Combining coupons and stacking coupons are very different techniques for saving money and yet they confuse many people.
An advanced couponer knows that combining coupons is a great way to save even more money. Combining coupons means using 2 different coupons together on 2 separate products. Stacking coupons is using 2 coupons on 1 product.
Let me show you how it’s done!
How To Combine Coupons The Right Way
Let’s say you have a coupon for Buy One Get One Free Purex laundry detergent. You also have a coupon for $1.50 off Purex laundry detergent.
Pick up 2 bottles of Purex and head to checkout.
The BOGO means you get the Purex bottle #2 for free and use the $1.50 off on Purex bottle #1 which you are purchasing. Since each coupon only applies to a single item it is totally ok to use them together!
An instance where this would NOT be ok is if there is already a pre-existing in-store BOGO offer as you CANNOT use a coupon on an already free product. You would be limited to using one coupon or the other.
How to Combine Coupons The Wrong Way
It is important to remember that combining coupons properly means that each coupon you are using only applies to one item. Here is an example of coupons that CANNOT be combined.
This time you have a Glade coupon for $5 off when you purchase 2 products. You also have a coupon for $1 off any Glade product.
You pick up your 2 Glade products and head to checkout.
The $5 off WUB2 means you are saving $2.50 off each product. By adding the extra $1 coupon, you are now into coupon stacking territory.
It is also important to note, that you will not be able to do this at all stores and with all cashiers. However, if there is no restrictive wording, it can be done.
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