Coupon Stacking: The Savings Pile Up Quickly
Why use just one coupon if you can rack up even more savings and use two – or more – on a single purchase? When combined with careful shopping and sale-watching, your bundle of coupons can save you, well, a bundle! This coupon stacking strategy works with everything from everyday shopping for groceries and other necessities to online purchases.
Learn how coupon stacking works and check out our list of large retailers who let customers stack coupons and/or combine coupon codes for extra savings.
Coupon Stacking Is Different From Double Coupons
“Doubling” affects the value of a single coupon, while a “stackable coupon” means you’re using multiple coupons for the same purchase. Here’s how it works:
A “double coupon” offer simply doubles the value of a single coupon. It’s a great way to save money – particularly when combined with a sale price. For instance, Publix, a supermarket chain in the Southeast, recently offered General Mills cereals for half price: a large box of Cheerios was just $1.75. That sale price combined with a 50 cent manufacturer coupon, doubled to $1.00 value, got shoppers a large box of cereal for just 75 cents.
That was a terrific deal – but it was been even better for shoppers who could “stack” a store coupon on top of the first one. Many manufacturers don’t allow shoppers to use more than one of their coupons at a time, but you can usually combine them with store coupons. That would have lowered the price of the Cheerios even more.
Kohl’s Coupon Stacking – A Case Study in Savings
The Kohl’s department store chain is a great place to experiment with coupon stacking. Here at CouponHeaven.com, we regularly alert readers to double, triple, even quadruple-stack discounts and promo codes at Kohl’s. Here was a recent offer:
Quadruple Play: up to 80% off Sale items, extra 20% off with promo code, $10 Kohls Cash for every $50 you spend and Free Shipping on $50+
How did that offer play out in practice? We found a Jennifer Lopez laptop bag priced at $160 on sale for $72. With 20% off the sale price and free shipping, the final price was $61, which earned a $10 Kohl’s cash coupon to use on a future purchase. Let’s add up the savings:
$14.40 20% off sale price
$ 8.95 Shipping charge
$10.00 Kohl’s cash
$33.35 Coupon Stack Savings
Other Stores That Allow Coupon Stacking
Some of the largest retail chains allow coupon stacking and many local merchants allow it as well. Check with your local stores, review the list below, and start saving!
- Target: Print store coupons at the Target coupon site. Budget some time to comb through the offers because Target usually has 100+ coupons available to print! Combine them with manufacturer’s coupons and save an extra 5% on your entire purchase if you have a Target store card. You’ll get free shipping on online orders with a Target card too.
- Military PXs: Exchanges allow shoppers to combine manufacturer coupons with monthly coupon books and commissary coupons. Here is their Exchange store coupon policy.
- CVS: Allows one manufacturer coupon and one store coupon per item. Other limitations may apply: check their CVS coupon policy (PDF).
- Walgreens: Accepts one manufacturer coupon and one store coupon per item. They also publish their coupon acceptance policy online.
- Safeway: Stacks manufacturer and store coupons, but only one manufacturer coupon per item is allowed. Here’s their coupon policy.
- Kroger: Offers digital store coupons, coupons at checkout, and in-store flyers that can often be combined with a manufacturer coupon. Digital coupons require you to register for a “Kroger Plus Card” and you can load coupon values directly to the card. The card also gives shoppers access to special in-store sales and offers.
- Saks Fifth Avenue: allows multiple coupon codes per order.
- Victoria’s Secret: shoppers can use multiple coupon codes during checkout. The company also rewards loyal customers with percent-off coupons and even coupons for free items.
- Dollar General: Accepts one manufacturer and one store coupon per item. Also, many stores offer a “Saturday-only” register coupon for $5 off a $25 purchase. Dollar General coupon policy.
- Family Dollar: Coupon policy (PDF) allows one manufacturer and one store coupon per item in a transaction.
- Whole Foods: Allows shoppers to combine store coupons (printable here) with manufacturer coupons. Only one store and one manufacturer coupon per item.
Do you know of other retailers who support stackable coupons? Please share them in the comment section.
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