I get a lot of comments on the blog asking me questions about different topics. Lately, I’ve noticed the same one has come up more than once, so I figured that it might be a good idea to do a post to explain it in more detail. Here was the question:
If I have a coupon for $1 off 3, can i use 3 coupons and get $3 off 3?
The simple answer is No – you can not. Let me explain this in more detail below. First, let’s use a coupon as an example:
1 – Coupon Value. This part of the coupon tells you how much you will save when you redeem the coupon. In this case, you will save $1 off of your purchase.
2 – Quantity to Purchase. This tells you how many items you must purchase in order to redeem the coupon. In this case, it is four (4). That means, when you purchase 4 dog snacks, you will save $1 total. In this instance, that means you will be saving $0.25 off of each bag of snacks.
3 – Coupon Limit. Here it says that you are limited to using one coupon per purchase. In this case, 4 products is the amount you need to purchase to use the coupon. Since you are limited to using one coupon per item purchased, that means you have to purchase 4 and can use one coupon. A good thing to remember is that your cashier must always scan the number of products as indicated on the coupon in order to use it. So, if that shows 4 products, they need to scan the 4 products and then they can use the coupon.
Why can’t you buy 4 and use 4 coupons and save $1 off of each one? In that case, it would be using more than one coupon towards an item as the amount of savings towards each item will actually be $0.25. In order to save $1, it would mean 4 coupons towards that single item. As mentioned above, the number of products scanned must equal the number on the coupon. If you scan 4 products, that is what the coupon says. If you tried to use 4 coupons, that would mean that 16 items would need to be scanned for all 4 coupons to be able to be redeemed.
What about twin packs – how can I stack or use more than one coupon on these products? A simple thing to remember when it comes to redeeming coupons is that the cashier must scan the same number of bar codes as the coupon says. Let me show you a couple of examples:
Example 1: Coupon is for $1/2 and you are purchasing a 2 pack. You can not use this as the coupon requires 2 bar codes to be scanned. In the case of a twin pack, the cashier is scanning only one bar code. You would have to purchase 2 twin packs so that 2 bar codes are scanned as required by the coupon.
Example 2: Coupon is for $1/1 and you are purchasing a 2 pack. You can still only use one coupon as the number of bar codes being scanned is one – which matches one coupon. If you have 2 $1/1 coupons, then that requires 2 bar codes to be scanned, which means you would need to purchase 2 twin packs in order to use 2 coupons.
It can be confusing when you are new to using coupons. Just keep asking questions and you will be an expert in no time at all!