Before You Start Using Double Coupons
If you're ready to take the leap into double couponing, the first thing you need to do is find out which of your local grocery stores offers double coupons. As we mentioned, stores have been adding more and more couponing regulations, so it'll be tough to find a supermarket that offers double coupons every day, no questions asked. Once you've figured out which stores do double, you should call each one to get the details on their policies. Here are a few questions you'll want to ask:
- When do you double coupons? Some stores double only on specific days or weeks, and some only during special promotions.
- Do I have to be a member of your rewards program to get double coupons? Some stores require cashiers to scan a customer's rewards card before they scan coupons (and thus give the double discount). It's almost always free to join these programs, so definitely sign up before you check out.
- What's your doubling limit? Most stores double coupons up to a certain amount, usually 50 cents, 99 cents or $1 (although $1 is rare). This means that if you have a 75 cent coupon for a bottle of shampoo and the store's limit is 50 cents, you can use the coupon, but it won't double. Many manufacturers' coupons are for $1, so stores can easily avoid a lot of doubling by setting a limit of 99 cents.
- What's your limit on doubling "like" coupons? Some stores will double only a certain number of coupons for the same amount and the same product.
Now that you know when and where you can shop with double coupons, it's time to start clipping and collecting.