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Sunday, August 8, 2010

Couponing: Part One (Continued) Updated 5-30-10

While on a mini-vaca with my family, I thought of a few more things to add to Part One of my couponing series:

1.  Check with your favorite stores about their policies
regarding doubling and tripling coupons.  Some don't do it.  Some do, but up to a certain amount that the coupon is worth.  There are stores that only do it certain days of the week.

2.  Many stores offer "Store Coupons".  Stores that I'm aware of are Target, Walgreen's, Kroger and I'm sure there are many more.  These are a great asset when used with a manufacturer's coupon.  The two are entirely different and can usually be used together on one item.  If I buy a bottle of dishwasher detergent and have a store coupon along with a manufacturer's coupon, they can be used together to save even more money.  The best deal, though, is if there is also a sale going on.  Those three things, together, can sometimes add up to free, or nearly free, items.

3.  Sometimes, you may have a manufacturer's coupon, but it will also have a store name on it. In this case, don't be afraid to ask another store if they will accept the coupon.  It's up to the store, but I've never had one turn me down.  I've used a manufacturer's coupon, with the name "Kroger" written on it, at Walgreen's.  It will be silly for the store to turn you down, because they will be reimbursed the amount of the coupon PLUS $.8 handling, so the store will be making money.  However, if the store refuses, just accept it and perhaps call Customer Service when you get home.

4.  You may have a coupon that reads:  Do Not Double or Triple.  Did you know that if the sku (that bar code number), starts with a 5, the coupon will still double or triple automatically?  If it starts with a 9, though, it won't.
If I think of more miscellaneous info regarding couponing, I'll add it to this blog post, so check back.


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