We have discussed where to get coupons, let’s go over some manufacturer’s coupon basics so that you are able to shop with confidence when using coupons.

A manufacturer’s coupon is a piece of paper with a specific discount for a specified product printed on it. A manufacturers coupon can be used at most stores that carry the specified product. A store coupon can only be used at that specific store…unless, they accept competitor coupons. To receive your discount you must purchase the indicated product and give the cashier the coupon to be scanned. The amount indicated on that coupon will be deducted from your purchase.

Coupons may only be used once and for the # of items indicated on the coupon. For example, let’s say you have a $1 off of 1 can of soup and you want to buy 3 of them…you would need 3 separate manufacturer’s coupons…you can’t use one coupon for 3 cans of soup and expect to get $1 off of each one. You may only use one manufacturers coupon for the indicated item purchased.

You may not more than 1 manufacturers coupon on one item. You may not buy one box of cereal and use 3 different manufacturer’s coupons on it. You may only use one of your coupons on the cereal. This does not apply when you have 1 manufacturer coupon that you want to stack with a store coupon.

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Read the actual wording of the coupon and disregard its picture. Manufacturer’s usually put a picture of their most expensive product or a product they are trying to promote on the coupon. However, if you actually read the coupon, it will typically say “save on any brand of ABC product.” If that is the case, you can use the coupon for a less expensive item from that Manufacturer.

Sometimes a coupon will say “one coupon per purchase” or “one coupon per transaction”…there is a difference!. “one coupon per purchase” means you are allowed to use one coupon for 1 item. For example, if you purchase 4 bottles of laundry detergent, you will need 4 separate coupons and you are allowed to use them all. However, if the coupon says “one coupon per transaction” you would only be able to use that coupon 1 time for that transaction…so if you had 4 coupons you wanted to use, you would need to do 4 different transactions. This is important and tends to come up alot!

You can use a manufacturers coupon on an product that is on sale or clearance.

If you are using your coupons properly, don’t be afraid to speak up if there is a problem. In most cases the cashiers are not familiar with their store’s policy on coupons or are misinformed. Simply explain why you feel you should be able to use your coupon to the cashier…if they still won’t budge, kindly ask to speak to the store manager. That is why it’s always a good idea to carry the store’s coupon policy with you. I do and I have no problem sharing it with the cashiers and store managers when need be.

Don’t feel bad or make apologies for being a savvy shopper!

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