How to combine coupons

Coupons used on their own doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re going to save huge amounts of money every week, not unless you know how to combine them with each other and instore offers. That’s what determines your final savings and out of pocket expense. If you use a coupon on an item while it’s full price and without any other vouchers or rebates, then that’s a wasted effort and certainly a wasted coupon. Let’s say that you’re going to buy two packs of canned mackerel because you have two 50p off coupons for brand X. The full price for one pack of mackerel is 1.50£ and if you use the coupon it would make your final price 1£. Let’s say that the coupon is valid for 30 days, do you buy it now if you only printed the coupon today or a couple of days ago? No, this is the time to wait and see if it goes on sale in your shop or in any of the other stores that you shop in. If you wait two weeks and see that Morrisons have mackerel on sale for 1£ per can instead of their regular price of 1.50£, then this is where you want to go and buy the two cans. You get the two cans and use both your coupons and end up paying 1£ for both cans. If you would have bought them two weeks ago at full price at shop number one then you’d have paid 2£ after coupons, now you end up 1£ instead – a 66% saving instead of 33%. Now, imagine if you’d have other coupons or rebates that you can combine with the manufacturer’s coupon – that could give you even greater savings or even free food. I’m going to go through the most common ways that you can combine coupons, instore sales and rebates, as long as the coupons allow it. Make sure to read the coupon and see if you can add other coupons to your purchase, or if you can only use one coupon per item. Remember that this usually means money off coupons and not points coupons – you can combine a point coupon with a manufacturer’s coupon.

  1. Peelie and manufacturer coupon

No, you can’t use them both since they’re both manufacturers’ coupons, but with different names and looks. They’re still coupons made by the manufacturer of product that you’re about to buy.

  1. BOGO + manufacturers coupons

This varies from chain to chain, so be sure to ask the particular shop that you’re in – it depends on what the management says. If they say no, then respect that. It can also depend if it’s a Buy One Get One free or if it’s a Buy One Get One half price. Be sure to ask for their policy for both occasions – BOGO free and BOGO half price. Make sure that you get the answer in writing if you’re asking the management, then you have an official letter that is more valid than words and can’t be refused.

  1. Manufacturer coupon + instore coupon

Generally yes, since they’re two different things, instore coupons comes from the shop and manufacturers coupons from the manufacturer. If you get Catalinas, then they’re instore coupons that comes from a manufacturer but can be used with a manufacturer coupon. Read the manufacturer coupon and if it says something like “one coupon per item”, it most often means that you can’t combine two manufacturer’s coupons.

  1. Instore coupon + points coupon

Depends on what kind of coupon it is. You can’t use two X amount of points – those coupons that say 2, 3, 4 or 5 times the points that you earn in a transaction – but you can use a paper coupon that states “get 200 points for buying Catty’s cat food” with a digital voucher that’s loaded to your loyalty card and says “get 50 points if you buy a Catty’s cat food”. Plus, you can add those X times the points earned in a transaction in the end too, but just one.

  1. Rebate + manufacturer coupon

Yes, you can use these together since you’re not actually using them at the same time. Just use the coupon as usual at the register, save your receipt and then scan it into the rebate app to get that retroactive cashback.

  1. Rebate + instore coupon

Yes again. This is just the same as the example above. Use the coupon instore, get the receipt and scan it in the rebate app.

  1. Rebate + manufacturer coupon + instore coupon

This is the third yes. If the manufacturer coupon allows that you stack an instore coupon to it, then you can get an extremely good deal and quite possibly a freebie or a moneymaker. Getting all three in combination with a sales price is the best thing and all though it doesn’t happen very often, it can still happen.


Today’s Christmas haul!

So this week my local ICA shop has some amazing deals on baking stuff, and so I had to take advantage with all the holidays coming up. 

  • 2x2kg flour 1.50€
  • 2x1kg butter 3€
  • 10 eggs 1€
  • Muffin forms 50c/pack
  • 4 tubes of toothpaste 4€ 
  • 2 bottles of shampoo 2€
  • 4 packs of freezer bags 2.50€

The butter, eggs and flour will come in handy when I start my Christmas baking next month!

Got today’s haul at a bargain

I went to the shop to find coupons, not to shop, but then I found their 50% off shelves… at most I was going to buy some cheap meat that’s about to expire. I didn’t just buy crap, the things I actually bought I need.

Nothing was expired, every food thing is perfectly within date and edible.  This time I got:

  • 4 six packs of Pepsi Max
  • 4 packs of gel packs for the toilet
  • 2 bottles of organic apple cider
  • 2 small bottles of cloudy, organic apple juice
  • 2 taco kits
  • 2 Tetra Pak of organic sour milk 
  • 2 packs of cleaning cloths
  • 1 pack of garbage bags 
  • 2 chocolates protein puddings
  • 1 special gel pack for the toilet 

Total cost: 34€

Before rebates:  68€!

Today’s haul!

I went to the shop for the first time since I moved two days ago and I got a lot of goodies at a great price. Plus I treated myself to a couple of prawn cocktails too! Included in the haul, but not in the picture below – due to lack of space were:

  1. 2 large Falukorv, a Swedish sausage. You can easily get four meals out of one of them. (15 kr/sausage)
  2. 2 bottles of mustard (9 kr/bottle)
  3. One large bottle bottle of ketchup (20kr/bottle)
  4. One pack of mini baguttes (5kr)
  5. One whole chicken (29:90kr/kg)
  6. 3 bags of pasta (5kr/bag)
  7. 4 small bottles of cream (2 for 15kr)
  8. 2 kg rice (15kr/kg)
  9. Two pizza kits (15kr/kit)
  10. 4 bags of grated cheese (5kr/bag)
  11. Curry and cinnamon (10kr/bottle)

These are only the good deals, I didn’t include the other things I had to buy since that would only be boring. But all in all I saved about 20-25% on my bill and I’ve got food for about two weeks. The cost would be about 250 SEK per week, or about 25€.