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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.
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.