Most people coupon because they want to save money. But, they may not realize there is an art to it. It’s not a creativity that will result in a masterpiece to hang on a wall, but it’s one that will bring results to the wallet. One tool in the art form of coupons is stacking coupons.
Stacking doesn’t involve the sport of cups, if that’s your first thought. While you can’t use two manufacturer coupons on one item, stacking simply means using one manufacturer coupon and one store coupon on one product. Thus, you are “stacking” two coupons on one item.
A store coupon is just that. A coupon that a particular store has released for use only in that store. Store coupons usually have a unique look and are marked with the store logo and name. Walgreens, RiteAid, CVS, Target, Dollar General, Family Dollar and Winn Dixie all have store coupons.
A manufacturer coupon is one that is issued by the manufacturer of a product. Manufacturer grocery coupons are located in the newspaper inserts and printed online. They are clearly marked with “manufacturer coupon” on the top.
The key is to save money by stacking in a practical way. There are “extreme” deals that you can find, but here is a practical one.
At Walgreens this week, Huggies Wipes (184 or 216 pack) are $5.99 each. There is a $2 off Walgreens coupon in the August booklet, which can be found in the store. You can stack a $.50 manufacturer coupon from the 7/17/11 Smart Source insert with the store coupon. So, you would:
4. Your total for the wipes is $3.49
Another example is at RiteAid this week. If you purchase two M&M’s (9.9-12.6 oz) for $2 each, you will receive a $1 UP, which prints on your receipt. If you are registered on RiteAid’s website you can watch videos and print “Video Value” coupons. There was one for $1 off two M&M’s. If you watched this video, you can stack this RiteAid coupon with a $1 off two manufacturer coupon from the 7/24/11 RedPlum insert. So, you would:
5. Plus, you will receive a $1 UP reward that you can use on another purchase. This makes the two bags of M&M’s $1
The key to stacking coupons is knowing the store coupon policy to make sure of the limitations on stacking. Target, for example, recently changed the store coupon policy and now has limits on stacking.
Although Target still accepts one manufacturer coupon and one Target coupon for the same item, there are new limitations on stacking coupons with Buy One Get One items or BOGO’s. In the past, if you had a BOGO manufacturer coupon, you could use two Target coupons. Now, in the same scenario, you can only use one Target coupon with the manufacturer BOGO. Target’s policy states, “A second cents-off coupon of the same type cannot be redeemed towards the purchase price of the first item.
· If a Target BOGO coupon is used, one additional manufacturer coupon may be used on the first item.
· If a Manufacturer BOGO coupon is used, one additional Target coupon may be used on the first item
So my advice is to first research the stores you shop most often and read the coupon policy. Then, register for any promotions on the store website so that you can receive store coupons in the mail or your email. After that, when you read match-ups online, you will be prepared for the art of stacking.
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This Sunday, Anniston Star subscribers will notice the newspaper in an Advil polybag. At the bottom of the bag, subscribers can open and remove a small card marked "HURRY! Act Now & Get Advil & Advil PM FREE."
Subscribers will find a unique code printed on the card. Go to www.advil.com/freeoffer by 9/4/11 and enter the code to receive a coupon by mail for a free bottle of Advil & Advil PM. Please allow 10-15 business days for delivery. Free coupon expires 10/23/11.
This coupon, offered by Valassis, is availble to subscribers only. It will not be available in rack and single copy locations.
Also, The Anniston Star will not have coupon inserts in the newspaper this Sunday. If you would like to have coupons in your local newspaper, let News Marketing America (Smart Source) and Valassis (Red Plum) know.
Office Max will have the 2011 Teacher Appreciation Days on Sunday, July 31 and Monday, August 1.
Max-Perks Rewards Teacher will receive:
If you are not a Max-Perks Rewards Teacher, you can sign-up at the store or online here.
I compared the P&G insert that will be in The Anniston Star on 7/31 with the list on Sunday Coupon Preview. There are some regional coupon differences that will work in our favor! For one the Downey coupon is $.50, instead of $.25. Plus, there are three Pampers coupons that I didn't even see on the Sunday Coupon Preview list. I have the coupon differences bolded in the list below.
7-31 P&G coupon insert
(x) before coupon = multiple of same coupon
ETS = excludes trial sizes
Always Pantiliners 30 ct Save $1 (8/31)
Always Pads, Clean or Feminine Cleansing Cloths .50 (8/31)
Always Infinity 14 ct Save $1 (8/31)
Bounce Dryer Bar Save $.50 (8/31)
Bounce Dryer Sheet or Dryer Bar refill Save $.25 (8/31)
Bounty Towels or Napkins Save $.25 (8/31)
Bounty Napkins Save $.25 (8/31)
Braun curzer trimmer Save $5 (8/31)
Braun Series 3, Series 5 or Series 7 Shaver Save $10 (8/31)
Cascade Save $1 (8/31)
Charmin Save $.25 (8/31)
Clairol Hair Color Save $2 (8/31)
Covergirl Save $1 (8/31)
Covergirl Save $1 (8/31)
Crest 3D White Professional Effects or 2 Hour Express Whitestrips Save $10 (8/31)
Crest 3D White Advanced Vivid, Vivid, Stain Shield or Gentle Routine Whitestrips Save $5 (8/31)
Crest Toothpaste 4oz Save $.50 (8/31)
Crest Rinse 946ml Save $2 (8/31)
Crest Toothpaste 4 oz Save $.75 (8/31)
Dawn Save $.50 (8/31)
Downey Liquid or Dryer Sheets .50 (8/31)
Duracell .75 (8/31)
Duracell Rechargeable Batteries or Charger or 6 pack Hearing Aid Batteries Save $1 (8/31)
Fixodent Adhesive Save $.50 (8/31)
Fixodent Cleanser Save $.75 (8/31)
Gillette Body Wash Save $2 (8/31)
Gillette Deodorant Save $3/2 (8/31)
Gillette Clinical Deodorant Save $3 (8/31)
Gillette Fusion Skin Care Save $2 (8/31)
Buy one Gillette Fusion ProGlide Cartridge, get free Gillette Fusion ProGlide Shave Prep (8/31)
Gillette Fusion ProGlide Razor Save $4 (8/31)
Head & Shoulders Save $.50 (8/31)
Iams Naturals Dry Dog or Cat Food Save $1 (8/31)
Iams Premium Protection Dry Dog or Cat food Save $1 (8/31)
Iams ProActive Healthy dry dog or cat food Save $1 (8/31)
Iams canned dog or cat food B3G1F (8/31)
Ivory Body Wash or Bar or Safeguard bar or liquid hand soap Save $.50 (8/31)
Metamucil Save $1 (8/31)
Metamucil Fiber Singles Capsules or Wafers Save $1 (8/31)
Olay Pro-X Facial Moisturizer or Pro-X Clear Save $5 (8/31)
Olay Regenerist Moisturizer Save $3 (8/31)
Buy Olay Body Wash, Bar or Hand and Body Lotion, Get free Satin Care Shave Gel to Save $3.99 (8/31)
Oral-B Battery Toothbrush Save $3 (8/31)
Oral-B Floss or Oral-B Floss Picks 30 ct Save $.75 (8/31)
Oral-B Stages, Zooth or Crest Kid’s Manual or Power Toothbrush Save $.50 (8/31)
Oral-B Stages, Zooth or Crest Kid’s Toothpaste Save $.50 (8/31)
Oral-B Replacement Brush Heads 3 count Save $10/2 (8/31)
Oral-B Replacement Brush Heads 3 ct Save $3 (8/31)
Oral-B Pulsar, CrossAction Advance or any two Indicator or Cavity Defense Manual Toothbrushes Save $.75 (8/31)
Pantene Save $1/2 (8/31)
Pampers Two Bags or One Box $1 (8/31)
Pampers One Swaddlers Sensitive, Cruisers, Limited Edition Prints or Extra Protection $2 (8/31)
Pampers One Diapers or Pants AND One Wipes 60 ct $2 (8/31)
Pringles Super Stack cans Save $1/4 (8/31)
Pringles Snack Stack or Stix Save $.50 (8/31)
Pringles Fat Free Cans Save $1/2 (8/31)
Puffs Singles .25/3 or one 3 pack Save $.25 (8/31)
Scope Mouthwash 710ml Save $.75 (8/31)
Secret Flawless, Scent Expression or Fresh Effects Deodorant Twin Pack Save $1 (8/31)
Buy two Secret Scent Expressions or Fresh Effects deodorants, get one free Secret Body Spray to Save $5 (8/31)
Swiffer Wet Jet or Sweeper Vac Starter Kit Save $5 (8/31)
Swiffer Sweeper or Swiffer Dusters Starter Kit Save $1 (8/31)
Swiffer refill or Dust & Shine Save $.75 (8/31)
Tampax Pearl Compak B1G1F to Save $3.99 (8/31)
Tampax Pearl or Tampax Pearl Compak 18 ct Save $1 (8/31)
Tampax 18ct Save $.50 (8/31)
Tide Detergent Save $1 (8/31)
Tide Stain Release .50 (8/31)
Tide Stain Release 26-50 powder, 15-34 ct Duopack or 36-68 oz liquid Save $1.50 (8/31)
Buy one Venus Refill, get Save $5 off Venus Razor (8/31)
Venus or Downy Disposable Razor Save $2 (8/31)
To get your coupon, just "like" Skinny Cow on Facebook, share this deal with
one FB friend and print a Buy One Get One Free coupon on any new single–sized Skinny Cow Heavenly Crisp or Dreamy Clusters. Click here.
Also, starting this Sunday (7/31) at CVS, Skinny Cow singles you will receive a $.99 ECB when you buy Skinny Cow Singles at $.99. Limit is 1 per card.
So you will want to buy 2 Skinny Cow singles. Use one BOGO coupon. Pay $.99 and receive $.99 ECB.
WEDNESDAY’S LIST . . . of beans ’n greens ’n other things:
DON’T TELL me I’ve nothing to do.
From the window of my barn I see Ozzie coming through the hedgerow from next door. I like Ozzie a lot, but I’m not sure he feels the same. Efforts to pet and feed over the years have been a flop at best.
What Ozzie likes to do is hunt. I mean really hunt.
You see, Ozzie is a brindle, bob-tailed, three-legged cat and he loves to feed on whatever he can find in the hedgerow across my back yard, including field mice and squirrels.
Ozzie is flat out deadly, too.
Since losing his right front leg to a tumor a couple of years back, he has taught himself a new way to hunt. He keeps stalking to a minimum. But with the patience of Job, he settles down and waits for a meal to come within striking distance.
When the meal does, it’s “Wham” and Ozzie heads for the dinner table.
He’s a wonder to watch ...
IT IS A typical day at the Smith Estate. I am out in my barn kicked back in what I call “Archie’s Recliner.” I am reading a book, listening to Merle Haggard on the stereo, and watching TV (how’s that for multi-tasking, huh?) The blonde is out and about.
The phone rings. It is from the blonde. She is at Sears in the Quintard Mall ...
“Sweetheart, I’m at Sears looking at vacuum cleaners. I can get a small one to go with a regular one. What do you think I should do?”
Recovering from the shock of her asking my permission for anything, I agree to the double dip and then make a mistake with “What’s going on, you asking my permission?”
From the other end, there is a happy laugh with:
“It’d be different if it were shoes and a dress.”
I managed a quiet goodbye (without choking), hung up, and went back to singing along with Merle. It seemed fitting he was in the middle of “I’m Gonna Sit Right Here And Drink” at the time.
JOE ESTEP deserves a standing ovation. Joe runs the Calhoun County Sports Hall of Fame and, this past Saturday night, put together another classic.
Held at the “new” Oxford Civic Center, the 2013 induction played to a near packed house.
Outstanding Joe, outstanding.
FOR THOSE asking, the Peach Man’s tomatoes are a week away, but Ken Easterling will be at Regions in Oxford on Friday morning at 6 with another load of Chilton County peaches.
If no sell-out in Oxford he heads for the Anniston post office along about 8 . . . but don’t bet he gets there.
IF YOU’RE lining up at the Walmart deli at Lenlock, I hope you get lucky and a young lady by the name of Vanesa Durham waits on you. She did for me a few days back and while I’ve had an unpleasant moment or two there, Vanesa left me feeling pretty good.
Walmart could use more like her.
BIRTHDAYS: June 12 – Annette Vice; June 14 – Sage Snow; June 15 – Twins Brettnie and Dakota Smith; June 17 – Aiden Lloyd; 11; June 18 – Don Beabout.
And Jeff Jones, June 17. A member of a vanishing breed (The Great Generation), Jeff drove a “weasel” jeep ashore at Normandy, June 6, 1944.
QUOTABLE: “My doctor tells me I should start slowing it down - but there are more old drunks than there are old doctors so let's all have another round.”
Thanks for visiting ...
George Smith may be reached at 256-239-5286 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.