During this particular sale, the store had triple-packs of baby wipes on sale for $5.99. Buying two items in the promotion will earn me a $5 coupon for my next shopping trip. To keep track of my savings, I always figure that $5 savings into my current shopping trip. I may pay that $5 out-of-pocket at the register to buy these items today but I get it right back in the form of a Catalina good for $5 off my next shopping trip. So, buying two packages of wipes costs $11.98 but I'll get $5 of that back at checkout. That essentially brings the cost of the two packages of wipes down to $6.98 for 2 packages.
To bring the price down further, we're going to stack coupons here, too! I had a manufacturer coupon for $2 off 2 packages of wipes. The wipes were also on my electronic store coupons for $1.50 off each package. So, stacking these coupons together yields another $5 in savings.
After coupons, I paid $6.98 for the two triple-packs of baby wipes and I received the $5 Catalina coupon at the register. Since I got $5 of my original $6.98 back, the end cost of these two items was just $1.98! Triple-packs of baby wipes at less than a dollar a package? That's a great price ... made possible by multi-stacking! Consider that each triple-pack started out at $5.99 before all of these discounts were put together.
Any time I see sales at the supermarket that involve money-back promotions, I always look for both store and manufacturer coupons to help reduce the final price I pay even further. In the weeks ahead, I'll show you more examples of multi-stacking and explain how to make the most out of these promotions.
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Jill Cataldo, a coupon workshop instructor, writer and mother of three, never passes up a good deal. Learn more about couponing at her Web site, www.super-couponing.com. E-mail your own couponing victories and questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.