One question that seems to come up time and time again is if you can use a buy 1 get 1 free coupon plus a value off coupon together. If you aren’t sure what I am referring to, here is an example:
You have a coupon to save $1.00 off of 1 Deodorant Brand A. You also have a coupon that reads Buy 1 Deodorant Brand A, Get 1 Free! Can you use these coupons together?
This is still a very gray area when it come to using coupons. While there are coupon policies for various stores which explain this situation in detail, many stores do not, which can leave consumers wondering if they can do this or not. If you find you are in this situation, you need to just follow what you feel is right and ethical.
Oftentimes, these are actually coded not to allow the use of a value off coupon with a BOGO coupon. You may find that your coupons beep when scanned, and this is the reason why. The coupons themselves are not allowing them to be used together.
When this happens, stores do not have to over ride the offers and push through both coupons (unless, of course they specifically state in their policy that this is how they honor these transactions). Anytime a coupon will not automatically scan, it immediately becomes up to the store if they will allow redemption or not – which includes stacking coupons in this manner.
Before you try to redeem such coupons, make sure you read the fine print. Many times, they say that they can not be used in conjunction with another coupon. That means, if you are using the BOGO coupon on two 2 products, you can’t use an additional coupon on the one you are paying for, as that would result in using 2 coupons on a single purchase, which ends up being specifically against the terms of the coupon.
So, what are you to do if the wording is not clear and/or the store has no clear policy on how to handle this type of transaction? That is when you have to follow what you feel is right.
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WHY I DO NOT THINK THIS IS RIGHT
Each coupon states that you are limited to using one coupon per item. In the case of a Buy 1 Get 1 Free coupon, you are required to purchase 2 items, which means that you are using that coupon on both items.
If you happen to use another value off coupon, the item you are paying for ends up having two manufacturer’s coupons attached to it (the only exception to this is store coupons, which are OK to stack). Let me show you an example:
Purchase 2 Deodorants and use a Buy 1 Get 1 Free coupon. That coupon required a purchase of 2 item in order to use it. Therefore, you have already used one coupon on both items. Using a second coupon means you are using 2 coupons on a single product.
If you want to compare this to other manufacturer’s coupons, it might help make it more clear. Here is another example:
Purchase 2 Deodorants and use a $1 off of 2 coupon. You would not be able to use an additional $1.00 off of one coupon as you have already redeemed a coupon on one of your products.
It would be so helpful if there was clear guidance on this topic, but there is not. This has been, and will continue to be, one of those gray areas when it comes to coupon redemption.