Tuesday Tips: Using Q’s without Abusing Them

Coupons are wonderful and valuable pieces of paper! When matched with store sales, they are the key to major savings. However, manufacturers and stores do not issue coupons to be abused.

On that note, here are things to think about when you use your Q’s…

  • Size Restrictions: Many coupons specify the size of the item to be purchased with the coupon. Make sure the item you put in your cart matches the coupon you give the cashier.

  • Quantity: All coupons specify the number of items the coupon should be used for. Make sure you follow these quantity specifications. For example:
    • -$1/1: you can use one of these coupons for every specified item you buy
    • -$1/2: you can use one of these coupons for every 2 of the specified item you buy
    • -$3/5: you can use one of these coupons for every 5 of the specified item you buy
    • B1G1: you can use this coupon to buy 2 items for the price of 1 (you can also add one $X/1 to sweeten the deal)

  • # of Qs and # of items: At most stores, you must purchase at least as many items as you have coupons. Keep a tally of the items you put in your basket and which you have coupons for.

Making sure that your “couponing” follows these rules, you are a legal couponer. Never feel ashamed to use them – they are saving you big bucks legally! Stay tuned next week for a lesson in Stacking Coupons.


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