Do you want to save a few bucks when you go shopping? Want to try get items worth hundreds of dollars as freebies? Then you need to start stacking coupons.
Lately, more and more people are getting really interested in gathering up these discounted specials being advertised by companies. Once they have them neatly organised it is time to start redeeming them in the stores across the U.S. to try get a lower price on everything they buy. Why go through all the bother? Well, this way they maximise their savings gained when shopping, whilst the stores get the brand marketing and monetary income benefit from running the promotions. This makes it a win-win situation for the both parties. If you want to join this coupon stacking mania, follow suit. We’ll break down everything there is to know about couponing together!
What is Coupon Stacking?
Coupon stacking is defined as being able to use many coupons in one purchase. This could be when purchasing one item or multiple items at checkout. For example, Kohl’s allow four coupons per order whereas some stores like Michaels allow unlimited stacked coupons. This may include certain dollar amounts off to certain percentages off a transaction.
The term itself suggests the real goal – to merge these money off or percentage off vouchers together and get the best possible price. What you are doing is “stacking” the savings in a cumulative way. So one discount and be added to another discount which means you get a much calculated money off amount at the checkout. However, you cannot do with do this with any and all coupons. There are actually two types you should keep an eye on. They’re the manufacturer’s and the store versions.
When you combine these two types together properly, you will end up saving way more money when shopping than you could have ever hoped for! This is all thanks to the smart and frugal shoppers out there who figured out this money saving technique. Everyone loves a bargain and finding them is a massive incentive for some. Think of it like a game that some people just need to win and beat the system. For example, take British teenager Jordon Cox, he managed to get six hundred pounds worth of food groceries for just four pennies. That is $755 value in food costing only 5c! How did he do that?(1)
Remember how we said there are two types to look out for earlier? Basically, you use a store coupon plus a manufacturer’s when buying a product. Then depending on the terms and discount stated on the coupon, you are able reduce the price of your purchase. In some extreme cases dramatically reduce the price like Jordon did.
For instance, if you’re buying a two-dollar-worth item and you have a store coupon for fifty cents and a manufacturer’s coupon of one dollar, you’ll eventually pay only fifty cents for that item. It’s as simple math as that.
This is why it became popular among shoppers. And the TLC TV shows like Extreme Couponing and Extreme Cheapskates, which revolve around the subject of saving, only increased the interest in stacking coupons.(2)(3)
Types of Savings
Nowadays with the expansion of the internet access on peoples phones and home connections improving online shopping has become the norm for millions of people. Then there is the development of the newer commerce marketing methods like Black Friday and Cyber Monday adverts to entice people to spend money on products that have had prices slashed in flash sales.
You can find awesome deals and dirt cheap bargains everywhere around you, you just need to keep your eyes and ears open for the opportunities. Whether it’s printable coupons or vouchers in the local or national newspapers, online codes you have to type in to get 10 – 90% off, the opportunities are numerous both online and offline.
Big name brick and mortar businesses like Target, Kohl’s, Walgreens, and CVS among many others, allow you to stack physically stack your cut outs and clippings. Whereas, online stores like say Amazon let you just enter a digital code or phrase to redeem online. Saying that, some of the above-mentioned brick and mortar companies have an option for online stacking, too. Frugal mommy bloggers tend to try hunt these down and then promote them to their followers.
A big number of the these opportunities that you’ll encounter are actually from the manufacturers marketing campaigns themselves. What does that mean? These types of coupons are issued by the company producing the product that you’re wanting to buy. You can find them advertised in popular magazines, newspapers or on various websites.
Once you print them or crop them out of the paper, you only need to bring them to a participating retailer that accepts them and then try combine this along with a coupon from the store (if it offers one of course).
This way the manufacturer allows you to buy the product from them with the best pricing available. For instance, when you buy Coca-Cola in Target with a manufacturer coupon, you are buying it directly from the Coca-Cola Company with their discount and not from the retailer (or in this case Target).
The situation is slightly different with this type. Here the discount doesn’t come from the manufacturer (The Coca-Cola Company in the previous example), but from the store in which you actually buy the product (like Target). The logic behind this is that the store renounces a small part of their profit in favour of the promotion they get for the products. Most often they do it to attract more customers.
There are a lot of ways through which the stores get the word out to the customers about the super deals and savings they are offering for a limited time.
Firstly, they normally advertise themselves in magazines and newspapers again advertising the offer to all the readers. They’re normally easily recognisable as they feature the store’s logo and its name, leaving you with the quick job of cutting them.
Aside from this, the online versions of these offers are found on the stores website as well as the store’s email newsletters. You can simply print them at home from these sources and present your printed papers at your net store purchase to earn the discount.
What’s more, you can also stack rewards and deals which the stores use as part of their marketing strategy. By gathering them from the papers and newsletters and combining them, you’ll be able to receive even more discounts.
Store Gift Cards
Coupons aren’t the only ones helping you make big savings. The gift cards from the stores are great for this purpose, too. Especially when you stack them with the coupons.
How does it work? The only thing you do is show the manufacturer and store coupons at the register and then pay for the goods with the gift card. That way you get a way lower price for your products.
Note that you can buy such discounted gift cards online (Gift Card Granny) and save on that, too.
Finally, rebate apps represent the modern way of saving money while shopping. And you don’t use any coupons at all to do that! You simply need a smartphone to download these apps on.
After getting the receipt from the store, you’re supposed to take a picture of it through the rebate apps in order to get a part (or a full amount) of the money you’ve spent. So cool, right?
Online Stores That Allow Coupon Stacking
- Kohl’s allows 4 coupons per order.
- Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy and Athleta allow 5 coupons per order.
- Amazon allows unlimited coupons per order.
- Target allows one manufacturer & one store per order.
- Michaels allows unlimited per order.
- Newegg.com allows unlimited per order.
- Sears allows unlimited per order.
- CVS allows one manufacturer & one store per order.
Online Stores That Do Not Allow Coupon Stacking
- Abercrombie & Fitch
- American Eagle
- Ann Taylor
- Barnes & Noble
- Bath & Body Works
- Burlington Coat Factory
- Charlotte Russe
- Dick’s Sporting Goods
- Foot Locker
- Forever 21
- Hudson’s Bay
- J. C. Penney
- Kate Spade & Co.
- Neiman Marcus
- New York & Co.
- Ralph Lauren
- Sports Authority
- The Finish Line
- Urban Outfitters
- World Market
All of these saving methods, starting from stacking coupons and using gift cards to rebate apps, will definitely change your whole shopping experience for the better. Prepare for the days when you’ll walk out of a store with a wide smile on your face, a full wallet, and a heavy grocery bag. Happy shopping and saving 🙂