Some people go nuts with coupons. They devote so many hours to organization that they may as well make it a part-time job. Scrapbooks, spreadsheets, calendars filled to the brim with optimal shopping days, times, and stores. Some people even go so far as to map out routes so that they save money on gas going to and from various stores. You don’t have to go overboard with this – especially if you’re just starting out. Learn the basics, and you can still benefit from casual couponing.
One Coupon Per Purchase Limits
It’s pretty common for retail websites, and manufacturers, to limit coupons and promotional codes to one coupon per purchase. This means that you can only use one coupon or promotion code per item you buy. If you’re buying a box of cereal, for example, you can only use one coupon for that item. It prevents doubling up on coupons – getting products for free – and making bulk purchases (and receiving “bulk discounts”) using just one coupon.
One Coupon Per Transaction Limits
A limit on “per transaction” means that you can only use one coupon per transaction. If you’re buying two boxes of cereal, then you’re only allowed to use one coupon for that transaction. To use two coupons, you’d need to make a separate transaction. This is usually done to prevent abuse.
One Coupon Per Person Limits
Some manufacturers place limits on the number of coupons a person can use for the entire transaction. So, if you’re buying the same two boxes of cereal in the previous examples, you’d only be able to use one coupon – regardless of the number of transactions you make. This prevents coupon abuse – extreme couponing that you’ve undoubtedly seen on T.V.
One Coupon Per Household Limits
A limit of one coupon per household means that all of the people in your household are limited to using just one coupon. So, it doesn’t matter how many transactions you make, how many family members you bring with you, you can still only use just one coupon for the items you’re purchasing.
BOGO coupons are really exciting. This is where the manufacturer encourages you to buy two of the same item. Your reward? You get one of those items for free. It’s essentially a 50 percent off coupon. If you’re purchasing the same item, and you have a coupon, you can usually use that coupon on the free item. If you have two coupons, and the limit is one coupon per item, you can use a coupon on the free one and one on the paid item.
The store just happens to be giving away one of the items – the manufacturer typically allows you to use the coupon on the freebie because you’re taking home two separate items. Result? You get an amazing deal on the purchase. Sometimes, you can get the items for free.
If you have a coupon for a particular kind of soap, day “Dial,” there may be several different kinds of soap available. Do you get the one with extra moisturizer? Do you get regular Dial? Check the coupon. Most manufacturers simply specify the brand, not the specific name of the product within the brand. In other words, the coupon could be used to buy any kind of Dial soap.
Russell Matthews discovered the savings power of coupons several years ago. An avid blogger who is also very active on Twitter, you can read his informative articles mainly on coupon and money-saving blog sites.