Friday, January 14, 2011

Readers question - Can B1G1 FREE deals and coupons be stacked?


For the past few months I have been receiveing several emails from some of you
with questions about coupons and how to use them. 
I always answer my emails but I think I will start posting some of the questions and answers because they might help several of you.

This one is from Katie
Hi there. I am brand new to couponing!! My new years resolution was to be a more frugal shopper, and I am becoming inspired by reading Blogs such as yours! Thank you so much for doing this.
So here is my question ... what happens if a store has an item as Buy One Get One Free, but I also have a coupon for the same item that says Buy One Get One Free? Has this ever happened to you?? Just curious.

Here is the answer.
Generally yes, you cna use both, that doesn't mean they will always let you.

We will start at Walgreens:
According to their coupon policy
When items are featured in a Buy One, Get One Free promotion, up to two coupons can be used against the items being purchased, as long as the net price does not go below zero for the items being purchased.
Sales tax must be paid for any Buy One, Get One Free coupon offers, if required by applicable state laws.
So yes you can take advantage of their B1G1 FREE and use a coupon.

CVS is much the same way however since CVS does not have a
tangible/printable "Coupon Policy" you may face a cashier who does not want to accept both.
You will probably be fine thought, CVS is pretty use to the couponers so there is not usually a problem.

Target does not usually run these sort of promotions,
however if you have a B1G1 FREE Target coupon and a B1G1 FREE Manufacturer's
coupon then they can be stacked and both will be honored giving you 2 FREE items.

I have never seen a B1G1 FREE promo at Walmart but I think it is a good idea to become familiar
with their coupon policy HERE (Print it and keep it with your coupons).

As for the grocery stores,
I have used B1G1 Coupons in conjunction with sales at Kroger and have not had a problem.
Food City and Kroger do not actually give you a FREE item, they discount each item 50% so if you are using a B1G1 Manufacturers coupon go ahead and write in the FULL AMOUNT of the FREE item on your coupon and make sure that is what they enter.

It is a good idea to print and carry with you
the coupon policies for the stores you shop at (if they have one)
Here are the links to them

I hope this helps.
Thanks for the question :)

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