Buy One, Get One Free coupons provide great savings potential and, frankly, are a lot of fun to use!  But the proper use of BOGO coupons can get confusing very quickly!  It’s often difficult to know how to best maximize your savings.  In this post I will try to share many examples to help clarify which ways you can and cannot use BOGO coupons.  Please remember that the rules surrounding how you can use these coupons will vary with every store.  Be sure the check your local store’s coupon policy.

Let’s start with the BOGO transaction in its simplest form:

Buy 2 Suave Kids Shampoo $2.00 each
Use 1 Buy One, Get One Free Manufacturer Coupon
Final Price: $1.00 each, when you buy 2 

What if the store is having a BOGO promo?

Buy 2 Suave Kids Shampoo $2.00 each

Buy One, Get One Free Store Promo
Use Buy One, Get One Free manufacturer coupon
Final Price: Both Free

You may use a BOGO manufacturer coupon with a BOGO sale, unless the store policy expressly prohibits it.  One product is free to the consumer and reimbursed by the manufacturer coupon.  The other product is also free to the consumer, from the store.  Stores who prohibit this use include:  Target, Rite Aid, Safeway (and all Safeway affiliate stores), Price Chopper and Weis.

What if you also have a BOGO coupon from the store?

Buy 2 Suave Kids Shampoo $2.00 each
Use Buy One, Get One Free store coupon
Use Buy One, Get One Free manufacturer coupon
Final: Both Free

You may use a BOGO store coupon with a BOGO manufacturer coupon, unless the store policy expressly prohibits it.  Again, one product is free to you, the consumer, from the store and the other is reimbursed by the manufacturer.  Consumer will pay any applicable sales tax on full retail price of goods.

What about Buy One, Get One 50% off?

Buy 2 Suave Kids Shampoo $2.00 each

Buy One, Get One 50% off
Use Buy One, Get One Free manufacturer coupon

Final Price: $1.00 each, when you buy 2
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Most often, the discounted item will be free after your manufacturer BOGO coupon, which, in this instance, renders the promo totally worthless.  You may be fortunate and your store will allow you to get the full-value item for free with your BOGO coupon. If you happened to have two coupons, each worth $1.00 off one Suave Kids Shampoo, they would actually be more valuable in the above sample transaction than the BOGO coupon.

Another example, since this is starting to get tricky:

Buy 4 Suave Kids Shampoo $2.00 each

Buy One, Get One Free Store Promo
Use two Buy One, Get One Free manufacturer coupons
Final Price: $1.00 each, when you buy 4

Again, you can use the 2 bogo coupons, but since the store may give you the lesser value item free, it would be no different than using the coupons without the sale.

Buy Two, Get One Free Promos

Buy 3 Suave Kids Shampoo $2.00 each

Buy Two, Get One Free Store Promo
Use Buy One, Get One Free manufacturer coupon
Final Price: $0.67 each, when you buy 3

Buy Two, Get One Free Promo + Buy Two, Get One Free Coupon

Buy 3 Suave Kids Shampoo $2.00 each

Buy Two, Get One Free Store Promo
Buy 2, Get 1 Free manufacturer coupon
Final Price: $0.67 each, when you buy 3

If you want to use a Buy 2, Get 1 Free coupon with a Buy 2, Get 1 Free sale, you must purchase at least 3 items.  If your store prohibits the use of a coupon on a free item, then you would have to purchase 4 items.

Buy One, Get One Free + Cents Off Coupon

We advise shoppers that they think of a Buy One, Get One Free manufacturer coupon in the same manner they would view a coupon worth $1.00 off the purchase of two(2) items.  You cannot use a $1.00 off 2 coupon and a $0.25 off 1 coupon on the purchase of only two products.   In the same manner, you cannot use a BOGO manufacturer coupon and a $1.00 off 1 manufacturer coupon on the purchase of two products.

Buy 2 Tampax Pearl Compak, 20 ct $5.00
Use Buy One, Get One Free manufacturer coupon
You canNOT use $1.00/1 manufacturer coupon

If you want to use a BOGO manufacturer coupon and a cents-off coupon, you must purchase an odd number of products.

Buy 3 Tampax Pearl Compak, 20 ct $5.00
Use Buy One, Get One Free manufacturer coupon
And use $1.00/1 manufacturer coupon
Final Price: $3.00 each, when you buy 3

Two Cents-Off coupons with BOGO sale

Buy 2 Tampax Pearl Compak, 20 ct $5.00
Buy One, Get One Free Store Promo
Use two $1.00/1 manufacturer coupon
Final Price: $1.50 each, when you buy 2

You may use two cents-off coupons with a BOGO promo, unless expressly prohibited in the store’s coupon policy.  Some stores, including CVS and Walgreens specifically allow this practice.  CVS policy reads, “If our store is running a sale for BOGO, you can use two manufacturer’s coupons for a specific dollar amount off.”  Walgreens policy reads, “When items are featured in a Buy One, Get One Free promotion, up to two coupons can be used against the items being purchased, as long as the net price does not go below zero for the items being purchased.”

There you have it ladies- a giant BOGO headache.  You’re welcome!  If you want to hear the info again, check out Heather’s video, below.

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215 thoughts on “BOGO Coupon Rules: How to Maximize Savings!”

  1. Melanie says:

    If the store has a buy one get one free deal, but my coupon is save $1.00 when you buy 2, can I still use that coupon? Thank you!

  2. kayla says:

    What if the store has a buy one get 2 free deal and you have a cupon for buy 2 get one free? Do you get all 3 with only tax?