Every Krazy Coupon Lady must gain a solid understanding of the fine print on her coupons, starting with the notorious, “one coupon per purchase”.  It may be written in any number of different ways:

Limit one per purchase.
Limit one coupon per item purchased.
Limit one coupon per purchase of specified item(s).
Limit one coupon per purchase of product specified.
Only one coupon is redeemable per purchase and only on specified products and sizes.

Regardless of how they are written, these phrases all mean the same thing, and if you don’t understand them, they will more than likely cause you problems.  In a poll of over 6000 coupon users, 87% shared that they have had cashiers refuse their coupons because of the “one coupon per purchase” verbiage.  So, let’s get down to it:  what does “one coupon per purchase” mean?

One Coupon per Purchase:  Refers to your ability to use one coupon per item.  Meant to enforce the point that you may not use two of the exact same coupon for one item.

The word “purchase” on the coupon should not be confused with “transaction” or “shopping trip”. The coupon is merely limiting you to one coupon for every item you purchase during your shopping trip.  When your cashier tells you, “You can only use one coupon on this shopping trip, because these coupons read, ‘limit one per purchase,‘” ask your cashier, “How many am I purchasing?”   This is a good way to help your cashier or manager understand that the manufacturer does not care how many products you PURCHASE in one transaction.  And you may use one coupon for each item purchased.

One coupon per purchase with “Save $0.50 on any one (1)” coupon

In the scenario below, we are purchasing five Betty Crocker Frostings 10/$10.00.  We will use one “Save $0.50″ coupon on each tub of frosting.  Please note, we cannot use two “Save $0.50″ coupons on one $1.00 tub of frosting in an effort to get it for free; this would be a violation of the “one coupon per purchase” verbiage.

Buy 5 Betty Crocker Frosting $1.00 each
Use 5 $0.50/1 Betty Crocker Frosting manufacturer coupons
Final Price: $0.50 each, when you buy 5

One coupon per purchase with “Save $1.00 on any two (2)” coupon

In the scenario below, we are purchasing six cans of soup and using a coupon that reads “Save $1.00 on any two (2) cans of soup”.  This coupon also limits “one coupon per purchase”, but since the value of the coupon is $1.00/2, we can only use one coupon for every two products purchased.  Please note, we cannot use one coupon on each can of soup because each coupon specifies that you can save $1 for every two cans you purchase.

Buy 6 Campbell’s Chunky Soup $1.25 each
Use 3 $1.00/2 Campbell’s Chunky Soup manufacturer coupons
Final Price: $0.75 each, when you buy 6

“Per transaction” or “per shopping trip” limits

Now that you understand what constitutes a “purchase”, what happens when you want to use a coupon which states, “LIMIT OF 4 LIKE COUPONS in same shopping trip”?

When a coupon limits the number of LIKE coupons you may use in the same shopping trip, and you have 6 copies of the same coupon, you will not be able to use them all in one transaction.  You may only use 4 coupons, and then you can use the remainder on your next shopping trip.  Please note, if you have a variety of coupons:  $0.50 off Crest, $1.00 off Oral B, $2.00 off Tampax and all of those coupons have the limit of 4 LIKE coupons per shopping trip, you may use 4 of each of the coupons per shopping trip.  In the above example, you could use 12 coupons total (four of each), since you are redeeming three different coupons.

When deciphering the fine print on the coupon, just remember: words like “transaction” or “shopping trip” refer to your entire shopping order.  The words “purchase” or “purchase of item” mean you can use one coupon for every item purchased, even if you’re purchasing a hundred!

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127 thoughts on “What does “One Coupon Per Purchase” mean?”

  1. Matt says:

    You are wrong about the one per purchase rule. A purchase can mean one item yes. But everything that you buy is also called a purchase. Your entire order is a purchase. If they did not care how many you bought at one time then the manufacturer wouldn’t put a rule on it at all. Why would they want to give all of their things away for free or cheaper? That is not what the purpose is to them. There is nothing wrong with using coupons but when you have to lie, cheat, and manipulate to your advantage then it makes you greedy. You are a bad person!! Shame on you! Unfortunately there are many uneducated people who are also taking your word for it. And your word is wrong. That makes you even worse! Not only are you wrong but you caused many others to be wrong as well! You shouldn’t put things on the Internet that aren’t verified by facts.

    • llconnie says:

      Matt. You are wrong. End of story.

      • Skye says:

        No, he’s not necessarily wrong. A major retailer I know of sent in response to queries regarding coupon use at their stores a response that indicated this – and it supports what Matt is saying:

        “When the customer brings you numerous quantities of the SAME coupon, we should be looking to see if the coupon reads “one coupon per purchase” or “one coupon per item”. The checkout associate should be accepting the coupon in accordance with these coupon instructions. So it should play out in the following way:

        “One coupon per purchase” means one coupon per transaction
        “One coupon per item” means one coupon per each individual item. So that more than one of the same coupon could be used in one transaction

  2. Anonymous says:

    If I have two different coupons for the same product and they say this, does that mean I can only use one?

  3. Anonymous says:

    So if I have a coupon for pasta sauce 2 for $3 and it reads "offer good with the first 10 jars purchased.", I can get the 10 jars for $15? I’m really looking forward to using coupons since I’m not working and receiving only child support. Nearly every grocery items is expensive in Hawaii so some savings will surely help! 

  4. Anonymous says:

    Have a quesion. If i want to purchase some hot dogs and they are on sell 4 packs for $5.00 i have a total off 5 coupons that are $1.00 off 1 pack. Can i use all hte coupons together?

    • mari says:

      so it’s easy use 4 only since ur only purchasing 4 how does t fifth come in if ur not buying 5.

  5. Anonymous says:

    As a cashier I feel that they should be more specific, instead of purchase they should say item. A purchase to me is a transaction. A purchase is the act of buying something. Who actually says that one item per purchase doesn’t mean per transaction and not per item? My supervisors at work have always told me that it’s per transaction. So the news on the internet, and by y bosses and on the coupon itself is conflicting. 

  6. Anonymous says:

    I have yesterday the same problem at target, i buy 4 livs big packs at target and they tell me that I can only use one cupon in the transaction or that I have to separate the items in different transactions , but if If I spend $100 dlls in baby items i have $20 dlls less, so I can not separate my diapers :( so they just take one coupon of $1 dlls. So sad 

  7. Anonymous says:

    I also had the same problem today. Nobody cares and written in their Website Coupon Policy  WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO ACCEPT, REFUSE, OR LIMIT THE USE OF ANY COUPON. When they say to you WE CAN’T DO THAT AND THAT’S HOW WE DO IT especially when you already talked to the Store Manager , we really can’t do nothing even through you tried  to tell them the difference between purchase and transaction. Lesson learn with Target Store, never to argue about coupons it will just make you feel frustrated.

  8. Brecken's Closet says:

    I ran into this problem today at Target. I had 4 $5/1 Tena coupons and they refused to let me use them, stating that it is "limit one coupon per purchase". Both the cashier and manager at the store said purchase = transaction. I called corporate twice (once at the store), but they were no help at all. I don’t think they understand what "limit one coupon per purchase" means. If corporate doesn’t understand it, I’m not sure who else I can speak to. I guess I will have to break up my transactions from now on, at least at this Target. :( The manager ended up letting me use them, but she said only this one time. The next time, I would have to use one coupon per transaction.

  9. Brecken's Closet says:

    I ran into this problem today at Target. I had 4 $5/1 Tena coupons and they refused to let me use them, stating that it is "limit one coupon per purchase". Both the cashier and manager at the store said purchase = transaction. I called corporate twice (once at the store), but they were no help at all. I don’t think they understand what "limit one coupon per purchase" means. If corporate doesn’t understand it, I’m not sure who else I can speak to. I guess I will have to break up my transactions from now on, at least at this Target. :( The manager ended up letting me use them, but she said only this one time. The next time, I would have to use one coupon per transaction.

  10. Anonymous says:

    I ran into this problem today at Target. I had 4 $5/1 Tena coupons and they refused to let me use them, stating that it is "limit one coupon per purchase". Both the cashier and manager at the store said purchase = transaction. I called corporate twice (once at the store), but they were no help at all. I don’t think they understand what "limit one coupon per purchase" means. If corporate doesn’t understand it, I’m not sure who else I can speak to. I guess I will have to break up my transactions from now on, at least at this Target. :( The manager ended up letting me use them, but she said only this one time. The next time, I would have to use one coupon per transaction.

  11. KaileyRyan says:

    I’m sorry if this question has already been asked and answered but…

    I have 2 different manufacturers coupons and 2 different target coupons all for pampers diapers. Now if the back of a coupon say one coupon per purchase does that then mean I cannot use all 4 coupons on one product even though they are all different coupons for different amounts?

  12. Carrie says:

    I have a question! Say you have 8 of the same coupons.. and they say limit 4 coupons per trip. Could you do 2 transactions to use all of those 8? (4 on 1 and 4 on another transaction)?

  13. Chica says:

    I have a coupon that says save .40 on any six when u buy six do that mean i have to buy 12?

  14. G$ says:

    With the frosting example above – could you double the coupons or is that the same as using two mfg coupons per item?

  15. Warriorbride77 says:

     Hey there, Krazy coupon ladies! I have a question about a certain coupon deal that I’m wanting to try. In my mind it would be awesome, but as a beginner, I’m not sure if this deal is fraudulent or not. I have a few coupons for 1.00 off 1 kikkoman marinade and I also have a coupon for 2.00 off of fresh beef with the purchase of three kikkoman marinades. Could I use both 1.00 off coupons along with the 2.00 off coupon, or is that considered to be coupon fraud? Thank you and God bless!

  16. devo says:

    so.what if, its .50/3 & its bogo? 6 box total?

  17. Gwen Howell says:

    I purchased ten bags of disposable razors at WalMart and had a coupon for each.  After using two, the register would not scan additional coupons.  This was not a decision by the cashier.  She was very nice and took eight bags off of my order and then rang them up separately two at a time.  This was her suggestion.  I still don’t know why there was a limit of two per transaction since WalMarts coupon policy says there is no limit per transaction.

  18. Leenuh says:

    I never had a problem with this until recently. I learn from TKL what limit 1 per purchase meant, but recently my stores have been giving me a hard time they are now telling me that  the word “purchase” is the same as “transaction”. I don’t know what to do. Yes i can make them do several transactions, but it’s really unnecessary and if i was to do that i wouldn’t get the most use out of my coupons. HELP KCL… this is at target.

  19. LaMeshia Eldridge says:

    OMG! Early this morning i had my first couponing experience. I had literally 75-100 coupons. My whole theory was saving money by having four of the same coupons for one item LOL! It was a nightmare of embarassment at the register lol. I knew I would save like $100 but since she gave me like half of my coupons back I only saved $45. Im so glad I came to this site for clarity. I only know about it from watching re-runs of Kourtney and Kim take New York. The episode when Kourtney goes on coupon shopping trips and everyone is mad at her for it. Now Im looking forward to getting sunday’s paper and adding them to the coupons I didn’t use. And shopping at multiple stores:)

  20. Anonymous says:

    what happens if you have a coupon for 2$ off of one shampoo and a different coupon for 1$ off the same brand. Would that be okay? Because I read it as one coupon per purchase, but I am using one of each coupon per purchase?

  21. Anonymous says:

    Several people have asked this question, but I have not yet seen a reply. What does the wording “No other coupon may be used with this coupon” mean?

  22. gigi8478 says:

    how do you know when a coupon doubles?

    • jen says:

      my local stores will double any couons below .99 and it does it automatically at the register. I would get a copy of your stores coupon policy and see hwat it says.

  23. Anonymous says:

    If I have a coupon that says 1 per purchase, can it be combined with a store coupon or no? I ask because I got a sunday paper and it had a coupon for 7$ off.. it said one per purchase, but in my walgreens paper, they have a coupon for 10$ of and it also has right next to it, look in sundays paper for 7$ off coupon also.

  24. Thank you SO much for clearing this up for me! I was a little confused but now I feel confident enough to explain it to a cashier if needed to! :)

  25. what does this phrase mean:
    “Cash Back” will not be issued if the value of the coupon is greater than the purchase price of the item.

    My local Dollar General store has canned vegs for .40 a can; I have a coupon for $1.00/4. If I buy other merchandise for the overage, will they still take the coupons?

  26. Anonymous says:

    when a coupon says, No other coupon can be used with this coupon?

  27. Anonymous says:

    That was great clarification, I just have one other question. How do we handle a coupon that says “No other coupon may be used with this coupon”

  28. I do feel like stores don’t want you to use coupons sometimes! My question is probably easy, but if I have 2 manufacturers coupons, but for different discounts (ie 55 cents and $1 off) Then can I use both of them on one item?

  29. what does it mean when the coupon says “No other coupon may be used with this coupon” but you have 2 of the same coupon and 2 items (one item for each coupon) can you use the coupons in the same transaction or do you have to do two separate transactions?

  30. Anonymous says:

    shopped at Walgreens yesterday, using the cover girl $8.00 coupon. Eyeshadow was on sale for $3.49 each, so picked up two, went to checkout gave coupon. Salesperson said coupon would not accept we needed a filler, so picked up 2 peanut butter cups at .69 cents each. coupon accepted, I was charge $3.49 twice and .69 cents twice, leaving me with a bal of .36 cents tax on that was .58cents so I had to pay .94 cents. This somehow does not seem to make sense to me. I am a newbie at this. HELP!!!

    • Your pre-tax balance was .36 cents because you had overage from your coupons and they were applied to the peanut butter cups. The reason why tax was so high is because even when you get an item for free, they still make you pay tax.

  31. Anonymous says:

    Walgreens had covergirl makeup. buy one get one 50% off. So we purchased 2 eyeshadows which were on sale for $3.49 each, we used a $8.00 Manufacture coupon. The sales person said we were not using up the amount, so she suggest getting 2 peanut butter cup candy bars priced at .69cents which than the coupon scanned, leaving me to pay $.94 cents. She charge $3.49 twice plus .69 cents twice, with a balance of .36 cents and tax of .58 cents telling me I owed .94 cents. What is wrong with this transaction???? I am so confused

  32. Anonymous says:

    Not all the coupons print out of the computer are manufacture coupons. You can also print out Target and Rite Aid coupons and use them with manufactures coupons as well. you can also find store coupons on the inserts like, target and walgreens, so just make sure you use one STORE COUPON + MANUFACTURE COUPON= O.K.

  33. Ok so the cashier messed up my transaction one evening and I noticed it when I got home, so I called the store imediatley. It was ok for me to go back to the store the next day to sort it out with C/S. When I got there they were willing to correct my transaction for the coupons that did not scan through the first time. But since I had duplicates of the coupons I used the night before I had to surrender those to the customer service. So now they have two of my coupons and I only bought one product with that coupon.I only pulled out my duplicate Q to show them it matched with what I bought. Can they keep my second coupon?

  34. Tamara Agley says:

    Im going to keep my copy of this with my policies, therefore any confusion can be rectifyed. Thank u for making the explanation idiot proff with pictures and all.Just what we need to deal with simple folk.

  35. Anonymous says:

    I get this ALL THE TIME!! It’s so frustrating and I try explaining it to the cashiers, but they just don’t get it. The other day at Walmart the cashier said that Purchase and Transaction means the same thing, and that I was going to have to do separate transactions. I wish the Manufacturer’s would change the wording to where everyone can understand. I also wish the stores would worry more about educating their employees as far as coupons go, because if they accept them, you would think they would take the time to learn how they work.

  36. thanks for the clarification. i believe explaining that to casihers will be very helpful because it makes good sense

  37. Anonymous says:

    I want to know how to use a B1G1 coupon and a cents off Q together…I have heard of it being done with some Qs but I am not understanding the wording on the Qs…Like for example Cvs has dove on sale…I want to use the B1G1 Qs and there is also a 75/1Q…would i be able to use these together??? The wording totally throws me off…

  38. Toni Islas says:

    No, you can only use one manufacturer coupon per item. the only time you can combine coupons is when some stores allow you to use their store issued coupons (non- manufacture) and a manufacturer coupon. Coupons printed off the computer or uploaded onto your rewards cards are all manufacturer coupons, so you may only use one or the other.

  39. Toni Islas says:

    No, you can only use one manufacturer coupon per item. the only time you can combine coupons is when some stores allow you to use their store issued coupons (non- manufacture) and a manufacturer coupon. Coupons printed off the computer or uploaded onto your rewards cards are all manufacturer coupons, so you may only use one or the other.

  40. EXACTLY ! Thats the way I have always interpreted it and the way any normal person capable of speaking reading or writing english would as well. Its only CASHIERS or the occasional manager who is either so paranoid , or just looking for any excuse to try to argue the fact with a couponer. What is their problem? I have argued this fact at numerous check outs and have never once surrendered to stupidity, I have always been victorious.

  41. Bjshubble says:

    I also have a coupon question for someone with more experience than me. Yesterday I went to K-mart. I had a manufacture coupon for $ 1.00 off any Huggies product. I also had a manufacture coupon to buy a pack of little swimmers, get a free 8 pack of juicy juice. Should I have been able to use both? They wouldn’t let me, & I just let it go this time. Figured I would use my $ 1.00 off later. I would like to be able to stand my ground next time. What is the policy on that?

  42. Michelle Stanley says:

    On all of the extreme couponing shows they have 3.00 off boxes of cat food. here in virginia there were only 2,00 coupons. why is that?

  43. Punkypowa says:

    Ok so im nervous to try this but I was told you can use a dollar general store coupon and stack it with a manufacturer coupon for an item. the manufacturer coupon i have says “Only one coupon is redeemable per perchase” . does that mean i can’t use the dollar general coupon with it? or are they just stating you can’t use multiples of the same coupon? I have the dollar general coupon policy which i will be taking with me but i am worried they may say only one coupon allowed . does anyone know which is right?

  44. tiffany. says:

    So does this mean I can buy 50 “items” using ONE single coupon on one transaction…. I’m so afraid to try this? And if so… why do people buy 6-10 SS, and RP’s if you only need to use one?
    Forgive my beginner thoughts PLEASE! ….and thank you! :)

  45. My thoughts exactly. How can I get this in writing from Target.I had three different Target employees tell me something different at my last shopping trip.I want it in writing before I go back again just to avoid confusion.

  46. My thoughts exactly. How can I get this in writing from Target.I had three different Target employees tell me something different at my last shopping trip.I want it in writing before I go back again just to avoid confusion.

  47. Livn4hersavior says:

    Ok, so I just printed the Golden Grain $.55 off coupon. It says “limit one coupon per person per product/unit”…..does that mean I can only purchase one???? I was counting on stocking up!!
    Please explain!!

  48. Livn4hersavior says:

    Ok, so I just printed the Golden Grain $.55 off coupon. It says “limit one coupon per person per product/unit”…..does that mean I can only purchase one???? I was counting on stocking up!!
    Please explain!!

  49. BECKY says:

    is that still enforce if you are in a store that doubles coupons????

  50. Nanashelper says:

    i never thought about making mutiple transactons,to use your coupons
    i always just made one transaction,but i am a virgin couponer

  51. Jancy says:

    what does it mean when the coupon says 1 coupon per perchase, 4 like coupons per traaction?

  52. Britt Young says:

    Just yesterday a cashier told me I couldn’t use two coupons on two boxes of Italian ice, (one coupon per item), because it says “One coupon per purchase.” He told me this after the register wouldn’t accept it. I suspect the register wouldn’t accept it because the boxes of Italian ice were buy one, get one free. Perhaps it didn’t accept the second coupon on a free item? Have you ever heard of this?

  53. thank you soo much! i’m goin out for my first couponing trip and was wondering about this!

  54. Robon11787 says:

    Can you use multiple manufacturers coupons on the same item if the coupons are different types of manufacturer coupons?

  55. C says:

    As a cashier I have never been trained on my store’s policies regarding coupons, nor ever had the lingo “one per purchase” explained to me. So I thank you for this priceless bit of info! I have definitely been guilty of turning away a few coupons because it was never explained to me before, the definition of “purchase” and how it differs from “transaction.”

    One style of wording I see (uncommonly, for sure) is “one coupon per transaction per person per day” or something to that effect. Surely I am justified in refusing more than one of these? Also the “per customer” and “per day” bit, I enforce that because to me it seems clear what the rules are for that particular coupon. Is there anything in there that I am misreading?

    I’ve heard once before that each time a person enters the store and goes through the cash, they are considered another customer (even if they’re the same person!) and cannot be refused. To me, this is so sneaky. Call me guilty of treating people like people, and not like numbers. I will send this customer to a different cashier when they try to do this with me, I figure it’s politer than just flat-out saying no.

  56. Louisianamom says:

    I can’t wait to go to Rite Aid on Sunday. I am seeing that everyone is having problems with other stores but after reading the Rite Aid policy, it is pretty self explanatory and they accept two coupons an item with manufacturer/store coupon.

    I am so excited that I am starting to understand the lingo!!!
    I have a long way to be like some of you but I hope to get there!

  57. Anna says:

    IF A COUPON SAYS SAVE A $1 IN 5 WHEN YOU BUY 5 WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? DOES IT MEAN YOU JUST SAVE $1 ONA LL 5 OR DOES IT MEAN YOU SAVE A $1 ON EACH INDIVDUAL ITEM?

    • Joanie says:

      not quite sure what you’re asking, sorry. When a coupon says $1.00 off 5, it means you can only use one coupon per every 5 items.

      • Marie says:

        What does save $1.00 on any 3? Does it mean you save $1.00 on each item or that you have to purchase 3 of the item to save the $1.00? Example: the coupn says….. Save $1.00 , good on Any 3 single packs of Trident gum

    • Anonymous says:

      It means you save .20 cents in each one .20x 5= $1.00

  58. Danielle says:

    I have recently had issues with this at Vons. I find it odd that the stores – all owned by the same company – have such variances across the country. Up until about 4 or so months ago, my local Vons would take as many coupons as I had. Since I am not so hard core, this usually meant a max of 4 of a coupon, because this is how many Sunday papers I get. Now you can only use two of any coupon per transaction. Actually, I am assuming it is per transaction…since it’s attached to my Vons card, who knows, maybe that is all I can do, period. I agree that the younger male cashiers usually don’t care as much, but I try to abide by the store policy. And either way, I never know when I get in a line if they will let more than two coupons slide, so there’s no point in trying and finding out AFTER I purchase everything. I don’t see how people go in and buy hundreds of a single item, even with a coupon for each one.

  59. KiKi says:

    Thanks Joanie for clearing up the the reading on the coupons! For some of us who have trouble with the way the cashier will accept the coupons we just need a little reassuring we are not doing anything wrong! I understand completely now! Kudos to you and your website for helping people save money in this economical time!

  60. jaclynarbo says:

    on a coupon that says limit of 4 like coupons in same shopping trip what does that mean>?

    • Joanie says:

      So that means 4 per transaction. If you buy 8 things, you could separate into 2 transactions, using 4 coupons each time.

      • jaclynarbo says:

        I am from michigan do you know anything about meijer its like a walmart/ target? Do you have any tips about shopping there?

      • jaclynarbo says:

        I am from michigan do you know anything about meijer its like a walmart/ target? Do you have any tips about shopping there? Thanks!

  61. Mindy says:

    I have a question for anyone that knows info on how the military commissaries work. I have a “military store manufacturer coupon” and a “manufacturer coupon” for the same item. Can I use them together like you would stack a store coupon?? Any info would be a great help!

    • I know this question was written forever ago, but just in case someone else is reading this and wondering the same thing: Commissaries don’t stack coupons. They don’t make enough revenue like the big stores to be able to stack coupons.

  62. JohnnyB says:

    In all fairness, this is not necessarily a Walmart issue, sounds like someone just didn’t get it. But one coupon per purchase is certainly not always different than one coupon per transaction, though you can interpret it that way: If I’m making one purchase with twenty items in that purchase,that would fit the bill of one coupon per purchase. One coupon per transaction is simply better use of language. The manufacturer just needs to write what they actually mean on the coupon – one coupon per item, one coupon per transaction, limit five coupons per transaction, etc. Purchase simply means to pay for product(s) or services rendered. I’d leave the word purchase out of my phrasing entirely just due to that alone.

  63. Ashley says:

    Everytime I see a coupon that says a $1.00 off of a product but you have to buy 3 or whatever…I never think that I am saving money…

    • Barrie says:

      Ashley,

      I feel the same way. But you have to use them when things go on sale, or if there’s an in-store coupon or your coupon is doubled. You’re still at least saving $1. I bought 2 Clorox wipes, $1.99 each, and had a $1/2 coupon. So I spent $3 on both containers. Not the GREATEST but I certainly saved. They’re usually like $2.49 or $3 each regularly priced, so I basically got 2 for the price of 1.

      There is a coupon for either Puffs or Kleenex that I haven’t found a good reason to use yet. It’s $1 off 3 boxes, and 1 box alone is on SALE for $2.49. So I have to spend $7.50 in order to save $1? I don’t think so. So I am waiting patiently until they either go on a better sale or I find a better coupon. Just because it’s a coupon and a sale doesn’t mean it’s the best price! HTH!

  64. Sonia says:

    In order to have been able to use 2 coupons you would have needed to buy 4 boxes of cocoa puffs. The scenerio you used was doubling. If the coupon said save 1.00 on 1 box, you would have been fine. Please correct me if I’m wrong, but that’s the way I look at it.

  65. mary says:

    Born again couponer!!!
    Question – Just this week I was purchasing Coco Puffs on sale for 2/4.00. My coupon was for “save $1.00 on two” I had two coupons and I thought I would save $2.. The cashier and store manager said NO WAY I could only use one coupon. I didn’t think I was wrong, if a was please tell me, if I was right is there somewhere to get a printout to keep with me so this doesn’t happen again? I aslo called the corporate office of Shaw’s askimg them their coupon policies

    • michelle says:

      you would not be able to use 2 coupons because to use the coupon you have to buy 2. if you bought 4 boxes then you could use 2 coupons, or if the coupon use for $1 of one box. for example if i have a coupon for $1 off 24 cans of cat food, i cant use 24 coupons.

  66. Amanda says:

    I hate Walmart for this very reason. I have had to have my items rung up in multiple transactions because someone in the Treasure Valley (mainly the Nampa Idaho locations) management has told their employees that on coupon per item purchased means per transaction. It doesn’t help to argue with them they have this stuck in their heads and will not change. For example I was buying 6 All detergent and 6 electrisol tabs (all of which I had a coupon for). The manager said that I could only use 1 of each kind of coupon because it stated one coupon per item. I politely pointed out that I had but one coupon for each item. She said it meant only one coupon could be used on all 6. So frustrating. But I didn’t give in, I then separated my transactions and did 6 of them. The cashier and manager were not happy but I got what to buy the merchandise. This happened at the Nampa store by Greenhurst. (I on another occasion had this happen at the Garrity Walmart). Sometimes I wonder if stores are really want to make money and sell me items. It just makes no sense to have people working in your stores that are so under trained. Walmart is definitely horrible when it comes to couponing in my opinion.

    • Lynda says:

      Sounds like you need to tell this to Wal-Mart corporate. I suggest sending them an e-mail with this exact scenaio copy and paste it) When you get a reply print it out and carry it to the store with you and voila! Problem solved. HTH

    • Maria says:

      Here is a copy of wal-marts coupon policy. It dosen’t say per transaction it clearly says per item. I think the Wal-Mart managers need to take nother look at there policy.

      Walmart Coupon Policy

      Walmart accepts the following types of coupons (see guidelines below):

      •Manufacturer coupons (Cents Off)
      •Free merchandise (or manufacturer’s Buy-One-Get-One-Free) coupons
      •Store coupons
      •Pharmacy (Advertising and Promotional) coupons
      •Internet coupons
      •Soft drink container caps
      The following are guidelines and limits:

      •Walmart only accepts coupons for merchandise we sell and only when presented at the time of purchase.
      •Coupons should have an expiration date and be presented within the valid dates. Walmart will not accept expired coupons.
      •Internet coupons should be legible and say “Manufacturer Coupon.” There should be a valid remit address for the manufacturer and a scannable bar code.
      •Only one coupon per item is permitted.
      •Use of 40 or more coupons per transaction will require approval by Customer Service Manager

      • Gayle says:

        I know KCL tells us to always have the store coupon policy on us. I was just wondering where do we go to get the stores coupon policies?

    • Anonymous says:

      Stores should spent time training their employees how to read coupons and how to treat people, specially when now in days lot of people are using coupons to buy their groceries. We can also be prepare by reading and carrying the store coupon policy with us in case we had any problems. 8]-l-<

  67. Chad says:

    Went to Target today to do the Olay/venus razor deal. They only had 2 razors left so I got the two and two olay body washes. No problem, great deal! I had them call another Target so I could do the same thing. Drove 35 miles, one way, to find out I could only use 1 coupon. I was so pissed. I got the manager but he was no help. I even showed him the other Target receipt but he said the other store had broken store policy. Whatever. Unless there’s a screaming deal at Target I will never go again for anything.

  68. rebecca baca says:

    KCL truism: get in the line with the young male cashier. I have found that they A. don’t care how many coupons you use as long as their register takes them (and I don’t mean this to try and be tricky or dishonest, the registers are pretty smart now) or B. if they do care they usually get into the savings. More than once I have been cheered on by my young male cashier friends.

  69. Erin says:

    I have a question that is sort of related, but not really. What about when you are purchasing two items, and the coupon is $1 off the purchase of two items. Can you use two coupons? Is that doubling? Or, since they state one coupon per purchase, should you be allowed to use two? This confuses me. Any light you could shed on the topic would be great!

  70. Stina says:

    I had this EXACT same problem during the Quaker Oats sale at Albertsons! We only have two in town. The one known to be ‘coupon friendly’ was out of everything. The other one was LOADED with products so I was buying 40 (hardly a dent, I promise). When I got to the front, I showed her the coupon and she said I could only buy 5 at a time (I had a $3/5). The managers on duty had no clue what they were doing as they were managers of the back of the store…so the lead cashier got all snotty with me and said I had to go around 8 times. So I did…but I was sure pissed. It was my first experience with couponing, too. My more experienced couponing friend who brought me along was more than a little livid.

    Anyway, I’m glad to know how that should be translated and I’ll be sure to help the cashier along if it happens again.

    • Karen Gray says:

      You had to go and wait in line 8 times??? That is crazy!!! I would have told them that this is their problem and they need to figure out how to make it work without further inconveniencing you, if you are making a legal purchase (which I believe you were). It is called customer service and if you are a customer they need to service you or risk losing your business. I am sure that corporate would not approve so that would have been my first move right after you made your purchases. Remember to get names and document dates and times to provide corporate of all the details. Then give them another chance once you have done that to see if your complaint accomplished the results you wanted. Remember, you are a paying customer and as long as you remain respectful you deserve respect whether you are using coupons or not. They are not GIVING you anything! You worked hard to collect the coupons and research their sales to get the best deal you could find. Just remember, nobody likes shelf cleaners. Call ahead to reserve large quantities so others can save too. Your post said that 40 items didn’t put a dent in the stock so I see no problem with your purchase as they were prepared for big orders.

    • Karen Gray says:

      You had to go and wait in line 8 times??? That is crazy!!! I would have told them that this is their problem and they need to figure out how to make it work without further inconveniencing you, if you are making a legal purchase (which I believe you were). It is called customer service and if you are a customer they need to service you or risk losing your business. I am sure that corporate would not approve so that would have been my first move right after you made your purchases. Remember to get names and document dates and times to provide corporate of all the details. Then give them another chance once you have done that to see if your complaint accomplished the results you wanted. Remember, you are a paying customer and as long as you remain respectful you deserve respect whether you are using coupons or not. They are not GIVING you anything! You worked hard to collect the coupons and research their sales to get the best deal you could find. Just remember, nobody likes shelf cleaners. Call ahead to reserve large quantities so others can save too. Your post said that 40 items didn’t put a dent in the stock so I see no problem with your purchase as they were prepared for big orders.

  71. Stacy S. says:

    This is the problem I had at 3 Target’s this week with the Venus/Olay Coupons where you needed to buy them in one transaction to get the gift card. They refused and were rude about it. Stinks because I love Target and want to use my coupons there.

    • Joanie says:

      Corporate Target Customer Service is amazing! Next time when you’re checking out and have a problem, ask the manager to call this customer service # (800) 440-0680. They should straighten them out.

      On a side note. Target STORE coupons often DO limit one per transaction. But I know you were using manufacturer coupons if you were doing the Venus/Olay deal.

  72. Debbie says:

    This happens to me every time I go to Target. The management is snotty and condescending over it so I quit going to Target. I have never had this problem at the 4 Walmarts that I usually shop at so they get all my business now.

  73. momondealz says:

    Thanks for this post! I have had this happen several times, especially at Walmart.

  74. Connie says:

    At Walmart I had a lead cashier not accept a coupon that was buy a product get one free because I was kind enough to write in the price before I got to checkout – She said I had “altered” the coupon. I told her to check the price herself – that it was correct – but she said the coupon was altered, perhaps it had even been used before…duh – the store would have kept it. Manager agree with me!!!

  75. Laura says:

    My question…If I have a coupon that says $.80 wyb 2 can I use two coupons since there are two products? Example, I had a coupon for $1 off if you buy two boxes of kelloggs cereal. I also had a $.50 off coupon for one of the cereals. I was denied being allowed to use both at Walmart. I had to choose which coupon I wanted to use.

    • sandee says:

      you can use only one- they are both manu. coupons for the same item.

    • TT says:

      They were correct in denying your use of both coupons. When a coupon is $$/2 it means that you have to buy 2 items to get the discount, and therefore that coupon is attached to both items, not just one.

      Somewhat of an exception to this rule is when you have a BOGO coupon. Typically you can use a BOGO coupon, and also another coupon to get $$ off of the item that you are “buying” to get the other item free. I say “typically” because it does depend on the store’s coupon policy as to whether or not you can do this!

  76. Patty R says:

    Ok I have a question, are you able to use different coupons on the same item? For example, if I purchases Ranch dressing and I have a coupon I clipped from my Sunday paper, then I print a different coupon online for the same item, can I use both coupons for that one item? Or can I only use one in this case?

    • sandee says:

      Unless one is a STORE coupon- you can use only one.
      Apparently you CAN use a paper coupon combined with a coupon stored on your shopper’s card thoug.

  77. What a great post! I’m adding a direct link at the bottom of my FAQ’s page.
    Thanks!

  78. Julie says:

    Has anyone ever tried the website Coupon Carry-Out?

    http://couponcarryout.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=4&products_id=4635

    Am just wondering if it’ worth it to pay a few pennies to get the coupons for the stuff you are specifically looking for.

  79. Polly says:

    I have had this discussion with several cashiers. My two best responses are:
    1) I was an English major in college. One thing I learned to do is debate semantics. I would love to do this with you and/or your manager.
    2) I have 15 coupons for 15 items. If you want to do 15 separate transactions, let’s get started.
    Generally, it’s the older ladies at my friendly Wal Mart that give me the resistance. When I’m done with them, they just mumble “whatever…” and continue checking me out.
    I did have this conversation with a young whipersnapper asst. manager at Target once. When I was done with him, I got what I wanted, but I wasn’t satisfied. I called his manager and sent an email to corporate. Management should know better. Now when he sees me he is so very friendly and even once opened up a terminal to check me out so I wouldn’t have to wait in a long line.
    It pays to stand your ground, ladies!

  80. Brittany D. says:

    THANK YOU for addressing this issue!!! I had this problem at Safeway a few weeks ago.

  81. sandee says:

    So I get this- but stores often say that you can use the manufacturer’s coupon AND the store coupon on the same item UNLESS either coupon forbids it… this (rather common) wording seems to forbid that- but that seems contrary to the concept of being able to use both….any thoughts or clarification on this topic? thanks!

    • Joanie says:

      Sandee,

      I’d like to address this at length. It’s a great question! I’ll work up a post and get back to you!

  82. sandee says:

    Heather- were you only buying 4 boxes? If so- there was a 4 cent overage on the 2nd coupon: 4X $.99= 3.96 – $2/2= 1.96- $2/2= $-.04… the OVERAGE would make the coupon beep (they COULD adjust the coupon value down…but might not)

  83. Rebecca says:

    I just had this happen at wal-mart. I ended up having to do each transaction seperately because they would not let me do them all in the same transaction.

    • Joanie says:

      Walmart is a habitual offender! Now you know they were wrong, good luck convincing them next time. Remember, when they say, “It says one per purchase” to respond, “how many am I purchasing?”

    • margaret jablonska says:

      the same here ……it is not clear at all…….
      i always have to make separate transactions because cashiers knows it all …..and will not let 2 coupons being used …..
      so frustrating

  84. Heather says:

    I have found that my Walgreens won’t let me use the same coupon deal in the same transaction as well. I recently bought the Nabisco crackers that were .99 each, and used the 2/2 coupon. It worked great for the first two, but on the next batch it would not accept the coupon. Does it depend on the transaction as well, or is my theory bogus?

    • Tasha says:

      It didn’t work at Walgreens because you were purchasing two items that were .99 each, making the total 1.98. Your coupon was for $2/2. Walgreens register system beeps when the coupon is for more than the items you are purchasing and it is usually a hassle to get them to fix it. The options are to either key the coupon down (which the register doesn’t usually like), or for them to manually enter the prices in at 1 cent higher.

      So, to answer your question, it has nothing to do with you trying to use multiples of the same coupon :-)

      • jake says:

        you just need to use fillers (the cheepest thing in the store for instance they had little valentines day pencils for 39 cents witch would put you over your 2 dollar mark by 37 cents not bad for what you are buying!

    • Joanie says:

      Tasha and Jake, you guys rock! Thanks for helping out Heather!

  85. gippetto says:

    Thank you.. Now to further confuse us.. What does it mean when they say “One purchase per coupon per customer”?

    • Joanie says:

      I can’t think of any instances where I’ve seen this exact wording, but it’s saying the same thing as “one per purchase”.

      If the coupon says “One per transaction” or “Limit one per transaction”, this is when you’ll have to separate transactions or only use the coupon once.

      Can you tell me what coupon you’re finding that wording on? Is it a store coupon or manufacturer coupon?