This week our inbox was flooded with readers who all had the same question:

Can I buy 2 items and use (1) $1.00/2 coupon and (1) $1.00/1 coupon together?

Answer: No, in order to use (1) $1.00/2 and (1) $1.00/1 coupon together, you would need to buy 3 items.

Manufacturer’s often say “Limit 1 coupon per purchase” on their coupons to make it clear that this is not allowed. You can buy 10 Shampoos (that’s 10 purchases- even if bought within the same transaction) and use 10 $1.00/1 coupons- you can not use more than that!

And to make it clear,
here is what we mean when we say we are “stacking coupons:

Stacking Coupons:  Stacking coupons refers to using both a store coupon and a manufacturer coupon on one product.  Nearly all stores will allow you to “stack”.  Still, only one manufacturer coupon may be used per item.

Make sense?

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18 thoughts on “What Does “Stacking Coupons” Mean?”

I was at Hyvee with 2 identical manufacturers coupons for a buy one get one free. I selected the 4 correct items but they wouldn’t let me use the second coupon calling it stacking. Stacking refers to multiple coupons (a store coupon and a manufacturers coupon) for the same item. I don’t feel this is stacking as I met the purchase requirements of both coupons I simply had more than one coupon for like items and used each one correctly and purchased 2 items expecting 2 free. Am I mistaken?

what if the policy is one coupon per item does that still mean that you can stack?

what if the policy is one coupon per item does that still mean that you can stack?

my local store (country mart) has philsbury grands biscuits on sale $5/5 i have a coupon $1.00/2 can i use 3 of the same coupons in one trip?

Lisa- I’m pretty new to this, but I think you can use 3 coupons, but I think you need to buy 6 Biscuits to use 3rd one. Someone please correct me if I’m wrong, because I’d like to know the answer too!

I’m new to the coupon game and I’m starting to gather coupons- one problem I need help with. I really want to focus on Target because my shopping options are limited- how often do Target coupons match with manufatcture ones? Because I don’t have one pair yet to stack!

Ok so most of the manufactures coupons say no other coupon may be used with this one. So how do you ladies get around that??? I would love to save as much money as you do but almost all of the coupons i found say this referring to the consumer =( this saddened me! i was so excited til i saw this but my local Kroger doubles coupons WHICH i did not know!! yey!

I am recently a new member of the krazy coupon crew and I was wondering if someone could explain to me the difference between a manufacture coupon and a general coupon. Also if you are going to stack coupons can you use one of each on the same item, is that what stacking means?

I work at Freds. You can use a coupon that says “Fred Meyers coupon” on it AND a manufacturers coupon but you can NOT use two coupons on one item that says “manufacturers coupon”. One HAS to be a store coupon & it will say the stores name on it, not “manufacturers coupon”. Hope this helps.

could you explain stacking using catalinas and store-exclusive coupons…with each other and with man. coupons? i am totally confused about this.

The Rite Aid near me will not allow stacking, because their in ad coupons say manufacturers coupon…even though it says right there in the ad to stack it with a “coupon found in most Sunday papers”. ??? Is this correct.

Thank you so much KCL!
I went to a grocery store where they actually let me do it so I tried it at another location (same grocery store just a different location) and they said I was unable to do so. I was unclear so thanks for responding!

I love your site <3 :)

Thank you so much KCL!
I went to a grocery store where they actually let me do it so I tried it at another location (same grocery store just a different location) and they said I was unable to do so. I was unclear so thanks for responding!

I love your site <3 :)

Thanks for explaining that. It is very helpful. Does anyone know where I might find corporate coupon policies for Albertson’s, Safeway and Fred Meyers? I would like to carry them with me when I shop. I already have the Target one. Thanks~

I WOULD LOVE TO GO TO EACH GROCERY STORE AND SHOW THE MANAGE THE COUPON RULES. LIKE STACKING COUPON AND ONE PER PURCHASE/PER TRANSACTION

Can you use a buy one get one free then use $1.00 one? Two coupons two item, is this ok?

My local store (King Kullen) that double now say they only accept two internet coupons. :-(