Gather your coupons ... and multi-stack!

Last week, I introduced you to the concept of multi-stacking, a term I use to refer to any deal at the grocery store that involves applying multiple discounts to the purchase of the same items. Through multi-stacking, shoppers can enjoy even greater savings at the register each week, leveraging the power of store coupons, manufacturer coupons and additional sales or special promotions being held at the store.

My favorite deals are "money-back" supermarket sales, in which part of what you pay for your items is returned to you at checkout in the form of a Catalina coupon good for money off your next purchase. One of the stores I shop at recently had a "Spend $30, get $15 back" sale on a variety of items. I get very excited when I see these sales, because that $30 is the total before coupons are factored in - pre-coupon, I call it.

This particular deal included a variety of cereals. All of them were priced at $2 a box. By buying 15 boxes I could reach the $30 spending mark and qualify for the special sale.

Now, right away, I suspect a few of my readers may be snickering a bit. Fifteen boxes of cereal? In one shopping trip? You bet! At my store, these great, high-level money-back sales tend to come around only once every few months or so. When they do, it's a great opportunity to stock up on the cheap. Cereal is an excellent item to add to your grocery stockpile at home. It typically doesn't outdate for 11 months or more. And when you buy more, you save more.

I always take advantage of these sales when they come along. And I can't remember a time when I paid more than a quarter a box for a name-brand cereal. Really. That's actually the high end of what I'll pay. I typically pay much less than that for cereal, as you'll see during my story of this $30/$15 sale.

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