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BOGO Coupon Rules: How to Maximize Savings!

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

  1. Mollie says:

    I have a b1g1 Reese’s coupon and my store promo is b2g2 so is it still the same as b1g1 promo !?

  2. Lucy Aguilar says:

    Can you combine a Pantene BOGO with a Pantene $3/1?

  3. Thank you for explaining this as I plan my shopping trip. ;)

  4. Becky Anderson says:

    Ok so I have a coupon that says, “save $2.00 on chicken when you buy any 2 of the following Kraft products” so can I use coupons on the Kraft items? The fine print does not state a limit of coupons or one coupon per purchase or anything. Thanks for the help!

  5. BB says:

    Hi! my question is if a coupon says save $1.25 on any three (3) campbells microwaveable bowls or soup on the go cups….does it mean I have a choice of purchasing any kind of one Campbell soup to get the $1.25 off coupon or I have to purchase three to get the $1.25 off coupon?

  6. mawmaw1 says:

    I am new at this, I am trying but get frustrated I think I try to hard and get overwhelmed, but if a store is have 10 for 10 sale, do I use one coupon or do use 10 coupons to get them free?

  7. Kristina says:

    I have a question. I am new to this but I see walgreens has a sale right now on Purex (if you have the balance card) and it is b1g2 free, I have 4 coupons 1.00/2 on any purex. How would I go about using the right amount of and all?

    Thanks!

  8. Anonymous says:

    Today I was in CVS and used my BOGO free coupons on Head n Shoulders shampoo. They had it 3/10.00 and my BOGO had me buying 4 walked out of there with my other coupons for a savings of 29.00 !!! I love to shop like that.. It was like getting a free shopping spree lol

  9. Rachel Ann Salenga says:

    how does this work im confused….how are they 0.62 each but a final price of $3.09

    Gillette Daisy 3 Disposable Razor, 5 ct $6.18
    Use B1G1 Free Gillette Female Disposable Razor, up to $11.99, Limit 4 like coupons per household per day from RP 8/4 (exp 8/31)
    Final Price: $3.09 each, when you buy 2, or $0.62 each

    plssss help

  10. j3plusme says:

    What if you have BOGO manufacturers coupon and 1/2 store coupons, can you combine those. Target allows 1 store coupon and 1 mq. Will that work?

  11. Jessica says:

    Thank you for clearing that up for me!

  12. FD says:

    have a little compassion, they deal with people stealing all the time..I agree with being assertive and not walking away, but the cashier is not out to get you..they just aren’t educated on the issue..

  13. Christina says:

    I tried using a BOGO coupon at Walmart. It was for Buy one schick disposable razor pack get one free up to 10.50. It liste the exclusions. There was also a pic of 6 types of disposable packs. My coupon did not work because the pack I bought did not match any of the ones in the pic, despite meeting the written criteria. The only difference was that my package coloring was green due to the razors having aloe. Walmart’s policy does say coupons must match exactly including size, quantity, brand and color. But I cannot believe that this is what Schick intended. I mean why list any exclusions at all if you can only buy the ones listed in the picture anyway. I was also told that if the packs had a bonus razor they would not work. Which isn’t listed as an exclusion either or on their policy. Half of the coupons I try to use at Walmart are rejected even if they do match exactly. So I decided to grab 2 of the packs in the picture and guess what? The coupon still didn’t work. If the coupon says up to $10.50, does that mean you can’t use it if the total exceeds that or that the difference will have to be paid for?

  14. Okay I have a buy one clariol natural instincts get one Pantene product free! Can I also use the 2$ off one clariol product coupon so I’m getting the Pantene for free and the clariol for only a $1!

  15. I need help in this scenario. What if the store is having a BOGO promo and I have a coupon for 2.00 off 2. Can I use the coupon with the BOGO promo?

  16. c says:

    They let me do BOGO and cents off coupon at kmart. I didn’t know it was wrong. I won’t do it again, if it is wrong. But I asked the cashier if I could, and she said yes. And she knew what she was doing because she got me through the line with 10 coupons in about 5 minutes.

  17. mvcl says:

    How can I find when coupons double?

  18. thrifymom says:

    how does this work with publix BOGO ads? say they are having a bogo for peanut butter, 2 for $3.00. each one will ring up $1.50. i also have a bogo manufacturer coupon for this item. your example above says they will both be free. but when the coupon scans, its going to ask the cashier how much the product is worth, typing in the half value of 1.50. so i still have to pay atleast 1.50, not both for free. am i wrong?

  19. I went to Walmart today to use the buy 1 get 1 free on the Pantene. I also had a $2.00 off 2 pantene products. I bought 4 shampoo and got 4 conditioners free. When I tried to use the $ 2 off 2 Pantene products, which would have been 1.00 of each of the full price shampoos I purchased I was told it wasn’t allowed. Is this true?

  20. keenumt says:

    I need clarification please……First, if I have a MQ B1G1, can I use 2 MQ + B1G1 together? Second, if I have MQ for B1GOther item, can I use MQ for B1 item also? Please help

  21. Just to make all aware……Walmart will honor some price matches even if not clearly priced you just may have to talk to a supervisor. One day I attempted to get Walmart to honor a buy 1 24 oz. Pepsi 6 packs Get 2 Free. At first they would not honor it due to the fact it said ” Save 17.97/3 “. They stated that it did not list the individual price of each six pack. I simply told them that it did……$17.97 divided by 3 = the price of 1. They computed the price difference per six pack and offered me a discounted price per 6 pack purchased up to competitors maximum of 5 specials( 15 6 packs!!). I think I paid $2.40 each versus $4.48 each for a total savings of!!!!……………..$31.20. Just took a little patience while the multiple managers discussed how to make it work. I love Walmart!

  22. nichole says:

    ok, i have a BOGO free coupon for bic razors up to 7.49….at walmart the razors are 6.50…ok, so how do I get them both free? or do I? how would you use these coupons to get the maximum deal? thank you

  23. Nichole Blair says:

    So confused!! I have a buy one get one free razor coupon worth up to 7.49 $. Ok the razors are 6.45 each package. How do I work this out to get free or very little. Please help

  24. aemendias says:

    I’m new to KCL and after reading about BOGO, I have to say I’m stumped on the lingo regarding “cents-off” coupons. What does this mean?

  25. effalent1 says:

    Help….!
    I have a buy 10 powerade get 5 free, Publix coupon, plus buy 10/5free Mfc
    Can I use them both in the same transaction?
    If so how many bottles of powerade would I get? :-)

  26. Ana says:

    quick question becuase im kind of lost with this coupon on how to use at target
    Target coupon – get one M&M’s brand chocolate candies Snack mix (8 oz.) Free when you buy any two (2) M&M’s brand chocolate candies (9.9 oz. or larger)
    Manufacture coupon states the same how would I go about Using these

  27. Ambreen Mian says:

    Often times the stores have a buy 1 get one 50% off sale on makeup How do I maximize my savings for that? For example: Rite Aid is having that sale & there are covergirl makeup coupons available like save $3 when you buy 2. Can somone help me? Also I don’t understand +Up rewards. Do they expire? I live in Canada so I have limited access to coupons & can’t go frequently.

  28. Brian Bittshlapp Fisher says:

    I really think I could get the hang of all of this with some practice

  29. Penni says:

    OK, how about it I have a MC for buy glade oil diffuser REFIll, get starter kit free and a tartget coupon for $5 off a starter kit.  Can I stack these?  I am new to this :-)

  30. Bhargett08 says:

    I’m new to this & a little confused about this BOGO process, as many are. My local store has a BOGO FREE promo & I have a $1.00/2 Manu coupon. How would I work this deal?

  31. Shytown22 says:

    Where do you find the bogo coupons at?

  32. Anonymous says:

    can i use the 2 bogo pantene and 1 coupon buy 2 and take $3  ? if a buy 4 pantene

  33. Anonymous says:

    I have a coupon that says “Buy 1 Febreze Noticeables Refill, Get 1 Febreze Warmer Free” and a coupon that is for “$0.50 off one Febreze Noticeables Refill”….Can these coupons be combined so that if for example the Refill is $1.50 I could get one Refill and one Warmer for a total cost of $1.00??? Thanks

  34. i’m sorry i have to say i think you have confused some of your readers even more. they miss read your post becuz i was going to thank you for clarifing the proper use of the BOGO coupons but after reading some of the readers post they did not get the same enterpretation. Simply put: YOU CAN NOT USE ANY OTHER MAUFACTER COUPON WITH A BOGO COUPON!

  35. Anonymous says:

    Can you please help me out with this scenario?

    I have a BOGOF MQ for Pantene, I also have a buy two get $2.00 off peelie…

    Can I make this work?

  36. does anyone know if walmart allows admatch price plus a manufacturer’s coupon

  37. Anonymous says:

    these bogo are crazy to understand for me.. so if i have a a buy one get free coupon for playtex  and i have a  playtex coupon $1 off coupon to maxium my coupon i need to buy three boxes ? 2 for the buyone get one and one for the 1 off ?

  38. Anonymous says:

    i have a question re: the value of the bogo coupon. my understanding is there is always a value listed on the item you are getting for free, i.e. buy 3 caprisun and get 1 free, up to $2.60 value. does the store always use the full value of the coupon or so they adjust the price to what you’re paying for it? For example, i went to walmart, picked up 4 caprisun at $2.48 each for the bogo coupon. When i got the reciept, all for caprisun was correctly rung up for $2.48 each, but I noticed the coupon had scanned for -$2.60, the full value of the coupon instead of what I paid for, which was $2.48. I have no complaints at all because basically I got an extra 12cents applied to my basket purchase, but I just wanted to understand how it works. I also went to CVS, had 2, buy 1 get 1 free on hormel compleats meal, value up to $2.29. But they had some on clearance for 66cents each. I picked up 6 at 66cents each, figuring I could use my 2 bogo coupons on 4, and just pay 66cents for the other 2. But when I got the total at the register, everything came out to be free??? why is that??? Is it really due to the full value of the coupon??? Is my understanding that the store will and can get the full value of the manufacture coupons right? or do they really adjust it down to what I’m really paying for it and i should have paid something for it??? it’s so confusing!

    • it depends on the store. becuz the coupon says “up to” that amount. if they do it correctly it should be the price the item rings up for, but if you have a lot of items you purchased and alot of coupons some cashiers get lazy and don’t want to look through the transaction to see how much it was so they just type in the amout on the coupon. in other words its a bonus when you get the full price on the coupon, don’t Expect it everytime though.

  39. issabbell22 says:

    im new to this couponing thing I have a coupon for Buy one vicks product and get puffs tissue free and i also have a coupon for $2.00 off a Vicks product can i use both these coupons on one product in the same transaction?

    • no, the first coupon requires you to purchase those 2 items to use that coupon therefore you can not use another coupon on those same 2 items. It’s as if it say $ off of 2.

  40. Anonymous says:

    The other day on another site they posted an awsome deal for olay products.  Deal was to buy 4 olay body washes and 4 olay face cleansers.  You would then use (4) buy one cleanser get a wash for free coupons, (2) store coupons for the cleansers, and finally (2) manu coupons on the cleansers.  So of course I promptly went out and made the purchase.  However when I got home I really started to wonder if what I did was ligit.  So of course I promptly refered to this site and found this posting.  After reading the post and all of its comments I was still confused.  The ladies say not to use a manu coupon with a bogo coupon but so many others posted that they do.  So I decided to go to the source… the manufacture.  I emailed them the deal and asked what their position was and they replied “The use of multiple coupons would be determined by the store.   Some stores
    allow more than one coupon to be used on a purchase.”  I found this to be very interesting and wanted to share.  This is only P&G’s response so now I wonder what others might say. 

  41. Kristen Root says:

    Can I get a raincheck for BOGO sales?

    • Erin Tanner says:

      I know that publix will issue rainchecks for BOGO sales.  I purchased some energy drinks and they ran out before I got as many as I wanted and they had no problem issuing us rainchecks for the amount we originally wanted to purchase.

  42. Anonymous says:

    I am into my third week of couponing, so I’m here reading and learning to increase my knowledge. KCL is about the best site thus far I have ran across, and I have enjoyed my solitude this morning reading posts and comments, until now. The majority of these comments are all repetitive and could be eliminated if one were to take the time to RE-READ the examples outlined at the beginning of this post. However, aside from that, the comment presented to us by nowgimmesome above stood out the most to me.  From your post I can tell that you, like myself, actually read most if not all of the comments from other users. Also that you have spent time researching this site like myself and others. As well as, it is most gratifying to read something grammatically wholesome. It is a shame that no-one else has appreciated your input. Well done and thank you.

  43. Anonymous says:

    My store currently has a buy 3 get 3 free on cereal, each box is $1.50 each.  I have 3 coupons that are $1 off of 2 boxes.  My question is can I use 3 coupons since I’m purchasing a total of 6 items or can I only use 1 since I’m only paying for 3 items.  I’m new to couponing and have never had this scenario before.

  44. Anonymous says:

    OMG I thing my brain is going to crash. That’s alot to soak up as a coupon virgin…

  45. Anonymous says:

    Is this a typo? It’s under the BOGO 50% store promo section but it says BOGO free store promo. In this case, shouldn’t all 4 items be free?

    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

  46. I am wondering how a deal is going to work out. The store is having a buy 2 get 2 free deal and I have a b1g1 free man. coupon. How can I maxamize this deal?! Thank you!!

  47. the coupons we print online, like “a dollar off”, can it be used multiple times in one item?

  48. Anonymous says:

    Ugh….bear with me….so went to target where. I had a b1g1 free coupon for skinny cow candy @ $3.99 also as advertised. In target buy 2 skinny cow get snackwell’s free@$2.99 it shows it took off my coupon + the free snackwells then how is the subtotal $10.97

  49. Anonymous says:

    Ugh….bear with me….so went to target where. I had a b1g1 free coupon for skinny cow candy @ $3.99ea also as advertised In target buy 2 skinny cow get snackwell’s free@$2.99 it shows it took$3.99 off my coupon + the free snackwells then how is the subtotal $10.97 and how did i wind up paying $7.98 when it should have been $3.99

  50. Anonymous says:

    Question: Safeway has Progresso soup Buy 2 Get 2 free. I have a coupon for buy 4 safe a $1.00. Can I use this along with the sale and get a better deal?

  51. Anonymous says:

    Can you use two of the same manufacturer coupons on one product? For example: buy one air wick candle, get $2 off.

  52. If anyone can help me figure this out i’d appreciate it at Rite Aid they mailed me a cpn for a free hair dye this week they are having a b1get50% and I have a -$3 mfgcpn as well can I use both cpns? and if so will they give me the 50% item as free and charge me full price for the other one ?

  53. you can use 1 coupon that states -.75/2 it means -.75 off when you purchase two items if you were purchasing 4 items then it would be ok

  54. Tena Fisher says:

    i just started using coupons but I still need a lot of help. Please help ladies.. Tena

  55. I just returned from the store and the cashier returned my printed coupons. They printed with an S on them and the cashier said they were copies but they are not. I printed them and all the coupons printed the same way. Can you help me clarify what is going on please.
    Thanks,
    Z

  56. Anonymous says:

    Forgive my ignorance, but I am wanting to use a mfc that states $3.00 off a Butterball turkey WYB 4 products listed on the coupon. My question is, can I ALSO use a coupon(s) on the four products I have to purchase in order to get the discount on the turkey? For example, I would use 4 Pillsbury coupons for $.25 off of four cans of Pillsbury bread, and use the Butterball Turkey coupon and get $3.00 off the turkey as well. Thanks for any help!

  57. Sam Picker says:

    hi, i have been reading how to use coupons.. i get how to use the coupons. the only thing i dont understand is how many coupons can i use for an item. for exp if i get a bag of pampers for 5dollors do i need to use at least 5 coupons of 1dollor off??

  58. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for the great post.

  59. So there is currently coupons out for $1.00 of a tub of I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter… There is also a coupon for free bread if you buy 2 tubs of I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter… Can you use 2 of the $1.00 off coupons AND the free bread coupon?

  60. WOW! This is a lot harder than I thought it was going to be.. so many rules! HAhah Thank you for taking the time to clear this all up for us. <3

  61. What happens with the BOGO on double coupon days? Will both be free?

  62. Anonymous says:

    couldn’t you use two b1g1 coupons and get just items free?

  63. Anonymous says:

    I was at Walmart this week and bought 4 bags of cheetos. I price-matched another store for bogofree. Then I used 2 coupons for buy 2 cheetos/fritos and get $1 off. I also wanted to use a coupon for buy 2 fritos/cheetos, get 1 free diet pepsi max. The cashier called over 2 managers and they both said I couldn’t use the coupon to get the free pepsi if I used the coupon for $1 off 2 cheetos. They said that you couldn’t use 2 coupons that are for the same manufacture. I think they were wrong, because pepsi is not the same as cheetos. Someone tell me who is right please.

    • I did a similar deal and had no problems. Except I used the $1 off of Tostitos if you buy the dip. Then used the free pepsi since I bought the chips. I’ll have to look what the coupon said again.

  64. Anonymous says:

    Question: I have a B1G1 manufacturer coupon for Suave, a Rite Aid video value coupon for $2 off 2, and a cents off 2 manufacturer coupon. At Rite Aid, can I use the B1G1 and the $2 off 2 or will they consider that I’m only purchasing one item with the B1G1? I think I should be able to use the B1G1 and the $2 off 2 Rite Aid video value coupon. And I think if I wanted to use also the cents off on 2 coupon, I would have to purchase 3 products. What do you think?

    • Anonymous says:

      Answering my own question. I used the B2G1 and the video value coupon of $2 of 2. Plus with the 10% discount I get on my Wellness card, it turned out to be about .15 cents for both a Suave Professionals shampoo and conditioner.

  65. Anonymous says:

    How about in this situation:
    Store promotion of Popcorn Fish buy one, get one free
    I have 2 manufacturers coupon for buy 1 Popcorn Shrimp (different product) get $5 of Popcorn Fish (same product as store promotion).

    Does that mean If i purchase 2 bags of popcorn shrimp, i can get $10 off of the already free 2 bags of popcorn fish?

  66. Lori Pifer says:

    I want to thank you so much for all the time you have put into this! This website is VERY HELPFUL and TONS of knowledge. I can’t believe your sharing your secrets, it is the most thoughtful thing I think anyone can do for stay at home moms everywhere! Lori,PA

  67. I spent all this time reading the coupons thing I could not get it, so confusing. I really want to do this but I can’t get it, help me couponers!

  68. This is what Walgreens coupon policy states about BOGO:

    Buy One, Get One Free Coupons
    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.
    Sales tax must be paid for any Buy One, Get One Free coupon offers, if required by applicable state laws.

    I asked the sales rep for an explanation in my store. She read the policy over and then told me that it means that I can only use one BOGO coupon when they advertise a BOGO promotion where they offer the free product but that I can use two BOGO coupons any other time. So I bought two papers and got 2 Tresseme shampoo or conditioner products and two Tresseme styling products and paid tax only using two BOGO coupons for each. I paid 1.96 for tax. Something seems wrong about this. Did the sales rep. tell me correctly? If so, I have lots more of those BOGO coupons from the week before last Sunday inserts.

  69. Anonymous says:

    What about this….. I have a manufactures coupon for one free suave product. Can I use that with a BOGO on any Suave product and get them both free?

  70. Guest says:

    I have a question. I got a coupon for one free Suave product. I also have a buy one get one free Suave product coupn. Can I use both so that I get both items free?

  71. Anonymous says:

    i dont understand why u CANNOT use a bogo free and 1off on the tampons. y can u not save money on the one u are buying(product 1)? help?

    • Chyrl Duggan says:

      At CVS You can use the buy one get one free AND the $1 off coupons. I just did it today. As a matter of fact you can use $1/1 on each box plus the b1g1 coupon. Our CVS’s around here let us do it. Kroger, however, can be different. Their policy seems to differ depending on the cashier. Kroger does allow the use of a b1g1 manufacturer coupon layered with a b1g1 store sale so both items are free. Walmart just doesn’t let you use two $ off coupons with a B1G1 coupon. Just one per b1g1 coupon. OMG I think I just confused myself. lol

  72. Anonymous says:

    this might sound like i stupid question but i think i read somewhere you can use two bogo coupons when buying two products so they would both be free is this wrong?

  73. Anonymous says:

    this might sound like i stupid question but i think i read somewhere you can use two bogo coupons when buying two products so they would both be free is this wrong?

  74. Anonymous says:

    this might sound like i stupid question but i think i read somewhere you can use two bogo coupons when buying two products so they would both be free is this wrong?

  75. Anonymous says:

    this might sound like i stupid question but i think i read somewhere you can use two bogo coupons when buying two products so they would both be free is this wrong?

    • Jackie Davis says:

      yes, the only time you can use (2) bogos is if there is a store coupon for bogo and a manufacturer coupon for bogo, then they can be combined to get 2 free products. OR if the store is running a sale bogo and you have a bogo coupon, both items would be free unless that stores policy prohibits it.

      • Anonymous says:

        thank you! my next question is can you use one BOGO on just one product and get it 50% off? i read that in the same place i read you can use 2 BOGO.

      • Anonymous says:

        thank you! my next question is can you use one BOGO on just one product and get it 50% off? i read that in the same place i read you can use 2 BOGO.

  76. Anonymous says:

    this might sound like i stupid question but i think i read somewhere you can use two bogo coupons when buying two products so they would both be free is this wrong?

  77. Anonymous says:

    this might sound like i stupid question but i think i read somewhere you can use two bogo coupons when buying two products so they would both be free is this wrong?

  78. Jackie Davis says:

    OKay, now this confuses me even more. You state that you can NOT use a BOGO coupon and a cents off coupon on only two items, when looking back at a post you used to have in the beginners section said that you should be able to do this. I have been teaching my coupon class this principal stating that the bogo coupon attaches to the free item and the cents off coupon attaches to the “buy this” item. So now you are saying we should not be doing this?

    • Anonymous says:

      Jackie, Coupon policies are changing and we have also changed what practices we advocate. We would urge you to adjust what you are teaching as well. Thanks!

  79. Alicia says:

    someone help please LOL i have the B1G1FREE suave kids coupons then i have a .40 cents off coupon EACH also i am gonna price match CVS the 3/$5.00 on any suave product how much should my total be and what coupons d0 i use? thanks in advance

    • Jackie Davis says:

      according to the above rules here is what it would look like: Price match CVS 3/$5 Suave kids shampoo then use (1) B1G1F coupon and (1) $.40/1 coupon bringing your total down to $2.94 or $.98/each. previously I would have told you though to use (1) B1G1F and (2) $.40/1 making your total $2.54 or $.85/ea, but according to the rules, the B1G1F will attach to 2 of the 3 shampoos you are buying instead of just 1. SO, this kinda sucks, but there’s your scenario laid out…

  80. SORRY! I just found it in the post! :)

  81. I have a problem with this.. I have a buy 2 get one free mf q for M&M mars single bar. CVS has a buy 2 get one free sale. I get very confused on what will happen in this case..how many to buy?! Thanks!

  82. Becky says:

    I’m guessing when I went on my CVS shopping trip the other day when I bought 2 boxes of Tampax, I used the BOGO and the dollar off of one coupon, and that shouldn’t have been allowed?

    • Anonymous says:

      Becky, that is correct. Remember to think of the BOGO coupon sort of like $1.00/2 coupon. When purchasing two products, you can only use one BOGO or one $1.00/2.

  83. Quick question… If a store has an item on sale BOGO, can I use a $2 off 2 coupon?

    • Anonymous says:

      Jessica, using a $2.00 off 2 coupon during a BOGO sale is the same as using two coupons for $1.00 off 1. If your store coupon policy allows you to use a coupon on the ‘free’ item, then it will be allowed. Otherwise, it will not.

  84. Couponstafoya says:

    Hi there……Tell me if i was wrong or the store was wrong please: I went to Albertson’s and had a buy one old spice deodorant and get a Free Old spice body wash…..i tried to combine it with a .50 off old spice body wash coupon…..The lady sd i couldn’t use the extra coupon because it was for the free item…..Is that true?

  85. Jamie Dunson says:

    Atleast, my CVS manager agreed to being able to use a bogo and a manufacturer coupon. But your right Walgreens does stink in this area.

  86. Jamie Dunson says:

    Atleast, my CVS manager agreed to being able to use a bogo and a manufacturer coupon. But your right Walgreens does stink in this area.

  87. Cmtreas says:

    That make more since now…. and w/ others comments on if the stores not letting u buy all at one time, I’d say make Ur purchase take it to the car and go back in or have a friend help u…I did that all the time for a friend of the family she. It was that u can only purchase so many…

  88. Cmtreas says:

    That make more since now…. and w/ others comments on if the stores not letting u buy all at one time, I’d say make Ur purchase take it to the car and go back in or have a friend help u…I did that all the time for a friend of the family she. It was that u can only purchase so many…

  89. Vclark551 says:

    I was a little confused about the B1G1. I went to the store yesterday Bi-Lo, they had a number of B1G1 deals…which is great, I just got confused. I had coupons for the bogo’s but It seems as thought I was losing money. I was discouraged.

  90. Tammy says:

    My local CVS have B2G1 on Met-Rx bar and I have BOGO coupon. If I were to use the coupon, do I pay for one and get 2 off? I am confused.

  91. Mdubb82181 says:

    Just remember that some grocery store systems are set up a little funny and require you to use the manufacturer coupon before the BOGO coupon. As a manager, I just learned that our system is one of these.

  92. Mommy4 says:

    i typically use a lot of coupons, so if I am doing a bogo or two with another coupon on my purchased item I just seperate them in my pile usually they dont notice, so there is no need to have a debate…. plus i love when the store puts the item on sale for a bogo and i have a coupon of $2 0r more off…those are wonderful scores!!! happy shopping :)

  93. Pagan Witch says:

    I got Ball Park Franks for 49 cents a pkg at my local while they were having a BOGO @ 3.98 a pkg. My mfr coupon was a 75 cent doubler. I had four coupons and paid 49 cents for each package! NO brainer here! The one problem I did run into .. was a limit of 4 per specific product on doublers at the register. (My other items) I had to go to the service desk for a refund on coupons that did not double. ~Noobie Couponer~

  94. Pagan Witch says:

    I got Ball Park Franks for 49 cents a pkg at my local while they were having a BOGO @ 3.98 a pkg. My mfr coupon was a 75 cent doubler. I had four coupons and paid 49 cents for each package! NO brainer here! The one problem I did run into .. was a limit of 4 per specific product on doublers at the register. (My other items) I had to go to the service desk for a refund on coupons that did not double. ~Noobie Couponer~

  95. Ttlsunlover says:

    Ok. I am wondering how it works if the store has a sale for BOGO on an item and you have a manufactures coupon for BOGO. Does that mean both are free? How does that all figure/work out?

    Thanks,
    Lori

  96. Ttlsunlover says:

    Ok. I am wondering how it works if the store has a sale for BOGO on an item and you have a manufactures coupon for BOGO. Does that mean both are free? How does that all figure/work out?

    Thanks,
    Lori

    • Couponlady says:

      BOGO’S can be very confusing, but the scenario at the top of the page is pretty much how it works. If you have a BOGO for let’s say Nivea lotion, and you have a mfr’s coupon, you can use both of them for a total of 2 coupons. You can’t use a BOGO and 2 mfr’s coupons ( or, at least you’re not supposed to use 2) because you’d be getting money off the 2nd (free) item and store’s don’t really like to do this.

      It’s getting harder and harder to stack coupons and because the economy isn’t springing back as quickly as the store’s would like, some of them are altering their coupon policies to try to keep from losing a lot of money to couponers, both regular and extreme.

      Hope this helps.

    • Couponlady says:

      BOGO’S can be very confusing, but the scenario at the top of the page is pretty much how it works. If you have a BOGO for let’s say Nivea lotion, and you have a mfr’s coupon, you can use both of them for a total of 2 coupons. You can’t use a BOGO and 2 mfr’s coupons ( or, at least you’re not supposed to use 2) because you’d be getting money off the 2nd (free) item and store’s don’t really like to do this.

      It’s getting harder and harder to stack coupons and because the economy isn’t springing back as quickly as the store’s would like, some of them are altering their coupon policies to try to keep from losing a lot of money to couponers, both regular and extreme.

      Hope this helps.

  97. Spencerlearningacad says:

    My Walgreens would not let me do the BOGO manufacturer’s coupon along with another coupon. I tried to explain but they didn’t understand. I still got a very good deal but not like I was expecting. I may have to try my other Walgreens in town. This is all a learning experience. Getting burned a little trying to figure it all out but still saving a lot that keeps me wanting to learn MORE!!

    • Gen3camaro88 says:

      I have the same problem at walgreens, It’s very fustrating when they dont understand.

    • Gen3camaro88 says:

      I have the same problem at walgreens, It’s very fustrating when they dont understand.

  98. Couponstafoya says:

    btw my question below…..they are both manufacture coupons

  99. Couponstafoya says:

    if i have 2 bogo coupons… can i use both of them to buy the 2 items and get them free? or do i have to buy 4 items?

  100. Tonya_gore says:

    Sorry ment BOGO

  101. Tonya_gore says:

    Sorry ment BOGO

  102. Tonya_gore says:

    Sorry ment BOGO

  103. Tonya_gore says:

    So if the store has NOVO and I have coupons for $$ off can I use one for each item even though one is free

  104. Lil says:

    Can anyone give the example for the BOGO 1/2 Price scenerio?

    • Wendy says:

      So here’s an update. I called Albertson’s and asked if the store was running a buy one get one free sale for an item (let’s say for example cake mix) and I happen to have a buy one get one free item for the cake mix, do I pay anything out of pocket? Or do they cancel each other out? I asked the customer service lady from the 800 number on their website and the lady I spoke with said that you would have to buy two to get the other two free, even with the deal. Am I missing something here? Did I read the last scenario wrong? HELP!! I’m still a bit of a coupon beginner.

    • Wendy says:

      So here’s an update. I called Albertson’s and asked if the store was running a buy one get one free sale for an item (let’s say for example cake mix) and I happen to have a buy one get one free item for the cake mix, do I pay anything out of pocket? Or do they cancel each other out? I asked the customer service lady from the 800 number on their website and the lady I spoke with said that you would have to buy two to get the other two free, even with the deal. Am I missing something here? Did I read the last scenario wrong? HELP!! I’m still a bit of a coupon beginner.

    • Wendy says:

      So here’s an update. I called Albertson’s and asked if the store was running a buy one get one free sale for an item (let’s say for example cake mix) and I happen to have a buy one get one free item for the cake mix, do I pay anything out of pocket? Or do they cancel each other out? I asked the customer service lady from the 800 number on their website and the lady I spoke with said that you would have to buy two to get the other two free, even with the deal. Am I missing something here? Did I read the last scenario wrong? HELP!! I’m still a bit of a coupon beginner.

  105. kylie says:

    Where do you get all these cupons?

  106. Brittany says:

    Walmart (lumberton) allows 1 bogo coupon for each item. So get both free, i tryed it on the whiskas tray cat food and got all 6 free( useing 6 coupons) and got overage. I tryed it at 2 other stores and they didnt but walmart did. She said because the coupon says i coupon per item that i could use one for each.

  107. Tanya says:

    This really helps, I found a BOGO coupon for NIVEA bodywash it was buy 2 get 1 free and i also had a $1/1 coupon (on top of that i had a rain chk for the body wash that was 3.88 frm a previous sale. so…i bought 2 body washes at 3.88 ea and i got an extra one for free and i stacked a $1 coupon, so one of those bdy wsh was actually 2.88 in all (because i had a rain chk for 4 and 2 b2g1 free coupons) i got 6 nivea body washes for 13.52 so each of them was 2.25…and that body wash on a usual is very expensive. Couponing has allowed me to use products that I would nvr buy because I thought they were expensive, products like Nivea, Neutrogena, makeup like Loreall, Maybeline,Rimmel London, now i have turned into a bodywash, laundry soap, toilet paper and towell paper maniac this is wht i lk to stockpile….i still dont go crazy like the extreme couponers but i enjoy saving abt $20 at a time(not 80-90% im still learning), and shopping at the drugstore is i get great savings too….My husband is not much of a believer but i will keep using coupons whnever i can and refuse to pay full price when i dont have to. I really like your site thanks for taking your time to explain.

  108. Tanya says:

    This really helps, I found a BOGO coupon for NIVEA bodywash it was buy 2 get 1 free and i also had a $1/1 coupon (on top of that i had a rain chk for the body wash that was 3.88 frm a previous sale. so…i bought 2 body washes at 3.88 ea and i got an extra one for free and i stacked a $1 coupon, so one of those bdy wsh was actually 2.88 in all (because i had a rain chk for 4 and 2 b2g1 free coupons) i got 6 nivea body washes for 13.52 so each of them was 2.25…and that body wash on a usual is very expensive. Couponing has allowed me to use products that I would nvr buy because I thought they were expensive, products like Nivea, Neutrogena, makeup like Loreall, Maybeline,Rimmel London, now i have turned into a bodywash, laundry soap, toilet paper and towell paper maniac this is wht i lk to stockpile….i still dont go crazy like the extreme couponers but i enjoy saving abt $20 at a time(not 80-90% im still learning), and shopping at the drugstore is i get great savings too….My husband is not much of a believer but i will keep using coupons whnever i can and refuse to pay full price when i dont have to. I really like your site thanks for taking your time to explain.

  109. Eksavingwithcoupons says:

    Thanks I have had a hard time figuring out this process, But I am going to give it a go this weekend.

  110. Nulife512 says:

    Okay, I get it. I have two coupons that says Buy 1 razor get 1 body lotion free. The store also have a deal that says Buy 1 razor get 1 half off. I also have two coupons that say $2.00 off one razor. So when I go to buy this item, I’m going to buy 1 razor and get a free lotion then turn around and get the the second razor for half off. I then can put my $2.00 coupon towards the second razor. Not to confuse the cashier I would recommend breaking down the transactions.

  111. Rachael says:

    In scenario 2 (where you buy 4 items), can you use 2 BOGO coupons AND 2 $1.00/2? Or can you only use 1 $1.00/2 because you technically are only paying for two (and the other two are free)? Thanks!

  112. Rachael says:

    In scenario 2 (where you buy 4 items), can you use 2 BOGO coupons AND 2 $1.00/2? Or can you only use 1 $1.00/2 because you technically are only paying for two (and the other two are free)? Thanks!

  113. Melissa says:

    Ok, I read all the comments. Now hopefully my theory will help. I worked as a cashier for 11 yrs. Granted coupons confused me then and they still do. However, I’ve been thinkin about the b1g1 free deal.. If the store is having a b1g1 sale it is ok to use a manufature coupon with it for one of the items. Because the computer rings the second item for free you can not use 2 coupons. If they rang the item up as half the amount then you could. Hopefully that helps some. Good luck everyone. I am new at couponing myself. I cant wait to get my subscription to my newspaper so I can too start stockpileing.

  114. Angela says:

    So if you have a BOGO scenario – if you only bought one instead of the two, would you get half off just the one? (hope this makes sense)…

  115. lorie says:

    ok this bogo thing. it looks like in the example aboe we are using 1 manuf. coup. and 1 store coupon. can you use two manuf. coupons on two items. i know you cant use more than one, but for example. if i had 1 manuf. coup. that said $1 dollar off of milk and another manuf. coupon that sais buy one milk get one free. if i were to buy 2 milk can i use both those coupons?

  116. Bethany says:

    What if a store is just running a b1g1 sale on an item (no store coupon needed because it’s just the sale they’re running), can you use two manufacture coupons on the two items, even though one is “free”?

  117. Amy says:

    Hi I have a question. I was reading about the BOGO coupons on this website and saw the examples that were given to use two coupons for the almond milk. I thought that a person could not use two manfacturer coupons for any item. Like it shows that with the Buy one Get one free coupon in addition to the 1.25 off coupon. Is that even possible?

    • Sarah says:

      Did you read the whole article? The BOGO applies to the FREE item, thus you can use an addition couple on the second item that you are paying for. Make sense?

  118. Maja says:

    Does anyone know which stores accept two coupons for each item for BOGO??

  119. Jennifer says:

    I tried to use this method at Fred myers for the first time months ago, and I was told I could not use two coupons for the same products I felt silly and foolish ( I did save 36 dollars) needless to say , I have not clipped coupons in awhile and I don’t have a printer either.

  120. EMILY says:

    What if I have a BOGO free and a Buy 2 get .75 cents off. Can I use them both? I am wanting to use these at a walgreens. The items are $2 each. I was hoping to get two items for $1.25. If i buy $10 worth I get a $3 RR. Just wondering if it would work.

  121. Star says:

    Same response I got from Target. They said I was abusing their coupons and said they would call the police on me if I didnt leave without getting my discount and they wanted to keep my coupons. I said call them PLEASE! The Manager came over and said they would do it once only so I would leave because SHE was getting off and didnt want to be held up any longer! So RUDE at Target! I dont know why the relish in acting this way?

    • Nicole says:

      That is horrible. I hope you contacted Target customer service about that.

      If companies don’t want you to use their coupons, then why do they give them away???

    • anon says:

      I work at Target and what that manager did was wrong…

      However, there ARE people out there who have been frauding Target consistently. They come in and purchase three shopping baskets full of items using coupons, then return them all a few days later so they can turn a profit. It clogs up our stores and costs us a lot of money to pay for people to stock/restock all of these items.

      So I would honestly just contact customer service about that particular manager and just shrug it off when you shop there. Its not YOU they are mad at, because you are using coupons in an honest way.

      • RedTiger says:

        It sounds like that is Targets’ fault and they need to come up with better return policies!

        • new to couponing says:

          How can you say that! Have you ever worked retail. I am a cashier and have worked customer service for over 10 years now. I also have two small children so I know the importance on saving whenever and however you can. I am happy to see people pull out stacks of coupons.(Regardless of the length of my line.)
          It is not the stores’ fault, nor is it ‘their problem’ to face alone. The people that do abuse policies and steal stores blindly are to blame, and unfortunately they make it that much harder on the honest people. I’m sure anyone that has at least been the elementary school can understand that concept. I worked a six hour shift last night and during that short time 3 different people were caught stealing.
          Now I do agree that the manager at target was in the wrong. Someone with that attitude has no business working in retail. Even on a bad day no employee should ever say that to a customer. Ever customer is just as important as the next and deserves as much time as they need.
          This is my first time on this website and I am appalled at the cashier/store bashing that I see. PLEASE try to understand that we are people with lives and bosses just like you. Most of us are only going off what are managers are telling us, and they are going off what their bosses tell them. please remember that most of these stores are being ran by some head-honcho that never even steps foot in the store unless its during inventory(once a year for those that don’t know).

  122. svetlana says:

    I personally wittnessed the manager of Target yelling at the woman for using “too many coupons”. His exact words were: “What,you’re sitting at home and don’t have anything better to do but to clip a thousand coupons???”:((((
    What do you do in this situation?

    • Kellipruiett says:

      I had a manager tell the cashier who was standing right in front of me, “this is too much.”. Then she proceeded to tell me, “Excuse me but we have other customers that we need to attend to.”. Uhhhh, what am I?!? Chop liver. Why do they have such an attitude toward coupons?!? Why do they accept them at all or even have a policy!?! The store wasn’t Target, it was HEB.

      • Anonymous says:

        I just had a cashier at the Commissary tell me I had “TOO MANY COUPONS”! I told her then they shouldn’t put them out then for people to use!

    • RedTiger says:

      I would certainly get his name and call his direct manager.

  123. Debbie says:

    Does anyone know if you can use 2 bogo coupons at Wal-Mart?

    • Couponstafoya says:

      At Walmart i have used 2 bogo manufacturer’s coupons on 2 items…i asked the manager first and she had sd yes cause i was using 2 coupons on 2 items and they cancel each other out making them free…since then i’ve had no problems in phoenix, az and i’m new to couponing as well…learning as i go =)

  124. Melanie says:

    yeah, Target is a tough one…..

  125. LuB'sMama says:

    My Targets will not accept the additional coupon with the BOGO either. The store manager told me that the BOGO coupon goes toward the product you purchase and the mani coupon can’t be used because you don’t “pay” for the free item. Any thoughts? Someone crack the code of the Target coupon policy?

  126. dee says:

    This is always a toss up. I’ve been successful at using two coupons and I’ve been accused by a manager of “coupon fraud” who claimed to be in retail most of her life and stated “using a bogo coupon with a bogo in store special is basically like stealing”. Both transactions at the same Rite Aid, within days of each other.

    Depends on the store and the cashier.

    I don’t shop at anymore Rite Aid and it is 3 blocks from my house.

    • Melanie says:

      I’ve always had a problem with Rite Aid and coupons. They won’t accept coupons for clearance items because they are “already discounted”, and they wouldn’t take coupons that would make the item free. Maybe it was just my local Rite Aid, but they looked at me like I was stealing.

  127. Tasha says:

    Are these Silk Coupons real/available anywhere

  128. Mandi says:

    Thanks for this! I needed clarification.

  129. Tony says:

    Safeway’s policy is you can not use a BOGO and a second manufacturer’s coupon, since you are technically only purchasing one item. The cash register rings up the 1st item at full price, and the second item at $0 price, and will beep when you try to use a second manufacturer’s coupon. Safeway even prints this policy in the fine print of each of their weekly ads. I use to argue with the cashiers about this, but I don’t anymore… apparently they’ve been getting into trouble.

    • Tony says:

      Sorry, this is about when Safeway has a BOGO sale… you can only use one manufacturer’s coupon not two.

  130. Katie says:

    I have tried this at a couple of different stores with no success. So I am done trying to combine a B1G1 coupon with another coupon. Even when I explain it the way you did they treat me like I am trying to do something wrong and I don’t like feeling that way….even if it is ok to do!! For me it just isn’t worth it.

  131. Melissa says:

    I am going to print this up and refer to it when I need help. Thanks a lot. That is such a great explanation.

  132. Megan says:

    Great explanation. I know they basics, but I think it get’s more confusing when it’s B1 item and get the 2nd for free, when it’s a different kind of item. I finally figured out that I can use a $XX/1 coupon for the item that is NOT free. Since you did such an awesome job on these scenarios, maybe you could do a second post about two different kinds of items for B1G1 coupons. :D

  133. Care says:

    unless you are walmart! last week my sister and i both had a bogo nivea and a $4 off. the cashier had to call over another lady and they both said this is completely not right. we tried to explain just like you did, and they said the dollar amount off was just to big to accept. “then it’s all free” they said. EXACTLY…that’s the point! is what we said!!!

    • Faith says:

      same thing happened with me last week at wal-mart too!! tried using (2) Nivea BOGO coupons and (2) $4 coupons. Tried explaining that I have 4 coupons and 4 products, and that I was using the $4 off coupons to purchase the first two products. Explained this to cashier, then customer service rep., then a manager too!! Didn’t work ended up having to get 2 more bottles and got those free with the $4 coupons. wal-mart is def. not my fav. place to coupon at!!!

      • If you know ur right fight!! Like I said to Care…….explain it to them this way “Nivea pays Walmart for one (the free one)….I pay for the other. For my purchase I would like to use my $4.00 coupon which Nivea will also pay Walmart $4.00.” Don’t worry or feel bad in any way it IS paid for by NIVEA!!!!!

    • explain it to them this way “Nivea pays Walmart for one (the free one)….I pay for the other. For my purchase I would like to use my $4.00 coupon which Nivea will also pay Walmart $4.00.” Don’t worry or feel bad in any way it IS paid for by NIVEA!!!!!

    • Serena says:

      If you’re using a BOGO coupon, that coupon is being used towards both items. Think of it this way, if you try to scan that coupon through with only one of the corresponding items, it won’t work. But when you scan the other item, it does work. Walmarts’ policy is to only use ONE coupon per item. Your BOGO coupon is for BOTH of your items and therefore you cannot use another coupon for the same item.

  134. ashley says:

    what coupon insert can i find the BOGO Silk coupon in??

  135. Sheila says:

    The register ALWAYS beeps when I use a BOGO and another coupon (I know it beeps for the BOGO coupon so they will enter the amount, etc, but it then beeps for the $ off coupon also). Most of the time the cashier will push it through, but scrutinize every coupon in my order. I’m also a little unsure, as I think the register will look for and mark 2 items for a BOGO, and look for and mark 1 item for the $ off coupon. In the end, I think it affects the cashier’s perception of me when many of my coupons beep, so this is one of those things that I sometimes pass on.

  136. Lianna says:

    Great tutorial!

    So.. Where did you get those Silk Almond milk coupons?

  137. Jeanette says:

    This is fabulous!!!! Thank you!

  138. Rebecca says:

    Walgreens has a sale this week BOGO 50% off on all Covergirl-coupons in the paper for BOGO free-how does that scenario work? So if I buy one w/BOGO free coupon, does that just mean the 2nd item is 50% off? Confused

  139. bucksaver says:

    I agree with your post that you should be able to use the coupons this way, and some stores agree. Other stores don’t have a written policy, and it is impossible to get a clerk to even try to understand this concept. I even showed a cashier an article I cut out of a magazine that explained this use of coupons, but she still would not take the coupon, saying “Well, that’s just from a magazine.” Is there any way to get the coupon companies to issue a statement that the coupons can be used this way?

  140. bethany says:

    Yeah–the bogos, perhaps more than any other coupon, are confusing to couponers and cashiers alike. Like Sara says, I am trying to be an ethical shopper, but savvy also, and I KNOW that not all cashiers are well informed about proper coupon usage. At that particular Walgreens, I just politely walked away, because I could tell that she wasn’t going to even CONSIDER that there may be another point of view, and that’s okay, but it’s annoying if it really IS okay to use a bogo during a bogo sale, as this post is stating that it is. I had always seen it as the manufacturer is offering half off, and I’m using it during a half off sale, thus making it free. But I don’t know, and like Kristi said, I’d love to know the REAL information and even have a piece of paper that I can show cashiers.

    • If you google the store you are looking for the coupon policy you should be able to find it. I have all of the different policies for each store printed and carry them in my notebook.

  141. Kristi says:

    Does anyone know WHO makes the coupon rules? I know that this rule should be valid and right, but if a store questions it, do we just give up the fight? It would be nice if there was a corporate coupon headquarters that gave all the rules for how all manufacturer coupons should be used…

  142. Jen says:

    If the store is having a buy1 get1 50% off and you use a BOGO coupon, what would the discount be?
    Thanks

  143. Vanessa says:

    I know that Target will not let you use a BOGO coupon and a second manufacturer coupon in the same transaction since you’re only paying for one product, you can only use one coupon. You cannot use a coupon for the free item, that’s what they’ve told me.

    • Miss Jay says:

      I ran into this at Target the other week with the scrubbing bubbles deal. I called corp in the store to ask them to clarify their policy. Since it was a ‘grey’ area, they passed me to 2 or 3 people before I got an answer. They told the manager to allow it, then told me they would circulate a memo at that store to inform the cashiers this is acceptable.

      • Spencerlearningacad says:

        I think it would be very helpful to have somewhere on a website to be able to print off all the regulations to using BOGO coupons from each large store. This would enable us to be a more educated coupon shopper! Maybe even a statements from large manufacturers like P&G and etc.that we could keep in our binders.

    • L Simmons says:

      walmart has done this to me too with Venus Razors. I had the buy one get one free plus a $3.00 off coupon.At one time I did this & it only cost me $1.27 for 2 pks of razors plus they were bonus packs with 5 razors instead of the usual 4.Now they no longer allow you to use the extra coupon to save more. When I questioned the manager I was told that their policy was now to only allow one coupon per purchase & since you were not purchasing both items (since one was free) well …you know what happened.

      • Wait….But you are purchasing two items, and then using the B1G1 to get the money taken off for the second product. The store is getting reimbursed for that free product. ugh. managers.

  144. Sara says:

    Good question, Bethany. Also, don’t you need to really read the fine print on the bogo free coupons? A lot of coupons state NO OTHER COUPON MAY BE USED WITH THIS COUPON. or NOT VALID WITH ANY OTHER OFFER. To me, that sounds like you shouldn’t be able to combine a BOGO coupon with a money off coupon, even though you are purchasing 2 items. But it sounds like you are interpreting it as you can’t use two coupons on one item. Some of the fine print just says LIMIT ONE COUPON PER PURCHASE and that seems a little more straightforward–you can have 1 coupon for every 1 item you buy. Perhaps you have done this before, but a post defining in detail all the fine print on coupons, especially if you were able to get it from a Manufacturer’s standpoint, would be really helpful. I think most of us are trying to be ethical as well as savvy shoppers here.

    • Hapee says:

      Great Post! I agree with Sara, “Perhaps you have done this before, but a post defining in detail all the fine print on coupons, especially if you were able to get it from a Manufacturer’s standpoint, would be really helpful. I think most of us are trying to be ethical as well as savvy shoppers here.” I would love to hear it from the Manufacturer’s standpoint. I always feel a bit uneasy when I use a $1/1 with a BOGO coupon. Thanks for such an awesome site. You two Krazy Ladies are the best!

    • Alicia says:

      I have just started couponing and today went to Walgreens and CVS and when looking at the add there was a cleaning product with a Walgreens in Store Coupon stating that if you purchased the product for $2.99 you would get 2nd product free. So this made it so you could not use a coupon on the product along with the BOGO coupon. CVS cashier was very friendly and helpful even offering to ring up my items seperate so I could use my CVS rewards. I will be going back to CVS for there deals and maybe Walgreens but I found CVS had more deals and more friendly. I really like your sight and can use all the help I can get figuring all this out.

    • Alicia says:

      I have just started couponing and today went to Walgreens and CVS and when looking at the add there was a cleaning product with a Walgreens in Store Coupon stating that if you purchased the product for $2.99 you would get 2nd product free. So this made it so you could not use a coupon on the product along with the BOGO coupon. CVS cashier was very friendly and helpful even offering to ring up my items seperate so I could use my CVS rewards. I will be going back to CVS for there deals and maybe Walgreens but I found CVS had more deals and more friendly. I really like your sight and can use all the help I can get figuring all this out.

      • Anonymous says:

        Yes, I too have found CVS to be more friendly and helpful with using coupons. My CVS Pharmacy in Sonora, Ca also excepts the coupons from their machine even after it has expired so I can get maximum savings. :)

    • Couponstafoya says:

      Hi Sara…….i think it’s pretty much at the stores discretion how they’ll accept the coupons…..i have used coupons with a bogo or store coupon that sd not valid with any other offer….and they scan and the stores accept them ie: walmart, cvs, fry’s etc….also when the coupon says do not double fry’s will still make all coupons 1.00. =)

  145. bethany says:

    Does anyone know of any official store policies regarding bogos? Because recently I went to Walgreens (on Eagle and Ustick) and the cashier VERY confidently told me that they DO NOT accept bogo coupons when the store is running a bogo sale. I HAVE done this many times before (though not at that particular Walgreens, and actually, I’ve done most of my couponing in Texas, so I’m new to Idaho’s systems), but IS there an official Walgreens policy prohibiting that? And if not, (which I *think* there’s not–but I don’t know), if not, what would you say to such a cashier?

    Thanks! :)

    • check Walgreen’s website and search for their store policies on coupons usually you can specify state if there are per state restrictions. Print a copy and keep on you then next time a cashier tells you differently show them the paper :-)

  146. Robyn says:

    Thank you SO much for this post! I have been a little hesitant to actually go out and use the BOGOs with discount coupons. Not because I don’t believe it will/could work, but because I’m afraid that if I don’t understand it, I can’t explain it to the unknowing cashier and I won;t get the deal! Thank you for visually explaining it. That helped me out so much :)

  147. Morgan says:

    I think these type of transaction are the most confusing for cashiers. They seem to all feel that you can’t use a BOBO coupon and a coupon for money off product #1. It can be very hard to explain, and sometimes you just have to take your coupons back and walk away! It’s not cheating/stealing!

    • maia2376 says:

      It states above: u can’t!! 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.

      • Do You Have Any Grey Coupons? says:

        That’s what I was thinking! The senario above says you can’t do use both a BOGO and a $1/1 on just two items. Well I’m confused. Maybe it’s more of a “you shouldn’t do this” but it may work if you just hand them all to the cashier and they scan them :/

        • Lynsey says:

          I think if its a b1 product, get a DIFFERENT product free its acceptable, but not a b1g1 for two identical items. Last week at CVS I used a $3 off shave balm, with a buy balm get free shave gel coupon, and it worked just fine, I even told the cashier before hand in case it was against the policy. Though i consider b1g1 on the same item a $1 off 2 coupon. It’s a very grey area in the coupon world though.