A note on store coupons and how to use them

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A commenter earlier reminded me that I’d never really explained how to combine, or stack, coupons for extra savings. Here’s the deal. Stores release store coupons that are valid only in that particular store. For example:

  • Jewel-Osco puts “Extreme Coupons” in their ad that you can cut out and use in store (find fliers by the doors if you didn’t get one at home).
  • Dominick’s puts “Super Coupons” in their ad that you can cut out and use in store (find fliers by the doors if you didn’t get one at home).
  • Dominick’s has printable Dominick’s coupons on its website. (They mix these in with manufacturer’s coupons, but the ones that are store coupons all say “Dominick’s coupon” on them.)
  • Jewel has Avenu “eCoupons” that you load directly onto your Jewel card by putting your card number into avenu.jewelosco.com. These savings automatically come off at the register, but you need to view the page to load them onto your card. These change twice weekly — the top part of the page (your personal coupons) change over once a week (seems to differ on days for different people); the bottom part of the page (coupons everyone gets) change on Thursdays at midnight.
  • Dominick’s allows you to load P&G eSaver coupons onto your Dominick’s card. Technically, these are manufacturer coupons, but if you use manufacturer coupons with them at the register, nothing will beep —  use your own judgment here. You need to go to the page and load them onto your card before they will work; these change monthly or so.
  • Target has printable grocery coupons at its site; older (yet unexpired) Target coupons can be found at a number of third-party “coupon generators,” including A Full Cup.
  • Walgreens includes store coupons in its weekly ad; again, these are available in-store if you don’t get one in the mail/in your Sunday paper.
  • Meijer posts “Mealbox” coupons (click on “specials” in the box on the right).
  • CVS emails coupons when you register your card on their site; you can also scan your card in-store in the price scanner for more coupons, and they sometimes print on the end of your receipt.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Store coupons can always be combined with manufacturer coupons for extra savings — and that’s what bloggers are talking about when they say to stack them. For example: Dominick’s puts a Super Coupon in its ad for Life cereal for $.99. You have a $1.00/1 Life manufacturer coupon. Use both to get free cereal (and make a penny :)).
  • If you end up with overage because of this (you use two coupons that combine to end up being more than the price of the item), you can apply that toward other things in your order. Make sure you buy something else to absorb the overage, because the store will not give you money back.
  • Store coupons sometimes have minimum purchase requirements. For example: Dominick’s Super Coupons often say “with $10.00 purchase.” This means that you need to buy $10.00 worth of groceries (not $10.00 worth of Super Coupon items) to use these coupons. However, this means $10.00 worth of groceries before coupons.
  • Watch the wording on store coupons. Some of them will say “limit one item per coupon” — which means, technically, that you could grab another ad, cut out another coupon, and get another item with your second coupon. Some of them will say “limit one coupon per customer” or “limit one coupon per transaction.” In that case, you can only use one per shopping trip.
  • The Catalina coupons that print out for savings off a particular item are manufacturer coupons. (You can see at the top that it says “manufacturer coupon,” even though it might have a Jewel logo or a Dominick’s logo on it.) You should be able to use these at other stores, although some cashiers don’t know this and will give you a hard time. You cannot combine them with other manufacturer coupons.
  • The Catalina coupons that print out for money off your next order (“Save $5.00 on your next shopping trip”) are also often manufacturer coupons. You can use these at other stores, but the same problems as above.

What else?

Manufacturer coupons will generally say “manufacturer coupon” at the top. Store coupons will generally say something like “Only at Jewel-Osco” and will not have the manufacturer coupon wording.

You can use both because the store is picking up the tab for one coupon, and the manufacturer is picking up the tab for the other. You can never combine two manufacturer coupons on the same item — so, let’s say you have a $1.50 manufacturer coupon off Pampers and a $1.00 manufacturer coupon off Pampers; you can’t use them both on one pack to get $2.50 off. One manufacturer coupon per item, and generally one store coupon per item.

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  1. momof2cuties says

    I need a benchmark here. Fairly new to couponing. Wondering how long it takes to “get it” and figure out some of this stuff on my own. The folks that are figuring this stuff out blow my mind a regular basis. Just goes to show you that the hand that rocks the cradle truly does rule the world!

    • says

      julie — If the manufacturer coupon will make your total negative — like let’s say you have a walgreens in-ad coupon that makes deodorant $.99, and a $1.00 manufacturer coupon for deodorant — hand the mfr. one over first so that it doesn’t beep.

  2. Maria says

    Are there any stores in the Chicago burbs that will “match” manufacture coups?

    After spending a lot of the day online researching couponing, I came across a lot of East-coast-ers mentioning coupon “doubling” (and even “tripling”). When I contacted Jewel, Dominicks and Woodman’s (my usual go-to stores), the CS reps didnt have a clue what I was talking about and frankly I wasn’t doing a good job of explaining it either.

    What am I missing?

  3. Debbie says

    What do you know about free coupons? Should you be charged tax on a free item coupon or not???? My experience is that most checkers don’t know but in the state of Illinois they are not supposed to charge you tax on a free coupon. I know this because a year ago when I was trained as a checker at Jewel the trainer said you do not charge tax. Unfortunately most checkers DO NOT KNOW THIS and therefore charge you tax. That also happens at Jewel even when the cashier has worked for Jewel for many years does not know this.

    • says

      Debbie — Honestly, no idea. 99% of the time I’ve been charged tax on a free item manufacturer’s coupon — I’m not even sure how they’d not charge tax in a larger order, since they just punch in the price. Would you have to figure out tax on that one item and subtract it manually?

      • Mary Ann says

        Jewel’s written coupon policy specifically states how cashiers are to handle free product coupons so that no tax will accrue. Free products must be rung up as a separate transaction. This no tax on free product coupons applies only to Illinois. The Illinois high court has determined that free products are a gift not a sale, so sales tax is not applicable here regardless of what the coupon states.

        • Lisa says

          They don’t know how- I work for Jewel-Osco (in the pharmacy) but I always end up just paying the tax because even I don’t know how to get rid of the tax on a free item.

  4. Super Dave says

    I have a question i am new to this. If i have a target web Q and print 2 of them and have 2 mfg.Q for the same items do i have to check out 2 separate times ?. Thanks Dave

    • says

      Super Dave — the Target coupons SAY on them one per transaction. Target hardly ever enforces this (my local ones do not, but every once in a while you hear of one that does). So I’d just try it in one transaction.

  5. Super Dave says

    Thank you Rachel also i am having trouble printing out the corporate coupon policy? It is printing everything on the web site but the coupon policy? need help Thanks Dave

  6. Cheryl says

    My experience with the tax issue – I live in Minnesota and it has been explained to me that we are charged sales tax for the price the item rings up at before any coupons are applied. So if something rang up for .99, you were lucky enough to have a free coupon and it was a product that sales tax is normally applied to, you have to pay the sales tax. Again, that’s Minnesota law. It bugs me because I always think I should just pay the tax on my monetary total, but……..

    • Sara says

      Coupons are a form of payment, so I think that’s why tax is charged. No matter your form of payment (cash, credit gift card, coupons, etc), you’re still responsible for paying the tax.

      • mary ann says

        Coupons are actually a method of price reduction, so logically sales tax should be calculated after coupons but that’ll never happen here.

  7. J Lynn says

    My store coupons specifially say “May no be used in combination with any other offer” Does this mean I can’t “stack”?

  8. w dodd says

    One thing to watch for is that I know some stores won’t allow you to use a coupon for more than the item. For instance if there is a $1.00/1 coupon and the item is .99 the store won’t allow you to use the coupon. Some stores might, but the one I woked for didn’t.

    • says

      Luz — you can load some electronic coupons to your grocery store cards — try cellfire.com and shortcuts.com for instance. But the printable coupons, no, you’ll need a printer to take advantage of.

    • says

      Yvette — to double means that a store will give you double the face value of the coupon (so, for instance, a $.35/1 coupon would give you $.70 off). Chicago-area stores generally don’t do this, but stores in other areas often will.

  9. Alison K says

    If you have a store coupon (Safeway), can you “stack” it with a manufacture coupon that says “do not double”? I three in my shopping trip today and I want to make sure I am doing this correct.

      • says

        Hi Alison K — yup, Joe is correct. “Do not double” refers to certain stores that “double” manufacturer coupons, or give you twice their face value. (So if you had a $.35 coupon, you’d get $.70 off the item.) You can definitely stack your manufacturer coupons with your Safeway store coupons.

  10. Megan says

    Hi. Do you know if “parent company” coupons can be used at their other stores (ie. Safeway coupons at Dominicks)?

  11. Allison says

    Hi! I have a question about B1G1 coupons. I have a B1G1 manufacturer’s coupon for feta cheese and also have a $1 off manufacturer’s coupon for the same cheese. Can I use both of these as I am “purchasing” 2 items – albeit one of them is free? Thanks so much in advance!

  12. says

    This is my first time on this website. I read that at Jewel you can us a coupon from Dominicks and then a manufacturer coupon. Does Jewel accept coupons from Dominicks. Thanks

    • says

      Jewel’s official policy says that they will accept competitor coupons for _store brand items only_ on identical Jewel store brand items. So if Dominick’s has a store coupon for $.50 off Safeway 1 lb brown sugar, Jewel will accept it for $.50 off Jewel store brand 1 lb brown sugar. Most cashiers and cs people at Jewel DO NOT KNOW THIS and it will require looking up the policy, and it does not apply to store coupons on name-brand products.

  13. Claudia says

    I printed 5 manufacturers coupons (save $1 off any ThermaCare) that state ” not valid in connection with any other offer”.
    Can I use all 5 at once (at Walgreens) to buy 5 different ThermaCare products and get $1 off each one?
    Right now, Walgreens offers $1.50 in RRs for buying one ThermaCare. Would I get $7.50 in RRs if I buy all 5 at once or do I have to buy them separately and get 5x$1.50 RRs?
    What does the security code provided at the bottom of a printable coupon mean?

    • says

      Claudia — yes, you can use all five — it means you can’t use more than one manufacturer coupon on the same item (so you couldn’t use all five on one thermacare).

      At Walgreens, you only get one RR per transaction. So you would have to split them up. You also can’t roll them, meaning you can’t use the RR from one thermacare to buy another thermacare, or the new one won’t print.

      The security codes individualize the coupons so you can’t just make multiple photocopies — they have unique security codes or PIN numbers.

    • says

      Cal — no. When a store doubles coupons, what they do is give you twice the face value of a manufacturer’s coupon. So if you have a $.35 coupon, they’ll give you $.70 credit for it. They usually have restrictions (like under $1.00, etc.).

  14. michelle says

    I am new to this but i have a question about jingle cash i went to walgreens and purchased some medicine and ziploc bags and chex mix and air freshner and i had manufacturers for all my items then she told me my total and i handed he the 2 5 dollars jingle cash and they beeped so she said that i had to many manufacture coupons. so how do i use the jingle cash?

    • says

      Michelle — At Walgreens, and Walgreens only, every manufacturer coupon in your order (including Register Rewards/Jingle Cash) need an item to “attach” to. So if you already had a manufacturer coupon for every item in your order, you’d need to add two more small items in order to use two Jingle Cash. That’s why you’ll see blogs talking about cheap “fillers” you can throw into your order.

  15. Angela says

    Do you know anything about Target accepting expired coupons? I thought they took them up to 30 days expired, and I had no trouble with that until this past week when the cashier said he had never heard of Target taking an expired coupon. I usually save my recently expired coupons for Ultra and Target, so I guess I better reorganize if Target doesn’t do that.
    PS- there’s nothing in their policy about it

  16. Michele says

    Hello, Im new to using coupons, So I want to try it out. So this is goning to be first time but I have a question that I cant seem to find the answer anywhere. CVS is having a sale spend $25 get $10 Extra bucks back. I want to buy 5 Wisk laundry saops@ $5 each= $25 so I will the $10, now my bill in $15,,,HERES t hequestion, I also have 5 $2.00 off coupons for Wisk, Whick brings my total to $5.00 (without tax) Thats a $1.00 each for a 32 load laundry saop.

    Question- Can I use 2, 5, or even 25 of the same coupon as long as I have the same number of the product in my shoppong cart, at any store? For example I want 20 bottles of Wisk laundry soap and I have 20 $2.00 off coupons, Can I do this in 1 transaction at any store? Thank you so much for reading, Michele

    • says

      Michele — There are two parts to your question. First, yes — if you look at manufacturer coupons, they say “one per purchase,” which means “one per item purchased.” So if you buy one wisk, you can use one coupon; if you buy 200 wisk, you can use 200 coupons.

      But as far as getting back the ECB, the limit on that deal is once per card. So you will only get back $10 ECB for the first 5 wisk, and then will not get any more extrabucks for any more Wisk you buy. So you’ll only want to buy five for this particular deal.

  17. Anne says

    In regards to Walgreens Register Rewards, you answered in a previous questions that you only get one register rewards per transaction. Does that mean if i buy a soap that says it will give me $1.00 RR and a bag of chips that if purchased will give me $2.00 in RR at the same time, I’ll only get just one of the RR back in this shopping transaction?

    • says

      Anne — One Register Rewards per unique deal per transaction. So if you bought the soap and the chips at the same time, you’d get both the $1.00 and the $2.00 back. If you bought 2 soap, you’d only get one $1.00 RR back.

  18. Kendra says

    Question about Walgreens rain check policy. If item : Motrin PM 3.00 (with +3RR) are nowhere to be found, can I get a raincheck and will they still give the RR when they come back in?

    2nd Question: what if store is out of product & you get a raincheck and your Q expires before they come back in- are you out of luck?

    • says

      Hi Kendra — Sorry, I’m behind and just got to this. Walgreens will give a rain check for the price, but not for the RR. CVS will give rain checks with the ECB deals included.

      Some stores will let you redeem coupons if they weren’t expired at the time of the original sale. But your mileage will vary there.

  19. xiulan says

    If I have a coupon for $1.00 off and the item is .99 can I use it if I have a buffer item like a pack of gum or something?

    • says

      At most stores, yes. Some stores will give you the penny in overage toward that pack of gum, but other stores will adjust the manufacturer coupon down to $.99.

  20. Liz says

    I have a coupon question and would appreciate some help:
    If I have 2 count coupons for $2.00 off 1 4pk of ensure and 1 B2G1 Free… can I combine all three coupons towards a purchase of 3 packs. Not sure if this makes sense… AAAGGGHHHH… I might be way over-analyzing this lol :o/

    • says

      Yes. Buy three packs. The buy 2 get 1 free applies to the third pack, with the first two packs being your qualifying purchase to get the third free. One $2.00/1 applies to pack one, one $2.00/1 applies to pack two. :)

  21. emily says

    hello im new to couponing and im comfused by the terms on the coupon..
    some say “limit one per perchase”, limit oen coupon per purchase of product and quantity stated” there are a few other diffrent ones ive seen also.

    i want to know if i clip 2 coupons that are the same from two papers can i use both coupons at the same time on two items in one transaction or do i have to do two seperate transactions?

    • says

      Hi Emily. One per purchase means one “per item purchased.” So for example if you had two $1.00/1 coupons for Pampers diapers, you could buy two Pampers diapers in one transaction and use one coupon on each of them. Hope that helps!

  22. TL says

    Hello I’m new to couponing so I am a bit confused with the policy. I noticed that Rite Aid in California, charged me sales tax on both the item and the manufacture coupon I used. For example, I bought something for $1.99, used a manufacture coupon for $1 and get tax for a total of $2.99. Can they do that? I thought they can only tax on the item bought? Someone help please :).

    • says

      That doesn’t make any sense. I don’t have a Rite Aid and am not in California, but it sounds like something went wonky. You should have been charged tax on the $1.99 price. The manufacturer coupon is a form of payment, so if you hand them a $1.00 manufacturer coupon, it’s like handing them a $1.00 bill.

      • TL says

        Yup, I found it odd as well. On my receipt it actually say taxable next to selective manufacture coupon. I don’t understand how can you tax a coupon, it’s not even a item that i’m buying. I just wanted to see if this happened to anyone. I didn’t want to complain about it and find out that they can tax the coupon.

  23. Breanna says

    I know this sounds stupid but.
    What does it mean when a coupon says “Coupon cannot be combined with any other
    offer, coupon or promotion”?

    Does it mean I can’t use another manufacturer’s coupon with it or any

    Also can this coupon be doubled? It does not say “Can’t be doubled”.

    • says

      Store coupons don’t double. Manufacturer coupons if you are in an area that doubles should double up to your store’s allowed amount and within their limits. Some that say “cannot be doubled” actually do double automatically at the register, if the barcode starts with a 5. You can’t combine two manufacturer coupons on one item. Hope that helps!

  24. Kalyn says

    I’m new at this and have a question. I have 2 coupons, one is for $2 off ONE Venus razor and the other is for $3 off TWO Venus razors. Can I use these together?

    • says

      No — if they are both manufacturer coupons, you would have to buy three products. If you just buy two razors, the $3.00/2 is for both of those two products, and so you have already used a coupon on each of them.

      Now, if one is a store coupon and one is a manufacturer coupon, then you CAN use them together.

  25. Andre says

    Wow, I never knew there was a whole world of coupons to discover. This is pretty cool, but I’m a newbie to this and don’t wanna botch anything. I live in mt holly NJ and I’m curious about the Acme in my town. I’m reading up alot about how to play the coupon game, but I wanted to know if there was anyway that I could figure out how to do the coupon thing at specific stores. I’ve found some places that talk about how to work a CVS, Walgreens, or Target, but I can’t find too much on Acme. Also, is there an easy way that I can figure out what items are on sale, and what coupons are exist that can be used on those items. Is there some kind of website that makes this easy or something? Thanks :)

  26. Kate says

    I am new to couponing and I am confused on the wording of some of the MF coupons.

    I understand what “Limit one coupon per purchase” means. But here’s the part I don’t get:
    “Limit of 4 like coupons in same shopping trip”

    What does that mean? Let’s say I have a MF coupon for $.25 off of 1 product. I can still use this MF coupon stacked with a store coupon right?


    • says

      Hi Kate — That wording means that you can only use four of the same coupon per shopping trip. So let’s say you buy five newspapers and have five coupons for Crest toothpaste. You go to the store and want to buy five tubes of Crest toothpaste. However, your coupons says “four like coupons per shopping trip” so you could only use four of them in one transaction on four tubes of toothpaste — if you wanted the fifth tube, you’d have to buy it another time with that last coupon.

      So yes, you can still stack these with store coupons — it’s just talking about how many of the identical manufacturer coupon you can use per transaction.

      • Kate says

        Thanks, Rachel! I really appreciate you taking the time to answer! Still figuring out all of the wording/tricks!

  27. Matthew says

    Hi, Rachel!

    I have a question about the CVS Extrabucks.
    I’ve yet to try my hand at them because of something that I’ve been wondering about and I don’t want to go into the store not knowing for sure and looking like a fool. (I have a fear of being embarassed, seriously.)

    I’m looking at a CVS ad and some Extrabucks offers say “limit 2 per household with card”.

    My question is…does that mean limit 2 of that particular item’s extrabucks rewards or 2 overall?

    Can I buy 2 Oral-B toothbrushes limit 2 ($3 Extrabucks each) for $6 in Extrabucks PLUS 2 Crest Pro-Health limit 2 ($2.50 Extrabucks each) for $5 in Extrabucks AND 2 Excedrin Migraine limit 2 ($.99 Extrabucks each) for $1.98 Extrabucks for a total of $12.98 in Extrabucks?!

    Many thanks!

    • says

      Matthew — Get yourself to CVS — you don’t know what you’re missing! :) When the offers say “limit 2 per household,” they mean two of that particular ECB offer on that particular item per card. So yes, you can absolutely buy multiple ECB-producing items in one transaction and get up to the stated limit on each one. Here, check out my shopping trip here: http://www.mashupmom.com/?p=49835 (the photo shows both CVS and Walgreens but I break the trips down below) — I bought the Colgate toothbrush/toothpaste and the Crest Pro-Health and the Lamisil and the Metamucil, all ECB-producing items and all in one trip. And your planned trip would work.

      I should mention though that you are writing this on Saturday, so it is likely they’re out of stock on one or more of these items because the sale started last Sunday. Another cool thing to know about CVS is that they will write you a rain check with ECB on it. So, say they are out of the Oral-B toothbrushes — they will write you a rain check for this week’s price and note the ECB on it, so you can just use the rain check when they are back in stock and get both the sale price and the ECB.

  28. April says

    I would like to know what some of the best coupon clipping services are, and I have a second question. Is there any websites where u can print out the coupon circulars from newspapers?

    • says

      No, you can’t print out the coupon circulars from newspapers. Some of the same coupons are sometimes available on smartsource.com or redplum.com, but nowhere near all of them.

      And, there are so many clipping services. I use coupondede.com and thecouponclippers.com, but it will depend what’s near you (for fast shipping) and it’s good to shop around a couple to see who has the quantities/prices on the ones you need.

  29. Amy S. says

    I hope you don’t mind me reviving the thread… I have been trying to work the details on a matchup I have for Target and for the life of me I can’t figure it out. =(

    This scenerio involves the Kellogg’s FiberPlus Chewy bars.

    I have 4 Target coupons (online)that say “Buy Three, Get One FREE”, and I also have 2 ManQ’s for “Save 1.00 on any two packages”

    Can I use 2 ManQ’s in this deal, since the forth one is technically free? Which would I hand first to the cashier?

    (Sorry, still a bit of a newbie!)

    • says

      That’s cause Target is confusing. Their policy is now not to allow a coupon on a “free” item. However, they might go through anyway. It will really depend on the cashier :). I’d hand over the manufacturer coupons first, then the Target.

  30. Natalie says

    I have been having some trouble lately with the general mills cereal coupons: Save $1 on 3 boxes. I have been able to, in the past, hand the cashier 3 $1 off 3 coupons since I am technically buying 3 boxes. Did I just get lucky or have the rules changed??


    • says

      $1.00 off three boxes means exactly what it says: that $1.00 off applies to all three boxes. You cannot use more than one manufacturer coupon per item. You cannot use three $1.00 off three boxes on three boxes; you would need to buy nine boxes.

  31. Diana says

    Our Ralph’s store closed but I’m still getting coupon books from them. They state at the top they are Manufacturer coupons, but have Ralph’s name at the bottom. Can I use them at any supermarket chain??? Thanks for your help!

    • says

      If they state manufacturer coupon and have a redemption address, they are redeemable anywhere. However, some stores have a policy that they will not take a manufacturer’s coupon with another store’s logo, so it will really depend on the store.

      • Diana says

        Thanks, they do, but Von’s/Safeway exception is they will not accept manufacturer coupons that display another retailer’s logo or name unless such coupon is for a specific item with the same product identifiers as the product included in our customer’s purchase transaction. Does that mean they WILL ACCEPT if they carry the same item??? What about cutting off the logo on the bottom which is very simple to do???

        • says

          Yes — Safeway (and all their chains) will take them. That is their convoluted way of saying they will take them only if they are for a specific item, not a catalina coupon for X$ off your next shopping order :).

  32. ishaa says

    Hey I’m new to couponing I have to small children and I’m looking for ways to save money. I was wondering if I could print the same coupon over and over and use it on the same order

    • says

      There are generally print limits on coupons so that you can only print two per computer. You can use one per item — so if you have two $1.00 off one pack of pampers, you could use two in the same order if you had two packs of pampers in that order.

  33. stacey04 says

    i have 2 MQ – a BOGO & a $1/2 – can i buy 3 items and use both coupons? there have been so many deals lately when you buy 3 items, but i hadn’t tried this scenario yet. thanks!

  34. Jennifer says

    I have a question that 3 employees at Pathmark could not answer for me, all they said is ” try it and see” but being that I don’t really need them for my self, I don’t want to spend the money if I don’t have to. I have loaded a ecoupon to my pathmark club card for Huggies wipes and I have 4 manufactures coupons for the same… So if I was to purchase 4 wipes in one transaction, will the ecoupon work for all 4 items or just one?

    • says

      Well, I don’t have a Pathmark here — but e-coupons in general are almost always just one-time use, so it will probably come off just one.

  35. Erica says

    I am new to couponing and was wondering were is the best place to get coupons for like canned goods and frozen goods. Finding good websties is hard and finding good couppons is harder were do i need to go?

    • says

      Hi Erica – I post a lot of the new coupons here as they come out. If you are looking for printable coupons, if you look up in the top menu under “print coupons” there are several sites for you to look through. Some companies also put coupons on their own websites if you have a favorite brand.

  36. katy says

    I am still fairly new to couponing, stock piles and saving money. Does anyone know where I can look to find out when a product(paper towels, tp, diapers etc) is at a price worth stocking up on?I

  37. marissa says

    Question- so I am new to couponing and have two little mouths to feed. I was wondering.. I no that you cant combined manufactures coupons but say for instance I had a manufacturer’s coupon and store coupon for a box of cereal and I wanted 2 boxes. Could I use another identical manufacturers coupon for the 2nd box and another store coupon?

    • says

      It depends on the store. Some grocery stores for instance only allow one store coupon per transaction, so you would have to split that up into two different shopping trips — one box with one store and one manufacturer coupon in one transaction, and then do a separate transaction with your second box.

      At some stores, like Walgreens, the store coupon will come off multiple items — so if you buy two boxes of cereal and have two manufacturer coupons and use a $.50/1 Walgreens store coupon as well, that $.50 will come off EACH box of cereal and you only have to use one coupon.

      At other stores, like Whole Foods, you can use multiple store coupons per transaction, so in that case you could do just what you said above, buy two boxes and use two store coupons and two manufacturer coupons.

      So it really depends on their store and their policy.

  38. Dee says

    I am no stranger to couponing :) but, new to the city of Chicago! I am not opposed to leaving the city (since we are on the skirts) to food shop to help save us some money! I have seen Meijer’s, Trader Joe’s, Aldi’s, Jewels, Walmart, Target, Whole Foods and maybe a few other stores (I have only been here for a few days). I am not familiar with the main stream/”traditional” food stores in this region since most are not located along the Eastern Coast. Which are the best for couponers? Do any tend to have better perks (i.e. fuel perks) than others? Better coupon policy or doubling days? I would like to try to purchase healthy foods, so less processed overall. Is there a better way to go about getting fruits & veggies? Any one farmer’s market better than a food store cost? THANK YOU!!!

    • says

      We will put your question about farmer’s markets in particular in the daily “reader deals” post since I’m out in the burbs and not familiar with those in your area. http://www.mashupmom.com/category/reader-deals/

      The only grocery store that doubles here is Mariano’s, and only on Wed. with minimum $25 purchase. I don’t believe any in the city offer fuel perks — just those further out — although Meijer sometimes has fuel offers with mPerks or Catalinas. You can check out the current deals at each store under the grocery deals in the drop down menus at the top, to get an idea of which might best meet your needs — as far as fruits and veggies, your local produce stores are going to be the cheapest. I get most of mine at Pete’s Market (and some at ALDI), or if you have a Caputo’s near you.

  39. Kia says

    One more, is a digital coupon (on my phone that is saved to a card or acct like at walgreens or DG) considered store or manufacter coupons? And thank you so much!!

    • says

      It depends on the coupon — some digital coupons are store, and some are manufacturer. Usually it will tell you in the fine print if you hover or under details. Most of the Walgreens ones are manufacturer and most of the DG ones are store, but it’s always good to look. :)

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