Coupon FAQ’s – What Does One Coupon Per Purchase Mean & How Do People Use More Than One?



Ever read the fine print on a coupon and wondered exactly what it meant? If the fine print on a coupon says “limit of one coupon per purchase” this refers to your ability to use one manufacturer coupon or one store per item. If you buy 5 of item X, you can use 5 manufacturer coupons. If you only purchase 1 of item X, you can only use one coupon. Sometimes you might get a cashier who is not coupon friendly that might try to prevent you from using multiple coupons on multiple items. If the cashier says you can’t do this because the coupon says “limit one per purchase”, ask them how many of the item are you purchasing? The manufacturer doesn’t care how many you purchase in one transaction, they just want to limit the number of coupons used per item. If a coupon does say “limit one per transaction”, then you can only purchase one item (and use one coupon) per transaction where you are rung up and pay separately each time.

But I’ve seen people use more than one coupon on an item at some stores. How do they do that?
Most likely they are doing what is called “stacking”. This is where you CAN use a manufacturer coupon with a store coupon on the same item. Many stores such as your local grocery store, Target and Walgreens allow stacking, and this is where you can take advantage of some really big savings! Let’s say you are going to buy some shampoo that is on sale for $3.99. Walgreens has a store coupon in their monthly coupon book for $2 off this shampoo. You also have a manufacturer coupon from the Sunday paper for this same shampoo.

Sale price of shampoo is $3.99
– $2 Walgreens Coupon= $1.99
– $1 Manufacturer Coupon=
$0.99 – Your cost after coupons

Which makes this a great deal. This could even possibly become a moneymaker if there is a savings for a store rewards program like Walgreen’s Balance Rewards, or if you get a catalina coupon back for your next purchase like Register Rewards. This is how extreme coupons can not only get stuff for free, but can even make money shopping! Watch your weekly ads and online shopping blogs like this one for these deals.



  1. Thanks for the info. I am SO bad about using coupons and I really need to get better at it.

  2. Thanks for clearing up the specifics. Couponing can get confusing (well for me, it does) occasionally when you have different store policies and different fine print requirements. Stacking coupons is always a great opportunity! I also love when retailers (like Target or Wal-Mart) will match prices. Usually they will require proof. I think Target has been also matching to online retailers, so it’s nice to pop up a screen with the page listing a price.

  3. If a coupon says limit one per purchase, but doesnt have a limit to how many of them you can use in a store what does that mean?? Can i use an unlimited amount or is there a way to find out the limit?

    • Some Proctor and Gamble (P&G) coupons now do have a limit of 4 like coupons and a few other coupons may have restrictions but typically it is one coupon per item purchased. So if you buy 10 boxes of cereal and have 10 coupons for $0.50 off per box you are fine as long as the coupon does not limit you to a maximum number of boxes. Some stores (like Dollar Tree) may have limits in their store coupon policy. Dollar Tree limits the number of printed coupons in a transaction. If you plan on making a REALLY big purchase, I’ve always found it’s best to talk to the manager ahead of time to approve it and to give them heads up, before you head to the cash register with a full cart and a stack of coupons. Things go much more smoothly and it helps them plan ahead to have inventory ready for you! :)

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