Using Coupons With Buy One Get One Free Deals is one area of couponing that can on occasion bring controversy. Since it honestly varies from store to store what is allowable, it can be even more confusing. This is what we believe to be the most accurate method of using BOGO coupons as well as BOGO sales with coupons. As always, we recommend you read and understand your local store coupon policy and individual coupons themselves before doing anything.
Using Coupons With Buy One Get One Free Deals
There are two sides to couponing in a BOGO situation. There are in store deals that have products on sale for BOGO, as well as coupons that are meant for you to buy two products and get one free. Some basic points to consider when looking at both options are below.
Some stores do “true” BOGO while other stores do 50% off each item when you purchase two. This can be tricky, confusing and frustrating when the policy is different for every store. Many stores offer products on sale at BOGO prices. For some stores that means when they scan two of the same products, the first one will be full price and the second one will ring up at 100% off or free. For others stores, both products ring up at 50% off regular price giving you essentially the same amount of savings. To know which your store does, you will have to ask in advance.
A coupon can be applied to both products purchased, including the free product. Most stores will allow you to use a coupon on every item that has been rung up. Some may discount the amount of coupon down to the value of the product. In that case, a coupon on a free product would be useless. Other stores, however will allow you to use a coupon on a free product which would then result in overage on your total. Check store policies for clarification on their individual methods.
BOGO coupons apply to BOTH products required for use and cannot be stacked with additional coupons, unless stacking with a store coupon. There are also great BOGO coupons available in inserts on a regular basis. One major question in couponing circles has been how to use these in conjunction with other coupons. The BOGO coupon does in fact apply to both products required to use it. That means you cannot use additional manufacturers coupons on the products, unless your store allows you to stack a manufacturer coupon and in store coupon. For example: You purchase two boxes of laundry detergent and use a BOGO coupon on them. You cannot use an additional manufacturer coupon on the box you pay full price for. The BOGO coupon applies to both the full price item and the free item since both must be purchased for the coupon to work. \
The best coupon deals are often found when a store has a BOGO sale and you have a BOGO coupon that matches the item on sale. This can result in you getting both products completely free after coupons. As always, consult your individual stores for their policy on BOGO coupons and sales being combined.
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