Archive for April, 2012

Coupon fine print ‘lingo’

Ever been stumped by ALL that little print on your coupons??
Ever had a cashier confuse limit one coupon per purchase with one coupon per transaction? NOTHING makes me more upset during checkout!! I always have a racing heartbeat and my child is always going crazy! I want to be sure everything goes smoothly, and no mistakes are made or coupons are missed. Here are some tips, and the easiest definitions I have found for that small (and very confusing print!)

Limit one per purchase. Do not double. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Are you confused with how many “like” coupons you can use? Coupons have a lot of information packed onto a small slip of paper, and if you haven’t spent a lot of time reading coupons, the fine print might not make a lot of sense.

Reading a coupon correctly is essential to success. If you misinterpret the offer, you may run into trouble redeeming the coupon. Even one small mistake interrupts your checkout; and checking out with coupons already takes long enough. Make sure you understand exactly what your coupon means by using this guide.

Limit Per Purchase: The number of coupons you can use per item listed on the coupon. If the coupon is for cents off one item, you can use one coupon for every one item. If the coupon is for cents off two items, you can use one coupon for every two items.

Limit Per Transaction: Every time you make an exchange with the cashier and get a receipt, you are completing a transaction. The limit of coupons you can use per transaction refers to the number of coupons you can use on one receipt.

Limit Per Shopping Trip: This piece of fine print means that you are only allowed to use one coupon every time you enter the store. If you wanted to redeem more than one coupon like this, you’d have to return to the store later and make a second “shopping trip” to redeem it.

Limit Per Customer: This technically means that you may only use one coupon to get one deal. In practice, this is rarely enforced because if you come back the next day for the same deal, there’s not much chance anyone will notice. Ignoring this rule probably won’t interrupt your order at all, but it is a questionable ethics practice because using coupons they way they were intended to be used is important.

Limit of “Like” Coupons: This refers to the number of identical coupons you can use in one transaction. Generally, you can use the same amount on another transaction on the same day. This is a popular bit of fine print for Proctor and Gamble coupons.

Limit of Like Products in one Shopping Trip: This means that you can only purchase a certain number of the items on the coupon in one trip. So even if you use coupons that are not identical but refer to the same item, you can only purchase a certain number.

Do Not Double: This is another tricky coupon area. Many coupons say “Do Not Double” but are still automatically doubled at the cash register. Any coupon that says “Do Not Double” should be assumed as a non-doubling coupon.