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Posted: January 26, 2017
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This is part of the ABC’s of Couponing Guide

How to Stack

This topic dives deep and stores policies may vary; I can’t guarantee your experience will be exactly as outlined when working with Buy One, Get One Free coupons and sales, but at least I can help inform you on how they should work.

Common question:

I’m confused by the BOGO sales when they are matched up with BOGO coupons, how do the items come out free?

Let’s start with the background info on how stores work.  As I explained in my first ABC’s of couponing post, stores get paid the full price of a scanned manufacturer coupon. But if a store has a sale or coupon that it releases, this is called a store coupon.  This coupon doesn’t get reimbursed – it is a form of advertising for the store.

If a store has a BOGO free sale (or store coupon), they are “taking the loss” so to speak on the free item.  If you hand them a manufacturer coupon for a BOGO free item during their BOGO free sale, it doesn’t affect the amount of money the store makes.  Because the manufacturer reimburses them for the coupon.

True BOGO Free Sales:

At most stores, if a sale is buy one get one free, you purchase one and the other is free.  So if you use a BOGO free coupon on top of the sale, both products end up free. The store gets reimbursed for the manufacturer coupon and the transaction is still profitable for the store! Even though you didn’t pay money out of your pocket.

However, not all stores ring up BOGO free store sales (or store coupons) this way.  Some insist that you must pay for one item in order to use your BOGO free coupon. Rather than giving you both items for free, you buy one and then receive two free (one free for the coupon and one free for their sale).

Rite Aid and Walgreen’s are store that do not take a BOGO coupon on a BOGO sale, but CVS will!

Non-True BOGO Free Sales:

Certain stores have BOGO free sales, but you don’t have to buy 2 to get the sale price.  You purchase one, and it rings up half price.  Some examples of stores that work this way are Publix (except Florida locations, which are true BOGO sales), Bi-Lo, and Harris Teeter to name a few.  If you use a BOGO free coupon with a BOGO free sale at these places, you will pay half price for one item and get the other item free.  YMMV – do not count on working, but if it does then you can be happy!

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Can I use two BOGO Free Manufacturer’s coupons for two items?

No – if you have two BOGO free coupons, you’d have to purchase 4 items to use them both.

Can you use two manufacturer coupons on a buy one get one free store promotion?

Yes!  Even if the store is giving one away for free, you can still use a coupon on it! So if you have two $1 off one item coupons, you could use both of them on a BOGO free sale! You just couldn’t use two BOGO free coupons. Exception:  you can’t do this at Rite Aid and Walgreen’s.

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How does using a BOGO free coupon on BOGO half off sale work?

If you purchase two items that are $4, the store would ring up one item as $2.  Then when the cashier scans your BOGO free coupon, it may only take off $2 for the cheaper item you bought.   Other stores will take off the full $4.  It depends on how your cashier rings you up.

Can I use a BOGO free coupon and a $1/1 off product coupon on two products?

Short Answer: No.  Not at most stores.
This is the most tricky question of them all!  If you have  a BOGO free coupon, but you have another coupon for $1/1 on the same product, can you use the both coupons?  If done on certain coupons, this is called “piggybacking” and is not how the coupons were intended to use.  Now I don’t promote coupon decoding (the practice of using coupons on items they weren’t intended to be used on) so I won’t go into too much detail, but you can tell be the coupons codes whether you can use a BOGO coupon with another coupon or not.  Most of the time you can not – if the number 14 is in the area circled in the barcode below, the coupon is attached to both products. You can’t use another coupon on your purchase for either product.   If the numbers are different, some stores will let you use a BOGO free coupon and a $1/1 product coupon when you buy two items.

Posted: January 5, 2017
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Part of the ABC’s of Couponing Guide

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Have you ever worried you are costing a store money by getting freebies? Or how exactly getting free items with coupons can be legal and ethical? Let’s start at the very beginning:

Coupon Advertising

Manufacturer’s create food products, beverages, household and personal items.   It costs a lot of money to do ads on T.V. or elsewhere to inform consumers of these products, so another form of advertising for them is a coupon. Manufacturer’s create a coupon for an item to get the word out about the product, and get it directly in the hands of the consumer.  They want you (the consumer) to use the coupons. What a better way to get the word out about your product then having people try it out!

Where do I get coupons?

Manufacturer’s pay for the coupon to be distributed in Sunday coupon inserts, online, or through magazine ad placements.  This is to get the coupon in your hands.  See my video where I show you how to find coupons:

I want to use my Coupons

After you get the coupon in your hands, you create your shopping list and may even choose to use the coupon.  After you scan your coupon on the register, the store takes the amount off the total purchase.  You are stoked – if you follow my site, you may have just scored a freebie by combining a store sale/coupon with the manufacturer coupon! But the store is not reimbursed yet.  The coupon is sent to a coupon clearinghouse to verify it was used correctly.

What is a coupon clearinghouse?

A coupon clearinghouse is a third-party independent of the manufacturer and the store the coupon was redeemed at.  They determine the amount each manufacturer owes each store.  The manufacturer takes the “hit” for the coupon, not the store.  The store should get reimbursed for the amount of the coupon…but…if you scan a coupon on the wrong item, the coupon clearinghouse may find out and decide the manufacturer doesn’t owe the store that amount for that coupon.

Do not copy coupons

If  a coupon is a photocopied coupon, the clearinghouse will know and will not reimburse the store for the coupon.  This means if you use coupons fraudulently, stores don’t get reimbursed and they lose money.  That is stealing from the store!  Some stores have already decided that too many fraudulent coupons are being used, and they have stopped accepting coupons printed from the internet because they are worried they are photocopies and won’t get reimbursed.  So please don’t photocopy coupons; as a general rule, coupons can usually be printed twice online and should never be photocopied.

Store Coupons

Store coupons (coupons released by a store) are not reimbursed by the manufacturer.  The store releases these to attract customers. You can “stack” a store coupon or sale with a manufacturer coupon.  The manufacturer pays the store back for their coupon and the store is the one who takes the hit for the store coupon.

Everyone Wins with Coupons

It’s not all bad news for the stores! Many people uses manufacturer coupons legitimately and stores are getting reimbursed by the manufacturer – plus eight cents for handling.  Manufacturer’s are getting their products in the hands of consumers and are happy their ads were successful.  They hope once a consumer tries a new product, they may try it again even if they don’t have a coupon next time.  Consumers are getting to try products they may have never tried before at great prices.  In the end, if coupons are used properly then the consumer, manufacturer and store are stoked.  Using coupons to score freebies can be done completely legally and ethically without hurting anyone involved!

Posted: August 15, 2011
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Head on over to Yahoo! Movies on facebook (LIKE them) to get FREE Popcorn at Regal Cinemas, United Artists or Edwards Theatres.

Cool down your combo with a free ICEE upgrade (excludes Cameo Combo) at AMC Theatres.

Head on over to AMC Dine-IN Theatres exclusive printable coupon to receive a FREE entrée with the purchase of an entrée and two drinks.  Call ahead to see if your AMC will accept them.

Carmike Cinemas has a rewards card to help you earn great rewards such a FREE concession items and FREE movie tickets.  As a Carmike Rewards member, you’ll get 1 point for every $1 spent at the box office and concession stand.

Sign up for Cinemark Theatres weekly email messages to get FREE weekly concession coupons.

And become a Hollywood Insider and receive a FREE medium popcorn coupon.

Find a theatre near you:

Regal Cinemas (includes United Artists and Edwards)
AMC Theatres
Carmike Cinemas
Cinemark Theatres
Hollywood Theatres

Posted: August 10, 2011
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I hope you are having as much fun entering to win these prizes as we have had bringing them to you. And we saved the highest $ amount giveaway for the end. 10 lucky readers are going to win an envelope with $100 worth of FREE product coupons just for humoring us during the Swag Share event. We appreciate you coming to our blogs and entering all our giveaways. Good luck!

To enter, just fill out the form below. You only need to fill this form out once.

The giveaway will run through August 11, 2011 at 11:59 am EST. The winners will be selected randomly and will be posted Aug. 13th 1:00pm PST after the close of the contest. SUPER AWESOME: On all fill out a form contests, prize will be mailed to you automatically, you don’t even have to claim your prize! On comment based entries, you will need to check back to see if you won. Must be 18+ to enter. This promotion is sponsored by The Consumer Queen, Couponing to Disney, Cuckoo for Coupon Deals, SwagGrabber and The Sassy Saver and all thoughts and opinions are our own.

Posted: August 10, 2011
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Who wants to skip cooking? My hand is in the air around 4:00pm every day even though I know I have to. Well most of these coupons are for the “healthy” items on McDonald’s menu so I think you will be okay stopping by and not having to make dinner one night!

Have you enjoyed seeing all the ways to follow our sites today? Well there is one more we wanted to tell you about that we think is pretty awesome! It’s called following via RSS, or other people call it following in readers.

Basically, you see the lists of titles of all posts by your favorite blogs in one spot. You can click on a title to view the full post right in your reader. You don’t have to head over to the blog – for people with slow internet this is going to save you tons of time!

And you can follow as many sites in your reader as you want! Of course you already know who I am going to suggest you should follow:

Cuckoo for Coupon Deals

Swaggrabber

Couponing to Disney

Consumer Queen

The Sassy Saver
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10 winners will get envelopes full of free product coupons for McDonald’s!

TO ENTER:
After you follow the 5 blogs above in an RSS feed or Google Reader, go ahead and just fill out the form below!

Tell us what your favorite giveaway of the day has been and your favorite method of entry!

****The same form is being posted on all 5 participating blogs (all entries are gathered onto one document), so you only need to enter this giveaway once.

The giveaway will run through August 11, 2011 at 11:59 am EST. The winners will be selected randomly and will be posted Aug. 13th 1:00pm PST after the close of the contest. SUPER AWESOME: On all fill out a form contests, prize will be mailed to you automatically, you don’t even have to claim your prize! On comment based entries, you will need to check back to see if you won. Must be 18+ to enter and reside in the United States. This promotion is sponsored by Discovery Bay Games but all thoughts and opinions are from The Consumer Queen, Couponing to Disney, Cuckoo for Coupon Deals, SwagGrabber and The Sassy Saver and all thoughts and opinions are our own.

Posted: August 10, 2011
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We had so much fun at the conference. We hung out with each other, met a bunch of awesome brands, and had a chance to just cut loose and have a great time. We wanted to give you a taste of the fun we had by making up a FUN and EXCITING giveaway.

20 readers are going to win envelopes with $30 worth of high value and/or free coupons + one envelope is going to contain a $25 gift card to a store of your choice! You definitely want to win this one. All you need to do is fill out your info in the Google Doc spreadsheet. If you happen to be one of the listed numbers (each entry on the Google document is numbered), you will win an envelope of coupons! You won’t know if you won until the winners are announced, but good luck!

(We will be verifying that the winners did not fill out this form more than once. All duplicate entries will be scrubbed.)

1, 99, 175, 290, 333, 478, 589, 611, 777, 845, 999, 1087, 1132, 1232, 1333, 1417, 1555, 1632, 1701, and the last person to post before the giveaway closes.

The same form is being posted on all 5 participating blogs (all entries are gathered onto one document), so you only need to enter this giveaway once.

The giveaway will run through August 11, 2011 at 11:59 pm EST. The winners will be selected randomly and will be posted Aug. 13th 1:00pm PST after the close of the contest. SUPER AWESOME: On all fill out a form contests, prize will be mailed to you automatically, you don’t even have to claim your prize! On comment based entries, you will need to check back to see if you won. Must be 18+ to enter. This promotion is sponsored by The Consumer Queen, Couponing to Disney, Cuckoo for Coupon Deals, SwagGrabber and The Sassy Saver and all thoughts and opinions are our own.

Posted: August 10, 2011
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I hope everyone is having fun so far! Ready for our next awesome giveaway? 5 lucky people (1 winner per blog) are going to win coupon envelopes from Fast Fixin’ and Barber Foods valued over $70 each! These envelopes are stuffed with totally free coupons!

As an added bonus 10 winners (2 winners per blog) are going to win 2 free product coupons from Bailey’s.

You may enter on each of these blogs:

Cuckoo for Coupon Deals

Couponing to Disney

SwagGrabber

Consumer Queen

The Sassy Saver

To Enter:

Like all 3 of our sponsors on Facebook then comment here that you did and what coupon you would use first if you won. Make sure to go to their facebook pages and say #SwagShare @cuckooforcoupondeals sent you!

Bailey’s


Fast Fixins Fun


Barber Foods


Remember you can enter on all 5 blogs! (Yes this is open to Canadians too)

The giveaway will run through August 11, 2011 at 11:59 am EST. The winners will be selected randomly and will be posted Aug. 13th 1:00pm PST after the close of the contest. SUPER AWESOME: On all fill out a form contests, prize will be mailed to you automatically, you don’t even have to claim your prize! On comment based entries, you will need to check back to see if you won. Must be 18+ to enter and reside in the United States. This promotion is sponsored by The Consumer Queen, Couponing to Disney, Cuckoo for Coupon Deals, SwagGrabber and The Sassy Saver and all thoughts and opinions are our own.

Posted: August 10, 2011
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Hillshire Farm elevates the everyday meal. Their meat is mouth watering good and leaves you wanting more. You can choose from their delicious lunch meats that completes the sandwich or throw a pack of the Beef Hot Links on the grill for a summer bar-b-que.

We are excited to give TWO winners (per blog) FIVE coupons for FREE Hillshire Farm Products.

Enter the #SwagShare Cash Giveaway:

Simply “like” all of the pages listed and leave one comment letting us know you did.

SwagGrabber

Cuckoo for Coupon Deals

Couponing To Disney

Sassy Saver

ConsumerQueen

Plus you can also enter to win a set of coupons on each of these blogs as well. You will need to comment on their Hillshire Farm post in order to enter.

Cuckoo for Coupon Deals

Couponing to Disney

SwagGrabber

Consumer Queen

The Sassy Saver

The giveaway will run through August 11, 2011 at 11:59 pm EST. The winners will be selected randomly and will be posted Aug. 13th 1:00pm PST after the close of the contest. SUPER AWESOME: On all fill out a form contests, prize will be mailed to you automatically, you don’t even have to claim your prize! On comment based entries, you will need to check back to see if you won. Must be 18+ to enter. This promotion is sponsored by The Consumer Queen, Couponing to Disney, Cuckoo for Coupon Deals, SwagGrabber and The Sassy Saver and all thoughts and opinions are our own.

Posted: August 10, 2011
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Let’s keep the #SwagShare party going!

Jimmy D’s are microwaveable and ready to eat in two minutes. Look for them in the frozen breakfast section at grocery stores across the country.

Jimmy Dean has also launched a new Facebook contest where we’re giving away great prizes each week, like gift cards, spa treatments and more! Like Jimmy Dean on Facebook at www.facebook.com/jimmydean and visit the new “52 Ways to Deliver Great Days” tab to get involved.

  • 25 Winners Get 2 Coupons for Free Jimmy Dean Products, each coupon is $7.49 value!

Enter the #SwagShare Cash Giveaway:

Simply “like” all of the pages listed and fill out the form below. This is messed up in RSS feeds, enter the site to do this!

Swag Share

SwagGrabber

Cuckoo for Coupon Deals

Couponing To Disney

Sassy Saver

ConsumerQueen

****The same form is being posted on all 5 participating blogs (all entries are gathered onto one document), so you only need to enter this giveaway once. It won’t show up in your reader, so visit the site to see it!

The giveaway will run through August 11, 2011 at 11:59 am EST. The winners will be selected randomly and will be posted Aug. 13th 1:00pm PST after the close of the contest. SUPER AWESOME: On all fill out a form contests, prize will be mailed to you automatically, you don’t even have to claim your prize! On comment based entries, you will need to check back to see if you won. Must be 18+ to enter and reside in the United States. This promotion is sponsored by The Consumer Queen, Couponing to Disney, Cuckoo for Coupon Deals, SwagGrabber and The Sassy Saver and all thoughts and opinions are our own. This promotion is in NO way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. The information collected is not for Facebook. Comments left on this post, Facebook, Twitter or other posts will not be included. Free product coupons provided by Jimmy Dean Sausages.

Posted: August 10, 2011
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We asked you to guess the value of the FREE product coupons we are giving away today. We had some awesome guesses ranging from $550 to $52,687. The actual value of just the coupons (not the products!) that we are giving away today is……

$5,862

Here are the winners with the closest guess….

$5875.50 – Ar Ne***
$6000 – Stacey P**********
$6000 – Sarah C*******
$6000 – Trina C****
$6000 – Liz G***

Congratulations!! If we do not have your complete address, we will email you and let you know. Otherwise, expect your coupons in about 2 weeks!

Posted: August 10, 2011
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(Those are all free, high dollar or rare coupons- and that is one out of the 5 bloggers stashes!)

When we posted about our giveaway event, we asked you to start thinking about total value of the coupons. We have added up the value of all the FREE product coupons we have to giveaway and the first 5 people to guess the amount are going to win an envelope with $30 worth of coupons! If no one guess the exact amount, we will pick the 5 that guessed closest to the amount.

We will announce the winners at 9:30 am EST before we kick off the giveaway event! We will be verifying that the winners did not fill out this form more than once. All duplicate entries will be scrubbed.

The same form is being posted on all 5 participating blogs (all entries are gathered onto one document), so you only need to enter this giveaway once.

The giveaway will run through August 10, 2011 at 09:29 am EST. The winners will be selected randomly and will be posted after the close of the contest. SUPER AWESOME: On all fill out a form contests, prize will be mailed to you automatically, you don’t even have to claim your prize! On comment based entries, you will need to check back to see if you won. Must be 18+ to enter and reside in the United States. This promotion is sponsored by The Consumer Queen, Couponing to Disney, Cuckoo for Coupon Deals, SwagGrabber and The Sassy Saver and all thoughts and opinions are our own.

Posted: August 1, 2011
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CVS has changed their coupon policy as of 07/31 2011 with changes that are similiar to the new policies at Rite Aid, Walgreen’s and Target:

You CANNOT use a BOGO Free manufacturer’s coupon AND a $xx/1 manufacturer’s coupon together for 2 items
You CANNOT use (2) $/1 manufacturer’s coupon’s on a CVS BOGO Sale (you can only use 1)
You CAN use a BOGO manufacturer’s coupon on a BOGO CVS sale, making both items free!
You CAN use a BOGO free coupon and a CVS coupon on a sale

Read my CVS Training Guide if you’re new to extreme couponing!    These changes are something we should get used to, as these appear to be happening at more and more stores (I call it the TLC Extreme Couponing Effect).

Thanks, Melissa’s Bargains!

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