ok, maybe I should say fustrating…. I love coupons. I really do. But wording on coupons are SOO Vague. (and sometimes confusing..) A couple of reasons why coupons may make you want to pull your hair out:
1. The sad truth is that when you are new to couponing when you have good experiences, you are more likely to stick with it. When you have unfriendly cashiers and uncoupon friendly stores–you will probably give up.
2. There is NO coupon bible. There is no way to determine if what you are doing is correct. This is why it is imperative to follow the fine print on a coupon–because your directions are right there.
Granted–it’s hard to understand some of the terms when you are using a coupon, for instance:
Limit one coupon per purchase:
Each product in an overall transaction is considered one purchase.
If the coupon is for $1 off 2 boxes of cereal and you buy 2 boxes, that is 1 purchase.
If you bought 2 more, that is another purchase and you can use another $1/2 coupon. You can not use 2 coupons on 1 product.
Limit one coupon per transaction:
This indicates that only one like coupon may be used in a single transaction. Each transaction is concluded with a receipt.
Limit one coupon per day/visit:
You can only use one of those coupons per store visit.
Limit one coupon per person/customer/household:
You can only use one of these coupons.
Do not double:
The do not double wording is the one exception to the terms.
Coupons that specify “do not double” will still double if the first number is a 5.
The store is offering the discount on the doubled portion. (the wording do not double are liability terms for the manufacturer–Doubling is up to the store because they are taking the hit. Not the manufacturer!
If the barcode starts with a 9, the coupon will not double automatically.
Regarding Coupon Policies:
Each store may or may not have a written policy; the only validity of the written policy is that everyone can see it–even customers.
One important thing: If there is no written policy, a store can change coupon usage to meet THEIR own store. So if one store down the street takes printable coupons–then another store can decide that they do not want to.. that is per managers discretion. It is up to you to determine your stores policy.
:: Coupon Policies can be changed at ANYTIME
:: If there is a corporate coupon policy in writing–my best suggestion is to call corporate to determine if it is accurate. You may just come across a manager that does not know their own policy. (yes! this happens!)
I hope this helps everyone understand the inconsistencies involved with coupons! It is hard to understand this journey in the beginning but it is ALL worth it once you get things down!