Getting the Most Out of Your Coupons

penny_pincherMany people in don’t fully understand the in’s and out’s of coupons! I will try to help clarify some of the gray areas. In this area we do not have stores that double coupon on a daily or weekly bases. However, we do have some Kmart stores still open in our area that have double coupons one week per month with some stipulations.

For starters, your total purchase must reach $25.00 prior to sales tax. Kmart will double up to $2.00 value making it as high as $4.00, and they will double the 1st five coupons you present to the cashier. They will accept more coupons at face value. It is recommended to print or clip high value coupons, check the store shelves for availability and prices prior to the sale to save time, and know if the value is in your favor.

Kmart_logo.svgBig Lots is one retailer that I have found will not accept Manufacturer coupons. Target, Meijer, and Walmart have accepted competitor and Manufacturer coupons on the same item.

Target, Walgreen’s, CVS, and Rite Aid will accept their own store coupons and manufacturer coupons on the same item (this is called stacking). Manufacturer coupons can be used at most stores and it is to their advantage to accept them.

A common misconception on manufacturer coupons is that they can’t be used at Lowe’s, Home Depot, Menards, Ace Hardware, and True Value Hardware. I have had success using manufacturer coupons at all of them. It never hurts to ask.

In my experience, some of the best places to purchase personal care items including toothpaste, toothbrushes, etc. are at Menard’s, Dollar General, Family Dollar, and Dollar Tree. Getting the best value depends on which stores are offering the best ad’s and coupons. Always make sure to you know which stores are offering discounts relative to the others.

MeijerMeijer also offers their own unique discounts called Meijer Mperks. The sign up for Mperks is as simple as using you cell phone number and a 4-digit pin number of your own creation. By completing the registration online, you will receive email and text messages with offers and information about sales throughout Meijer.

Mperks has digital coupons that can be clipped on either a computer or cell phone. Coupons that are clipped on your mperk should automatically come off at the register if you enter your cell phone and pin number. It is highly recommended that you choose personal rewards that can give you other ways to increase your savings.

Prescription Rewards and Baby Rewards are other ways to save depending on your family’s needs.

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