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What does “Do Not Double” mean?

by Freebies4Mom on October 30, 2009 1:39 pm

You’ve seen it on your coupons “Do Not Double or Triple” in ominous bold print. What does this mean? I’ll share my opinion and experience with you, and then you share yours by leaving a comment.

The computers at most grocery stores that double or triple coupons will still double or triple that coupon (despite the wording). The store gives you that extra savings – it does not come from the manufacturer. So I’m comfortable taking that extra savings that the store is giving me when that store has a doubling or tripling coupon policy in-place.

To be honest with you, if you asked a cashier to not double that coupon – they probably wouldn’t even know how because like I said it’s an automatic thing that the computer does on it’s own! I’ve never had an experience where a cashier has voided the doubling of a coupon because it said “do not double” on it.

My big concern with coupons is to avoid printing or using fraudulent coupons because if you try to use those it’s illegal and the store will not be able to get any money for the coupon from the manufacturer. Please educate yourself about fraudulent coupons so you can avoid them. It really does hurt everyone when fraudulent coupons are used!

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Your turn – what does it mean when you see “do not double or triple” on a coupon and what are your cashiers doing about it?

{ 30 comments… read them below or add one }

Anonymous November 2, 2009 at 11:34 am

At my Kroger they double up to 50 and triple up to 39. I have never had a problem with them doubling or tripling coupons that say Do Not Double…until the other day the cashier actually deleted it and hand entered the coupon so that it would not double on several coupons. I asked her about it and she said the cashiers had gotten into trouble doubling these coupons.

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Anonymous November 1, 2009 at 12:12 am

Rose, as the above poster said, you are not allowed to make copies of Internet coupons. If you read 99% of Internet coupons, they will say "void if copied". The coupons have a unique pin associated with each one, and retailers will not get reimbursed if the submit multiple coupons with the same pin.

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Celia Emmons October 31, 2009 at 4:12 pm

Rose,I am pretty sure you aren't supposed to do that! All of this stuff gets confusing, so I understand! Most printable coupons only allow 2 prints per computer.

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Anonymous October 31, 2009 at 12:17 pm

What does doubling and tripling the coupon mean? Is it where you buy one item and you have a coupon for it, and say it says $.50 off, using the coupon 2 or 3 times on that same item? If someone could please explain that would be great!

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Anonymous October 31, 2009 at 11:35 am

Our stores not only don't do anything automatically, they don't do true doubles… and most stores don't do any doubles at all. And they don't even give the 50 cents if it says don't double or triple. I never thought about it, but it is true that it's the stores money and discretion, not the manufacturers and the manufacturers would have NO way of knowing whether they did that or not. So, I wonder if writing the stores would help… Are all of safeways brands the same way with this?

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Anonymous October 31, 2009 at 8:48 am

I have had a grocery store stop and look at one of those coupons and say that it cannot be doubled. She actually went into the register and took the double off. I was a little mad because I was planning on saving this much and ended up spending more or that small trip to the store….

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Renae@Madame Deals October 31, 2009 at 7:26 am

If a coupon starts with a 5 on the barcode, it should automatically double or triple when scanned. If it starts with a 9, it will not. Here is what I think, the store is offering the double or triple promotion. There should be no problem with getting the extra savings if it is the stores promotion. Most of our local stores just scan away and never even look at the do not double. However, I have had one cashier at a Harris Teeter pull out all of the DND and put them aside to override the system. But, that is the only experience I have had with that.

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Anonymous October 31, 2009 at 1:22 am

I was shocked when I went to my Giant Eagle a few weeks ago, and the cashier hit a button every time a Do not double came up which caused them not to double. I didn't care because I always plan ahead of time with the expectation they won't be doubled (even though they usually are)because that is the rule. This same cashier gave me problems on other coupons though for no reason.

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Anonymous October 31, 2009 at 12:55 am

I was told by a cashier at my local CVS that photocopying coupons are not allowed for those internet ones, even color copies. I had no idea. I am only able to send each coupon to my printer 1 or 2 times max. Those brick ones only let you print them 2 times. But I am able to set my printer to print 9 copies of each. You see there is a button on my actual printer where I can set how many copies I want. So if I set it to 9 and then send the bricks coupon to the printer, it prints it 9 times and I have nine coupons!I hope this is OK and I am not breaking any rules. I am new to using coupons, please educate me!!Thanks,Rose

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Anonymous October 30, 2009 at 11:41 pm

Funny you ask that. Yesterday, a manager at Whole Foods wouldn't allow me to stack with a store coupon for .75/2 and manufacturer's Q's for .40 for each item. Since it said not to double or triple, he wouldn't let me use one per item and stack with the store Q.

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Anonymous October 30, 2009 at 8:49 pm

I asked the manager at my Kroger why some of my 50 cent coupons were not doubling and she said she would get back to me. None of them were marked to not double. Unfortunately she never did. I think my answer is in the ones that are marked with the 5 or 9 at the front to determine if they will or won't. I'l have to start looking to determine if I will actually use that coupon at my Kroger or not.

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Dan October 30, 2009 at 8:36 pm

Acme in Royersford…they examine the coupons like they are counterfit $100 bills. And if they say do not double, you can bet that they change it on me. F*** them. I can shop at Giant across the street and they always double!

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Celia Emmons October 30, 2009 at 7:33 pm

Just a couple weeks ago, I had a cashier at Kroger stop the doubling! I was concerned that the coupon policy changed or something, so I went to customer service, the manager said she shouldn't have done that and gave me a refund! I wasn't expecting it, but boy was I happy! We got to talking and she said she thinks manufacturers put that there so they aren't charged the doubled amount.

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Jessica-MomForHim October 30, 2009 at 4:48 pm

My store automatically doubles them, too, so I assume the store is offering that savings to get me in the door.

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Anonymous October 30, 2009 at 3:03 pm

We have Food Lion and Bilo near us (North Georgia/Chattanooga area). Food Lion Never doubles coupons. The Bilo cashiers look at each coupon and make two stacks — one for coupons that say "Do Not Double" and another for ones that do not. The cashiers manually Suppress the "Do Not Double" coupons from doubling.

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Jonnye October 30, 2009 at 2:59 pm

I just used a bunch of the coupons that had no doubling or tripling on them last night and Kroger still doubled them. I'm a new coupon hunter and user and I'd love to share that I saved around $69.00 last night using coupons, ecoupons on my Kroger card and Kroger plus card savings! I was so happy to pay around $100 for almost $100 worth of groceries!

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Marla October 30, 2009 at 2:52 pm

I shop at Kroger and it is my understanding that they absorb the extra $.50, $.45, etc. My cashiers usually check my coupons to make sure they match up with what I have in my cart and never say anything about the ones that state "do not double or triple." They also have no issues with accepting money off coupons in conjunction with BOGO coupons. The same goes for our CVS. Family Dollar here, on the other hand, does not stack manufacturer Qs and store Qs, nor do they accept internet coupons. It is definitely worth becoming familiar with all of your stores couponing rules.

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Marla October 30, 2009 at 2:52 pm

I shop at Kroger and it is my understanding that they absorb the extra $.50, $.45, etc. My cashiers usually check my coupons to make sure they match up with what I have in my cart and never say anything about the ones that state "do not double or triple." They also have no issues with accepting money off coupons in conjunction with BOGO coupons. The same goes for our CVS. Family Dollar here, on the other hand, does not stack manufacturer Qs and store Qs, nor do they accept internet coupons. It is definitely worth becoming familiar with all of your stores couponing rules.

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Anonymous October 30, 2009 at 2:36 pm

stores where I live seem to always not double the coupon, even on the self check line, they usually void the double coupon and make you go to customer service to get the single coupon value. I think they hate coupons- -I'm talking about king kullen here.

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Plowlady October 30, 2009 at 2:35 pm

it means just that…DO NOT, UNLESS the store does it…the store is ultimately paying that cost. Man, i am really surprised with the noviceness of so many couponers out there. I mean, I have couponed for over 20 years. Not once did I do anything wrong…if you use the coupon, you use it as it is suppose to be used. you CAN use a man. and a store coupon on one item IF its a circular coupon, you may NOT use two manufacturer coupons on one item. I spent over 20 yrs in retail mgmt, and I am 100% accurate with the facts here: if the store doubles/triples a coupon and it says do not, the STORE, not the person pays the difference. And the STORE pays for the abuse that some couponers out there are so guilty of! Not only that, coupons get taken away from us, just as parents should have taught so many kids (who are now adults), just because you can, doesnt mean you should-be fair-do the right thing-know the dif. between right and wrong-etc!!

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Anonymous October 30, 2009 at 2:21 pm

In a couponing class I learned that the coupons that start with a 5 will still double in most computers, but the ones that start with 9 are programmed not to double.

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Anonymous October 30, 2009 at 2:18 pm

There aren't any stores here that double coupons. I had one that said do not double. Actually I had two coupons for the same item. I bought the two items and was trying to use both coupons, one for each item. The cashier said they couldn't double coupons. I told him he wasn't doubling, that I was buying two separate items and using one coupon on each item. He was fairly new and had to think for awhile. He finally, scanned both coupons. I wasn't trying to take advantage of anyone. I was using my coupons the way I've always done it. One per item. This store won't let you use a cents off coupon and a BOGO. I tell them, the cents off is for the one I'm paying for and the BOGO is for the free one. They said they can't do it. I don't understand that one.

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Laura N October 30, 2009 at 2:09 pm

I know for sure Kroger and Publix double coupons .50 cents and under. I just moved so I am going to see if the local Ingles does it also. But I know my Publix does not double if they say "Do not double". Which doesnt make much sense to me… the Manufacturer isnt paying for the double that's the store's deal. Im not even sure why some feel they must follow that.

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Anonymous October 30, 2009 at 2:07 pm

Many large chains have entered into agreements with the manufacturers to pay double the coupon value. Manufacturers do this to secure better placement of their product in the store. The “do not double or triple” is a statement to the store that they will not pay double, and the store should not accept the coupon if they are not willing to absorb the doubling cost.

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Bay October 30, 2009 at 2:06 pm

I agree with you that the store has their own policy on doubling coupons, so I have no problems with a coupon that says "do not double" doubling. It is an extra discount being offered by the store. At my local Acme the doubling is automatic, but I have had one or two cashiers override the doubling because they were mad that I had so many coupons. Seriously.

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Anonymous October 30, 2009 at 2:04 pm

I think it means they take the coupon at face value. I know that some stores double or tripple the coupons on advertised items. I guess the manufacturer won't pay up when the stores send them in for the $$money$$.

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Christine D October 30, 2009 at 2:03 pm

I would love to find a grocery store that doubles coupons. I've called every one in town, and they all say they quit doing that years ago… 🙁

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Kimba October 30, 2009 at 2:02 pm

There is one store in my area where the cashiers have been trained to void the double on those types of coupons. I don't shop there anymore.It was always my understanding that the double or triple on a coupon was paid by the store, not the manufacturer. Is that right?

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Cindy October 30, 2009 at 1:58 pm

I've often wondered why a manufacturer would care whether a store doubles or not. It doesn't hurt them any, and it makes their products sell, so why do they care? If you ever come up with an answer for that, I'd love to hear it!

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Anonymous October 30, 2009 at 1:57 pm

I live near Nashville, TN. Our local Harris Teeter store will actually void the double or tripling of the coupon when they see that on the coupon, but the local Kroger will still double or triple those coupons. Yeah Kroger!

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