Coupon 101: Part 2 – How To Read Coupons
One important factor that results in a successful couponing trip is being able to read and understand the wording on a coupon. Being able to read a coupon has been very helpful with decreasing my coupon screw ups. Below are some definitions for wording you may typically see on coupons. Let this be your guide to savings city.
One Per Transaction:
A transaction is defined as your shopping trip. For example, your coupon may say “limit one per transaction or limit four per transaction”. So if you go to the store to purchase an item with this coupon that says “limit one per transaction”, you can only use one coupon during this shopping trip. Even if you have 5 coupons for five of these selected items on the coupon, you can only use one coupon during this shopping trip just as the coupon states (i.e. Limit one coupon per transaction)…
One Per Purchase:
One Per Purchase means that you can only use one coupon on each item. This is not to be confused with One Per Transaction (REMEMBER TRANSACTION = A SHOPPING TRIP). Again, One Per Purchase means you can only use ONE coupon on the selected item. The coupon doesn’t LIMIT how many of these selected items you can use these coupons on during your shopping trip. For example, you are at the store, and you have four Tide Laundry Detergent coupons that say “limit one coupon per purchase” and four Tide Laundry Detergent products, you can use the four coupons to cover the four Tide Laundry Detergents you have in your shopping cart.
One Per Visit:
Each shopping trip is considered a visit. So when your coupon states “one per visit” you can only use of these coupons per shopping trip.
One Per Customer:
This means that each paying customer that enters the facility can use one of these coupons. Tip: So if you are a family and each of you are paying for something with separate transactions at the register, you can each use one of these coupons.
Buy One Get One Free:
If you buy the specified item on the coupon, you will get an item free. Note, the item that is for free will be indicated on the coupon.
Buy One Get One at this Price:
If you buy the specified item on the coupon at regular price, you will get another item for a set price, which is usually a discounted price. Your coupon should have wording that indicates what item to select for a discounted price.
This means you can redeem your coupon at that store, but it does not mean you are obligated/required to use your coupon at this store.
Redeemable Only At:
This means you have to redeem your coupon at this particular store that is mentioned on the coupon.
This is just a way for the store to advertise their store for use of your coupon. You are not required to purchase at this store suggested on the coupon.
The expiration date is the last day that the coupon can be used on. You have up until midnight on that expiration date to use the coupon.
Do Not Double:
Some stores have special sale days that allow you to double the value of a coupon. For example, you have a 30 cents off coupon for pickles, on the double coupon days, this coupon is worth 60 cents now. That means you get 60 cents off the jar of pickles if you use this coupon during the coupon double sale. Just remember, this is not always something every store does. Check with your local stores to see if this is something they offer.
Looks can be deceiving…. Coupons tend to sometimes have pictures that are not always the same exact product that you can buy with the coupon. The most important information to go by is the wording that identifies what this particular coupon can be used for. And sometimes you may have a cashier that does not understand this, they will solely go by what is on the picture. Politely ask for a manager that can help to clear up the misunderstanding.
I think that it enough for now to prevent information overload!
Stay Tuned For Part 3 of This Couponing 101 Extravaganza…