Extreme Couponing?- ONE COUPON PER PURCHASE?

07/25/2012 9:00 am · 32 comments

by Sarah A Thrifty Mom

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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…

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.

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.

 

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35 comments
dlr25
dlr25

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??

dlr25
dlr25

How do you know when a coupon doubles ?

couponcoop
couponcoop

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?

s3jriggs
s3jriggs

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.

jen jen
jen jen

What if coupon states one coupon per item per transaction

Cacrocks
Cacrocks

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.

elainecl
elainecl

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?


stephmarie88
stephmarie88

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..?

abear100
abear100

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?

christirobb
christirobb

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?

miss chan
miss chan

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?

JenE4
JenE4

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??

Alishia
Alishia

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.

Sierra
Sierra

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?

Rookie13
Rookie13

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?

Newfreaper
Newfreaper

I have a question that I'm sure has been asked but I don't see the answer I'm looking for. I have a few coupons that state the good ol "one per purchase" so can I use a different coupon for same item. Some have the same amounts off but different expiration dates. Some are 40% off and the other 25% off. But it's for the same item. Sorry if this is confusing. Lol

htokay09
htokay09

what is a magazine or website that has coupons that you can use more than once??

Guest
Guest

I'm a little late but i just wanted to see if i could help out a bit. As a Target cashier, I have some experience with this. All the info here is correct: one per purchase, one per transaction and all that. However, as a young cashier who never had to actually read a coupon before, I was told by my Supervisor that "one per purchase" meant "one per transaction." So I denied coupons that I should have taken, and he backed me up because that's what he believed to be true. So maybe the Cashier and their Supervisor are just misinformed. I think that the best course of action would be to write a letter to the store or even higher up to get the store to reevaluate its coupon policy. Also, target does not double coupons and they never have, although they will accept one target and one manufacturer coupon per item. Any cashier who doubles a coupon is either wrong or just doesn't care.

Lastly, we are told as Cashiers to read every coupon to check for expiration and validity of the coupon. this can take forever. Please don't just hand the cashier a stack of coupons without making sure you actually HAVE the items and that the coupons are not expired. this is one way people try to scam us, they figure we wont check all the coupons and just pass them all through. 

People scam us all the time with tons of coupons, only to return it all at a different store without a receipt to get the full amount back. These jerks are the reason Cashiers have to be careful of all coupons.

So to sum it up: You don't necessarily have a cashier who is out to get you, they might just be misinformed and trying to do their job. If talking CALMLY to their manager doesn't work, write a letter.

(sorry for the rant)

Chick
Chick

I was so angry when I went to Walmart the other day, there's this cashier that was giving me a hard time. He's saying " On here it says per purchase" (i had two items with 2 coupons). I was trying to explain to him that what he mean't was transaction not per purchase. The coupon statement means i need a coupon for each item. WHICH I HAD TWO FOR THE TWO PRODUCT. I wasn't giving in because of this tip you explained here. THANK U!!! I did my research! (:

Terri
Terri

New Mexico 57-1-18 Limitation of retail purchases unlawful. It is unlawful for any merchant to advertise or offer for sale any item of merchandise with a limitation upon the number of the item that any retail purchaser may purchase at the advertised price. It is further unlawful for any merchant offering or advertising any item of merchandise in his place of business at any given price to refuse to sell to any prospective retail purchaser for cash the whole or any part of his stock of such item at such price. However, this section shall not be applicable to a purchaser purchasing for resale. 57-1-19 Violation of act : penalty. Any person convicted of violating this ace (57-1-18, 57-1-19 NMSA 1978 shall be punished by a fine of not more that five hundred dollars ($500) or by imprisonment of not more than ninety days, or by both such fine and imprisonment.

alyssa
alyssa

i have a coupon that says no more than 4 coupons (of any kind) for the same product in the same transaction. Does that mean i can use more than one coupon for the same item? Like in detail if I get 1 bottle of baby body wash can I use 4 coupons for that or would I have to get 4 bottles of baby body wash for 4 coupons?

Barbara
Barbara

Thanks for posting this! At lot of people get confused with the wording. And of course since Extreme Couponing is a show they don't limit the use of coupons all the time & they don't care if the coupon is fake or not. One of my grocery stores will only take 3 of a like coupon even though some, like the P&G, say limit 4 in a transaction.

Kathy
Kathy

Could you please tell he how on the TLC show the one lady got all the coupon inserts delivered to her house????

sharon
sharon

Are you going to be on the TLC show extreme couponing?

molly
molly

The $1/1 Kettle Brand Potato Chips states: No more than 2 coupons may be redeemed 'per purchase'. Does it mean 'per transaction'?

Vicky
Vicky

The Walgreens add states limit 2, except in ID or NM. But they have told me that they can limit the items. I understand their reasons for the limit. My question is which is right. The add or what they are telling me.

MattKneeland
MattKneeland

@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.

elainecl
elainecl

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

sarahcuseo843
sarahcuseo843

Yes you can use a store and manufacturer, like cvs for example, I had 2 cvs $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

Beipoo
Beipoo

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".

 

 

couponer
couponer

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.

daniella29
daniella29

@A Thrifty Mom So no she can't use more than one coupon for the same item?

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