Monday, March 29, 2010

Tip of the Day - Coupon Policy

Every store has a coupon policy and it's important to know what that policy is in order to get the best use of your coupons.  Some stores double coupons up to $0.50 and many stores now accept competitor coupons.  For example, my Bi-Lo will double coupons up to $0.60 so I can get $1.20 off with a $0.60 coupon unless that coupon states it cannot be doubled.  They will also accept competitor's coupons (non-manufacturer store coupons) that can be stacked with manufacturer's coupons.  Examples of these would be Target printables, Family Dollar, Publix or any other coupon that does not state that it is a manufacturer's coupon.  The competitor coupons have to be from another local store.  They won't accept a Kroger coupon that you've printed from the internet if they don't have a competing Kroger store in the area.  On the Southern Savers website, once you click on a specific store you will see the coupon policy of that store at the top.  Be aware that these policies may be a little different from one store to the next so it's always good to check with your local branch.

Why is this so important?  If you have a coupon for a $0.50 off 1 item and a coupon for $1 off 2 of the same item you might be inclined to use the $1 off 2 if you're buying more than one.  If you store doubles coupons however you could actually get $1 off 1 item buy using the $0.50 coupon.  If the store accepts competitor coupons then you could stack a store coupon on top of that.  Again, these are all things that Southern Savers is good at making easy for you!

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