Posted: March 30, 2010

View the other posts in my ABC’s of Couponing series

I receive emails daily from people with questions.  Here’s  a new video I made today to go along with my others store Videos that answers a lot of stacking coupon questions and printable coupon questions.

In the video I talk about coupon policies, view each stores coupon policy.

I also teach how to “stack” a manufacturer’s coupon with a store coupon.  You can read a text walk-though of how store coupons and manufacturer’s coupon work.

In the video I talk about these sources of coupons:

Rite Aid Video Values No Longer Available

I didn’t mention eCoupons: but I should have! These do “stack” with coupons from above.  You don’t have to print them, you just type in your rewards card number for your grocery store and when you swipe your card at checkout it will deduct your coupons. Learn all about eCoupons now!


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  • Jacinda Walker

    I have a hard time knowing “how many” coupons I can put on certain item(s). I know that you can stack a store and manf. coupon at most places, but where I get confused for example is when you have a B1G1 sale (or any other sale that you may be able to use coupons on).

    I know you can use 1 manf. coupon on each item. But what if you have a $2 off 2 for the same product? So that would be a total of 3 coupons? Also, what if you also had a store coupon to go with that? Is that allowed? Most stores don’t really clearly state situations like that in their coupon policies, so just wondering what to do?

    I love reading your posts/videos/blogs, and I was also wondering if you have an already posted blog/video or if you just have any info on how you actually started blogging with a website and how you set it up. I know that when people start blogging, its hard to know where to go and what to do, because there’s really nothing out there to guide you. I know you can get like a blogger account, and other things, but I would love to be able to post deals for my family as well, and it is hard to know the logistics/copyright stuff about blogging and websites. If you have any info on how you started, i would love to hear:) Thank you so much

    Thanks so much- love your videos :)

    • deidre

      As for a manufacturer’s $2/2 coupons, you are using the coupon on 2 items, so both items have had a manufacturer’s coupon used on them, so that is the only coupon that could be used on either item. You could still use a separate store coupon on each item, but not another manufacturer’s coupon. As for starting blogging, I am writing an ebook on that very subject. I don’t have time to write it all here, but if you are serious about your site, I’d use WordPress and not Blogger. If it is a family site, I’d just use Blogger. WordPress will look much more professional. Blogger is much easier to use.

      • Jacinda Walker

        Thank you- that makes perfect sense on what you were saying:) I would also love to get your ebook when you are finished:)- is that something you would be releasing or just for private? Thanks again:)

  • Heather

    Do coupons loaded from cellfire count as a manufacture coupon? If I forget that it is loaded onto my reward card and then try to use a manufacture coupon on that item at checkout, will the physical coupon be refused?

    • deidre

      You can still use the physical coupon – that is what is great about cellfire coupons, they “stack” with physical coupons!

      • Shar

        Thanks for answering this question too!

  • Mommy B

    This truly has explained alot for me.. I’ve never really understood stacking!

  • Steph

    You make stacking sound so easy :) Thanks for the explanation. I’m going to give it my go.

  • shadow619

    I have a question. I saw this show called extreme coupons or something like that. It influenced me to start couponing. The lady on the show was getting like 100 boxes of pasta, stacking manufacturer coupons with store coupons and sales. I get how you do the stacking. My question concerns the fine print on nearly every coupon I get, they say “limit one coupon per purchase”. Now I know I cant use two manufacturer coupons on one box of pasta. But what if I have ten coupons and ten boxes of pasta. Does the “limit one coupon per purchase” mean per purchase of each box of pasta, or per transaction at the grocery store? This is very confusing for me and gives me a headache. PLEASE HELP!!!!!

    • Amy McFarland


      I thought the same thing at first too. The limit per purchase means that you can only use one coupon for each item. For example, the lady with 100 boxes of pasta may have had 100 of the same coupons. One pasta coupon per box. “per purchase” means “per item”. I just bought 20 boxes of pasta for 8 cents each with 20 different coupons. I hope this helps some.

  • Amy Juhasz

    Great tips!

  • Tonya James

    I love CCD!

  • Amy (catchu777)

    I did learn this from a couponing class we attended at our church. Cool stuff.

  • Shanna Bailes

    I did not know you could stack coupons until recently…….Awesome!

  • Michael Czarniak

    After watching your video, I have to say about making copies of coupons and how it can hurt others…my Giant Eagle will no longer accept printed coupons from Smart Source because of all the fraudulent coupon problems they have had. You can see now how copying printed coupons to get some better deals for yourself can affect others.

    • deidre

      I have never advocated copying coupons, I always talk about how unethical it is.

      • Michael Czarniak

        My apologies…maybe I didn’t word my reply earlier very well. I was agreeing with your point in the video of NOT copying coupons and I was just giving an example of how it hurt me and my store. I in no way meant to imply that you advocated copying coupons. Thanks for all your helpful videos.

        • deidre

          oh ok, thanks – I just read your comment wrong.

  • Sharon Randall

    I get my Red Plum and Right Source out of Sunday papers..But are you saying that it’s wrong to print manufacture coupons off the computer? Also I know you told me that it will take about 4 months to really get rolling with coupons but I have some that will expire in 2 months so do I use them even tho the items aren’t on sale before they expire?? Thanks for HELP!!!

    • deidre

      You can print them off the computer, as long as you only print twice per computer. You can’t photocopy them. I wouldn’t use a coupon unless it was on sale, or an item I needed. Then I’d only buy enough to get me by until I can stock up on a good sale.

  • Sharon Randall

    Does Fred’s dollar store do the coupons?? I’ve heard you can really get some good prices there also.. Do you have them as one of your places to go?? Thanks!!

  • Lisa

    I have a question about stacking coupons and B1G1 sales. Say Walgreens has a sale or in store coupon to B1G1. I also have two coupons for those products. Could I use two manufacture coupons and their B1G1 sale and pay almost next to nothing for both items? In other words, can I get $ off the free item? Thanks!

    • deidre

      You should be able to use the same amount of coupons you would use as if there weren’t the sale. You could use ONE bogo free coupon, or TWO coupons that were $xx/1 or ONE coupon that was $xx/2.

  • Lisa

    So to clarify I can use a store coupon for B1G1 along with 2 manufacture coupons when buying two items? Thanks!

    • deidre


  • Lisa

    Awesome! THANKS!

  • yolanda

    There is a sale for buy on get one half off on revlon products. I have two manufactures coupons for $2 off. Can i use both manufacture coupons on the sale?

    • deidre

      Yes you can!

  • anne conover

    Thanks for this! I appreciate your in-depth explanations on stacking!! I’m still learning :)

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  • nancy

    thank u so much for all your helping and others learn to coupon. u proably answered this question somewhere but i couldnt find it. i understand that at walgreen i can use two coupons on two items ex body wash $5 one coupon bogo and the other coupon 1/2 so i get two body washes for $1.50,so i used one coupon for each upc, but what i dont understand is on food it seems like there is different rules. ex cereal is $2 a box and i want to buy two i have a coupon 1/2 makes it each box $1.50 but why cant i use two 1/2 one for each upc making it $1 a box. it seems confusing to me or i am just slow lmao :) thanks for your time

    • deidre

      Hi, if a coupon is $1/2 that coupon covers BOTH products and another manufacturer’s coupon can’t be used on either product.

  • rhonda brown

    would like to get as many coupons as possible

  • RuthAnn Alston

    My question is I have a mfg cpn that says buy 2 boxes of nabisco crackers and 2 1liter coke products and get $2 off. Can I then use another mfg cpn for $1/2 boxs of nabisco crackers OR maybe $1/1 ritz crackerfuls instead (which is also a nabisco product)?

  • RuthAnn Alston

    sorry, it appears you may have already answered my previous question, I apologize for redundancy! you can delete my previous comment if you wish.

  • ambernicole8484

    You have a brilliant way of explaining the ins and outs!

  • Erin Arnott

    Is there any fee for using Cellfire and Upromise? I am always leery that any company that wants my cell number will show up with charges on my next phone bill…… Are they totally free? Love your site – you make it so easy for everyone to save!

    • deidre

      There is NO fee and these are attached to your store loyalty cards, not cell phones

  • Carrie

    I’ve been having troubles with my local Dollar General store. I tried to use a $2 store coupon stacked with a $3 manufacturer coupon and apparently there was some issue with that. I guess the printed coupons wouldn’t scan so she said if she typed those in then I couldn’t use the manufacturer coupons. So what do I do now???

  • Donna

    Hi my name Donna (coupon newbie) and im getting ready to go shopping but still a little skeptic. I’m still confused on the calculations. Example: spaghetti on sale “buy one get one free”. I have a coupon for 55 cents (store doubles coupons) .
    Original cost is $2.39
    How can i calculate if this item will be free or how much will i actually be paying for this item?
    Im sure this is simple but im so new to this -_-

  • Crafty advice is often got from a fool. – Irish Proverb

  • Beipooful

     Could you explain a bit about the “buy one get one free coupon” and staking them with the manufacturing coupons. Give example please.

  • candydunn

    hi i tried to follow with a text message must not have done it right can you tell help lol

  • Cheryl G

    Printable coupons: Are your coupons through Google Chrome higher version Browser is not compatible to Please advise ASAP. Thank you.

    • Yes I use chrome and they work with

  • Elizabeth Bonilla

    I’m new to couponing and I have a question, at S&S i know they dble the coupons…but im interested to know if ex. Gain is 4.99 each. I have a $3 off coupon which dbles to $6. Do I get 2 bottles of gain 9.98$ scan my loyalty card present my coupon which is $6.00 or I only could use one coupon per one Item?

    • I am not sure what S&S is

      • Elizabeth Bonilla

        Stop and shop

  • Annie Batumbakal

    I have an Free mascara coupon with any purchase of cosmetics. I will buy the cosmetic and a a mascara. Can I use a $3 off coupon on the cosmetic and then use the free mascara coupon for the mascara?

    • Allie’s_Awesome_Deals

      no, you can only use the FREE mascara coupon or a $3 off cosmetic. Or you would need to purchase mascara + 2 cosmetics to use the $3 off coupon.

  • es

    Can you stack a coupon from the smartsource/cellfire app with a shoprite digital coupon?

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