Jun 072011How To Tuesday: Extreme Couponing (Part 7)

Topic: How to Stack Coupons

If you’re just joining us, I started a How To Tuesday series to help you learn how to achieve Extreme Couponing status. You’ll learn how to coupon shop step-by-step and take your regular couponing to Extreme Couponing. If you’re new, be sure you check out our previous week’s features.

One way to achieve the over-the-top savings you see on the Extreme Couponing TV Show is to stack your coupons. This means using two coupons on a single item: a manufacturer coupon and a store coupon. Use two coupons on an item already on sale you can triple your savings.

:: Know Your Stores

In order to achieve Extreme Couponing Success stacking coupons, you first need to learn which stores allow you to stack coupons. National retailers like Walgreens, Target, Safeway and CVS allow this practice. But check your local stores to determine if you can add more stores to you list of coupon stacking retailers.

:: Find Store Coupons

In order to stack the two types of coupons, you’ll need to know where to find them. We already reviewed where to find manufacturer coupons. Now, I’ll help you find store coupons.

Walgreens

  • In-ad Coupons: You’ll find store coupons in Walgreens weekly ad which is released on Sundays. You can either get the ad in your Sunday newspaper or find it at the front of the store.
  • Monthly Coupon Book: Walgreens also releases a monthly coupon book with dozens of store coupons inside. Throughout the month, you can pair many of these with sale items for deeper discounts. You’ll find this monthly coupon book at the front of your store, usually in the same spot as the weekly ads.
  • In-Store Coupon Books: Occassionally Walgreens will release seasonal coupon books like the Infant Care Coupon Book or the Diabetes and You Coupon Book. These are usually much more difficult to find but the coupons inside tend to have longer expiration dates.

Target

  • Online Coupons: Target offers printable store coupons online. You can print them out like other printable coupons sites. They usually have a limit of two but if you have access to multiple computers, you may be able to print additional coupons.
  • Insert Coupons: On Sundays you may spot some Target coupons in your Smartsource or Red Plum insert. Occassionally Target offers store coupons for national brand items like Tide, Bounty or other items in the Sunday coupon inserts. They always have the Target logo on them so they are easy to differentiate from the other manufacturer coupons.
  • Home Mailers: Target sends coupon booklets by mail to people on their mailing list. There are two types of mailers. One is a regular book with a variety of coupons. The other is a baby mailer that has coupons for baby and toddler items. I’m not sure how to get on the mailing list. I believe doing a baby registry gets you on the baby mailer list.

Safeway

  • In-ad Coupons: You’ll find store coupons in the Safeway weekly ad which is released on Wednesdays and often on Sundays too. You can always find them in the front of the store. The Sunday ads typically come in the newspaper. The Wednesday ads vary. Some people receive them by mail. Others receive them in their Wednesday newspaper.
  • In-Store Coupon Books: Occassionally Safeway will release seasonal coupon books. Occasionally you will find them in-store but most of the time you will need to ask at Customer Service. These coupon books typically coincide with National promotions like Frozen Food month or a Diabetes Awareness campaign.

CVS

  • Red Coupon Scanner: Most CVS locations have a big red coupon scanner. When you scan your CVS card, coupons will spit out. These coupons are always CVS coupons. Sometimes you’ll find a $4/$20 CVS purchase coupon or a $3/$10 Cosmetics purchase. But other times they will be for specific items like $5 off two Banana Boat suncare.
  • Online Coupons: CVS has an online coupon site. The majority of the coupons listed are manufacturer coupons but occasionally you will find a CVS coupon in the midst.

:: Stack Them!

Now that you know how to find store coupons and manufacturer coupons, you’re ready to stack them. Remember, if you find a store coupon and want to know if there is a corresponding manufacturer coupon, you can check the Saving with Shellie Coupon Database.

Here are some deal ideas that show the savings with using a manufacturer coupon and a store coupon. Keep in mind these are old deals that are no longer available.

Walgreens

Bayer Chewable Asprin – $2.99
-Use $1/1 Bayer Aspirin coupon (SS 3/20) AND
-Use $2/1 Walgreens Bayer Aspirin coupon (In-Ad coupon)
Final Price = FREE

Target

Cutter Skinsations Insect Spray – $3.99
-Use $1/1 Cutter printable coupon AND
-Use $2/1 Cutter Target printable coupon
Final Price = $.99

Safeway

Oscar Mayer Meat Franks – $.99 (with in-ad coupon)
-Use $1/2 Oscar Mayer Hot Dogs (SS 5/15)
Final Price = $.98 for 2 ($.49 each)

CVS

Diet Coke (20oz) – $1.49
-Use $1/2 Diet Coke coupon AND
-Use BOGO CVS Diet Coke coupon
Final Price = $.49 for 2 ($.25 each)

Stacking coupons is a fabulous way to increase your savings. Make sure you know your store’s coupon policy on stacking. It often helps to take the coupon policy with you when you shop in case you experience problems. Also, it’s usually a good idea to give all your manufacturer coupons first and give all your store coupons second.

Experienced Couponers: Chime In! What tips do you have for Stacking Coupons?

Check out the entire How To Tuesday feature to learn how to achieve savings success using coupons.


Comments

  1. HEB lets you stack coupons too. However, some of their yellow in-store coupons are actually manufacturer coupons. They will have an “M” at the bottom left corner. Those, of course, can’t be stacked.

  2. Im starting to get the hang of all this, but what i dont understand is this: (SS 3/20) In your sample on Walgreens for the Bayer Chewable Asprin it has the (SS 3/20) What does that mean?

    • It means it was in the Smart Source ad, on march 20th. I’ve noticed that on a few other databases as well.

  3. It means the sunday paper coupons in Smartsource that came out on 3/20

  4. New2This says:

    Thanks for all of the advice!

  5. For military families, the PX allows you to stack as well. There is a monthly coupon book (usually at the checkout counter) full of Exchange Coupons. You can also use the ones from the coupon booklets that you find at the Commissary. As long as the coupon says “Military Store Coupon”, you can stack it with a manufacturer’s coupon at the PX. If it says “military manufacturer’s coupon”, you cannot stack it. *You can only stack at the Exchange.* The Commissary does not allow it. Like most national stores, though, the Exchange usually runs sales that correspond with coupons in their books and national paper inserts. So scout the sales and pick the right time to use your coupons. ;)

  6. This is more of a question vs. a comment….Let’s say I have a store coupon for buy x, get y free. I have manufacturer coupon for both x and y. Would that work? Both for X amount off. PS I love this website bc it’s full of helpful information!

  7. Walgreens does not allow you to have more coupons than items purchased. This makes stacking more difficult. So if you only bought 1 bottle of asprin they would not allow you to use 2 coupons. At least, this is how it is in Illinois. the system will not allow them to scan

  8. I learned on another website that when you are using Catalina’s, Extra Bucks or Register Rewards (all store issued on future purchases) that you should use them in the following order :
    1. Catalina’s
    2. In-Store Coupon
    3. Manufacture Coupon

    What are your thoughts? Do I have that right? I recently went on disability at the age of 49 due to a progressive brain disease. Couponing helps me with my Cognitive therapy, SAVES me A LOT of $$$ & now I am officially Addicted! lol

    Did I get the order of the coupons in the correct order? Please advise.

    Blessings!

    • Actually, I find it’s better to give the manufacturer coupons before the in-store coupons. Less beeps and more likely to work out more in your favor. Especially on Buy One Get One Free scenarios.

  9. I’m very interested in learning about stacking. when I found out you could stack an in-store coupon with a manufacturer’s coupon, I got very excited! I went to the cvs sight and found an in-store coupon for something I use but when I printed it out, it clearly states that it cannot be combined with another coupon. I’m confused! Please clarify again?