For the record, this *isn’t* the coupon stacking you’re looking for. It is however  how my coupons look when I get backed up. And the Diet Dr. P is a requirement to get through it. 😉 

Today we start getting into the exciting stuff – the fancy schmancy tricks you may not be aware of, but all those big time savers do and use often.

We’re focusing today on Coupon Stacking.

What is coupon stacking?

The simple answer? It’s when you can use two coupons (one store specific coupon and one manufacturer coupon) on one item.

Say for example, you buy Pantene and you have a Target coupon (you know the kind I’m talking about here, the ones that print out at the register? Or maybe you got some in the mail directly from Target?) and you also have a manufacturer’s coupon that you clipped from the Sunday paper flyer. Guess what? You don’t have to choose! You can use both right there in the same trip on that one bottle of Pantene.

Let’s look at that example a little more closely:

Let’s say Pantene is running $3.99 that week. Maybe it’s a sale price, maybe it isn’t – but you’re completely out and have to have it.

Pantene $3.99
– one Target store coupon $1.00 off Pantene
– one manufacturer’s Pantene coupon $1.50

= $1.49 plus tax (or 62% savings!)

I do this all the time. All. The. Time. This is one of the big secrets to saving big.

Who allows coupon stacking?

Here’s the bad news: Most stores do not allow coupon stacking.

Target does. So does CVS. (We’ll cover both of these store’s coupon policies this week.)

The key here is that it has to be one store coupon and one manufacturer coupon. You can’t use two manufacturer’s coupons on one item. Store coupons specifically say they are to be used at that store. If the coupon says “Manufacturer’s Coupon” near the expiration date it is not a store coupon. Be careful!

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