Looking to save more money groceries, personal care products, and a variety of household items? With a little planning and the right coupons, you can do exactly that—especially when you stack your coupons. Here’s what to know.
Simply put, coupon stacking refers to using coupons, as well as at least one other discount—through a rebate app, loyalty club membership, promo code, or additional coupon(s)—on a single item.
One of the most common types of coupon stacking is using a manufacturer’s coupon and a store coupon on the same product. Manufacturer’s coupons are the kind you find in the Sunday newspaper or on Coupons.com; store coupons are issued by a specific retailer and are only valid in that store.
So let’s say that Brand A toothpaste has issued a manufacturer’s coupon for $1 off of a tube, and a pharmacy chain has a weekly offer of $1 off Brand A toothpaste. If the regular price of a tube of the toothpaste in the pharmacy chain is $5, then by stacking both types of coupons, you’ll get it for $3.
Whether you’re new to coupon stacking or have been doing it for years, here are a few tips to help you get even deeper discounts:
In addition to their regular sales and store coupons, some retailers offer additional discounts to members of their loyalty programs, which, in some cases, can add up to three types of savings to stack.
Some retailers—especially those online—limit customers to one coupon or discount per order. Look into this before spending time and effort doing the actual shopping. That way, there won’t be any surprises at the end.
While some checkout registers have no problem with coupon stacking, others get confused by the multiple discounts. To avoid this, give the cashier the store coupons to enter first, and then the manufacturer’s coupons.