Extreme Couponing Tip: Fillers

“Fillers” are inexpensive items used to bring a total–either dollar amount or item number count–into balance.  Below are two instances where a filler may need to be used:

  1. Evening up total items: At Walgreens, customers need to have at least as many items as manufacturer coupons (including Register Rewards). If you are purchasing one item and have 1 manufacturer coupon and 1 Register Reward, you will need to add an extra item in your transaction to even up the item total.
  2. Reaching a dollar amount: If you have a coupon for $5 off a $50 purchase, but you only have $49.75 worth of product, adding an inexpensive filler item is a great way to reach your required total dollar amount. Another instance is if a store does not permit overage (the value of the coupon being over the dollar amount of your purchase total), a filler item may sometimes be needed to absorb the cost and keep your total from going below $0.

Great filler ideas: pocket tissue packs, postcards, pencils, Sunday papers, individually wrapped candy, greeting cards, gum, erasers, or clearance items.