Thursday, September 15, 2011

Couponing 101: Understand How To Read A Coupon

For anyone that has looked at a coupon, the limits and restrictions can be hard to understand. It is important to read each coupon carefully to ensure that it applies to your purchase, Some coupons may signify a certain quantity, specific sizes, specific weight or specific flavor.

What does “Limit of 4 like Coupons in Same Shopping Trip” mean?

This restriction can be found mostly on P&G product coupons. It means that you can use up to 4 of the same coupon in your shopping trip. This is usually highlighted in red ink on the coupon in the terms area. An example of this would be if you wanted to get Dawn Dish Detergent and had 4 coupons for it. You would be able to purchase 4 Dawn Dish Detergents and use 4 coupons at the checkout. If you had 6 coupons, you still could only get 4 items and use 4 coupons.

What does “Limit 1 Coupon per Transaction” mean?

This is telling you that you can only use 1 coupon for that item in one transaction no matter what quantity you purchase. An example would be if you were buy 4 deodorants. You can buy all 4, but can only use 1 coupon at checkout.

What does “Limit 1 Coupon per Purchase” mean?

This means that you are allowed one coupon per item with no limits on quantity. An example would be if you have 10 coupons for $0.55 off (1) Reynold’s Aluminum Foil, you could go to checkout with 10 rolls of foil and use 10 $0.55 coupons.

Look for “No Doubling” or “Can Not Be Doubled” in the terms.

Some stores double coupons to entice customers to buy more. Certain manufacturer coupons will restrict stores from doubling the coupon. It can be found in bold print in the fine print or sometimes in a box next to the expiration date.

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