If you thought couponing was tricky before now, I’m about to introduce you to the couponing mind meld… multiple transactions. If you aren’t a couponer or an experienced couponer, then you probably won’t see the value in doing multiple transactions, but there are rules and regulations that have been set by manufacturers and stores that can be avoided with multiple transactions.
For instance, most stores have a limit as to how many coupons you can do in one transaction. You need to check that stores coupon policy, print it, and take it with you when you shop. Knowing the allowable limit will save you the time of having to re-ring all your items up when the machine goes loopy because you passed the limit.
Multiple transactions are also helpful when you have more than the manufacturer’s allowed coupon limit per transaction. For example, Proctor & Gamble coupons usually allow only 4 like coupons in one sale (transaction), so if you want to buy 5+ of something using their coupon, you’ll need to break your transaction down into groups that will allow all your coupons to ring up. If you pass the allowed coupon limit from a manufacturer during a transaction, you may or may not be told. Sometimes the coupon doesn’t ring and the cashier doesn’t notice, so they will keep the coupon and you’re left wondering why your total was more than you’d planned.
To save yourself the time, money, and frustration of being stuck in these no-win situations, plan ahead! You’ll be amazing how much more quickly and efficiently your trips will go if you just plan ahead on paper. Group your transactions by allowed coupon quantities and be sure to separate them before you get to the store. Each transaction should have its own set of coupons. Use paper clips or plastic baggies to divide them out at home and label them as transaction #1, #2, etc.
On occasions when you are shopping at drug stores with store credit as purchasing incentives (i.e. EB’s, RR’s), it’s very important to “Roll” or use the store credits in the next transaction to save yourself the OOP expense. This can get really hairy too. The key is planning at home on paper and then executing your carefully prepared plan in the store.
Congratulations, you made it!!! You’ve finished all of Couponing 101! Now you are ready to shop. I would love to hear about your hauls, see pictures, and learn any tips you have. Please feel free to leave comments below or ask questions!