Understanding Your Coupons
There is a lot of information printed on the back of coupons. Most of the terms are interpretative. We want to help you with understanding your coupons. This will ensure you are getting the absolute best savings. There are so many misconceptions when it comes to coupons. So we want to break it all down for you.
Most coupons will refer to the dealer and the customer. The dealer being the store. The customer being the individual using the coupon. They will have wording directed at both of you.
When a store cashier is checking your coupon the first 4 things they will check are; the expiry date, the mail in address, the value, and the product description. The expiry date tells the cashier the coupon is valid. The mail in address must be Canadian for it to be valid in Canada. The value tells the cashier what to deduct from your total bill. The product description on the coupon must match the product you are purchasing.
Next comes the wording that determines how many coupons you can use. One of the biggest misconceptions is that you can only use one coupon per visit to store. This is only true when the coupon states one per customer.
How many coupons can I use?
There are 3 wording phrases if you will on coupons. One per purchase, One per transaction, One per customer. In most cases one version of these will appear on your coupon. They each mean something different.
One per purchase: This means for each product you purchase you may use 1 coupon. So if you buy 6 soap you can use 6 coupons.
One per transaction: A transaction is the total order on one reciept. You can do more than one transaction per shop. Each receipt can contain one couponed item for that coupon. You could ultimately get 6 in one shop. but you would need to do 6 transactions.
One per customer: This means you as a shopper may only use 1 coupon no matter how many transactions or how long you are in the store. In this case yes you may only get one of those couponed items in the entire shop.
Something else to note is that while the picture on the coupon makes it attractive it is the wording that determines what the coupon is good on.
We hope this will help you to get a better understanding of the coupons you possess and how to maximize your savings.
Looking for coupons check out our post on where to find coupons in Canada.