Types of Coupons: Store Coupons

11 May


What is a store coupon?

A store coupon is a coupon that is funded by the store.  It can be used with both a sale AND with a manufacturer’s coupon.  All of the coupons we have discussed so far are “manufacturers coupons.”  They are funded by the manufacturer.  But, you can make couponing work even better if the store puts out coupons of their own!  Why?  Because you can “stack” a store coupon with a manufacturer coupon (use more than one coupon per item).  For example, if Target has a coupon for $1 off Pampers, then you can buy 1 pack of Pampers and use that $1 Target Coupon AND a $2 Manufacturers Coupon!  If they are running a sale on their Pampers, EVEN BETTER!!!


How can you tell if it is a store coupon?

At the top of most coupons (typically by the expiration date) it will say either “manufacturer coupon”, “store coupon”, or use the store name (i.e.  “Target Coupon” or “Rite Aid Coupon”).  Sometimes a manufacturer will put out a coupon that is a manufacturer coupon with a store logo printed on it.  These can be used at any store, but the cashier is likely to question it and may refuse to accept it. 


What stores typically put out store coupons?

CVS – Printables from their website or scan your CVS card on the __ machine as soon as you walk in the door.

Rite Aid – Watch videos and earn coupons.

Walgreens – Walgreens puts out monthly booklets that can be found at the front of the store near the weekly ads.

Target – Printable Coupons.  You have to print the coupons to know whether they are store coupons or manufacturer coupons.  Many times, though, your favorite bloggers will let you know before you print. 

Many, many other stores!  Try searching the store website to see if they distribute store coupons.


My favorites:  $X/$X purchase coupons!

Many stores put out coupons that are an amount off of a minimum purchase:  $5/20, $5/25, or $5/30.  These can many times be used before other coupons to make for some really fantastic deals!



Use a $5/20, a $1 Store Coupon, and a $3 Manufacturer Coupon to get Your $20 purchase for $11!  These can typically be found at the 3 major drugstore chains.

3 Responses to “Types of Coupons: Store Coupons”

  1. Kisha May 11, 2010 at 5:11 pm #

    I just wanted to add that since you can’t always trust the wording on coupons to show whether a coupon is a store or manu coupon, but the best way to tell is to look at the bar code numbers. A manu coupon will start with a 5 (or maybe a 9) and have a total of twelve digits. Store coupons will look weird. Rite Aid’s start with RC, etc.


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