Combining Coupons

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This is a page about combining coupons. If you take the time to get organized with coupons and rebates before you shop, you can save a lot of money. Coupon stacking is when you use a store coupon and a manufacturer's coupon on the same item, which typically results in a very reduced price once they are both applied. Here are some tips for how to best combine coupons.

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February 3, 2011

Did you know that store coupons can be used along with manufacturer coupons on the same item at the same time? For example, Target had a store coupon for Colgate toothpaste for $1.00 off. I also had a manufacturer coupon for $1.00 off. When I bought the toothpaste which sells for $2.49, I use both coupons at the same time and paid only 49 cents.

By pat from CA

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May 6, 20110 found this helpful
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Thanks for the info. I did not know this was allowed.

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February 17, 2009

When stocking up for toiletries, I find Rite Aid to be a good store. They have all these rebate sales, where the product ends up being free (or close to it).

This week they have 4 pack Bic razors on sale for $4.99, the newspaper has a coupon for $2. You enter the receipt on the rite aid site and they will send a check for $2. The total cost of the razors is .99 cents - that's .25 cent a razor.

You can get their ad free at the store or go the website to see what the months deals are. I find it very easy to use.

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February 19, 20090 found this helpful
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Sounds like a good frugal idea! I don't think we have Rite Aid in our area. I will go to their website to see. Here in the Chicago area, it's CVS, Osco and Walgreens.

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June 11, 2005

Did you know you can use 2 coupons on the same product? Yes, a "store" coupon and a "manufacturers" coupon can be combined.


For example, Walgreen's has a coupon in their flyer for Listerine (this is a "store" coupon).

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February 3, 2011

Don't be afraid to "stack" coupons by combining manufacturer coupons with store coupons. Most stores (Target, CVS, and Walgreens, for example) will allow you to do so. I've been able to purchase $25 worth of items for approximately $5 using this method.


By A Trevino from San Antonio, TX

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January 4, 2011

I've been trying to find the answer to this one: I've been learning how to power coupon shop. There are groups that tell how to stack coupons at such places as Walgreen's.

Well Walgreen's has a sales circular that will have a coupon in it (this is a store coupon) then you can stack a manufacturer coupon. Does anyone know if there happens to be a store logo on these manufacturers' coupons, can I still use these as a regular coupon or does this logo make it store specific?


By Meemaw


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Normally with a store logo, it makes it a "specific coupon". I have been doing the same for a few years now. If it has a store logo, basically only that store would accept it. There are tons of sites to get just manufacturers coupons though. Hope this helps. :) (05/27/2010)

By Auniee

Coupon Stacking

The coupons in the Walgreen's ad are Walgreens store coupons, not manufacturer's coupons. You can only use these at Walgreens, unless you know of a store that will match or beat a competitor's price with coupons.

You can use a store coupon and a manufacturer's coupon at most places to "stack" coupons. Most but not all stores do this but as far as coupons go it can be hit or miss on a store by store basic. It is a good idea to either ask your store manager ahead of time or many of the stores have official written coupon policies available online that you can print in case you have a new cashier unfamiliar with coupon policies.


A manufacturer's coupon barcode will start with a 5 or a 9*. (The Wag's store coupons start with a 0.)

A manufacturer's coupon will have fine print at the bottom with retailer instructions on where to remit for reimbursement. A store coupon does not have this.

To further complicate this there are coupons that have a store logo but also say "manufacturer's coupon" on them. (coupons at for instance). They say manufacturer's coupon but have a Target logo. You supposedly can use these at other stores since it is a manufacturer's coupon but it is up to the non-Target store whether they take them or not. I have read online that some places will and some won't. I don't do it.

There are coupons in this week's RiteAid ad that have a Rite Aid logo on them but say "manufacturer's coupon" on them. The barcode does not start with a 5 or 9 and they say "good only at Rite Aid". So these are not good at other stores, unless you have a store that will price match another stores offers.


With the popularity of printable online coupons and the mayhem that seems to ensue with them the various store policies on the use of coupons seems to change frequently so keep that in mind. :-)

* = 5 means it can be doubled if your store allows doubles and 9 means the coupon does not allow it to be doubled. (05/27/2010)


Coupon Stacking

When using store coupons and manufacturing coupons, keep in mind that if you give them the store coupons to deduct first they will usually take the manufacturers coupons next. If you hand them the manufacturer coupons first they can refuse the store coupons. I always stack them so I can grab the store ones first and wait until the clerk finishes deducting those before handing her the others. Don't forget to stack them with sales and rebates. Walgreens also allows you to use as many coupons as you need for you purchase e.g. if the coupons says limit 3 you may use 2 coupons for 6 items or 3 coupons for 9 items. Walgreens is a great store! (05/28/2010)

By susan

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