October 21, 2014

Couponing 101: Limit ONE Coupon Per Item!

Apr 5, 2011

Explanation of how many coupons can be used per item, stacking store and manufacturer coupons, and how to combine bogo sales and coupons.

Questions about how many coupons you can use are some of the most frequently asked questions here on Couponing 101, so I decided it was time to address the topic!

Can I use more than one coupon per item?

You can only use ONE manufacturer coupon per item. All manufacturer coupons will say “manufacturer coupon” somewhere along the top of the coupon. A store coupon is different and I will talk more about that type of coupon below.

If I have a coupon for $0.50 off one Kraft cheese and a coupon for $1 off two Kraft cheeses, can I buy two Kraft cheeses and use both coupons?

No. Even though the values of the coupons are different, you would still be using two coupons on one item, which is not allowed.

If I have a $0.50 off one Kraft cheese coupon from the Sunday newspaper and a $0.50 off one Kraft cheese coupon that I printed from the internet, can I use both on one Kraft cheese?

No. Even if the coupons come from different sources, you cannot use two coupons on the same item.

If I have a $0.50 off one Kraft cheese coupon and a Buy One Get One Free (B1G1) Kraft cheese coupon, can I buy two cheeses and use both coupons?

No. The B1G1 coupon applies to both items (basically the same as a $1 off two applies to both items), so using an additional $0.50 coupon would not be allowed. You can read more about this coupon stacking debate here.

If I have a $0.50 off one Kraft cheese coupon and a $0.50 off one Kraft cheese STORE coupon, can I buy one Kraft cheese and use both coupons?

Yes! You can use one manufacturer coupon and one store coupon per item. This is allowed because with the manufacturer’s coupon the manufacturer is providing the discount, but with a store coupon the store is providing the discount.

If I have a $0.50 off one Kraft cheese coupon and a $0.50 off one Kraft cheese eCoupon that I’ve loaded onto my store’s shopping card, can I use both?

No. Most stores will not allow you to use an eCoupon and a paper coupon on the same item because they consider eCoupons to be manufacturer coupons.

If Kraft cheese is on sale Buy One Get One Free and I have two $0.50 off one Kraft cheese coupons, can I use both coupons?

Yes! Most stores will allow you to use a coupon on the “free” item because you are still “purchasing” the item, even though the selling price is $0.

If Kraft cheese is on sale Buy One Get One Free and I have a Buy One Get One Free coupon, how would this work?

You would buy two Kraft cheeses. The first one would be free with the sale, the second would be free with the coupon, making both free (not all stores will allow this).

I hope this helps to clear things up. Please let me know if you have any other questions!


Comments

  1. Christina says:

    Thank you for posting this, it really clears some things up! On the scenario above where the store is offering the product for B1G1 free and you use two coupons; would that work for Brookshires? I read their coupon policy this weekend before getting some of their B1G1 .01 deals and I choose not to use two coupons because of the wording of their policy. Any help is greatly appreciated!!! : D

    • @Christina, In Brookshire’s case, it would probably not be allowed. Not all stores will allow you to use a coupon on the free item, but some will.

      • So my ? Applies to the same scenerio, if its a b1g1free deal and u have b1g1free Q. Can the managr refuse your coupon and force u to purchase a 3rd box so therefore ya technically purchasing 1 actual box but have 2 other boxes to be the freebies? So instead of getting both boxes free as in your scenerio, ur forced to get a box that u accually have to purchase to get the 2 boxes free one via coupon 1 via store sale?

      • if I have a coupon from coupons.com and another one from another site with a different offer, can i use them both?

        • No. It is one manufacturer’s coupon per item, regardless of where they come from. To use two coupons, you’d have to buy two items. Just make sure you have the correct amount of items per coupon, and you’re okay.

  2. So, can you use one manufacturer’s coupon and one Kroger store coupon at Kroger? I have never tried it because I thought it didn’t work!

  3. Billy Gomez says:

    Regarding the stacking of mfg’s coupons and e-coupons from Cellfire or Shortcuts etc…I’ve noticed that even though my store’s coupon policy prohibits it (Safeway/Vons), if I pick the right cashier they’ll sometimes apply them all which is a nice bonus. Needless to say, I know exactly which cashier’s are on my “blacklist” so to speak. I’ll try to take advantage of it as long as I can.

    • @Billy Gomez, It is also listed on the faq’s of all the ecoupon sites too so whether or not a cashier pushes it through or not, it is against the site’s and store’s policies.

  4. What does one coupon per item per purchase mean?

  5. Regarding the B1G1 coupon and using a cents off coupon on the one that you are “buying” – I called SCJohnson and asked them about this scenario and they said you CAN use a coupon on the one that you are buying and that the B1G1 is for the Free item.

  6. I have a question,. What about this scenario. Target often prints out a coupon that you find in a redplum or smart source. Usually it will give you a$5 gift card with the purchase of say 2 large boxes of Huggies or Pampers, can I also use a manufacturers coupon for each of the boxes of diapers? Say I had 2 $3 off coupons ( both Manufacturers.) Could I also use the target coupons or not?

    • @Anneke, Yes if you were buying 2 boxes of diapers, you could use 2 $3/1 coupons plus the buy 2 get a $5 giftcard coupon because the $5 giftcard coupon is a Target store coupon. If you look at the top and it says “store coupon” instead of “manufacturer coupon” it is a store coupon whether it is off the web, from the paper, in store, or in the mail. :)

      • Thanks Rae,
        Does that mean I could also use one more additional Target Store coupon?
        So it would be
        2 x 3/1 Manf- coupons
        1 x 3/1 Target Coupon
        and
        1 x 5 giftcard coupon or does that take the place of both store coupons?

  7. Hi Stephanie, I have really enjoyed your blog so far and I am learning so much! I’m sorry if you’ve already answered this 1million times, but I haven’t been able to find the answer and I’m pretty new at this.

    At CVS, for example, if I want to get the 2/$5 Healthy Choice Fresh Mixers, and I have 2 $1off coupons, does that mean I can actually get the Fresh Mixers for 2/$3? I think this relates to B1G1 Q&As but I wanted to double check to be sure! Thanks! Again, sorry if this is somewhere obvious on your site and I have just missed it, I also wanted to double check that specifically, CVS would do this!

    • @Crissy, Yes, you can use both coupons if you are buying 2. But you don’t HAVE to buy 2 to get them for $2.50 each. If you just had 1 coupon, you could just buy one and use your coupon to pay $1.50. :)

  8. If I have a manufacturer’s coupon that says “One coupon per purchase of specified product” does that mean I can’t use it with a store coupon also or I just can’t use another manufacturer’s coupon?

  9. I have one last question.. I shop at Publix.. I have a coupon that says $1 off 3 items..can you use a coupon for each of the 3 items??

  10. My question is similar to Caseys .. I have a coupon that reads “save .75 on any three dannon greek yogurts” and on the back of the coupon it states “Limit 1 per purchase” since technically I am making 3 purchases (ie purchasing 3 yogurts) can I use 3 coupons?

    • @Kasia, The 3 yogurts combined are your purchase. Some manufacturers started rewording the coupons to make them easier to understand and now say “limit 1 coupon per purchase of items specified”.

      • According to Spencer’s How to Shop For Free book, she actually goes over “per purchase”. She states that yes, you can apply each coupon to each item, because each item IS a purchase. Not to be confused with “per transaction”.

        Is this true or am I misreading it? I have yet to try it.

  11. I’ve got a store coupon and a manufacturer’s coupon for an item at Target [and I know their policy states that they will accept a store & manufacturer "unless prohibited"]; if one or both of the coupons state “limit one coupon per item” does that mean only one *of that type* of coupon [i.e. store coupon says "limit one.." so I can only use one STORE coupon, but I can still use a manufacturer's as well], or does it mean only one coupon for that item, period?

    Great article, by the way!

    • @Cait, Yes, limit 1 of each type of coupon.

      • Hi Stephanie,

        I don’t think you have answered Cait’s question. Target says, “Reminder: We accept one manufacturer coupon and one Target coupon for the same item unless either coupon prohibits it.” So, if one of the coupons says, “One coupon per purchase of specified item” then I believe you can’t use both a Target coupon and a manufacture’s coupon.

        • You are allowed to use one store coupon and one manufacturer’s coupon per item at Target. The wording on a coupon is always referring to that specific coupon. It would say something like, “Not to be combined with any other coupons” if they didn’t allow you to use a manufacturer coupon.

          Manufacturers control their wording on their coupons, and Target controls their wording on their coupons. Each is independent of each other. Legally, you are allowed one of each per item.

          The “one coupon per purchase of specified item” means that you can only use that particular coupon on each purchase of that item.

          I hope this makes sense.

  12. Quick question. I know its usually one coupon per item per purchase.. but here i have a coupon that says “limit one coupon per purchase” but it also says “Limit 4 coupons for same product and transaction”
    Why does this product accept 4 even if it says one coupon per item.?

    • @Sandra, If you buy 4 items then you are making 4 “purchases” and you can use 1 coupon per purchase. The coupon is also limiting you to 4 of that same coupon per transaction.

      • Chris Riley says:

        Sorry Stephanie to ask, I am a stay at home Dad and just started couponing, so does Limit 4 like coupons in the same transaction mean I can use the same coupon 4 times on the one transaction?

      • Stephanie,

        I’m a bit confused on the “Limit 4 like coupons in the same transaction” as well. If I purchase Charmin toilet paper and have five coupons for $2.00, this means I can only purchase 4 Charmin since the coupon is limiting me to four purchases using one coupon a piece? Therefore the fifth coupon I have will have to wait for another day?

        Thanks,
        Kendria

  13. Chrissy says:

    If the store is running a bogo sale on say, cookies. And I have a coupon that says, $1 off two packs of cookies. Can I use the coupon, since technically I am getting 2 packs, even though in the end I am only paying for 1?

  14. Elizabeth says:

    Hello, quick question. Have you ever dealt with HEB when it come to store coupons and manufactures coupons being used at the same time? It has been a few years since I have couponed (life happened) but at that time they did not allow this.
    Thanks

    • Sorry, I am not familiar with HEB coupon policies. You might check around and see if you can find their coupon policy.

    • Elizabeth,
      HEB does not allow coupon stacking anymore as of last year :/. Their coupon policy now states that you may only use ONE coupon per item period, whether that be a store coupon or a MF coupon is up to you, but you may only use one of them. Really disappointing since it’s practically one of the only places to buy groceries in Central Texas. I have a regular Target 5 min from my home with an HEB right across the street from the Target. I will do 99% of my shopping at the Target and will ONLY go to HEB if I absolutely have to since the Target does not have a full grocery selection like Super Targets would. I’ll even drive 20-30 min out of my way to go to Wal-Mart or Super Target to avoid going to HEB. In all actuality, HEB does not have the cheapest prices nor are they even close to having the cheapest prices. They are price comparable with Walgreens, but I will shop at Walgreens still b/c they allow stacking and you still save more money there than you will at HEB with their sales. As far as couponing goes, I would stick with other stores as you will be able to stack your coupons and save more on your groceries.

  15. I found a 2.00 off three items juice, and cereal. Could you use an additional juice or ceral coupon? All manufacturers coupons….

  16. Jennifer says:

    I have placed coupons on my cards from the super savings website. They are not showing up on my cards in the store. Would you possibly know why this would not happen? I had 40 cents off a pasta on the cards. I went to Harris Teeter and scanned my VIC and the coupon did not show up.

  17. Hello, I have watched the extreme coupon show, I was wondering if a person could really save on groceries as they do? How do they go about getting all those coupons. I income situation has changed and the deals that they are getting would benefit my family.

  18. Great post! Very helpful. I do have a question though…when the Target coupon says “Coupon may not be combined with other promotional codes” Does that mean it can’t be used with a manufacturer’s coupon?!

  19. I kinda have a silly question. If I were to buy 5 boxes of fabric softeners would I be able to use 5 manufacturer coupons and 5 store coupons? The whole “one per purchase” thing really confuses me.

  20. hi i have a question, ok at wal greens they have something thats 2 for $7 and it says *Limit 1 coupon printed per offer. See coupon for exclusions, limitations and expiration. and the coupon says its not good with any other special offers so that means i cant use the coupon right?

  21. Hey!
    I have 5 coupons for .40 cents off 6 yogurts, I also have 2 coupons for .50 cents off 8 yogurts, would I have to buy 46 yogurts to use all coupons, or could I just get 30 and use my two .50 cent coupons on some of the ones I used the .40 cents off?

  22. Margarette says:

    Where can I get store coupons? On the actual store??

  23. Emily topper says:

    this week @ CVS in the paper it says 3/4$ on pringles.

    so i have 3 of the same coupons that says 1.00 off THREE pringles.

    can i use all 3 of my 1.00 off coupons since in getting 3 items?

  24. If I have a coupon for 50 cents off a bottle of steak sauce. Will that one coupon apply if I buy 10 of them?

  25. Smita Arun says:

    Here is one Scenario e.g I have a Coupon for $1/2 Head and Shoulders shampoo or Conditioner Coupon and I have a B1G1 free coupon on Head & Shoulders Shampoo and conditioner can I use both the Coupon the first one to lower the price and 2nd Coupon to get a free item.

  26. Brittany says:

    can you use two manufacturer’s coupons from two different websites for the same item?
    ex: I found a manufacturer’s coupon for $1.00 off any Coppertone Suncare product from couponbug.com and I also found the same coupon (a manufacturer’s coupon for $1.00 off any Coppertone Suncare product) from couponmom.com, can I print out both coupons and use it on the same 1 Coppertone product?
    I’m a little lost on that subject?

    • @Brittany, No, they are both manufacturer’s coupons, so you can only use one. It doesn’t matter WHERE the coupons come from, you can only use 1 manufacturer coupon per item.

    • it’s still a manufacturer coupon. Meaning it doesn’t matter where you find it because the coupon was created by the same people who make the product. so you can only use one.

  27. Thank you so much for this i was trying to figure this out for days.

  28. If I have a coupon that says if I but these 3 items like (1 hershey pk, 1 marshmellow, 1 gram cracker) get $1.00 off and I have seperate coupons for each item can I use them all together???

  29. shelby nook says:

    If I have a coupon for 0.75 off two boxes of kelloggs ceral, can i use two of those coupons if i only buy two boxes of ceral?

  30. Hi everyone! I have a question!

    I’m somewhat new to couponing. I received a store coupon from Jewel with my receipt (Catalina?). Anywho, it stated “Save $1.50 Que. You buy any 3 General Mills cereals”.. does this mean that if I buy 3 boxes they’ll each be $1.50 off or is it $1.50 off the total for the 3 boxes? Thanks for your help!!!

  31. Ok Ive been watching Extreme Couponing on Tv and I dont see how they buy 10 items and use coupon all in one purchase how are they doing it. My question is would you have to make 10 sepreate purchases or could you do it in one purchase. also what type of coupon can be used in the same purchase. Im confused at this Im new at this.

    • Most stores will allow you to use any number of coupons you have in a single transaction. A few coupons now say “Limit 4 per transaction” but most do not have that restriction. A “purchase” is different from a transaction, it is just each item (or group of items) that you buy.

      • Be careful at Target, they keep telling us a purchase is the same as a transaction and will allow only one coupon.

  32. Alfie Svoboda says:

    So here’s my question. Actually, it’s the hubby’s. But here goes: Why does a restaurant allow you to use a coupon and a gift card versus two coupons.

  33. Melanie Spaur says:

    Couple of questions girls:
    1. Kroger told me I could only use two coupons per like item, however their policy states “two manufacturer internet coupons per like item”. To me that sounds like there is only a limit on coupons printed from the internet?? Am I crazy??

    2. If you get a reign check for a 10 for 10 deal, when you go into redeem the reign check, how does it work? If I can only use a coupon for two like items at a time, what about the other 8? Will I loose my remaining reign check?

    3. Has anyone ever ordered bulk from the store, meaning that they called an order ahead so they didn’t clean the shelves for other people? Example, I have coupons reign checks for 20 ivory body washes, but they told me they “can’t keep them on the shelf”. I have seen other people pre order by bulk, but was told tonight not possible. Anybody experience this?

    I’m a coupon newbie and it’s starting to get to me!!! Thank you for any words of advice:0)

    • 1. As far as I know, Kroger should accept as many manufacturer coupons as you have (aside from printables). Not sure why they told you that.

      2. It depends on the cashier, but you typically do NOT have to buy 10 items to use the rain check – you could just buy 2 at the $1 price and use your 2 coupons. Or you could ask if they would make a note on the rain check that would authorize you to use 10 coupons. Couldn’t hurt to ask!

      3. I have never personally ordered bulk, but I have heard of many people doing this. I am guessing not all stores would do it, but I don’t see why they wouldn’t.

  34. Say I have a coupon that say’s limit 4 items per coupon. Coupon cannot be doubled. On the top it does not say wether it’s a manufactured coupon. What exactly does this mean? Sorry I’m new to this.

    • If it does not say manufacturer coupon anywhere then it is probably a store coupon that can only be used at that store. “Coupon cannot be doubled” means the store will not be reimbursed for the doubled amount, only the face value (if the barcode starts with a 9 then it won’t double, if it starts with a 5 it will automatically double). Limit 4 means you can only get that coupon discount on up to 4 items (if you buy 5, the discount will not come off the 5th item).

  35. I have a coupon that show’s you pay $2.49 with card and coupon and it’s limit 4 per coupon. What exactly does this mean?

  36. Hopefully, I receive an answer to this question that probably seems simple. Right now my grocer has a sale on yogurt. 10/6$. This means each yougurt would automatically be .60¢. I have coupons save .50¢ on eight. ? One is in order to utilize the coupon I’d have to buy increments of eight, right? So, I plan go buy 24 (of which I’m still trying to get 24 coupons). My last question is, does it matter that the store sale is 10/6$? Do I have to buy increments of 10.

    • You typically do not have to buy in groups of 10 to get the sale price – the only exception to this is if it says something like “buy 10 and save $x instantly, final price is 10/$6″. If it just is a regular sale of 10/$6 then you can buy any number of yogurts to get the sale price of $0.60 each. For the coupon $0.50 off 8 – yes, you would need to buy 8 yogurts per coupon you use.

  37. Got it. Thank you so much for taking time out of your busy schedule!

  38. If I have a coupon that states “buy one body wash, get one free”, The cashier ive noticed has to fill in on the coupon how much I bought the first body wash for so that they know how much to take off the second to make it free. In this senario, am I still allowed to use two separtate coupons on one body wash for each of them? Or does the two coupon thing only apply if its a store b1g1 sale? I mean can I still use the two coupons on the two body washes even if I am the one that made it free?

  39. Hi I had a complicated question. I plan on buying deodarant at Target and they allow stacking store and manufacturer coupons. I have a manufacturer coupon for BOGO Free deodorants (buy hers, get his free.) I also have a manufacturer coupon for $1/his deodorant. I then have a store coupon for $1/her deodorant. Can I use all 3 coupons? I’ve had stores let me use another manufacturer coupon on the “free item” when using BOGO’s, I’ve just never tried it at Target.

  40. Shaughnessy Davis says:

    the DG there was a coupon for $1 off/ 2 suave and a ss coupon for B2G1F. DG sauve is $2. price should have been $6 for 6 but managment wouldnt let me do it :(

  41. Mmm… I really get that you can only use one coupon per item and that you can combine manufactures coupons with store coupons, so my question is how do they get all of these items for free in the show if you can only use 1 coupon per item and even if you could combine manufacturers coupons with store coupons how can you get 50 deodorants for free or or 100 cereals if u can only use so many coupons in a single transaction or per item ? Wouldn’t you have to repeat coupons? And if not, could you please explain how they do something like this? Thanks.

    • You can use multiple coupons per transaction unless prohibited. Most coupons do not have restrictions on how many you can use in a transaction, so they could buy 50 deodorants and use 50 coupons in a single transaction.

      • Yeah you sAId it in a single transaction but not in one item, let’s say I want to buy 80 boxes of cereal and I have 80 coupons for this item and 300 other coupons for different items, I can still use the 300 coupons in a single transaction but they wouldn’t let me use 80 coupons in cereal would they?

  42. if I have 10 of the same type coupon can I buy 10 items using all my coupons

  43. I just finished watching extreme couponing and i am still confused as to how these people are able to buy bulk items using coupons. Are they using one coupon per item and if so where are they getting all those coupons? Are they making copies of the coupons or are they all different with different coupon codes? I am very new to this and eager to learn so i can ave too. Thanks so much in advance for your help!

  44. I have a coupon from safeways ad that is for Breyers Ice Cream for $2.49 and doesn’t have a limit. So can I use this one coupon to purchase 5 or do I have to have 5 coupons?

  45. I have a coupon from safeways ad that is for Breyers Ice Cream for $2.49 and it doesn’t have a limit. So can I use this one coupon to purchase 5 or do I have to have 5 coupons?

  46. Yes, thanks for posting and I HAVE A QUESTION.
    I have coupons that list things like save 1.00$ on any of a certain product…can i use more than one coupon on it? like a product costs 3$ and i have 3 save 1.00$ on any … could that action be used?

  47. If a sale is 4/5 can I use more than one coupon?

  48. If I buy ONE 3-pack of gum, can I use a coupon that says $1 off any 2 packs?

  49. THanks for all the awsome info!! really helpful! BUT I would like to help explain something to all the NEWBEES! (like me) I had to figure this one out the hard way… I have seen that alot of people have been kind of been asking a similar question, ” if I have a coup. for $X off 3 soups,…. this i like to using 3COUPONS! even though it is only one, it CLEARLY states that it applies to all 3! BUt you can stack a store coupon on each item.
    As far as using the bogo coupon and another coupon on the free item, a well seasoned cashier will really help, but I have heard that if you look at the BAR CODE on the bogo coupon… look for the # 14 on the right side of the code. if it DOES NOT have a 14 then it WILL NOT link to the free item so you can actually use another coupon on you free item.
    One more. If you use walmart for your shopping, they WILL take competetors store coupons, BUT, not if it says $OFF! ONLY if it has a price. ex: kmart- huggies $9. (it is really just another form of thier ad matching) Had to eat crow on that one too!

  50. Can someone please explain to me how digital coupons work? I have a coupon that I just loaded on my store shoppers card for 1.00 off on one hand soap. They are originally 1.99. Can I buy six of them and still get 1.00 off each of the soap or is it going to be a 1.00 off total. Sorry I am new to this

  51. If I have a coupon for .40/6 yoguts, can I use 6 of the same coupons?

    • The 40¢/6 yogurt coupon applies to all 6 yogurts, so you cannot use another coupon on any of those yogurts. You can buy an additional 6 yogurts though and use another 40¢/6 yogurt coupon.

      • Okay, I’m in the same scenario. So, I understand that it is .40/6 yogurts, but will it be only .40 off the total of the six yogurts, or .40 off of each yogurt when you buy six? Because if it is indeed .40 off the total, you really aren’t saving that much… I have been a little confused with these types of coupons.

        • I really would like your question answered, it is driving me insane, I have seen it asked a couple of times scrolling down and still no answer…LOL Is it a total of .40 off all 6 or is it .40 off of each one?

          • If a coupon says $.40/6, then it means $.40 off when you buy 6 products. It’s not $.40 off each one.

  52. Chelsey Atnip says:

    I have used many BOGO free coupons with another coupon at CVS and Walmart too.I had a BOGO free Dove and then I had 1$ off one Dove they were 2 for 6… i used both so I got 2 for 2$. I also recently used the BOGO free axe with the 1.50 off 1 axe also. So i got 2 for 2$ there also. You should tell people to check their stores first instead of telling them they cant do it. Fort Worth Texas

  53. How many coupons can you use for same item?? If I have 4 coupons that state 1 item per coupon, can I use 10 coupons in one transaction for that item???

  54. How many coupons can you use for same item?? If I have 4 coupons that state 1 item per coupon same item, can I use all 4 coupons in one transaction for that item x 4???

  55. Can I use an e-coupon from that store’s
    website and combine it with a manufacture’s
    coupon from Sunday news paper even thoe
    the e-coupon came from the manufactor?

  56. You can buy two like items and use a buy one get one free coupon with another coupon I do it all the time for instance this week at Walmart Axe Body Wash was on sale for $3.47 I had a B1G1 Axe body wash coupon and a coupon for $1.50 off one Axe body was, i used both and only paid $1.97 for both total. I belive it all depends on the stores coupon policy

  57. You must live down in the lower 48 but does this also apply to Alaska and Hawaii?

  58. so I have a .50 off when you buy 8 yoplait coupon and the store is having a sale 10/$6 which would make them .60/ea if I use the .50 off when you buy 8 is it .50 off all 8 or would it be .50 off of each one making them .10/ea and would those coupons double to make it -.40/ea?

  59. no answer??

  60. Hi. I have learned alot from you. But on ‘extreme couponing’, they will have 3 separate orders. Why do they have 3 or so totals instead of one.

  61. JANE ANN SPOHN says:

    AS A TWO PERSON FAMILY, I CAN’T USE 3 OF ONE ITEM WHY CAN’T THEY GIVE YOU A DISCOUNT FOR ONLY ONE?

    THANKS

  62. Hello, say I have a coupon for 50 cents when I buy any 2 frozen veggies… And They are on sale for 2 for 5. Since my store doubles will. Be saving 1 dollar on each frozen veggie or 1 dollar on both of them together.?

  63. I have a question. If you have 4 of the same manufacture coupon and it states buy 4 get 1 free how many of the 4 coupons can I use.

  64. I new to couponing, and I like to make this a hobby of mine. I have a question as for that I am confused. I have a coupon for $3 off any two 5.29oz air wick candles. I’m going to shop at Harris Teeter in Greensboro, NC. SO Do I have to buy 2 candles to get the $3 off, or I can get $3 off a single candle?

  65. I just saw Walmart’s new coupon policy stating that they accept competitor’s coupons, I have internet coupons that state manufaturer’s coupon, but they also have a store name on them .Can I use them at Walmart?

    • Well, Walmart will accept competitor coupons that state a specific price. So, if the coupon says “Purex Detergent for $2.50″ then they will accept it with the store name. If it says “$1 off Purex Detergent” then they will not.

  66. I was wondering I have 2 coupons for the same item but one is a store coupon and the other is a manufacturers coupon can i use them at the same time?

  67. Sorry i have another question can i use a coupon from the magazine and from the internet at the same time?

  68. Here’s my question I have a coupon for $1.00 off 4 boxes of Pringles .can I use a total of four of these manufacturers coupons in this transaction. So if it is 4 Pringles for $5.00 and use the $1.00 off four times with four separate manufacturers coupons will the total be $1. For those four boxes. Or can I only use one coupon which only gives me a $1.00 off the boxes.

  69. I was watching a coupon show i only saw parts of it but the girl had a coupon for 40% off of cake mix and left not having to pay a thing.. how is this done do you need more then one copy of the coupon and grab like 40 boxes of the mix. not sure how it worked.

    • That is strange – I don’t know how she could pay zero. Manufacturer’s coupons can only be used once (to buy 2 products, you’d need 2 coupons, and so on) but some store coupons can be scanned once and applied to multiple products. So without knowing the type of coupon she used, it’s hard to say how she did it.

  70. Hello,

    I am a mother of a one year old and boy they are expensive just started couponing but I am confused. If a coupon says 1$ when you buy four, does that mean i get a dollar off all four like if they all cost 1.25$ would I pay 1$ or would I pay 3$????

  71. Enjoyed reading the post, very helpful thank you.

  72. Hello
    I was wondering if you could elaborate on the last senario when an item is B1G1 and you have a B1G1 coupon. You said you will purchase two. Does that mean you will pay for two individual items and get two free or would you wind using your coupon to cancel out the first price so you wind up getting two products both free instead of four products which two were paid for and two were free? thank you!

  73. Stephanie,
    I sometimes get coupons from Kroger mailed to me which I am sure are based on what I have bought at Kroger in the previous months. Did not pay attention to what they said by being “store coupons” or “manufacturers coupons”. Some coupons are for free items others are for so much off, I was wondering if I can use these w/mnf. coupons or if they have to be used alone. IE: if one of theirs is $0.75 off and I have one for $0.50 off and say its a $3.00 item, can I use them both or can I only use one.

    • It depends. I believe those are manufacturer coupons so you wouldn’t be able to use another manufacturer coupon on them. If they are actually store coupons, then yes you could use another coupon with them.

  74. Ok I am reading all this on how you can’t combine manufacturers coupons, even if they are totally different.. I just began couponing seriously a few months ago, but I have found that I can combine manufacturers coupons in some cases.
    Today, I bought 2 bags of pretzel m&ms, used an in store coupon for 2.49 per bag, a manufacturers coupon for 1.50 off two bags of mars candy(including m&ms), and two 1 dollar off pretzel m&ms manufacturers printed coupons, one for each bag, making them .75 cents each! Then, I combined a store coupon for 5 boxes of cereal for 10 dollars, a store printed manufacturers coupon for 2 dollars off 5 boxes, three .50 cent off mfrs coupons, one each for 3 of the boxes, and another 1 off 2 boxes mfrs coupon for the other 2, making each box 1.10! On the other hand, the cashier told me I couldn’t use two totally different wishbone salad dressing coupons.. Whatever. Wondering how I got away with this??

    • Diana Kay says:

      never heard of that being done. she must have been extremely knew or just didn’t care bc you cannot stack like that……..I have gotten away with that once but I don’t like to do that bc it’s not fair for those of us who do follow the rules and if people continue to abuse the system then changes will be made that could make it tougher to save….

  75. I disagree with at least one of the statement that were made about coupons. I work at Fmily Dollar and we do accept more than one coupon per item, above it was said that this is not allowed. If you have a 1.00 off family dollar coupon you can also use a manufacturers coupon as well for the same item. The policy is no more than one coupon from the store and from the manufacturer.

  76. violet23 says:

    Ok..I need clarification. I had a B1G1 coupon and a coupon for $2 off if you bought two. the coupon said one coupon per purchase, limit of 4 like coupons per purchase. I used both on the pantene conditioner, but the cashier said that i could not stack that way, which was fine, but he called the manager over and she approved both coupons because at our commissary it states that you can have one coupon per item or purchase. Since I technically was only purchasing one bottle and getting the other for free, using the $3 off was ok because there were two items on my receipt. I don’t get it, but I won’t ever try it again. After going home and thinking a lot about it, I am still confused. Our commissary policy states one coupon per item or purchase, and I had two items but the manager says I was only really buying one. Help!!!

    • B1G1 coupons can be tricky. Basically, when you use a B1G1 coupon, it attaches to one out of the two items you’re buying. Therefore, you can still use another coupon on the other item, but ONLY if it’s a coupon for one item (i.e. $1/1, $2/1, $3/1, 50¢/1, etc.) Since you were trying to use a $2/2, which is $2 off of TWO items, then it wasn’t legal. You bought two items, the B1G1 attached to one item, so you only had one item leftover to use a coupon on. Since your remaining coupon was for two items, then you couldn’t use it. If it had been a coupon good on ONE item, then you could have used it. In your case with the B1G1 and the $2/2, you would have had to buy 3 items.

      Does that makes sense? I hope so! :)

    • Oh, and let me also clarify…everything I said above is if they were both manufacturer’s coupons or both store coupons. If you were stacking a manufacturer’s coupon with a store coupon, then you were perfectly fine to sue both! :)

  77. I have a buy 2 get one free coupon for skinny cow items. Plus I have 2 /1.50 off of one skinny cow items. Can i use them all at one time?

  78. gabriela says:

    so if i have a box of cereal that cost $3.99 and i have a coupon that has a $1.00 off can i use 3 of the same coupons

    • Yes. If you have (3) $1/1 coupons, then you may use all 3 as long as you are buying 3 boxes of cereal.

  79. If there is a sale going on for 2/$5 box of cereal and I have two coupons of 1.00 off on any three cereals coupon, so if I buy 6 boxes of cereals can I use my two coupons?
    Thanks,
    Ashley

  80. I see this on Kroger’s website. When I click on coupons, it shows a list of them and then says at the bottom… cannot be combined with manufacturer paper coupons on the purchase of a single item. What does this mean? Isn’t this a store coupon? If so are we supposed to be able to use a manufacturer coupon with store one?

    • Digital coupons are considered manufacturer’s coupons and can not be combined with paper manufacturer’s coupons. You have to use one or the other. Hope that helps!

  81. Hi, great website. I had a question, I have one MQ to buy 1 velveeta & 2 cans of rotella & save $2.00. Then I also have a MQ to save $1.00 on Velveeta. I’m pretty sure I can’t use both judging from the posts, but just wanted to check with an expert.

  82. jennifer77774 says:

    if you buy something like a gist basket, do we use one coupon for each item?

  83. If I have a manufacturer coupon that says save $1.00 on 2 and a store coupon says a $1.99 on an item. Can use two store coupon and one manufacturer coupon for the two item? also if a manufacturer coupon says when you buy two save $1.50 and a store says BOG1 can I use the coupons combine??

    • Yes – both of those situations should be fine, as long as the store coupon doesn’t limit the amount of store coupons per transaction on that item.

  84. If I have a coupon for 50cents off 2 yogurts…does the 50cents come off of the price of each individual yogurt? Do those coupons double? For example, it would be 1.00 off each yogurt?

  85. Hello. I am trying to figure out load to card coupons. Brookshire’s says “Limit one use per Load to Card coupon offer per transaction, per household.” Does this mean the coupon on my card can only be used once? If I buy 3 bags of cookies and my card coupon is 1.00 off one bag will it apply this to all 3 bags or just to one? If it only applies to one then can I make 3 separate transactions and use it 3 different times?
    I have some coupons on my card and some coupons I printed from their site for the same amount and same item. So I cannot use the printed coupons and the card loaded coupons together? They do say “manufacture’s coupon” at the top.

  86. if you have more then one coupon, (ex. 5 coupons) and you want to use each one, and i buy 5 (ex. hand soaps) can i use each coupon? please reply!

    • Yes. It’s one coupon per item bought. So if you have (5) $1/1 coupons, you would have to buy 5 items in order to use all 5 coupons. Just make sure the coupon does not have a limit per transaction. Per purchase mean per item bought. Per transaction means a limit of coupons per transaction. It’s very rare that there is a limit per transaction, but some coupons do have that, so just be careful. :) Hope that helps!

  87. If I have 2 coupons that say save $.70 off 2 New York Brand frozen products, can I use both coupons together?

  88. If I have a coupon for Target that is $1.00 off palmolive dish soap and I have a MC for $.75 palmolive can I use both to save $1.75 or would I have to buy two? Thanks!

    • As long as the Target coupon is a store coupon, you can stack it with the manufacturer’s coupon to save a total of $1.75. Just make sure the Target coupon is not a manufacturer’s coupon. ;)

      • Thanks so much for the quick response! It’s almost like I feel bad about saving money :)
        Also, is there a certain etiquette for how many coupons you use at one time? As you can see I’m a couponong newbie!

        • You can use as many coupons as you’d like, as long as you’re following the ethical and legal rules of couponing! There are definitely ways to be courteous, though. Try to make it as easy as possible for the cashier, be very polite, and maybe let people behind you know if you have a LOT of coupons so that they can choose another line. :) And I believe in not wiping out the shelves. I like to leave some so that all my fellow couponers can enjoy the deal as well!

  89. kathleen Baldoni says:

    Okay- another question. If I have a coupon for 3.00 off gillette cartridges, and a buy one cartridge get 10.00 off razor, can I use both together since they are each off of a different item? So confused.

  90. If I have one coupon that says .50 off one item and a limit of 3 items on the manufacturers coupon, do I get the .50 off of each of the three or do I have to have a coupon for each one ??

  91. I’m buying some paint at jo-ann fabrics and I found a coupon online that says 40% any one regular priced item, cannot be combined with any other coupon. No reproductions accepted. I’m planning to buy about 20 bottles and I want to know if I can just print out and use a coupon for each bottle?

    • Joann’s has their own specific coupon policy that is a bit different from traditional stores. You’ll have to ask them about it. The location near me only allows one Joann’s per transaction, and one from each competitor per transaction (michael’s, hobby lobby, ac moore, etc.)

      You could print as many as you want, but they’re only going to let you use one per transaction per trip.

      Good luck!

  92. Confused. You say you can use 2 coupons on bogo because you are “buying” both even though the total on the one is free? What’s the difference with get $1 off 2? I’m buying both items!? And in reality, the manufacturer is making more money on the 2 I am buying because the coupon says I have to, then if I only bought 1, even with the 2 coupons (one coupon per ITEM) so I would be sticking to all the rules the coupon states? Coupon does not say, one coupon per the 2 items! Sorry, just confused! Not saying I do this!!! Just confused. I have received yes’ and no’s from many blogs.

    • Manufacturer’s coupons are limit one coupon per specified # of items. So if the coupon states $1/1, then you can only use one for every one you buy. If the coupon is $1/4, then you can only use one for every four you buy. Does that make sense?

      In your question above, you could use (2) $1/1 coupons on a BOGO sale, because you’re buying two items, even though the store is offering one for free. If you’re using a $1/2, you can only use 1 coupon on those two items. I hope that helps!

  93. Printed on the in-store coupons I see “limit one per customer” so does that mean I can only buy one of this particular item with the coupon? What if I want to buy 3 of the same item? Could I use three of the in- store coupon at the checkout to get the discount?

    • It depends on the wording. Usually when it says “limit one per customer” it means one coupon deal per customer, so you could only buy 1 deal with the coupon. Sometimes it’s “limit one coupon per item purchased” which simply means limit one coupon per item purchase, so you can buy 3 items and use 3 coupons. Sometimes it says limit one per transaction, which is clearly a limit on the amount you can buy. If in doubt, ask the cashier or manager. Wording on store coupons can be confusing sometimes. Good luck!

  94. So I have a question. I’m looking at a coupon that says..

    this coupon cannot be combined with an other offer

    it’s for $6.00 off of 2 dvds. one is for a specfic one then you get to choose the other.

    I have another coupon for $6 off of 2 dvd’s with another specific one mentioned but different than the first.

    can I use both coupons and get $12 off of both dvds?

    in the fine print it says limit one coupon per specified item purchased. but each coupon specify’s a different dvd..

    thanks i’m new to this couponing..

  95. Anna Claire says:

    This article says that you can’t use two manufacturer coupons on one item, but what if neither of them say “do not combine with other offer” ?

    • All manufacturer coupons say “limit 1 per purchase” which means one manufacturer’s coupon per item purchased.

  96. I currently have a b1g1 for suave shampoo and/or conditioner. I am shopping at food lion for this deal for the unilever deal. Now everytime I purchase a suave professionals it prints out a store Catalina coupon. Their coupon policy states “customers may not use more than 1 coupon per item with a max of 10 coupons for the same item per customer.” Can I use the manufacture b1g1 free coupon with the store Catalina coupon that is for 1$ off 1 suave professionals?

    • It depends – is the catalina a store coupon or a manufacturer coupon? Usually the catalinas are actually store-specific manufacturer coupons. If it is indeed a store coupon, you should be able to combine it with your manufacturer coupon. If it’s actually a manufacturer coupon, you’ll only be able to use one or the other.

  97. M&M are $.99 each I have B2G1F , what it is suppose to be each after cupon, they just discount me .67 cent…?

  98. Ok my question is if I have two .50 off coupon but with different manufactured dates can I use both of them on the same one item? (Like two different expiration dates.)

    • Hi Ashlie. No – the rule is one manufacturer’s coupon per item. So you have to choose one or the other. You can’t use both. Hope this helps!

  99. I have a quick question. I read through all the questions (can you believe that?) but I guess I’m confused on a store coupon vs. an eCoupon loaded onto your store card. Kroger has an eCoupon which I’ve loaded onto my card for B1G1 Dial Body Wash. If I also come across an internet coupon for Dial body wash, would I be able to use both?

    Thank you in advance. Just trying to start this whole coupon thing :)

  100. How many of the same item can you get with one manufactures coupon. say I have a coupon for 1.00 off a bag of rice how many bags of rice can I get with that one coupon. hope that makes sence

    • The coupon is only good for $1.00 off. If it’s $1/1, then it’s good on one bag of rice. If it’s $1/2, then you have to buy 2 bags of rice to get $1.00 off. Hope this helps.

  101. Hi!!! My family is going through a hard time, our business is putting us in debt n we nearly have enough money for food every day, I really have the necessity to coupon and save.

    I wanted to know two things, do I have to be really good at math to do this?

    And with the 40 cents off 6 yogurts coupon, I saw someone said u need to purchase 46, does this mean you need how many of those coupons and how did they end up with the result of needing 46, and does this mean if u get 46, they’ll be free??

    Thank you!!!!

  102. so if the item is on sale you can use more than one coupon??

    • There is a limit of one coupon per item purchased. So if an item is on sale and you want to buy 4, you could use (4) $1/1 coupons or (2) $1/2 coupons. Does that make sense? Just carefully read wording on coupons. Sometimes coupons do have a limit of how many you can buy per transaction.

  103. My question is can I print out the same coupon more than once? Example: I have a coupon for .50 cents off a bag of chips so I buy 5 bags, do I need to print out 5 individual coupons for that item?

    • Most coupons have a print limit of 2 per computer. So you can print 2 coupons per computer that you have. So in order to print 5 of the same coupon, you’ll need 3 computers.

  104. In live in California nd I knows all states vary my question is how many manufacturer coupons can be used per item? Example, I want to buy 5 shampoos and I have 5 coupons can I use all 5 coupon s a once?

    • If each of the coupons is $x/1, then yes – you could buy 5 and use 5 coupons. Just make sure to check the lingo on the coupon itself. These days, some brands are starting to limit how many you can use per transaction. Also check with the store sale. Some stores have a limit per sale item. As long as there isn’t a limit per transaction or store sale, you’re okay!

  105. If a coupon says Single use- coupon, limit one per household, does that mean that you can only use this on one item? And if I print off say 10 of the same coupon, and buy ten items, then can i use the separate coupons on each of the items in the same transaction?

    • Yes, if a coupon specifies a limit of one per transaction or household, then you can only use it one time on one item. If it says “limit 1 per purchase” with no transaction or household limits, then you may buy as many as you want with your coupons. So if you have 4 coupons for $1/1, you may buy 4 items and use the 4 coupons. Remember with printable coupons, you may not copy them, as that is illegal. There is usually a print limit of 2 per computer. Good luck! :)

  106. So if five of my coupons for the same Item say one per purchase, can I get five of that item and use all the coupons?

  107. Hi I have a scenario for you. If shaws is having a sale on cereal 2 for $5.00 I understand that I can use a coupon for each individual item however can the coupons say $1.00 of the purchase of 2 cereals or does it have to be $1.00 off the purchase of 1 cereal?

  108. Very helpful!

  109. Im new with couponing and trying to get the hang of it has been a pain lol , but I had a question i have a MFC for suave shampoo/conditioner $1.50 and also a target coupon for the same item $1.50 I know with target you can combine a MFC and Target coupon but on the target coupon it states coupon may not be combined with any other promotional codes . So would I still be able to combine both coupons the MFC and Target. thanks

  110. Hello,

    So I understand that printable coupons and the ones you find in the paper are manufacturer coupons but where do I find actual store coupons? I found some on the Walmart website but those aren’t their store coupons, right? They are similar to what I cut out from the newspaper so I was thinking maybe they just offer a way to print the ones you find on coupons.com?? I’m trying to get the hang of this and I’m stuck don’t want to go to the store with coupons they won’t take. Thank you for all the info you provide it’s really helpful and I never knew how easy it can be makes me feel confident I can get the hang of it, eventually:)

    • Hi Cyndi. Most store coupons are found in-store or are mailed to your home. It just depends on the store, though. Walmart does not have store coupons, so that’s why you’re having a difficult time finding any. Target has several places for store coupons – Cartwheel app, mobile coupons, and Target printable coupon. Many grocery stores have in-store flyers with store coupons. Good luck!

  111. Chantrea Howze says:

    Omg! My sister is the one that got me on board with couponing and when she told me it seemed easy but after trying to shop with my coupons it became overwhelming and tiresome. I was so confused on how they work but this post broke everything down for me.thank you so much #feelingconfident

  112. I was wondering if there was a limit on how many internet coupons (that you print out) you could use in a single transaction. Like…could I use only internet coupons for all 50 different items in a transaction assuming I had internet coupons for each item.

    And a question about coupons that have the wording “Do Not Double”, will stores really not double or what happens with that?

    • Hanna, it really just depends. First of all, there is a print limit of 2 printable coupons per computer, so you would need 25 computers to print 50 internet coupons. If you’re talking about a limit of Internet coupons in general (not specific to one item), then it will just depend on each store’s coupon policy. Some stores are picky about Internet coupons, while others aren’t. Just ask the general manager of the store you shop at. Usually “Do Not Double” means the store will not double that coupon. That is correct.

  113. ok so a store is having a sale on general mills cereal buy 2 get 1 free,each box costing $3.00. i have a 1 dollar off of 3 boxes manufacturers coupon and a .50 cents off of one coupon. could you explain to me the best way i can use my coupons to get the best deal possible. i am trying to learn how to coupon and this is all confusing to me. please help, it would be very appreciated.

    • Hi Jess! The best deal would be to use the $1/3 coupon on 3 boxes of cereal at the B2G1 Free Sale price. Good luck!

  114. elizabeth says:

    i watch extreme couponing. n i see how ppl buy multiple things and use multiple coupons. so what i dont understand is this…on the coupon is says limit one coupon per houehold n then it says limit of 4 like coupon per household per day. so do that mean i can get 4 like coupons and go to the supermarket buy one item for that coupon and give the cashier all 4 coupons for that one item? or do i buy 4 of that item and give to the cashier all 4 coupons and still get money off for that item. i am a beginner couponer and want to understand that part of the coupon…thank you for any help given to me…also please email the answer i might not be able to find my way back to this site…lol…

    • That means you have to buy 4 items to use the 4 coupons. You can’t use 4 coupons on one item. It’s always a limit of 1 coupon per item purchased, but sometimes coupons have additional limits, like the limit of 4 per household you mentioned above. (But most don’t have that one)

  115. If lets say Kroger is having a sale on deodorant 10 for $10 and I have a coupon for $1 off but the coupon states you can only use 4 like coupons. So does that mean I can only use 4 coupons and pay $6 out of pocket in order to get the 10 for $10 sale? Or can I use 10 coupons?

    • If it says “limit 4 like coupons” then you are correct, you can only use four of the coupons. However, most 10 for $10 sales simply mean the products are on sale for $1 each and you don’t have to buy 10 to get that pricing. Check your ad to be sure, but you can probably just buy 4.

  116. what does it mean when a coupon say ” cannot be combine with other coupon”?

  117. I have recently started couponing, I tried my first time at Krogers, I had a stack of coupons and a full basket of groceries, was disappointed at the 18% savings I had, but didn’t complain because it was my first go at couponing. I tried Walgreens for my second attempt, and left with an 87% savings, which has prompted me to keep trying. I would LOVE to know how anyone shops and has a $900 grocery bill that they only end up paying like 17 cents for, because of couponing?!?! I have printed so many coupons and clipped so many coupons from circulars and used them all at the register and my highest savings has only been 89%. I even used a stack of coupons at Market Basket when they had their 10 for 10 sale, and still ended up paying $79 for my items, I wasn’t pleased at all with that trip, but I’m continuing to try for the simple fact that, I have no job at the moment and am living in my parents home, I feel as though my way of contributing is to coupon and supply the items we all use in the household.

    I believe the TV show “Extreme Couponing” has lead many of us to believe this is done fairly easily, when in fact it isn’t. And I guess you should know, it IS a television program, so maybe we shouldn’t all get too overly excited about it?

    I will say this, I have only been couponing for about 2 months now, I watch the sales, I scour the internet for great coupons and signed up on MULTIPLE sights that send coupons to me in my email, I do have a small stockpile, mostly of toiletries and soaps, shampoos, etc and I surely paid at least $90.00 for my pile of a good $300 worth of things, so couponing DOES work/help save money, it’s just that it’s not going to be what everyone is seeing on television.

    Happy Couponing!!

    • Hi Jana. Please do not be discouraged by the extreme couponing show. We do not agree with that show. It is meant for entertainment, and is NOT realistic in the slightest. We highly encourage realistic couponing for people with real lives. You can save a nice amount of money without going crazy.

      I recommend reading some of our blog posts on the subject: Top 10 Extreme Couponing Mistakes and Realistic Couponing.

      Good luck! Hope this helps.

    • I think it’s nice that you’re contributing to your parents’ household while living with them.

  118. If I have a manufactured coupon for $1 off on a product and I have a printable coupon for $2 dollars of the same product, can I use both since they’re not exactly the same?

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