Understanding Coupons And Their Wording:
When you first decide to coupon everything can be confusing. You want to play by the books so you start learning the policies but then you get to the coupons themselves and the words on them make no sense! Here is a quick guide to understanding coupons and their wording:
1. “Limit one coupon per purchase of products and quantities stated”– Every item is considered a purchase. For this particular coupon, every Olay Pro-X Product, Regenerist Facial Moisturizer or Facial Hair Remover is a purchase. If you decide to buy 4, you’ll than have 4 purchases.
2. ” Limit of 4 like coupons per household per day”– This means that no matter how many you decide to purchase you can only use 4 coupons. If you wish to use more than 4 purchases you’ll have to either bring a friend/family member with you and let them do a transaction for you, or go back to the store another day.
3. Figuring out if it’s a manufacturer or store coupon– At the top of the coupons it will tell you whether it is a store coupon or a manufacturer coupon. This coupon above is a Manufacturer. If it was a store coupon it would say the stores name and would not say “manufacturer” anywhere. Pictured below is a Publix store coupon. It says Publix and has an Lu# instead of a bar code.
4. Some Manufacturer coupons can only be used at certain stores.- While they are still considered manufacturer coupons and not store coupons, some coupons can only be used at certain stores. Pictured below is a coupon that says “only at Walmart”, which means you can only use this coupon at Walmart. It is still considered a manufacturer coupon though and can NOT be combined with another manufacturer coupon.
5. Some coupons have a suggested store for you to use them at, but you can use them anywhere.-Some coupons (Like the one pictured below) say “Redeemable at *insert store name here*. You do not have to use the coupon there, they are merely suggesting a store for you to go to. The only time you have to use a coupon at a particular store is if it says “Only at…” or “Redeemable only at..”
6. Some coupons say “Can not be combined with any other coupon”– This does not apply to store coupons. You will still be able to stack them. It just means that you can not use another manufacturer coupon with this one.
7. 99% of the time ignore the picture on the coupon.- The coupon will tell you what purchase is required for you to use it. It will also list exclusions. Some coupons say they are good on all products of a certain brand, but not all products that the brand makes are pictured.
8. Expiration Dates– Each coupon will have the date of when it expires. You can still use the coupon until midnight of the date listed.
9. Some Coupons State “Do Not Double” or “Do Not Triple”– This does not mean you can not stack it with a store coupon. Some states double or triple coupons (a $0.50 coupon would have a $1 value after doubling). This just means that if you live in a state that doubles/triples coupons the coupon in question is excluded and will stay at face value.
See it’s not as scary as you thought. Dive on in and in case you need to look back on this we’ve created this handy printable cheat sheet for you:
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