Chaining and stacking are commonly used terms in extreme couponing. Chaining involves using different coupons on related purchases. For example: I found a tearpad coupon for $2 off of Tropicana Orange Juice when you buy (wyb) 2 boxes of Quaker Oatmeal. I also have 2 $2 off coupons for Quaker Oatmeal. The ideal math would involve finding orange juice right around $2 to get the best bang for my buck. There is no reason not to use all three coupons in one transaction, and if a cashier gives you a hassle, ask to speak to a manager. If the manager can’t resolve the issue, IE give you what you want, feel free to put your items back. There is no language on any coupon I’ve ever seen that says you must pay full price for one item in order to use the coupons.
Let me say it again. There is no reason to pay for things if you’re not getting the price you want.
Okay then, moving right along.
Stacking usually involves using a store coupon and a manufacturer’s coupon. Only certain stores allow this, and they tend to be upfront about it.
- Randalls offers in-ad coupons that can be combined with a manufacturer coupon. You can also use a store coupon with a manufacturer coupon, and you can use all three if you have them scan the in-ad first, then manufacturer and then store. At least, that’s the order it worked for me.
- Walgreens allows store coupons and manufacturer coupons as long as the coupons do not create overage.
- CVS allows store and manufacturer coupons.
- Target allows store and manufacturer coupons, and has many printables available on their website. Do not let a cashier tell you otherwise! Sometimes, they make up policies on the spot.
It’s never a bad idea to print the store’s policy and take it with you in your coupon bag, binder, pouch or wallet.