Q&A- Using 2 coupons on a buy one get one Free

question-mark2Question: My cashier would not let me use 2 coupons for the BOGO ( buyone get one free) items . Was this just a crabby cashier or is this a Walgreens policy?

Answer: First off let me say a buy one get one free is a promo  the stores does.  It works great because it gets you to buy 2 products instead on 1.  If you think about it, you are really just getting 2 items 50% off.   If the store marketed it that way most people would only by 1 item.  But when it is buy one get one free, you buy 2.  They store is able to move more product this way.  You can use 2 manufacturer coupon on 2 items 50% off item with no problem.  But for some reason you will find trouble when you try to use the same 2 coupons on a buy one get one free sale.  Some store are much more coupon friendly that others.  Click here to read a letter from Corporate Walgreens stating that yes you can use 2 coupons on a buy one get one free deal.  It is a good idea to print this letter and keep it with you.  Thanks to Moms by Heart for this letter!

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question-mark1Question: I am new to your site, and I have some questions. I saw you latest post on your grocery shopping trip. I am so amazed and the great deals you got. But how do you make a weeks worth of meals out of that Also, do you just keep a stash of all that cereal and body wash, or do you donate it? I’m assuming you get more than one copy of the paper to be able to buy so many of the same item?

Answer: As you follow my site, you will learn that I do not shop like a “normal person”.  I do go ahead and buy the things I am out of and need right away.  I try  to buy what is in season and on sale that week when it comes to perishable items like fruits, veggies and dairy.  BUT when it comes to items that have a long shelf life like, dry pasta, cereal, canned goods etc…  That is where I do shop a little different than most people.  I wait for a sale that goes along  with a coupon.  Making that item half off or more,  then I STOCK UP!  I look at the expiration date and think of how many my family can use before that date.  So one week I might buy a ton of cereal…..but I will not need to buy cereal again for several months or even a year.   I do have a large food storage at my house, most of the items have been bought at half price or even free.  I am then able to always have food on hand that was purchased at a Thrifty price.  It works for me, the more you coupon you will find what works for you!

As for the Question about the Sunday papers, yes I buy multiple Sunday papers to stock up on the coupons.  To read my post on how to get the best price on coupons and papers click here.

Q&A- Coupon with an overage?

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Question:

I have trouble getting things free at Walmart and Target . They always tell me they can’t do it because it’s under the value of the coupon. What are their coupon policies?

 

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I know many of you have had trouble using a coupon that creates an overage .  Like the axe body wash deal going on right now at Target and Walmart.  The coupon is $1.00 and the item was only .97 cents, creating a 3 cent overage.  I am awaiting  a reply from from Walmart for their official policy on this.  But I have a copy of an email  from Target.  It is always good to make a copy and keep it with you while you shop.

Dear Sarah ,
Thanks for asking us about using coupons at Target. Coupons are a great way to save even more when shopping with us, and it’s easy to use them at our stores. Because of the variety of coupons available to our guests, we do have some guidelines for how coupons can be redeemed at Target.

When accepting coupons, we use the following guidelines:

– We accept two kinds of coupons: Target-issued and manufacturer-issued.
– We’ll accept one Target coupon and one manufacturer coupon for the same item, unless either coupon prohibits it.
– We can’t give cash back if the face value of a coupon is greater than the purchase value of the item; in this case, we’re able to adjust the value of the coupon to equal the price of the item.
– We can’t accept coupons from other retailers, or coupons for products not carried in our stores.
– All valid coupons should be presented to the cashier while you’re checking out.

For questions about using a specific coupon, we encourage you to stop by Guest Service and ask to speak with the Guest Service Team Leader. They’ll do their best to help while you’re in the store. If you still have questions after speaking with them, please call our Guest Relations team at (800) 440-0680. Either way, we’re here to help!

We appreciate the opportunity to share this information with you.

Sincerely,

Elizabeth
Target Guest Relations

Do you use a coupon on EVERYTHING?

img_0296I get this question a lot.  Do you use a coupon on everything you buy?  Well the answer is no.  Like today I needed to grab a few things at the store.  Can you believe it I did not use one coupon…..I know what a shocker.  I was able to buy this for just under $8, it is important to make sure you are buying things your family needs.  Even if they are not on sale.   But I would have to say I use a coupon on about 80% of what I buy.  It works for me, as you do it you will learn what works best for you and your family.

Q&A- How do you organize your coupons?

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Question: How do you organize your coupons? I keep my inserts in file folders, then clip as needed, but that’s not very good for snagging good deals when I’m out & about. How do you do it?  


Answer: I keep mine in a coupon binder it works really well for me.  I did a post on it, with more photos and all the details.  If you missed that post and would like to view it, please click here.

Q&A- Early Coupon Preview?

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Question:  How do you know how many coupon inserts are going to be in Sundays paper? Also how do you view the list? 

Answer: You can click here, and on the date shown it will show how many inserts could be in your Sundays paper.  Please note that not all papers, or areas get all that are listed.  So it is important to check to see what your local paper carries.  I am lucky that my local paper carries all three inserts, the Red plum ( also known a Valassis), Smart Source, and the P&G.
Most the time you will get 2 inserts Red Plum and Smart Source. Normally on the 1st Sunday of the month you will also get the P&G.  Most holiday weekend there are NO coupon inserts.  This week is extra special, there are 5 inserts available ( my area will be getting 4 of the 5)
To preview the coupons available just click here, on the calendar click the scheduled insert and it will pull up a list.  This site will also sell them if you are interested .  Now just because it is listed does not mean it will be in your insert.  They list the master list….and not all areas get all the coupons.  

My phone call to POST this morning…

I did a post a few days ago talking about matching up coupons with products. To read that post please click here. In that post I talked about if a coupon scans at the register “without beeping” then the store will get paid for that coupon. Even if it is not pictured on the coupon.
Well this week at Albertsons they have a huge Post cereal sale The coupons I used were for $1 off 2 boxes of Post Selects. I made sure I bought 2 ( both the right size) but instead of select cereal I bought Honey Bunches of Oats ( post brand also) My coupons scanned with no problem. I have now gotten many emails asking me how I got away with it? Telling me your stores won’t let you use the coupon on anything that is not pictured. Well my Manager said it was ok and once again said, that if it scans they will get paid. SO they are happy to let me use them.
Once again I am one of those girls that like to follow the rules. This morning I called Post Cereal Company. I explained that I used a Post Selects coupon on a Post Honey Bunches of Oats cereal. I told them it scanned just fine and it was for the correct size and quantity…..just the the exact flavor. I told her I was confused as to why some stores let you use them and others won’t. I wanted to make sure my store WOULD get paid and that I was not committing coupon fraud.
She told me that same thing as Huggies had told me in the post I did earlier. That as long as the coupon scans without beeping at the register the store WILL get paid. It is not coupon fraud and they are happy to have me buy there products. BUT it is up to each store as to weather or not they will allow you to use that coupon or any coupon in their store. So to make a long story short, it is up to the the store. That is why I choose to shop at coupon friendly stores like my local Caldwell Albertsons. They play by the manufacturers rules, but they also treat me with respect, and happily accept my coupons.
Here is my advice to you. Get to know your managers, be open, ask questions. I don’t try to “sneak” anything past. I am VERY open and if I ever have a question I ask both the store and Manufacturer. Once I know what the “rules” are I am happy to abide by those rules. There are lots of stores to shop at if they are not coupon friendly then don’t shop there. I am happy to drive a few extra minutes to a store that understand coupons and treats we with respect.