Ah, coupons! If you’re visiting Save.com you likely know and love them. And while using them is a great way to lower your grocery bill, there are several surefire strategies you can employ to get even bigger savings on your next trip to the food store.
One strategy that’s sure to save you big is: double coupons. Yes, folks, there are retailers around the country who will actually double the face value of that hot little coupon you just snagged. The trick is to find them and understand what limitations (if any) they have.
Here are a few tips to make the most of double coupon deals:
- Do a little legwork. While it may seem like a hassle, doing a little prep-work can save you lots of money in the long run. Check with each of your local retailers to confirm their policies on doubling coupons. Most retailers keep a copy of their coupon policy at the customer service desk, but to ensure you get the most up to date version we recommend contacting the corporate customer service department directly (check retailers Web sites for contact details).
- Consider cheating on your favorite retailer. We know you’re loyal – that’s why we love you – but if your favorite retailer doesn’t double coupons it may be time to start shopping for a new one, preferably one that does employ this practice.
- Know your limits. Each retailer varies slightly on their policy. Some retailers may limit double couponing to values up to $1.00, while other retailers may double higher values.
- Special Deals. Some retailers might not double coupons as standard practice, but don’t despair. They may run special double or triple coupon deals throughout the year. While you’re on the horn with customer service asking about their coupon policy, go ahead and ask if they offer such deals on a regular basis. For example, West Coast retailer Ralph’s will double coupons with a value of $.50 or less, and bring any coupon with a value of $.51 - $.99 up to $1.00 value. But they also offer several weeks throughout the year when they’ll double any coupon up to $1.00 face value, thus turning $1.00 coupon to $2.00.
- Not all coupons are created equal. It’s important to pay attention to the fine print. Some manufacturers limit their coupons' value by specifically noting “Not Subject to Doubling”, or “Do Not Double” on the coupon itself. It’s typically written in bold type across the top of the coupon.
- Clip and save. Stock up on valuable coupons and watch your savings add up quickly. Find offers on all of your favorite products on Save.com and in our coupon inserts of your Sunday newspaper or your mailbox.