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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Save More By Understanding Various Coupons | Family Economics

By Andrea

One way you can become a proficient “couponer” is to understand the coupon redemption policies you must follow where you frequently shop. Not all policies are the same and some are more generous than others. No matter what, knowing these policies will help you learn how to save more.

Here are some things to consider when redeeming store coupons:

Coupon Ratio
Most stores allow for one coupon to be used on the number of items stated on the coupon. For example, if the coupon is for $1 on one item (or $1/1), this means you will save $1 when you purchase the one item. If the coupon is $1 per two, you will save $1 when you purchase two items.

Double Coupons
If your store doubles coupons, you have more potential in-store savings. This means when a coupon is for 35 cents, the store may double that coupon so you receive a discount of up to 70 cents. Not all stores offer the double coupon savings so be sure to ask your store for the policy.

Stacking
This is essentially using two coupons on one item. Several stores allow for this and it’s typical for retailers that offer store coupons. You use one store coupon and one manufacturer’s coupon on one item. This is a great way to get free or inexpensive products!

You can find a comprehensive list of stores that allow for stacking at Savings Lifestyle.

What policies have you found to be unique as you are saving for your family?

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