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Beginner Tip: How to Use a Coupon

Today I want to go over the very basic lesson of how to use a coupon.  Most people understand how to redeem a coupon such as Save $0.50 on 1 can of Dole Pineapple.  But when using coupons that say, for example, Save $1.00 on any 3 Cans of Dole Pineapple, it can become a bit confusing.  We get comments asking if someone can buy 3 cans of pineapple and use three copies of the $1.00 off 3 coupon.  Or questions such as “May I buy 3 cans of pineapple and use one $1.00 off 3 coupon AND 2 of even 3 $0.50 off 1 coupons?”  So, here it is!  I’ll address BOGO coupons in another post, as they’re a whole other animal.

As pictured above, when you use $1.00 off 3 manufacturer coupon, you must buy 3 products in order to redeem it.  If you buy 4 cans of pineapple, you can only use one $1.00 off 3 coupon.  In order to use two coupons, you would need to buy 6 cans of pineapple, as pictured below.

 

 

Now, let’s bring two different manufacturer coupons into the equation.  We’ll say that there are two available coupons from two different Sunday coupon inserts:

 

$0.50/2  Dole Pineapple or Tropical Fruit cans
$1.00/3 Dole Pineapple or Tropical Fruit cans

If you want to use both the $0.50 off 2 coupon and the $1.00 off 3 coupon, you will need to buy a total of 5 cans of pineapple.  If you have multiple copies of the $1.00 off 3 coupon, you’d be better off buying the 6th can using two of them, since the savings on the $1.00 off 3 coupon is $0.33 per item, and the savings on the $0.50 off 2 coupon is $0.25 per item.

Since these are both manufacturer coupons, you cannot stack them.  You cannot buy 3 cans of pineapple and use a $1.00 off 3 coupon in addition to a $0.50 off 2 coupon.  The confusion arises when someone says, “I thought I could use one manufacturer coupon per item!”  That statement holds true only when we’re talking about coupons that are worth a certain value savings on ONE item.  If we had three $0.50 off 1 coupons, we would use three of them on 3 cans of pineapple.  When we’re using a $1.00 off 3 coupon, we are limited to one manufacturer coupon per every three cans purchased.  If you were to attempt to use three $1.00 off 3 coupons on three cans of pineapple, the 2nd and 3rd coupons would not be accepted by the register.  The bar code is created in such a way that the register recognizes that it is meant for 3 items.  If you only buy 2 cans of pineapple and attempt to use a $1.00 off 3 coupon, the register should reject your coupon.

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83 thoughts on “Beginner Tip: How to Use a Coupon”

  1. jessica says:

    I am a mother of 4 at 23 and looking for a way to save money I watch tlc extreme couponing and I would love to learn please help me

  2. jessica says:

    I am a mother of 4 and I’m 23 I am watching the extreme couponing all the time and I’m looking for a happy that will help me save money but I’m quit confused on how this works I will go to get taught how to do this please help.

  3. Sonia says:

    Can you use a printable coupon, a manufacturer coupon and target cartwheel on one item?

    • Brittany says:

      I would use the cartwheel first, then a store coupon and then a manufacturer coupon. The percentage in cartwheel will give you a bigger discount because of the total before the coupons. The store coupon is just for that item so if you have a manufacturer coupon that is worth more than the item after the other savings it will give you the ,left over savings off the total.

  4. Angelica_R says:

    i need help…So if i have two coupons that say save $5 on any two loreal hair dyes ,save $2 on any one loreal hair dye, have one save $2 on any one loreal hair dye, one save $5 on any two loreal preference hair dye, and one save $2 on any one loreal preference hair dye..how many do i buy?? im new at this :)

  5. jatinder says:

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  6. Anonymous says:

    I would like two know if I  a coupon that says save a $1.00 on any two does it still count if the item comes in a two pack  or like 2 for 7 will the coupon still work for those item or will I have to buy two sets

  7. Anonymous says:

    What about this situation:  Buying one box/pack of Huggies diapers.  I have two coupons.  One says something like $1.00 off ANY ONE box of Huggies diapers, and the other is more specific… $1.00 off ONE Huggies Snug & Dry diapers.

    Does this also mean you would have to purchase two diaper packs/boxes in order to use both coupons, or can you use both on one box/pack since they have different specifications (one says ANY brand, and the other is for a specific brand).
  8. Anonymous says:

    So if I have two coupons for pampers one for $ 3.00 and another for $2.50 can I use both or just one they are both manufacturer coupons? 

  9. Anonymous says:

    What?

  10. Anonymous says:

    Yes, you would need to buy 9 to use 3 $1.00 off coupons

  11. Keith Mcclain says:

    Dollar off each can

  12. Anonymous says:

    Dollar off each can

  13. couponcc says:

    When you have a BOGO free or reduced and a cents off coupon for the same product, which coupon should you present first….the standard cents off cupon or the BOGO to get the best deal?

  14. couponcc says:

    When you have a BOGO free or reduced and a cents off coupon for the same product, which coupon should you present first….the standard cents off cupon or the BOGO to get the best deal?

  15. couponcc says:

    When you have a BOGO free or reduced and a cents off coupon for the same product, which coupon should you present first….the standard cents off cupon or the BOGO to get the best deal?

  16. usingmywifeasacoverguy says:

    You may already have this posted somewhere but I was wondering what happens if there is a deal at a store that says “buy one get one 50% off” and you have a manufacturer coupon that is a “buy one get one free” for the same product. Is that stackable? And if it is, what should the turn out be?

  17. annagrace says:

    Okay, but if you’re only allowed to use one per purchase/item/etc., then how do they get the total price to be in the negatives? Do they only get coupons for sale items? Please help me understand this, because in all of your examples, you go from 3.50 or 2.50 to only paying a dollar..but if its like that with alllll of the other products, then the total would be still alot of money, please and thank youu(:

  18. Dvarona0817 says:

    i am still confused this is so diffcult am i ever going to understand this????/

  19. Amber M. says:

    Hello! I am very intrigued by the show and would love to start the learning process of extreme Couponing! Especially since both my boyfriend and I have recently lost our jobs! I live in Hawaii and they do not allow doubling your coupons anywhere that I shop. Also the Sunday papers Manufacturer Coupons are slim to none. I was wondering if any of you seasoned vets could suggest an alternative method of Obtaining Manufacturers coupons?Any help would be greatly appreciated and I thank you in advanced! It sure will be nice to have some luxury items again instead of just basic meals/refreshments!

  20. HAZEL says:

    ? IF YOU HAVE A BOGO COUPON, AND THE STORE HAS THE PRODUCT BIGI 1/2 OFF.
    CAN YOU USE THE BOGO COUPON ON THIS PRODUCT?

  21. Heather says:

    I also saw you on TLC and going to give this a try. My husband and I are going through some hard times and this could help us a lot finacially. Please teach more on how the actual coupons work, I also am still a little confused on that when it comes to mixing the promotions, and coupon stacking. Also, on t.v. it shows people getting paid to take item or when they get so many items it cancels out and they pay nothing, how does this work?

  22. Shanna says:

    This may be a dumb question, hop it hasn’t been asked already :) But in a B1G1 or a B1G1 @ 50% off, can you use two manufacturer coupons with that deal?

    Looks like in some of the posts KCL says you can, but Im just not sure. Thanks!

  23. KellyR says:

    Ok, another question… I have 2 $10 off any 3 similac 1QT Concentrated liquid products coupons and i have 6 $2off any similac 32oz ready to feed bottle coupons. If I am buying 6 bottles of the formula and they are $5.49 then I am actually only paying $12.94 for them, I can’t use the other $2 off coupons too can i?

  24. KellyR says:

    Ok, I’m new too… I have 2 BOGO Free MF coupon for Gillette deodorant get bodywash free and 2 $1 off gillette deodorant MF coupons. Plus a BOGO Free bodywash Gillette MF coupon. Can I use them all if I buy 2 Deodorants, get 2 bodywash free and then get $1 off the 2 I buy, then buy a bodywash get one free too? Total of 3 free bodywashes and 2 deodorants w/ 1 bodywash purchased… I know this sounds confusing, but i hope you understand what I am asking.

  25. Cathy says:

    I am wondering how I can get extra coupons? I do know that there are coupon clipping services however is ther any free ways to get extras?

  26. donna says:

    I am extremely new to this. I have a Viva paper towel coupon for 50 cents off and target is offer a 5 dollar gift card with each 12pk purchase. Is this a good deal? HELP

  27. Sheynn says:

    I am just starting out with coupons and trying to learn as much as possible, but most of the grocery stores you use, we don’t have here in the Carolinas. So here’s my scenario… I -think- I got this right but don’t want to look silly:

    *My store is advertising: 6/$10.00 on Lean/Hot Pockets.
    *I have two coupons that read: $1.50/3 Lean/Hot Pockets.

    My thought process is: I have to BUY 6 Lean/Hot Pockets by the stores coupon and only 3 on the manfr. coupon – so I can use both coupons on the 6/$10.00 making it 6/$7.00? Is that right or am I way off base? Thanks in advance!

  28. Angela says:

    I am new at coupon shopping and was looking at your list of stores. The only stores near me on that list is Walmart and CVS. Is there anyway you could add Weis Markets or Giant. They are ones in my area. If you could that would be great!!

  29. Rebecca says:

    I have a question about a BOGO Free sale. There is a sale on Men’s Gillette razors at Walgreens this week for BOGO Free. There was also a coupon this weekend for BOGO Free on the same razors. Can I use the coupon with the store sale; and get them both free?? Doesn’t seem right, but I think I should be able to use the coupon if I purchase 2 packages of razors.
    Help! I don’t want to be wrong when I go to the store.

  30. Paula says:

    I have a coupon question. I have a store coupon for buy 3 boxes of Kelloggs get a free gallon of milk. Now I also have a manufacturer coupon for $1 off 3 boxes of Kelloggs. And another manufacturer coupon that is $1 off fresh fruit when you buy 2 boxes of Kelloggs. Can I use all of these coupons and buy 3 boxes of Kelloggs, 1 gallon of milk and fruit that is over $1? Or do I have to buy 5 boxes of Kelloggs to do this properly?

    • erin says:

      Hi Paula, I assume this is a coupon from Publix as I used the same one this past weekend. I’m new to this whole thing myself and was plesently surprised when I was able to use all three coupons. Publix will let you use their coupon, a manufacturers coupon and a competitors coupon all on one products. I think they let you use two manufacturer coupons on this one since the discount wasn’t really off of the cereal. I saved $55 dollars this weekend on a purchase that was originally $125 by stacking their coupons, manufacturer and target coupons. Took me about an hour and a half to get all the coupons sorted but the way I see it is that I don’t even make that much in an hour so I afford to “lose” the time. Hope this helps!

  31. Amy Sue says:

    I’m a newbie to couponing. We went to Walmart Saturday night around 9pm because I had 38 coupons and 2 competitors ads to use and I wasnt quite sure how it was going to go. My total rang up to 114 and some change and I paid paid 89 and some change after coupons. We then went to HEB which is like a kroger of safeway food and the register rang up 145 and some change and after all my instore coupons I saved. I paid 80 and some change! WOW! I saved a total of approx 91 dollars.I know that isn’t much but if I didnt use the coupons I would have paid 259 out of pocket. I’m stocked up on food for about 3wks. Everything I bought was something we needed. Thanks Krazy coupon lady for all you knowledge!

  32. Beverly says:

    Hello All! I am also extremely new to extreme couponing but I love it!! I chose my supermarket (Safeway) and I registered and got a coupon for a free dozen eggs! Woo Hoo!!! I also discovered that Safeway’s website gives you the option of putting together a shopping list with their sales. So, basically, I’m shopping and couponing online before I ever go to the store. Of course, I’m not as familiar with all the prices yet but I’m sure that will come.

    I do have a conundrum though: I don’t understand how breaking up your transactions help save more money.

    Could you explain that for me please? Thanks!!!!!

    Love the site.

    • Tina says:

      Hi Beverly~ I did the same as you did at Safeway. Signed up for the U Save combined with my Safeway card… added a few manufacturer coupons also. Got my free eggs, shopped for only those items I would actually use and were with a coupon at Safeway. My total yesterday was $246.00 – $107.00 with coupons and in-store credits for a total out the door of $139.00 That’s about a 56% Savings. Woohoo!!
      I didn’t do multiple transactions and would also be curious how this saves additional money.
      Thanks!!

  33. claire says:

    two words, people (and you know i love all of ya’ll): reading. comprehension.
    joanie, you have the patience of a saint! thanks again!

  34. Nicole says:

    This might be a dumb question, but if I have 2 BOGO coupons can I just buy 2 items and end up getting both for free?

  35. Julie P says:

    The Special K cereal at CVS is a great buy this week. You buy 3 boxes for $10.00 and get $4 Extra Bucks printed on your receipt which I used immediately for my second transaction. CVS also has Mach 3 disposable razors (pack of three) buy one get one 1/2 price. I had a coupon for buy one get one free. I purchased first one for $10.79 and second rang up 5.39. I gave the cashier the BOGO coupon and he took off $10.79. The register actually said “exceeds limit” but he asked the manager and she put in her code and it went. I was extremely happy to get two pack of Mack 3 razors for $5.39!

  36. Jennifer schuhmann says:

    I would love to share this couponing advice on my facebook page but the link to share on facebook does not work. :(

  37. Tina says:

    Hi ~ I am a definite newbie (virgin) to extreme couponing but am excited and anxious to start!
    My question is: If I find an internet coupon from the manufacturer, ie: Save .75 on any one Half Gallon of Silk Milk,
    Can I COPY the printed coupon on my printer so that I can have say 3 coupons or more?

    • Kristin M says:

      Good question – the answer is no, never. This is coupon fraud. Never photocopy any coupon. Each printable coupon has a unique code on it and if you copy a coupon you could get caught. Please don’t do this. :)

      • Tina says:

        If you cannot copy an Internet based coupon, how do you get 10-20 of them?
        If I print out 10, isn’t that the same as copying them on the printer.
        I’m confused :)

      • Tina says:

        Got It! — The PIN Number is different, when you print the coupon out from the manufacturer more than once.
        Some Manufacturers let you print multiple times… but each coupon has a different Pin Number to identify it as a different coupon.
        Thanks!!

  38. mary says:

    Can you do a post on using two manufacturer coupons with one of them being “get a free xxx with purchase of two xxx” Can your 2nd manufacturer coupon be on the free item or the other item? I read somewhere that you could only use another coupon for the free item since the conditions of the coupon state you must buy one or two of something to get the free item. Sorry I am rambling. I have just been reading on several blogs and everyone does it differently and I want to make sure I am doing it correctly. I strive to get good deals while following all the rules.

  39. Lee Ann says:

    i have a question on the kelloggs cereal at cvs this week. The 1.50/3, then can you use individual $1/1 for two of the three? Is that how she is getting the boxes at such a low cost?

    • Joanie says:

      LeeAnn, You can only use ONE $1.50 off 3 manufacturer coupon for 3 boxes of cereal. You CANNOT use $1.00 off 1 coupon in addition unless you buy 4 boxes of cereal, in which case, you could use $1.50/3 and $1.00.1

      The Kellogg’s cereal is on sale for $1.66 each this week at CVS (limit 4 boxes per customer)

      Buy 3 boxes= $5.00
      Use $1.50/3 coupon = $3.50 total
      Final Price: $1.16 per box, when you buy 3

      • Lee Ann says:

        ok, i thought she posted you could get them for .66 per box. Just wondering how she did that.

      • Amanda says:

        There was a $1 off (1) corn flakes coupons. So you could have bought (4) corn flakes and gotten them for .66. If you got the other varieties, they would cost more.

  40. Courtney says:

    Here is my question concerning coupons. On one of the episodes of Extreme Couponing I saw that multiples of the same coupon were used for an item. There was a specail order for several cases of Total cereal and just as many coupons used to make that cereal FREE. It has been my experience that the stores will only allow you to use 3 of the same coupon for any given item. How do you use such a large number of the same coupon?

    • Kristin M says:

      Different stores in different parts of the country have different coupon policies. His store must have allowed him to use unlimited amount of same coupons. One way around your situation is to split your purchases up into transactions of 3. (Do 10 transactions of 3 in order to use 30 coupons). That’s my best advice and suggestions.

  41. Kim says:

    I just used 5 of the Smart Ones coupons listed in the database to purchase 10 entrees. They were 3.00/10, 4.00/10 (2)1.00/5 and 2.00/8. Now I find out I wasn’t suppose to use these all together because their all MQ. Oh well..I got 10 for .88 each and I am not complaining! LOL

  42. Jodi says:

    I love your site and love couponing! I have a question. Target is running the special if you buy two packets of Pampers diapers receive a 10 dollar gift card. Am I allowed to use two of the 1/3.00 from PG and two of the 1/1.50 from PG coupon? Because I am buying two boxes of diapers? Thank you!

    • Kristin M says:

      If you are purchasing 2 packs of diapers, you may use 2 coupons (whichever combo you like) You are presenting the scenario with using 4 coupons, which you may not do. I would use (2) $3.00/1 coupons. Hope this helps.

  43. Marion says:

    Thanks for the lesson. Could you please go over a lesson when you have a coupon that says buy X product get Y product FREE in conjunction with using a coupon that is for $ off product X. Also, I have read somewhere where if a coupon that is “coded 14″ in the BOGO coupon, you cannot use another coupon in conjunction with it because the code ties the coupon to both products X and Y, where a BOGO coupon that is not coded 14 is only tied to product Y. Is this true? Thank you.

  44. Amy H. says:

    I love your site!! I log on everyday. Thank you so much for your time and lessons to help others get the hang of the confusing coupon world. I started at the beginning of this month and I absolutely LOVE couponing!! Once again, THANK YOU!!!

  45. melissa says:

    Just wondering if you have any tips for those of us who live in an area where stores NEVER offer double coupons? Also there aren’t any stores with rewards programs either?? HELP ;)

  46. ybroussard says:

    I m still confused but learning on how to use the coupons I hope to be a somewhat savy I hope LOL. You are amazing and a inspiration. I hope I do well on my first trip next week.

    • Kristin M says:

      Maybe this post broke it down a little too far. Bottom line: follow the verbage on the coupon. If it is save $1.00 off of 1, it is just that (1 coupon, 1 item) If the coupon says save $1.00 off of 3, it is just that also (1 coupon, 3 items). Also, the golden rule is you may not use more than one Manufacturer’s coupon per item (you may not use (2) $1.00/1 coupons on one box of rice, for example) nor can you use (2) $1.00/3 coupons on 3 boxes of rice). Hope this helps.

  47. Christine V. says:

    I had a problem at Target two days ago where I wanted to purchase a Gillette deodorant and body wash so I used a $2 off Gillette deodorant and then a buy one deodorant get a body wash free. Cashier kept telling me I could not use both because it would be using two manufacturer coupons on the deodorant. I always thought it would be one coupon for the deodorant and then the other would actually be for the body wash. She finally asked the cashier manager and then he end up agreeing with her. I should have known she would give me trouble from the beginning because she did not even give me a friendly greeting. Oddly enough,I have used this similar deal a few weeks ago with the $3 olay regenerist and then buy one olay regenerist get a free cover girl lipcolor coupon. Cashier was not sure about the coupons so asked a different cashier manager and he approved. I would appreciate any advice.

  48. Savannah says:

    Thanks for the tip! I do have a question as I too am very new to the extreme couponing world (I have always been a mild one at heart.) If I were to have a store coupon for an item and a manutfacturer one can I stack them? Example: a $.50 off a Betty Crocker coupon for cake mix and frosting for Target + the same as a manufacturer… can I use them together for $1/off at Target? Also, I’m certain you’ve probably answered this, but I’m not sure where to find the answer, where and how do you go about buying coupons?? Thank you so much for your time!
    ~Savannah

    • Paula says:

      Check out Ebay. You can buy whole un cut inserts. Or a lot of random coupons.

    • Kristin M says:

      You’ll have to contact your stores for their individual policies as store policies greatly differ. Typically, yes you can stack a store coupon with a Manufacturers coupon. Target’s policy allows for this. I cannot say all stores allow this, however. :)

  49. Connie says:

    I have used a buy one get one free coupon on Gillette Deoderent and get the body wash free coupon. Then on the second item….the free body wash, I can also use a coupon for $1.00 off. I have done this for a while now and many stores. So this could be confusing to this statement also. My senario is buy Gillette Deoderent for $3.99. Then use the coupon for buy one Deoderent and get the body wash free. So I will also use $1.00 off the purchased item which in this case is the Deoderent for $3.99. So I pay $2.99 out of pocket for Deoderent and the body wash. Makes them both $1.50 each or one for $1.49 and the other for $1.50 due to the Deoderent original price being $3.99. I hope everyone understands this. I got confused when I was re reading it. Any questions just let me know. mrshigh2003@aol.com. Happy couponing :-)

    • Jeni says:

      I have the same question regarding a Publix coupon. Buy one Voila entree and receive a steam fresh free. Voila is bogo, and I have coupons for the steam fresh also. How do I use these coupons?

    • Rhonda says:

      I too have the same coupons and am not sure how to get the best bang for my buck. I have the BOGO for deodorant and body wash and te store is having a sale of Buy one get the second 1/2 off. What is the best way to get the savings and the product? Also, if a store is having a buy 2 get two free and I have a coupon for the same product with a buy 2 get one free, how many do I buy to make the savings happen? Any information would be greatly appreciated.

    • Jennifer M says:

      Bogo coupons are a whole different monster and can vary by store, so it helps to really know your store’s policy.

      Usually a bogo *sale* is fair game for two coupons. Also a Bogo man. coupon and a $/1 store coupon is usually (not always depending on policies) fair game as well. I’m sure one of our KCL’s will explain it in more detail soon in another post better than I can. :)

  50. Tonya Mills says:

    It seems like that high value Finish coupon comes out about 3 times a year, so keep an eye out for it. I thought maybe today would be the day because of the CVS sale, but no such luck! Finish seems to be an easy to stockpile for cheap item, though becasue there always seems to be a corresponding sale somewhere making it 25c or even free.

  51. Lindsey says:

    Here’s a fun coupon senario for you that I encountered this weekend:

    I had a Target coupon for $1.00 off 2 Nabisco crackers, a Target coupon for B3G1 Free Nabisco crackers, two $1.00 off coupons for Ritz (Nabisco) Munchables, and $0.75 off Ritz Crackerfuls.

    I bought 4 boxes total – 2 Ritz Munchables, 1 Crackerful, and 1 Wheat Thin. Was I right in using all of the above coupons? I bought 3 and got the 4th free with the Target coupon and stacked the other Target and Manufacturers coupon. It was a little confusing, but the cashier didn’t say anything about the coupons so I guess I did it correctly. Please let me know your thoughts for future reference! Thanks!

  52. Jody says:

    I am so excited to be couponing. I saw a show a couple months back and was intrigued. Then I saw that a weekly show was starting. It was so encouraging. I started this week and saved $128. I found a daily special for a printer and it will be here Tuesday. I am so excited. I just signed up to receive more coupons in the mail and am going to get my Sunday papers soon. I am soooo ready! Thanks for all your tips and opening my eyes to how much I can save! I am also excited to start donating to my church food bank. This is awesome.

  53. mandi says:

    so i am a bit confused, if you can only use one coupon, and only save 1.oo, then wouldn’t it be cheaper to buy a whole box of it from costco and save around $3.00?

    • Tia Robertson says:

      Yes it would, if it works out to be cheaper per can. However, buying the case at Costco doesn’t always work out to be the better deal, especially where I am at. Costco raises and lowers their prices just like all of our other local stores:)

  54. Sara says:

    Hi!
    I really enjoy your site and appreciate all the hard work you put into your matchups, lesson and information. I do have a quick question for you..
    My store has Crystal Light on sale, 2/$5. I have a buy 2 and get the third one free manuf. coupon. May I also use a $1 off 2 coupon(also a maunf. coupon) It makes since that I would be able to since the b2 get 1 free coupon is allowing me to get the third free.Wouldn’t it be OK to use the coupon for the 2 that I am purchasing? This has been bothering me, and wanted some clarification from a pro! Thanks in advance!
    Sara

  55. Amy Lynn says:

    I think that some of the confusion comes from staking coupons. I have seen many people ask if they can use more than one manufacturer coupon for one item & they call it stacking. Stacking is when you use a manufacturer coupon & a store coupon.

  56. simone says:

    I wrote somewhere else this morning about my question.
    I cannot see it in the posted comments, so I am not sure, if it will show after some time or not.
    My Q is how did you girls get 40-50 boxes of free Finish dishwasher detergent, I ve seen on videos from your stockpiles.
    thanks and keep up the good work.

    • Joanie says:

      Simone, I answered your question on the CVS post, but I’ll copy it here. It does take a few minutes for comments to show up, due to our cache. Here was my answer:

      I love my detergent! I don’t have more than a 12 month supply of ANYTHING (except detergent, I can’t help myself and I probably have about 2 years worth, maybe 40 boxes or so). I can’t remember where I got all of it. A few months ago I bought about a dozen boxes at Target.

      The key has been the high-value Finish Electrasol coupons; I believe $3.00 off 1. I had to buy extra copies of the coupons and the boxes were on clearance for under $4.00, don’t remember exactly. If you hang around long enough, there WILL be another great dishwasher detergent sale! And you can have it, cause I don’t need to buy anymore for awhile! :)

      • simone says:

        thanks for post.
        I would love to know, how I can have next time handy 40 or so coupons from Target website. It was a deal where I can combine 1 MRC and 1 Target coupon to make them Free.
        I have access to 2 computers, so I was able to get 4, but how I can more? I will love to have stock pile of these one day. ;o)
        A big thanks.

    • Crystal says:

      The Finish was also on sale in January at Walgreens for $3.19… the coupon was for $3 off. And then of course the Target deal that KLC is speaking off happened a few weeks later, so there were 2 chances to stock up :)

  57. Emily says:

    Thanks for this tip, I saw you on TLC and decided to start couponing this week but was confused about this type of situation. I love your website and hope to keep getting better at using coupons smartly. Had my first coupon run last night at Target. Saved $35 on stuff that was on my list anyways plus I got two $5 gift cards! Extreme, no, but a start! =)

    • Jocelyn says:

      I too just started couponing and went to the store for specific items. Between the store sales and coupons I had over 50% savings.

      I went to Winn-Dixie Did their Buy 3 Kellogg Cereals @ 4.99 each get
      1 Gallon Milk
      1 1/2 Gallon cranberry juice
      1 Nutrigran bar 8 count
      1 Martha white muffin mix.
      I used 3 Kellogg coupons and because I used so many, I got another free gallon of milf courtesy of Kellogg.

      Now when I shop super deals at Winn-Dixie I always do separate transactions to maximize my savings. I had a total of $23 savings.

  58. andrea russell says:

    Hi Heather,

    I love reading your site. Keep on teaching I am a virgin extreme couponer, and only got the 2 HP copy paper and two of the walgreens papertowels as of yet…I am awaiting more lessons…wathced all your videos too…read all the steps for us virgina, and I am addicted to you…TECH PLEASE :)