Maximize Your Coupon Savings By “Stacking”

No “stacking” isn’t placing your coupons neatly into a stack {although, many cashiers love it when you do!}. Instead, “stacking” is defined as combining a  manufacture coupon with a store coupon for additional savings. Many stores are now allowing customers to “stack” and I’ve become addicted to doing so!

First a manufacture coupon is any coupon that states “manufacture coupon” on the top next to the expiration date. These can be peelies, blinkies, coupon found inside packaging, printable coupon, etc. (If you are new to coupons and not sure what a peelie or blinkie is, check out the Coupon Terms and Abbreviations article to set ya straight!)

In the Cincinnati area, you can “stack” coupons at Target, Meijer, Kroger, CVS and Walgreens. Here’s how:

1. Currently Target offers Target Mobile coupons as well as Target Printable coupons along with Target coupons found in Sunday newspaper inserts (typically regional). These coupons can be combined with a manufacture coupon. Target is my absolute favorite store to shop and combine coupons. I often shop the end caps first, looking for clearance items that I can “stack” coupons with to score deep discounts!

2. Meijer was one of the first stores that I shopped and “stacked” coupons. I couldn’t believe how easy it was, until they made changes to their coupon policy. However, you can combine Meijer Mealbox printable coupons and MPerks with a manufacture coupon to stretch your dollars while shopping at Meijer. I’ve often scored free condiments at Meijer by “stacking”. Please note that Meijer will only double two identical coupons. Therefore you may have to do multiple transactions to maximize your savings.

3. Kroger is the store that is a little harder to “stack” at. See Kroger offers Kroger store coupons but they are typically on store brand items. However, there are often times that you’ll receive a $3 off $15 purchase in Frozen Foods, Produce, etc. coupons. This is how you are able to “stack” with a manufacture coupon.

4. CVS is great because you obtain CVS coupons in store by scanning your Extra Care card at the kiosk and by receiving the CVS newsletter. These coupons often contain $4 off the purchase of $20 or more and this is BEFORE coupons! This will allow you to pay a low out of pocket cost and will surely get you addicted to saving money!

5. Walgreens is great for “stacking” and it’s so easy! The most important thing to remember while “stacking” at Walgreens is that you must have a coupon for every item in your cart. This often calls for adding a few “filler” items (inexpensive item like gum, candy bar, etc.) to your order. At the front of the store (by the weekly ads) are the Walgreens Instant Value Coupon Booklet. These are Walgreens store coupons and can be combined with a manufacture coupon!

Be sure to read the Understanding The CVS GameHow to Shop Smart At Target Stores, Krogering 101, Your Guide To Maximizing Savings at Walgreens articles if you are just starting out!

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