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Oct 3, 2011

Stacking Stacking Coupons| Country Cooking Recipes

Did you know you can use more than one coupon for a single item at the grocery store?  It's called "coupon stacking," a technique that seasoned coupon clippers use to double or triple their savings.  In some cases, they even walk out of the store with items they got for free!
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Catalina coupon crazy savings
here's how it works:  First, you need to distinguish between manufacturers coupons (MQ) and in-store coupons--coupons that stores like Meijer, Kroger, Target, CVS and Walgreens print in their weekly ads and publish on their websites.  you can even get in-store coupons from Catalina machines.

Catalinas are coupons that print from Catalina machines at checkout.  you trigger the printout when you buy items the store is promoting

Catalinas often offer a few dollars off your next purchase at the store, but sometimes they offer savings on products instead.  When you combine one of these in-store coupons with an MQ for the same item, this is coupon stacking.

Doubling Up the Coupon Value
Lets say you've clipped a coupon for 1.50 off two boxes of General Mills cereal from the Sunday paper.  By itself, this is not much of a savings.  But what if you could combine that coupon with a Catalina printed at your last trip to Meijer or Kroger for $1.50 off your next purchase of two boxes of Cheerios?   You can use both coupons for the same two boxes of cheerios and save $3.

Heres where it gets interesting.  Instead of rushing to the store immediately, hand on to those coupons until Meijer or Kroger advertises three boxes of Cheerios for $5.00 in their weekly ad.

Each box of cereal would cost you roughly $1.66 without the coupons.  When you add your in-store coupon and MQ, you save an additional $3.00.  This works out to be one box of cheerios for free and a second box for just 32 cents!

Remember, you don't have to purchase all three boxes to get each box for $1.66, either.
Each box automatically rings up at this price no matter how many you buy.

Don't be afraid to clip, collect and stack
Even the most hesitant coupon clippers can use stacking to double or triple their savings.

I guarantee that the first time you walk out of the store with free items in your cart, you'll be smiling all the way to the bank.  Its very easy to do, once you get the hang of it.

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