Posted: April 4, 2011
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Question from a reader:

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

This is one question which is not easily answered.  At most stores, if a sale is buy one get one free, then 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.

But at some stores, they say if you have to actually be paying for one, so you will end up buying three, and getting two for free.

I like the wording My Coupon Library used to explain this:

The coupon acts as payment for the one bought and then they give you the second as part of their store promotion. The store gets paid for the item when they submit the coupon. The manufacturer was paid for both the items when the store bought the products and then only gives money back for one of the items when the coupon is submitted.

There are some stores however that treat these sales and coupons a little differently. Rather than giving you the item for free, you buy one and then receive two free (one free for the coupon and one free for their sale). It just depends on how the store accepts the coupon

If you combine BOBO free sale with a BOBO 1/2 coupon you could pay half off the price for one item and get the second item free. Again, I definitely recommend you talk to the manager at your local store because most stores reserve the right to allow their manager to refuse any coupons at their discretion

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