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Coupon Tip: What is Coupon Stacking?

by Freebies4Mom on January 11, 2008 4:46 am

During my focus on using coupons last year, I learned about “coupon stacking” and wanted to share what I’ve learned with you since I think it will be new information for some of you. Coupon stacking is the ability to use more than one coupon on one item purchased if your store’s policy allows it. Coupon stacking is a store-specific opportunity to save even more money, and get some things for free. Here’s a breakdown of what I’ve learned about these stores:

Target allows you to use one manufacturer’s coupon and one Target store coupon for one item purchased. Obviously both of the coupons have to be specifically for the item you purchase. The Target coupons will say “Target Coupon” at the top of them instead of “Manufacturer’s Coupon” and can I have found in the following formats: printable, mailed to you, peelie coupons attached to products in your store, and printable cash register coupons. Here are the printable Target coupons.

Walgreens also allows you to stack one manufacturer’s coupon and one Walgreens coupons for one item purchased. I have found Walgreens coupons in the weekly sales ad, the monthly EasySaver catalog, delivered via e-mail, and sometimes in the Entertainment Book. The Catalina coupons that print at the register are usually not Walgreens coupons, but manufacturer’s coupons that Walgreens issues.

CVS may be the best-known store where you can stack coupons because in addition to the one manufacturer’s coupon and the one CVS coupon you can stack a third $/$$ coupon on top of that if your overall purchase qualifies. When using a $/$$ coupon you will need to ask the store manager at your local CVS what their policy is because some stores only allow you to use one coupon like this per transaction. Other stores will allow you to use more than one, but your total purchase must add up to the total $$ indicated on the coupons you want to use. For example you could use a “Save $2 on $10 purchase” and a “Save $3 on $15 purchase” if the total of your entire purchase was at least $25 (and if your CVS stores allows this type of coupon usage). Here are a few of the printable coupons available from CVS (read the details carefully for each). You can only use each coupon once with your ExtraCare Card (the code is tracked on your card, you can not use one code more than once):
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I hope that you learned something in this brief overview of “Coupon Stacking” and I welcome your comments on what you have learned from using this type of coupon magic during your shopping trips! Remember that each store has their own individual policies, in addition to the company-wide policies, so your experience may vary from store to store.

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Victoria September 16, 2010 at 9:55 am

I thought Kroger’s digital coupons that you load to your card work as STORE coupons and you may combine them with manufacture’s paper coupons. I’ve just checked their web site, read coupon help section and it says that “Digital coupons and paper coupons MAY NOT be combined on the purchase of a single item.” It doesn’t make any sense! And there is no way a cashier will see that you’ve used a digital coupon and won’t scan your paper one. That’s just not right. I shop at Meijer and they let people combine their website coupons with manufacture’s coupons.


tiffany July 6, 2010 at 10:12 am

Can anyone tell me if Jewel allows coupon stacking? I looked for a policy online but could not find one. Thanks


Cara February 4, 2010 at 7:03 pm

I just wanted to mention that my ineterpretation of "once per transaction" is once per receipt. If I had two identical coupons that said, "one per transaction," I'd split them into two seperate purchases. Total the first purchase out and pay, then repeat. I realize this would be tedious with a large number of coupons, but it should work in a store that is "wishy washy" about their coupon policies. Cecilia, I shopped at CVS today and had great time. LOL! I went in with $4.00 EB and used them on my 1st transaction. I earned another $6.00 EB and used them on my 2nd transaction. I earned another $10.00 EB and used them on my 3rd transaction. In total, I spent about $29 and "saved" about $41 with the sales prices, EBs, and the coupons I used. Gotta love that! Cara


Cecilia February 2, 2010 at 10:40 am

I am a CVS customer. I had a $5 & a $4 coupons from previos buys,a B1G1 febreeze, a $2Tide, a B1G1 crest toothpaste and they have right now a get $10 back if you spend $25 on P&G; products, well, if you sign up for more discounts online with their card they let you print another $5 coupon, so, I did my shopping and added a gal.milk, total came to $47 and after using all legal and usable coupons I paid $26 and they gave me back $10 & $2 coupons, it's like spending $47 and only paying $14, thanks to spending time finding good coupons! I thought I could share this info!


Anonymous September 3, 2009 at 8:30 am

I tried to use a $1.00 off coupon at Meijer the other day for a Buy 2 Get One Free sale on Kotex. Their register took the coupon off the free item. I went to Customer Service and they very nicely gave me a dollar. I just thought I'd let others know to look out for this because if I hadn't checked the receipt I would never have known. At the least the register could have rejected the coupon rather than "wasting" it by accepting it and applying to an already free item.


Anonymous August 28, 2009 at 10:30 am

Went to Kroger the other night and was able to save 70 percent. I bought 4 boxes of general mills cereal and 6 boxes of hamburger helper. Went from 21.90 to a cheap 6.10 after krogers 5.00 off for buying 10 specific items and useing two .75 cent helper coupons that were both doubled and two 1.00 dollar cereal coupons. Great deal,great stack


Darline August 18, 2009 at 9:29 pm

Can anyone tell me if they are experiencing difficulty "stacking" coupons at Publix grocery stores? I was stacking coupons today at the self checkout. The cashier actually came over and deleted several of my coupons, stating I was over the limit for products purchased. He then open the coupon drop box and gave me back the coupons that had already been accepted (the ones he had deleted.) I have never had this happen. I only shop "coupon friendly" stores. Let me know if this is happening at other stores. Thanks!


Anonymous August 6, 2009 at 1:28 am

Im new to couponing since my wife had surgery on her foot. IM ADDICTED!!Anyway, target coupons say one per transaction which I take it to mean one per visit. In fact, thats what the service desk told me. However, I used 14 identical target coupons that say just that and all of them took. The cashier said I could use one per item and I even showed her the one per tranaction statement. Did I get kucky or what?


Heather June 25, 2009 at 1:01 pm

Andrea – Walmart does not allow coupon stacking, but they will match competitor's prices if you bring in the current ad and they sell the exact same product.-HeatherFreebies 4 Mom


Andrea June 25, 2009 at 12:07 pm

Do you know if Walmart allows coupon stacking?


Heather May 28, 2009 at 3:31 pm

Response to Comment #14 – When that happens you need to speak to a store manager because it is usually a case of lack of education about their coupon acceptance policy.-HeatherFreebies 4 Mom


Anonymous May 28, 2009 at 3:29 pm

I tried stacking a manufacturers coupon and target coupon for Yo-P yogurt and cashier would not accept. Is there a secret ‘password’ that you have to say to get them to coupon stack. I even said I read it on-line and it didn’t work.


Angie Marion May 11, 2009 at 7:11 pm

thanks for linking to this today! I’ve been wondering about stacking!


Heather May 7, 2009 at 7:15 pm

Kroger does not allow coupon stacking.-HeatherFreebies 4 Mom


Anonymous May 7, 2009 at 7:02 pm

Does anyone know if Kroger allows coupon stacking?


Alison May 1, 2009 at 11:36 am

On a side note…I've often read of people getting overage if the coupon is for more than the cost of the item. Is this a regional thing? The only way I get overage is if the computer doesn't catch it when scanned, which doesn't happen very often. As I understand, the store still gets the face value of the coupon + p&h.; It really chaps my hide that they refuse to pass on the savings to the customer and pocket the money themselves. I won 2 $4 coupons and the item only cost $3.43 (it wasn't even on sale) so that's all they would take off. I missed out on $1.14 savings because of this policy. This happens often and all those little bits add up to a lot over time.


Alison May 1, 2009 at 11:30 am

Target coupon policy allows stacking of store and manufacturer coupons as long as neither coupon prohibits it. All of the Target coupons I’ve seen say “Limit one offer per transaction.” My local Target store interprets this as only 1 coupon allowed per item. They will not allow use of a manufacturer coupon with a Target coupon for the same item. I’ve contacted Target corporate (once by phone and once by email) to verify if this is true and they refuse to clarify and refer me back to my local store. They say they back whatever the local store says. Needless to say I’m frustrated and not very happy about it.


Heather March 4, 2009 at 9:32 pm

I just deleted a comment that was left on this post because it was an example of how NOT to use coupons. Please remember that coupon stacking means using one store coupon and one manufacturer’s coupon for one item – so two coupons on one item. It is perfectly legitimate to do this at stores that accept these coupons. It is not acceptable to use more than one store coupon or more than one manufacturer’s coupon on one item. Please stick to the rules and don’t try to get away with using more than one type of coupon on one item. It’s not acceptable and most cashier’s will catch it and hand back your extra coupons.-HeatherFreebies 4 Mom


Ruzanna February 26, 2009 at 11:03 pm

e-commerce is getting more and more popular. this creates the need of having good tools to help shoppers make right decisions while buying online. is a place where shoppers can recommend or bury a product, share experience and discuss shopping deals.


Heather January 26, 2009 at 7:44 pm

Response to Comment #5 – Please contact Walmart corporate about accepting your printable coupons, because according to the coupon policy published on their website they still accept them. Read more at Be An Empowered Consumer.-HeatherFreebies 4 Mom


Anonymous January 26, 2009 at 4:57 pm

Thank you for your information on where to print coupons. I took two Progresso Soup coupons that I printed from the Internet to Walmart and they said they would no longer take that type coupon as people are copying them on colored printers and they had an e-mail message from headquarters NOT to take them any more. Was very unhappy to hear that. Have any of you had that problem?


Anonymous December 5, 2008 at 5:57 am

Hi our Kmart is doing double coupons up to and including 2.oo wait until friday and im going over there to stack coupons. this is the second time they have done this. noone around here does that. the most is 50 cents doubled. a few years ago they would have tripled up to 50 cents for a week at a time but that has been a ong time ago so go Kmart. thanks for all the good tips. Gayla


sarah lester December 4, 2008 at 10:09 am

I stacked coupons at meijers on tuesday, they have a deal going on the kellogs cereal 4 for $10.00 and if you buy 4 boxs you get a gallon of milk for free plus I had 2 printable coupons for $1.00 off 1 box so I end up with all of that for $8.00 and then they have the general mills cereal for a $ 1.80 and I had 3 coupons totaling $1.85 off plus had a coupon for a free box of betty crocker fruit snanks if you bought 3 boxs of g cereals, plus I had a meijer coupon for a $2.00 off. So I end up with 7 boxs of cereal, a gallon of milk, and a box of fruit snacks for $9.45 a total savings of $10.25 more than 50%


Heather January 11, 2008 at 2:43 pm

That’s great that you had such a successful shopping trip at CVS, Sue! It is amazing what great deals they have when you do your homework and combine coupons with ExtraBucks deals.


Susie January 11, 2008 at 2:29 pm

I was able to stack three of the coupons today at CVS, the cashier actually noticed the coupons I was holding and said he’d take as many as would scan! You can make out pretty good there also by combining these with manufacturers coupons and the ECB’s that print out on your receipt. I bought about $40 worth of things for $5.00!!


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