Pella Chronicle

Opinion

September 25, 2009

Tips from the Coupon Queen



Did you know that most stores accept two coupons for the same item? Many stores’ coupon policies allow stacking, the term couponers use for pairing a manufacturer coupon (found in newspaper inserts and on the Internet) with a store coupon that the store offers in a local flyer or on its Web site. Pairing the manufacturer coupon and the retailer coupon results in significant savings for you. Often, a shopper who stacks coupons in this way can get items things for free.

I know what you’re must be thinking: Free? Yes, free. Completely free. Let me give you a few examples of sales that I’ve recently enjoyed.

Shampoo is on sale for $3. The store’s flyer has a $2 store coupon for the shampoo. I have a $1 manufacturer coupon for the same brand of shampoo. Using both coupons together results in $3 savings, and I go home with a free bottle of shampoo.

Frozen vegetables are on sale for $1 a bag. The store’s Web site has a store coupon for 50 cents off, and I have a 50-cent manufacturer coupon for the same brand of vegetables. Using these together saves me $1 - my vegetables are free.

Even when items aren’t free, they’re often significantly cheaper with stacking.

A half-gallon of organic milk is on sale for $3. The store’s Web site has a store coupon for $1.75 off this brand of milk. This milk also has a Web site with a printable manufacturer coupon for 50 cents off a half-gallon. Now, my carton of organic milk is just 75 cents.

Learning that stores allow customers to stack coupons is a revelation to new coupon users, and stacking is a big factor in bringing your total grocery bill down to a manageable level. When I go to the grocery store, almost every item I buy is significantly less than the price most other people pay. I buy items with coupons when the items are at their lowest point in the sales cycle, and I stack store and manufacturer coupons together to achieve the lowest prices possible.

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