Stacking Coupons Can Double Your Savings

Coupons can save you lots of money. Last year I saved over $7000 at the grocery store alone – YOU CAN TOO! Some say couponing is an art while others say science. Either way, there is far more to coupon use than simply clipping a few $1 offs out of the newspaper.

Stacking coupons is an incredible example of how to double your coupon mileage. The stacking technique is allowed by many grocery stores, pharmacies and department stores. So how does this work?

Stacking means you can use both a manufacturer’s coupon and a store coupon together on the same item.

For example, let’s say you’re craving pickles (for the record – I’m NOT). You have a manufacturer’s (MFR) coupon (Q) for Vlasic pickles. As you thumb through your grocery store’s weekly ad you notice they have a store Q for Vlasic pickles.

Buy your pickles and use BOTH the MFR Q and the store Q. You may use ONE of each. Just because you find 4 MFR Q’s does not mean you can use all of them on one item. Stacking means only one MFR Q and one store Q on one item.

Now you should stockpile on that item. Make sure you buy enough to last through the sale cycle so that you always get the lowest price. While Vlasic pickle may be you favorite, consider dropping your brand loyalty to save even more money.

There are many ways to use coupons more effectively. What are your best tips and tricks for saving money with scissors?

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~ Regina

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How does brand loyalty affect my wallet?

Brand loyalty simply means remaining loyal to a single brand name product. Admit it, you have a favorite brand of cookies and you would never consider “cheating” on those tasty little sweets just because something cheaper came along.

Ask yourself what you’re more loyal to – your cookies or your bank account?

Understanding sale cycles, using coupons and stockpiling affords you the opportunity to save hundreds and even thousands of dollars on your grocery bill. I’m suggesting that you drop your brand loyalty to take advantage of the lowest prices on various products. Yes you may happen to like Bertolli  marinara sauce the best. However, if you can get on board with the idea that spaghetti sauce is all very similar then you can always get the sauce at the best price because from week to week a different brand name will be on sale.

Certainly you draw the line somewhere. My Husband for instance will only wipe with Scott toilet tissue! I don’t expect many people to rotate their deodorant. What products are you most loyal to? What products are you least loyal to?

~ Regina

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What’s a Stockpile

How do you currently shop for groceries? Here, I’ll make it a multiple choice question.

A. I don’t plan a thing. I shop whenever it happens to come up and I simple toss things into my cart. I usually end up with things I never use and I often have to explain the half eaten package of donuts to the cashier. What’s a coupon?

B. (gasping at “A”) I maintain a list of things we need. When we run out of an item I write it down. I shop for those things that need to be replaced and generally have the same ingredients on hand. Oh and a girlfriend gave me some coupons for some of the things I constantly buy.

C. (rolling eyes at both “A” & “B”) I menu plan! I decide each week what meals my family will eat. I create a list of necessary ingredients and shop for only those (no impulse buying).  Sometimes I use coupons, I can’t always find what I’m looking for.

ok Ladies…Place your hand on your forehead and erase erase erase! Forget about those methods and get ready to save thousands of dollars – by enrolling in Coupon College’s Grocery Store Couponing 101.

Stockpiling means: first only buy an item when it’s on sale, second match a coupon to each of those items (stack coupons when applicable), next buy as many items as you have coupons, and/or buy enough of that item to last until the next time it goes on sale (learn about sale cycles and brand loyalty).

  • I have never regretted buying a huge quantity of any item (I have not purchased shampoo/conditioner in over a year – I stockpiled when I could get Infusium for $.16 per bottle)
  • I often say “I should have gotten more of those” or “I really wish I had more coupons for that.”
  • By stockpiling I saved over $7000 last year at the grocery store!

You may be wondering…

  • Do they look at me funny at the store when I’m buying 60 boxes of Kashi…not any more
  • Where do you store 20 jars of marinara sauce, 60 cans of beans, and all that shampoo and Kashi? I have many creative storage ideas, you just have to experiment until you find what works best for your household. A great idea is – converting your linen closet into a second pantry.
  • How does stockpiling affect my menu planning? It is significantly easier to plan meals when you have a multitude of ingredients on hand. Use our menu planning pages and it couldn’t be easier.
  • Can you stockpile produce? Yes

So continue to learn about the various ways you can use coupons and the stockpiling method of shopping and YOU will save thousands of dollars too.


~ Regina

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Understanding Sale Cycles Can Save You Money

Sale cycle refers to how often a given item goes on sale. Most grocery store products are on differing sale cycles. There are many factors that influence these cycles. Seasons, holidays, special occasions, monthly promotions, corporate marketing, new product and new packaging are just a few. In general terms you can expect an item to go on sale every 12 weeks. Some items will rotate through various sales within that 12 weeks. For example:



  • week 1 – regular price
  • week 2 – % off
  • week 3 – BOGO
  • week 4 – regular price
  • week 5 – 2 for $x
  • week 6 – weekly sale promo
  • week 7 – regular price
  • week 8 – specialty sale
  • week 9 – 10 for $10 type sale
  • week 10 – regular price
  • week 11 – % off
  • week 12 – regular price
  • repeat

Knowing when a product will be at its lowest price means you can stockpile those items for optimal savings. To see a month by month list of when your favorite products may go on sale click here. What else do you want to know or can you share about sale cycles?

~ Regina

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