Extreme Couponing – ONE COUPON PER PURCHASE?

07/25/2012 9:00 am · 48 comments

by Sarah A Thrifty Mom

Extreme Couponing – ONE COUPON PER PURCHASE?

Many people wonder If what it means when it says One Coupon Per Purchase. And how can I use two coupons per purchase?

 

Question from my inbox this week,

First I want to thank you for your thriftymom website.  I’ve been
couponing for a year now and I still have questions.  I learn
something new everyday about coupons….I do have a question after
watching TLC’s Extreme Couponing, in the show the couponers bought a
large number of items and used coupons for every item…… I’ve read
the fine print on the coupon and most of these coupons have written on
them “one per purchase” or “one per purchase of like item”……..I’ve
tried to use multiple coupons, for instance, Act Popcorn at Winco and
the cashier refused my coupons because they read, one per
purchase……on the show there were items the couponers purchased and
i have the same coupons and mine read “one per purchase”.  So does
this depend on the store and cashier to take these multiple coupons?
does it also depend on the store and cashier to double a coupon that
reads “do not double”.  I hope you can explain this to me.

Answer: This is a great question and asked at every coupon class I teach, so I thought it would be a good topic to cover.  First let me say the fine print on a coupon should be read and honored.   A store has the right to refuse a coupon  ( which is silly they get reimbursed the full amount plus 8 cents).  That being said this is what the fine print means…

One Coupon per Purchase

One Coupon Per Purchase

 

If your coupon says ” One coupon per purchase”

That means you are only able to use one coupon per item purchased.  ( NOT buy 5 items and scan the same coupon 5 times).  If you are buying or purchasing 5 items you can then use 5 coupons.  Ask yourself or the cashier how many items did I purchase….5, so that means you can use 5 coupons  (One per purchase). You can have multiple ”purchases” within one transaction.

If the coupon was to say  “One coupon per transaction” then yes you are only to use one coupon for one item on that shopping trip.

If the coupon was to say ” One coupon per House Hold” then you are only use one coupon , not even on a new transaction or next shopping trip.

Can I Use Two Coupons on One Item

Can I Use Two Coupons on One Item

 

Many of you may have noticed P&G changed the wording on there coupons.  They now reads ” Limit one coupon per purchase, Limit of 4 like coupon in the same shopping trip” The top line means the same as above, one coupon per item or purchase ( you can buy 3 of the same items and use 3 coupons)…. but then the next line gives you even further instruction.  Only 4 like items in the same shopping trip.  So you can buy as many P&G products as you want in one transaction….but limited to 4 of each product. So 4 toothpaste, 4 shampoo, 4 bodywash…you get the idea.

The main thing is to remember a transaction is different than a purchase.  A transaction is the sum of all the items or all the purchases you made.

So Yes you can use two coupons per purchase.

Make sure you check out so other post related to how to coupon

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Jacher Lopez March 18, 2015 at 5:04 am

I guess my overall question was since I can’t scan the same coupon 10 times on one item. Can I scan 10 coupons for one item

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Jacher Lopez March 18, 2015 at 4:50 am

Oh & I also see on the show how they get a lot of items free with the same coupons. That also confused me

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Jacher Lopez March 18, 2015 at 4:19 am

Ive just barely started doing this. And it’s very satisfying! I had the same question as the one asked above but I am still a little confused. I got the part where I can use 2 coupons per item. But I had a question that I can’t seem to find the answer to. Let’s say I have 10 coupons for the same item. ’50¢ off ANY (1) Pillsbury biscuits’ if I have 10 That’s a $5 saving. If biscuits are a little over $3 can I use those 10 coupons on one can and so forth and so on (although I won’t need all 10) I have multiple coupons and they don’t sAy “limit one per purchase” and it’s really confused me. Please help(:

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chrismd60 January 12, 2015 at 11:52 am

Cacrocks Using 2 different coupons on ONE purchase is called stacking, UNLESS one is a Manufacturer coupon and the other is a Store coupon…FYI, Stacking is ILLEGAL in the US and Canada under the Fraud laws…

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Sarah A Thrifty Mom February 5, 2015 at 7:48 pm

correct.. one coupon must be a manufacture coupon.. and the other must be a store coupon, like it has a walmart logo on it or Albertsons logo, or the grocery store involved… then you can combine the manufacture coupon like Kelloggs and one from Walmart together… that is legal.. but not 2 manufacture coupons on the exact same one product..

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chrismd60 January 12, 2015 at 11:43 am

Cacrocks Using 2 different coupons on ONE product is called stacking…FYI in the US and Canada, it’s ILLEGAL under the Fraud laws…

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Cacrocks October 14, 2014 at 2:21 pm

Enlighten me on how I am incorrect.

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Crysi October 13, 2014 at 11:18 am

JenE4 No, you can either buy 1, 2 or 3 items and use the coupons accordingly to the amount of items you’ve purchased.

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Crysi October 13, 2014 at 11:17 am

abear100 If you buy 1 item, you can use 1 coupon. 4 coupons per household means you can use 4 coupons for 4 items and that is the limit.

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Crysi October 13, 2014 at 11:11 am

jen jen One coupon per transaction means you can only use that coupon ONCE with your entire order (1 transaction = 1 entire order). You could always come back with another coupon for a separate transaction.

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Crysi October 13, 2014 at 11:10 am

s3jriggs Since they used the word “any” I’d assume you could use it on the 4 pack. Typically, if a coupon is geared towards selling a specific product, they’ll be very specific in their wording on the coupon. The word “any” usually means you can get any product with that specific name on it. :)

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Crysi October 13, 2014 at 11:09 am

couponcoop No, you’d have to use one or the other. You cannot use 2 manufacturer coupons on one product.

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Crysi October 13, 2014 at 11:08 am

dlr25 Each store has a policy on the doubling of coupons… You’d have to check with the store. Most stores will double coupons up to a dollar. For example, if you have a .99 cent coupon, some stores will give you 1.98 off the product. You’d need to check with the stores.

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Crysi October 13, 2014 at 11:07 am

dlr25 You would need to purchase 2 jars of fruit to use that coupon…. that’s actually a good coupon… if you take it to a store that doubles, you can potentially get 1.50 off of 2 jars.

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Crysi October 13, 2014 at 11:06 am

stephmarie88 You would need to purchase 3 Pampers Swaddlers for the deal. You can only use ONE coupon per purchase. 1 item is considered 1 purchase. If you’re looking to “stack” coupons, you’d need to go to a store like Target or Walgreens where they have “store” coupons. You can stack a store coupon and a manufactureer coupon. For example… You have a 1.50 off Pampers coupon (FROM Pampers – this is a manufacturer coupons) and then you have 1.50 off Target Coupon FOR Pamers (Target is the one who is offering the coupon) – you would then have 3.00 off that product. This is the ONLY instance where you could use more than one coupon for 1 product.

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Crysi October 13, 2014 at 11:02 am

Cacrocks I’ve been couponing for years and YOUR are incorrect. The person who answered the OP is actually correct.

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dlr25 August 26, 2014 at 10:05 pm

I have a coupon that says save 75 cents on ant 2 dole jarred fruit. Does it mean 75 cents will be taken off of the regular price for 2 or 75 cents on each jarred fruit??

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dlr25 August 26, 2014 at 9:58 pm

How do you know when a coupon doubles ?

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couponcoop August 8, 2014 at 7:19 pm

If I have two coupons, one is save fifty cents on shout color catcher, and the other is save seventy five cents on any two shout products, and both coupons say “Limit one coupon per purchase” could i buy two shout color catchers and use a save fifty cent coupon for both, and combine it with the save seventy five cents on any two shout products?

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MattKneeland July 21, 2014 at 11:28 am

elainecl Most stores have specific coupon policies. typically you are allowed one MANUFACTURER coupon and one STORE coupon per item. Again, this varies according to store policy, but for instance, say you wish to buy a single tube of toothpaste. You have 2 coupons that state manufacturer, and you have an eCoupon loaded onto a loyalty card (Acme, Wegmans, Stop and Shop what have you). You can combine ONE of the manufacturer coupons and the eCoupon on the same item. You cannot use both manufacturer coupons on one item, regardless of face value. Now some stores will double MANUFACTURER coupons up to a certain amount (some double face value to $1.00 maximum value, some will full double up to 99 cents, meaning $1.98 total value, again, read your store’s specific coupon policy). So, If the tube of toothpaste costs $2.49, and your MANUFACTURER’s coupon is for 75 cents off of one, and your eCoupon is for 50 cents off of one, your total out-of-pocket would be 49 cents if your store fully doubles (75 cent doubled to $1.50 and 50 cents for eCoupon for a total of $2.00 off), 99 cents if your store doubles to $1.00 maximum ($1.00 manufacturer’s and 50 cents eCoupon) or $1.49 if your store does not double coupons.

Another limitation is imposed by both stores and manufacturers. They typically limit coupon redemptions to 4 like coupons a transaction or per DAY. My local Acme will fully double coupons up to 99 cents face value, but will only accept 4 like coupons per day. Meanwhile, my local Shoprite will only double coupons to $1.00 max value, but do not have a limitation of like coupons. Many Proctor and Gamble coupons DO have that limitation right on the coupon, and the scan systems will know what coupon limitations there are. It’s rare that I’ve had coupons rejected (its usually because a certain flavor or product wasn’t linked properly to the coupon’s list of accepted UPC bar codes. Stay calm. If they refuse to honor the coupon after calling their attention to the specific wording (Any size, Any flavor, or 11 Oz or larger) and you have proven the product to be faithful to the coupon, do not get upset or angry. They as retailers DO have the right to refuse a coupon for any reason. It’s not in their best interest to since they do get reimbursed plus a handling fee, and they usually only do it if they feel there might be fraud involved. By staying calm and working with the cashier to come to a resolution you will have much greater success. Of course, be considerate and if you use a lot of coupons, go when it’s less busy and you do not incur the wrath of shoppers behind you in line, or the stressed out cashier.

tl;dr
Only ONE manufacturer’s coupon per item, regardless of differing face value or expiration dates. To use all 3 coupons, Stephmarie88, you would need to purchase 3 products.

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karadawn99 July 4, 2014 at 12:30 pm

This should help some that are still confused: 
http://www.couponing101.com/couponing-101-limit-one-coupon-per-item/

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s3jriggs May 27, 2014 at 6:53 pm

I have a question. I have coupons for $1 off the purchase of any two Hormel Canned chicken. If I buy the 4-pack, can I use two of these coupons? The coupon does not specify.

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jen jen May 12, 2014 at 3:17 pm

What if coupon states one coupon per item per transaction

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Cacrocks May 2, 2014 at 11:39 am

Please do not listen to this person. The facts she is giving you are wrong. The limit 4 per shopping trip, for example, does not mean you can only purchase 4 of that item that shopping trip. It means you can only use up to 4 of the same coupon during that trip. So if you wanted to buy 6 things of toothpaste, you could only use up to 4 of the same coupon, meaning only 4 things of toothpaste would be discounted by coupons. The last 2 things of toothpaste would have to be paid in full or you would have to use a different toothpaste coupon than what you have already used. Another wrong fact is the limit one coupon per purchase. This does not mean only one coupon can be applied to that item. It means only one of the same coupon can be applied to that item. For instance, if I had 2 of the same coupon, for lets say $1 off cheese, and 1 more different coupon that was $0.50 off cheese, I could use both types of coupons, but i could only use 1 of the $1 off ones. Coupons from one place can’t dictate what you do with your other different coupons. They can only dictate what you do with other coupons that are the same coupon.

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elainecl April 15, 2014 at 10:02 am

It looks like stephmarie88 is asking the same question.  could someone address this?

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elainecl April 15, 2014 at 10:01 am

I still don’t understand how people use 2 or 3 coupons for the same item.  Say something costs $3 and you have 3 coupons.  two for $1, one for .$.50…  will that $2.50 come off this one $3 item?  Costing me $.50 for this one item?  It seems to me that whenever I try to use a coupon, they will only let me put one coupon toward each item?

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stephmarie88 March 4, 2014 at 5:35 pm

Question.. If i have 3 manufacturers coupons with different bar codes and expire dates for same product can i use them all on the same item? so Pampers swaddles i have 1.50 off and have 3 of them and there different bar codes and expire dates..?

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abear100 January 4, 2014 at 11:12 pm

I have a quick question my P&Gbrand Saver says limit one coupon per purchase of products and quantities stated. LIMIT OF 4 COUPONS PER HOUSEHOLD. Does that mean If I buy one item can I use up to 4 of the same coupons for the purchase?

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christirobb October 2, 2013 at 7:16 am

I have a coupon for a major store chain for 30% off entire purchase.  It does not have ANY limits on it except for certain brands.  Does this mean I can buy the whole store if I have enough coupons?

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sarahcuseo843 September 13, 2013 at 6:22 pm

Yes you can use a store and manufacturer, like cvs for example, I had 2 $3 off coupons and 2 $2.50 manufacturer coupons for huggies little movers diapers and I used them all which made for a great deal bc they were on sale for $9.49/ea with my cvs extra card. I paid $8 and some change total for both

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Nena July 23, 2013 at 11:28 pm

I’m confused. I have the $2/1 Huggies Little Movers (1) Any package. Can I buy the box of Little Mover and use the coupon or does it has to be the small package?

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Tiff June 27, 2013 at 7:37 pm

Hi, I am new to this couponing business. So I have this coupon for cake mix. It says “coupon cannot be stacked.” But it also says “limit 4″. Does this mean that I can buy 4 cake mixes, each at the price this coupon lists and just use the one coupon?

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Angie Stevens June 5, 2013 at 1:38 pm

Hello, I am totally new to the whole extreme couponing experience. I am SOOOO confused. I keep reading and reading different people’s websites and I still cannot figure out how the people on “Extreme Couponing” actually did what they did. I basically get some of it, except no one has answered my question…HOW do I use more than one coupon on the same item. I am not seeing any in-store coupons, no catalinas in my area, etc. Can I use a printable coupon and a manufacturer coupon on the same item??? If not, then how do people save so much?

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Sarah A Thrifty Mom June 7, 2013 at 9:16 pm

welcome – you can use a “store coupon” and a printable coupon OR a manufacturer coupon on ONE item… thats why store matchups are so important——-the “show” is a tv show for entertainment… when those registers beep and the manager overrides it.. those are not real coupons.. it used to be (one or two episodes) some what real.. but now its sooooo rigged its not even real anymore..

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Taylor May 30, 2013 at 7:43 pm

I have a variety of coupons I’ve saved. I’ve got categories like ‘body wash’, ‘hair care’, ‘face’, etc. I intend to make one transaction but I get confused at the ‘limit one coupon per purchase’. I understand the offers on the coupons, but would I be able to use them all in one transaction (unless the store I go to has a limit of how many coupons I’m able to use in on shopping trip)? For example, I’ve got Suave and Olay products and (like I said) want to use a coupon for each in one transaction, will I be able to use both? Or one of them and come to the dreadful decision of one or the other?

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Nancy May 22, 2013 at 12:36 pm

When you use a coupon can you buy multiple items for one coupon

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Sarah A Thrifty Mom May 22, 2013 at 2:15 pm

if its a BOGO coupon then you can get two items.. but the terms are listed on the coupons..

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ayleen May 18, 2013 at 3:16 pm

hey i was wondering if you can scan the 2 coupons of the same in the cash regester ?

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Sarah A Thrifty Mom May 22, 2013 at 2:15 pm

not sure what you are referring to

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miss chan April 5, 2013 at 11:12 pm

I have a question. If it says you can use 1 coupon from the store and 1 manufactured coupon for the same item does that mean i can buy 1 baby diaper and use the store $2 off and 1 manufactured coupon for $1 off for the same item then get $3 off on that baby diaper?

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Anonymous April 27, 2013 at 11:06 pm

Yes, correct

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JenE4 April 4, 2013 at 12:09 pm

I have a save $3.00 on 3 and a save $1.50 on 2 and a save $.40 on 1 coupon for the same product.  Can I use all 3 coupons at the same time on the 3 items??

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Alishia April 2, 2013 at 2:42 pm

They need to be trained on coupon verbiage. This happened to me today I had two packs of baby wipes & two coupons. They wanted me to ring them seperately. I called the CSM he agreed, called the manager she was cool, explained to the CSM purchase means item. He screamed at me “Ok, you’re right and I am stupid”. I just walked out. I will only go there if my coupon gives me overage. I am done with them.

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Sierra January 28, 2013 at 7:29 pm

About 2 weeks ago I was at Target and the cashier AND her manager refused to listen to me when I told her exactly what you said above. I read the fine print from the coupon and the store policy going in to shop and I knew that I was right but both her and her manager forced me to make separate transactions which ruined my savings. What would you have done?

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Beipoo February 19, 2013 at 12:24 pm

Sierra that’s exactly what happened to me at Walmart on Sunday…I had enough so I posted the video on youtube for all to see, how walmart is treating their customers.  I would have had overage from each of the coupons but they made sure I don’t use the coupon either.  my video is on youtube: search “walmart employee thinks “limit one coupon per purchase” means “limit one coupon per transaction”.

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Rookie13 January 19, 2013 at 12:52 pm

What if you have a coupon that does not state any limits? (Eg. “one coupon per purchase” or “Limit 3 items”) Can you use one coupon for multiple purchases of the same item?

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couponer January 6, 2013 at 10:08 pm

Sorry to contradict you but in the target policy there is nothing that says that a (one per purchase coupon) will be  automatically used as a (one per transaction coupon). Thats what a policy is for to be fallowed. I’ve worked in a retail food store my self and im just happy you mentioned this so i can go over the stores I shop at polices again, and I’m happy to say that the target policy doesnt mention they use all coupons like that. But thanks for the insite.

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