Smart Couponing Tip: Know Your Store Coupon Policies

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Smart Couponing Tip:  Know Your Store Coupon Policies

Couponing is a game, so to speak, and when you are playing a game it’s important to know what the rules are before you play. So that means that you need to understand the coupon acceptance policies at the stores you shop at.

Some stores have conveniently posted their coupon policies online so it is very easy for the consumer (you) to know what the rules are. While other stores like to keep us guessing. When in doubt though we recommend that you contact the store either via email or talk to the manager. Knowing if you can stack store coupons, if you can use a buy one get one free coupon on a buy one get one free sale, or if your store doubles or triples coupons is your key to big time savings!


    • Hi Laura, stacking coupons is when you combine one (1) manufactures coupon and one (1) store coupon on the same product. Not all stores have store coupons, and not all store’s allow you to stack their coupons with manufactures coupons. Stacking is not using more than one manufactures coupon on the same item. If you have a coupon that is for 50¢ off one Tide, lets say, you have to buy one Tide for each coupon you have. If you have a coupon that is for #1.00 off two Tides, then you have to buy two Tides for every coupon you have. Hope that helps, but if you have any other questions, please feel free to ask!

  1. What happens if you speak to your manager of the store(I shop at Albertsons) you shop at and he/she acts as though he has never even heard of coupon policies. the response i received when i asked my store manager was “it depends on which manager is on duty for what the policy is” which makes NO sense to me. you would think if it’s a STORE policy. then all the manager’s should follow it. What would you do in that situation?

    • Hi Merry, If I was presented with that situation I would first double check to make sure that the company does not have their official coupon policy posted online (and if they did I would print it out). If they don’t have it online I would send an email to the corporate offices and hope to get something in writing from them. While it is true that some managers have a little bit of discretion when it comes to policys there really should be a store policy in place as a guideline to go by.

  2. I have a MQ B2G1 free for Ken’s dressing and Publix have a sale on the on the ken’s dressing also B2G1 free. How does this work can you explain this to me please.I was under the impression that the 6 dressing was free

    • Hi Dania,

      It would really depend on if there is any sort of fine print wording on the coupons or on the sale. But barring that how it ends up working is you buy 2 and then get 2 for free. One item is free from the sale and one item is free from the coupon.

      Hope that helps!
      Heidi (and to my moderators who I consulted with)

  3. First off, thank you for this wonderful site! I am impressed with how open and sharing this site is! I have been to MANY trying to learn the “secrets” and they all just beat around the bush referring to this or that but never explaining! Your site is beyond wonderful and now I feel I have a TRUE chance to become a decent couponer!

    My questions are a little more difficult to answer, as I am a military wife and shop at the commissary. I went today and literally walked through the aisles and picked up coupons. 99% all said “for military stores only” meaning they could only be used at a PX/BX or a Commisary. Only about 4 or 5 coupons I picked up said “Manufacturer Coupon. So I am wanting to confirm that the ones that are restricted to military use only are in fact “store coupons” that could essentially be stacked with manufacturer coupons.

    My other question is this, (I asked at the commissary and was told they didn’t know and the person to ask was out for the day, and I can’t find an answer online as of yet). I see a lot of coupons from manufacturers that restrict their use in specific states… LA, NV, NJ, ND, TN, and I think one more. Does anyone have any idea if these coupons are restricted to use at Commisaries in the restricted states?

    Thank you in advance for any and all answers, and again for such a wonderfully helpful site!
    Brightest blessings!


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