1) Know what you are working with. Because different stores do different things and each region is different, its worth stopping by customer service when you are shopping to ask about their coupon policy. Here are a couple questions to ask:
a) Do you accept competitors coupons? Publix accepts competitors coupons, but you need to know what they consider a "competitor". Our Publix accepts Target coupons, some do not)
b) Will you charge me half for a BOGO item or do I have to buy both?
c) Can I use two coupons on a BOGO deal? Most stores allow this. Harris Teeter does not.
d) If an item is out of stock can I get a rain check? Rain checks are great! I have heard of some stores will even write on them to accept your coupons (in the case that they expire before the item is back in stock)
e) Do you double coupons? Up to how much? Kroger and Publix double coupons up to $0.50 (making it $1 off an item). Harris Teeter doubles up to $0.99 (making it $1.98 off), and stores like Wal-mart and Target don't double at all.
If you have any questions, let me know. I will continue this series here and there to give you some great tools to bring that grocery bill down!
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