Savvy Couponing Instructions Week 5: Stacking Coupons

by Kimberly on December 5, 2011

I got some great Feedback last week from you all as I discussed How to use Manufacturer’s Coupons with Buy 1 Get 1 Free Sales to drastically reduce the cost of Products. This week I am going to discuss how to ‘Stack’ Coupons. Stacking Coupons, Simply means you are using both a Manufacturer Coupon AND a Store Coupon for a product.

If you are new to this series, WELCOME! Each week I am covering a new step to give you the skills you need to become a Successful Savvy Couponer!

To View the previous Weeks, Click the links below (in blue)
Week 1: Stockpiling
Week 2: Where to Get Coupons
Week 3: Organization
Week 4: How it Works: Using Manufacturer’s Coupons


Last Week, if you recall, I introduced the basic rule below:

You are allowed ONE Manufacturer’s Coupon AND ONE Store OR Competitor coupon PER ITEM…INCLUDING the FREE item in a Buy 1 Get 1 Free Deal.

This is a general rule allowed at MOST stores. You will need to check with the specific store you shop at to verify their rule
I am explaining this for Florida couponers, where I am. Here in Florida coupons are not doubled and to get BOGO pricing you must buy both items. the first item rings up at full price and the second item rings up FREE.

Let’s Look at How you can reduce a price even MORE when there are store coupons available. Some stores (Publix is one of them) honor Competitor Coupons. Each store will vary as to their policy on this and also will vary as to what Store’s Coupons they will accept. So make sure to check with your store to verify their policy on this, as well as what Store’s they consider to be competitors.

Here on Savvy Coupon when I match coupons with sales I always color code the coupons for you so you can easily see what is a store coupon and what is a Manufacturer coupon.
Green = Store/Competitor Coupons
Red = Manufacturer Coupons

Stacking  Coupons Scenario:

Product: Eggo Frozen Pancakes, On Sale Buy 1 @ $2.79 Get 1 Free (That means you get 2 boxes for the price of one. $2.79 in this scenario)
Coupons I had:
(1) Store Coupon for $1.00 off 2 ($1/2) Eggo Frozen Products
(1) Manufacturer’s coupon for $1.00 off 2 ($1/2) Eggo Frozen Products.

Amount of Product I am Purchasing:
(2) Boxes Eggo Frozen Pancakes Priced Buy 1 @ $2.79 Get 1 Free
Coupons I Used:
(1) $1/2 Store Coupon for Eggo Frozen Product
(1) $1/2 MQ for Eggo Frozen Product

My coupon total is $2.00. ($1.00 Store Coupon + $1.00 Manuf. Coupon)
(Remember: Because of the sale I only have to pay for one box and get the other FREE.)

$2.79 (price of the eggo’s) – $2.00 = $0.79 for 2 boxes!! (That makes each box only $0.40 each!)


Let’s recap how using coupons with a Buy 1Get 1 Free Sale really reduces the price.

  • The cost of 2 boxes with the Buy 1 Get 1 Free Sale only & No Coupons would have been: $2.79 (Making each box $1.40 each)
  • The cost of 2 boxes with the Buy 1 Get 1 Free Sale and the $1/2 manufacturer Coupon only would have been $1.79 (Making each box $0.90…this is actually a ‘Stockpile’ price..but since there also happened to be a Store coupon available at the time we want to use that to reduce the price even more.)
  • The Cost of 2 boxes with the Buy 1 Get 1 Free Sale, the $1/2 Manufacturer’s Coupon AND the $1/2 Store Coupon was only $0.79 (Making each box $0.40 each!)

Now the price is at it’s absolute lowest price and you you will want to STOCK UP on this item, so you don’t have to buy it again until it’s $0.90 or less!

Next Week I am going to discuss ‘overage’ also known as ‘Money Making’ or ‘Profit’ and how that works!!

As always, remember that I am here to help answer your questions and guide you along the way. Please feel free to ask questions here or e-mail me anytime. I want each of you to be successful Savvy Couponers!




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