1 off. Most participating retailers limit the doubling of manufacturer’s coupons to a maximum savings of $1, which means coupons up to (and including) 50-cents off are eligible.
Coupons valued below 50 cents are doubled at face value. (For example, 30-cents off becomes 60-cents off.) Coupons above 50 cents (and up to 99-cents) are not doubled, but rather extended to reach the $1 maximum limit. (For example, a 55-cents-off coupon will be given an additional 45-cents off for a final savings of $1.) If you’re unsure whether your grocer participates, inquire at the customer service counter.
In a truly “magical time” for coupon clippers, some retailers offer triple coupons. The savings are typically “for a limited time” and not offered on a regular basis. In this case, the maximum savings remains $1. However, coupons up to 33 cents off are eligible. (For example, a 25-cents-off coupon becomes 75-cents off.) The trick here is to check the weekly circulars to know when it’s available. It’s a rare feat to find triple coupons nowadays, so don’t stress too much about finding it. You can work savings magic just fine with double coupons.
As with any savings, double coupons can be a bit tricky. It’s all in the fine print. Not all coupons are eligible for the promotion. For the most part, digital, store-branded and in-store coupons are not eligible. (By “in-store,” we mean coupons you find on shelves or packages.) Our best advice is to just read the coupon — many will clearly state, “Not Subject To Doubling.”
With double coupons, you can pull lots of savings out of your hat. The best trick is to stack double (or triple) coupons on top of a sale price and/or store coupon for greatest savings. And, as always, when you find a great deal on a regular pantry or household item, it’s always smart to stock up. You’ll save yourself time and money in the long run. True couponers know the secret to savings: With a little time and effort, you’ll start to see your grocery bills disappear little by little.
Next time you’re at the grocery store, don’t be distracted by the illusion of marketing. Avoid any impulse buys. Put on your “savings hat,” stay focused and be prepared to work some magic at checkout with the wave of your coupons. Then, amaze and astound your friends and family with your receipt. Find a great source of manufacturer’s coupons right here on Living on the Cheap. At the start of the month, there are plenty of new savings waiting to be revealed.