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What does it mean when a coupon states “one per purchase”?

The fine print on coupons can be confusing. The phrase “one per purchase” means that you can use one (and only one) manufacturer coupon for each item purchased. If you want to purchase multiple “like” items, you will need multiple “like” coupons. On some occasions, a coupon or a store will have a quantity requirement which limits how many identical items you can purchase with identical coupons.

What is the difference between “a purchase” and “a transaction”?

A purchase is a single item, and a transaction is your entire order (all purchases/items totaled together at checkout). In other words, one transaction will have one or more purchases or items. A purchase and a transaction are often misunderstood – even by cashiers and store managers. “One per purchase” means one manufacturer coupon per item – not one manufacturer coupon per transaction. You can purchase as many items as you want and pair these items with as many like coupons as you have unless there is a quantity limit stated on the coupon or in the store’s coupon policy. To avoid problems at checkout, read the terms of the coupon carefully and become familiar with the store’s coupon policy. If the cashier is confused, politely ask to speak with the store manager. If this approach doesn’t work, then ask to be connected with the store’s corporate office.

What does “stack” mean?

Stacking coupons means combining two or more coupons for added savings on a single item. For example, a manufacturer coupon can be stacked with a store coupon (from a store’s sales circular or mailer or store website or a store receipt) to get more cents off an item. If the item is on sale, even better! Make sure that both coupons have the same product description and size so that they can be used together for one purchase.