1. Know your store’s coupon policies
Successful couponers know to look on a store’s website for the printable coupon policy to help them get the best deals. For example, Kroger, Giant, Safeway and Acme Markets stores double or triple coupon face values in some states, usually on specific days and to specific limits. For example, on a double coupon day, a $1 off coupon would be worth $2 off (though most stores generally allow doubling of coupons worth less than a dollar).
Kroger will waive the expiration date of coupons only for military families living on bases. Publix and Target allow coupon stacking (using a store coupon with a manufacturer’s coupon); Walmart does not. But Walmart will apply any coupon overage (when savings are more than the final product cost) to your total grocery bill, while most other stores won’t. Costco accepts no manufacturer coupons whatsoever while Publix will honor certain competitors’ coupons, depending on your store location and Target honors no competing stores’ coupons. Coupon policies change often, so make it a habit to check your store’s policy.
Ask your store manager:
Is there a grace period on coupon expiration dates?
Do you double or triple coupon face values?
Can I stack coupons at your store?
Do you have mobile coupons for my cell phone?
How do you apply coupon overages?
Do you match or accept other stores’ coupons?