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

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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: August 15, 2011
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FREE Dry Erase Expo Markers!  That’s cuckoo! We use these in our house to make grocery lists or let the kids draw on the marker boards.  I know the teachers can use them at school, too!

Here’s how to get your FREE Expo Dry Erasers at Target:

Buy 2 Expos Dry Erase markers, black, 2 ct, $1.50
Use $2/2 Expo Markers printable (you must LIKE the facebook page)
AND stack with $1/1 Expo Dry Erase Markers or Cleaner, exp. 8/28/11 (Target, Back to School Mailer)
AND stack with  $1/1 Expo Dry Erase Markers or Cleaner Target Printable
Final Price: FREE + overage (They may just make it free and not give you the overage)

Thanks, Give Me Neither

Walgreens:

From reader Misty: Walgreens also has FREE Dry erase markers this week. On sale for $3.99 plus use 2-$3/1 Coupons from the August in store coupon book, and then use the $2/2 from the Expo facebook page or coupons.com… Makes them both FREE.. They are the washable neon colored ones…My kids love them!

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Posted: August 9, 2011
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Staples Store Coupons & Deals:

In-store Staples coupon valid for 300 FREE instant labels

* Valid through 8/24/11 in Staples® U.S. stores only. Free instant label offer applies only to 10 sheets of 30-up labels (SKU # 738427), a $9.99 value. $9.99 coupon value may be applied to higher quantities of the same label. Coupon value does not include tax. Orders must be picked up in store by 8/24/11 to qualify. Limit one per customer, nontransferable. Each item purchased can only be discounted by one coupon, applied by cashier in order received and prior to tax. May not be combined with any other coupon. Coupon must be surrendered. No copies/facsimiles of coupons accepted. No cash/credit back. Not valid on prior purchases or on purchases made with Staples® Procurement or Convenience Cards.

View more Staples Deals this week

 

Posted: August 1, 2011
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Staples Store Coupons & Deals
Learn how Stapes Easy Rebates and Staples Rewards work if you haven’t used them before. They are different!

There’s a new Staples Store Coupon for 100 FREE Black & White instant business cards – this is a $19.99 value but when you go to order them online it will say $29.99.  Don’t worry, last time I ordered them online and went to pick them up in-store, and even though it said $29.99 online they gave them to me free in-store!!  It expires 08/06.

*Valid through 8/6/11 in Staples® U.S. stores only. Free instant business card offer applies only to 100 count, 1-sided instant black & white business cards on 10 pt. matte white stock, item no. 717495, a $19.99 value. $19.99 coupon value may be applied to higher priced instant business card orders. Orders must be picked up in store by 8/6/11 to qualify. Limit one coupon per customer. Each item purchased can only be discounted by one coupon, applied by cashier in order received and prior to tax. Coupon value does not include tax. Coupon not valid if purchased or sold and must be surrendered. No copies/facsimiles. No cash/credit back. Not valid on prior purchases or on purchases made with Staples® Procurement or Convenience Cards.

View the rest of the Staples Back to School ad deals!

Posted: July 26, 2011
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Printable Zantac Coupon for $5 off one package means a sweet deal at Target:

Zantac 24-30 ct 75-150 mg $7.59
Use the $2/1 Target store coupon
Plus, use the $5/1 zantac coupon or anther one here
Final Price= $0.59

Walmart carries the 24 count package of Zantac for $7.57; $2.57 after the coupon!

 

Posted: July 20, 2011
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Reader Jen noticed some deals not on my weekly Albertson’s Store Coupon Deals post:

Crest Toothpaste and oral B Indicator toothbrushes are 2/$3
You get a $1 coupon to use on your next purchase wyb 2.
You can use the $0.75/1 Crest Toothpaste or Liquid Gel, exp. 7/31/11 (P&G 06/05/11)
You pay $1.50 oop, but with the $1 you get back you only pay 50 Cents making them only 25 cents a piece…but even better specially marked boxes have $10 worth of coupons inside the box. The coupons in the box are:

  • $1/1 covergirl product (exp 1/31/13)
  • $7/1 any size 3D white strips professional effects, 3D crest white (exp 1/31/13)
  • $1/1 any Iams dog or cat food (exp 1/31/13)
  • $1/1 any size secret clinical strength(exp 1/31/2013)
  • The coupons don’t expire until 2013. I don’t know if any of these products are in small or trial sizes, but none of them exclude trial sizes and they all say ANY size on them.

Also, it was on your site for the Emerald Breakfast to go $2/5 and you mentioned a $1.50 off coupon, but there is also a printable $1/1 coupon, too. For these you can $1 off your next shopping trip wyb 2.
So this is my scenario:
Buy 4 Emerald’s Breakfast pay $10
Use 4 $1/1 Emerald Breakfast On The Go printable or here
Pay $6 oop
Get $2 for your next shopping trip making them only $4 for 4 boxes or $1 a box. I watch these because my family likes them and they are usually $3 – 4 a box so this is a great deal!

Thanks, Jen!

Posted: July 20, 2011
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Macey’s has Gatorade’s, 32 oz.  for $.79 each when you buy 10
Buy 10, use in-store coupon
Use 3 $1/3 peelie coupons (I personally just did this deal in Spanish Fork and there’s not a ton of peelies left, but there are some there!)
Final Price=  $.49 Each!

View more Macey’s store coupons & deals!

Posted: July 13, 2011
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When you’re in Walmart lookout for the BOGO free Lysol canisters for a sweet store coupon deal:

Buy 3 Double Packs of Lysol Wipes, $2.48
Use one $.50/2 Lysol coupon printable
Pay $6.94 OOP
Submit for the $2.48 mail in rebate
Final Price= $.75 each

These are great to have in your back to school arsenal!

Also, while you are at Walmart:

Peanut Butter & Co to Go Pouch, $0.68
?Use the $1/1 Peanut Butter & Co. Product printable
Final Price=FREE

When you are in Walmart, also look in the back to school section for this cuckoo coupon deal:

Gillette Fusion ProGlide Shave Kit $4.97
Use $4/1 Gillette Fusion ProGlide Razor, exp. 7/31/11 (P&G 06/05/11)
Final Price= $0.97

This kit includes: a ProGlide Razor, .5-oz Cooling Lotion, .7-oz Thermal Face Scrub, and 1.7-oz Body Wash.

View more Back to School Walmart deals

 

Posted: July 11, 2011
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Did you see my sweet Walgreen’s Scenarios for under $5 list? It’s a great new weekly feature.  I’d love to have Rite Aid Scenarios for under $5, and CVS Scenarios for under $5 as well.  I already am working around 40 hours a week on my blog, and don’t know if I can take on another task. So I was wondering if any of you would want to help?

Requirements:

  • You must be a regular couponer who knows how to create scenerios and actually shops at those stores
  • You must follow all store coupon rules in the scenarios
  • You must be willing to do this once per week, excluding Holidays of course.
  • You must be willing to get these done on Saturdays.
  • You must use the Cuckoo for Coupon Deals Coupon Database format to list the coupons in the scenario.

I think this will take you about 1 -2 hours per week, per store.  I could have one person per store, or one person do both if they wanted.

You’d be paid weekly via paypal.  Interested? Just email deidre@cuckooforcoupondeals.com  🙂

Posted: July 1, 2011
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Petsmart has a mail in rebate deal for FREE cat litter. You buy $25 worth of Exquisicat brand cat litter and send the rebate form, then you’ll get a $25 Petsmart gift card in the mail.

Petsmart even has that on sale this 4th of July weekend so do this deal:

Buy 2 40 lb box = $9.99
+ buy  14 lb jug = $5.99
Submit for Mail in Rebate

Final Price= 99 cents + tax after rebate.  Also, some Petsmarts still have their store coupon for $5 off $20 worth of Exquisicat litter, and these coupons can be found on the shelf near this product.  *Note:  if you do combine the coupon with the rebate, then you’ll have to add something to your cart to make the total price = $25, because the fine print on the rebate form says the receipt total must be $25 or more to qualify.

Thanks, Marianne

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Posted: June 28, 2011
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Be on the lookout for the mail from yesterday or today for a flyer from Target.  Attached to the flyer is a $1 off Target store coupon for Crystal Light, which is also on sale for $1.97 this week. Use the Crystal Light Drink Mix, exp. 7/31/11 (SS 06/12/11) and score it for free!

Thanks for the email, Patrick!

More new Target deals:

Kashi TLC Granola Bars, 6 ct $2.79, Price Cut Thru 7/2
Use $2.00/1 – Kashi Product – (Recyclebank.com) 125 points
Final Price= $0.79

Freschetta By The Slice is on price cut 3/$5 through 7/16
Use $.75 Freschetta By The Slice printable coupon
Final Price: $.91

Gulden’s Mustard is on price cut for $.89 through 7/23
Use $1/2, $.35 or $.30 from 6/26 SS (varies by region) or $.35 Gulden’s printable coupon
Final Price=$.39 each

*From extreme couponing and forever on, cheap mustard will always remind me of “Moderation in All Things”

Starbucks Natural Fusions Coffee $8.99, Regular Price
Use the $1.50/1 – Starbuck’s Natural Fusions, 11oz Package
Final Price=$7.49

Sally Hansen Select Nail Color – $2.04 (Reg Price)
Use $1.00/1 Sally Hansen Nail Color printable
Plus use $1/1 Sally Hansen Nail Color or Care Target Store Coupon (exp 7/5)
Final Price=$0.04!

Unadvertised sale that may vary by location:

Iams Cat & Dog Food, Trial Size $3
Use the $3/1 Iams ProActive Health Dog or Cat Dry Fodo, exp. 9/30/11 (single sheet flyer included in some newspapers sometime in April)
Final Price=FREE! + Has coupons inside

Posted: June 27, 2011
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Part of the award-winningABC’s of Coupons” series

I try to make couponing un-extreme and un-complicated, not extreme and time consuming.   In order to achieve extreme coupon transactions without the headache, I have  a few tips:

Be Prepared For Entire Lifestyle Changes:
You aren’t going to start saving without trial and error, and without taking the time to “learn the ropes”.  This is not a get-rich-quick-scheme. Being a Couponer is a way of life. An entire new way of life isn’t going to start out immediately and you can’t dive in half way.  If you really want to save time couponing, you need to know all the rules before you start.

  • I have store coupon policies for several stores – print them and take them with you shopping.
  • I have a FREE 36-page ABC’s of Couponing guide which teaches how to do the deals.
  • I also list the deals at 72 stores nationwide – scroll over “Find My Store” at the top of my site to see all the store coupons and deals on my site; I add new ones weekly.

If you haven’t taken the time to learn how to coupon, and you want to show up at the store and save a bundle, you may be in for a big surprise.  It is possible to save time and money couponing, but it won’t happen without full preparation.

Start with ONE Store:
Learn how to coupon at one store.  Each store works differently and if you try to run around doing deals at 5 stores your first week of couponing, you will most likely fail.  Pick one store and learn their rules and do some shopping trips there.  Also, keep in mind you can miss some deals.  It isn’t saving money if you jump in the car and go in for just one deal.  You’ll miss some, but you’ll save in the long run. And trust me, the deals come around again so don’t feel bad if you miss them at first.

After mastering one store, start adding more to your resume.

“But Deidre, what store should I choose?!?!? – First, don’t choose Sam’s, or any other wholesale club.   I recommend choosing one of the 3 following depending on your needs and which is closer to you:

  • Drugstores – Walgreens, CVS or Rite Aid are my favorites.   You can score nearly free health and beauty items each week; but a word of caution, these are also the hardest stores to learn how to do.  I have training posts and videos for each and definitely learn one at a time.
  • High-low Grocery Stores – the grocery stores you commonly associate with high prices are also the ones that have some of the best grocery deals!  They have high every-day prices to “compensate” for their drastic sales.  They expect you to make impulse buys when you go in for the great sales.  This is why they have “loss leaders” or ads on their circular which are amazing, to get you in-store and then hope you buy regularly priced (expensive!) items while you are there.  But not anymore, now that you’re  a couponer you know better!  Examples of these stores are Publix, Kroger, Safeway, & Albertson’s to name a few.
  • Super centers – Target, Walmart etc… often have some great deals and their rules are pretty straight-forward compared to the other options, but actually the savings often won’t be as great as at high-low grocery stores.

Plan Your Trips:

  • Will you need “filler” items to bring your totals into correct amounts? No one wants to end up at the cashiers browsing candy for filler items because they haven’t planned their shopping trip!  Examples of why you’ll need a filler item:

At Walgeen’s, you need to have as many items as you have manufacturer’s coupons and register rewards that you are going to be using to pay for the transaction (not ones that you expect to print).  This means if you are buying 6 items and have 6 coupons and 2 register rewards that you want to use to pay for the transaction, you’ll need two filler items.   Don’t waste your filler item on something you don’t need.  Gellitin is found at many Walgreens for around $.20 and is more useful to you then candy.

I have even bought Sunday papers as filler items at a grocery store where I needed my total to be over $50 to use a $5 off coupon.

  • Avoid End Caps!
    End caps are displays at the end of aisles.  Before you were a couponer, you thought these were great deals.  These usually aren’t and are a great way to end up over-paying for items you could have gotten cheaper later when you found a sale stacked with a  coupon.
  • Avoid Impulse Buys!
    This goes along with my last tip of avoiding end caps, because those are usually where you will do an impulse buy.   Check your stock up price list and  then see if the “deal” paired with any coupons you have is a stock up price.  If not, pass on the sale.  More deals will come along later.
  • Have Your Coupons Ready:
    Don’t be the lady at the checkout sorting through coupons and holding up the line.  Every time I am at a store and find an item on my shopping list,  I pull the coupon(s) I am using and put them in a tab at the front of my binder.  Then when I get to the register, all my coupons are in one place and ready to go.

Let’s make couponing fun, one coupon at a time!  If you have more tips to share, please post a comment.

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