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

  1. Gigi says:

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

  2. Gigi says:

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

  3. Lisa says:

    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?

    • Alison says:

      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!

  4. Alison says:

    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!

  5. Sunnyde says:

    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!

  6. Megan says:

    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?

  7. becrazy2 says:

    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.

  8. jenn says:

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

  9. Heather G says:

    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.

  10. Joni says:

    You can find Safe way’s policy regarding PRINTABLE coupons here: http://www.safeway.com/ifl/grocery/Coupons-Policy

  11. yvette says:

    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 :)

  12. yvette says:

    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 :)

  13. Chip says:

    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~

  14. TACA says:

    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

  15. Christine says:

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

  16. Dee says:

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