These days, everyone is trying to save a buck or two. This is completely understandable, considering the cost of living in some areas! One incredibly effective way to pinch pennies is to take up couponing. (Yes, I just used that word as a verb, because that’s just how popular it’s become!) So many people have hopped aboard the couponing train in an effort to stretch their dollars. One of the most essential aspects of the whole couponing process is the act of “stacking” coupons. Take a look at this beginner’s guide to stacking coupon in order to get the most out of couponing.
Check out some of our favorite retailers that accept coupons and visit their coupon pages - Target, CVS, Walmart, Walgreens, and Rite Aid. Also, Target has updated their coupon policy; read about the most important changes.
What is “stacking” coupons?
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Stacking coupons simply means using a store coupon and a manufacturer coupon at the same time, on the same item. These days, most stores that issue store coupons will allow customers to use, or stack, a manufacturer coupon on top of it. This brings us to the next very important detail: What are store and manufacturer coupons and how can you recognize the difference between the two?
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Store coupons vs. manufacturer coupons
Store coupons and manufacturer coupons are the two main types of coupons out there. Again, they are the two types of coupons that you can ‘stack’ to get the best possible discount in stores.
Store coupons: These are coupons issued by the specific store itself, often found in the store’s weekly ad, online on the store’s website, or even on the racks inside of the store. In terms of store coupons, the store does not get reimbursed for the loss suffered from customers using these coupons. Rather, the company itself takes the loss and absorbs the cost, simply because it is a great way to attract more customers into the store. Typically, store coupons will have the name of the store right on the coupon, or it will say “Store Coupon”, so they are very easy to recognize. They are extremely common at national retailers like Target, Walgreens, Rite Aid, and CVS.
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Manufacturer coupons: Most coupons you find are manufacturer coupons, as these are much more common than store coupons. These coupons are issued by the company that makes the product, and can be found on coupon websites and in the Sunday newspaper. In the case of manufacturer coupons, the company that makes the product reimburses the store for the value of that coupon, so the store itself isn’t taking a hit, or losing money. Manufacturer coupons usually say “Manufacturer Coupon” right on them, and include a redemption address in fine print so the retailer can submit the coupon back to the manufacturer for reimbursement.
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“Stacking” coupons and “doubling” coupons are completely different!
Doubling coupons is more of a specific store promotion, and is much more rare than stacking coupons. Doubling coupons is when a store allows its customers to double the value of a manufacturer coupon up to a certain amount (usually less than $1). For example, if you have a manufacturer coupon for $0.50 off and the store allows doubling of coupons, you’ll receive $1.00 off your item instead.
An example of stacking coupons:
If Walgreens has Dove shampoo on sale for $3 per bottle this week, and you have a manufacturer coupon for $1.00 off and a Walgreens coupon for $1.25 off, you can stack your coupons - on top of the store sale - and get the Dove shampoo for just $0.75 per bottle!
It sounds pretty simple, right? Once you get the hang of it, it is. But stacking coupons is an art form that takes tons of practice. When done correctly, it can cut down your cost of groceries and other household items more than you can even imagine. Sometimes you can even get things for free by stacking correctly!