by Cassie Howard
Coupon stacking in Canada is only allowed at Save on Foods and London Drugs. They both allow you to stack coupons at their stores. Today, I’d like to talk about coupon stacking at Save on Foods and explain how to stack coupons at this store. Come back on Monday and we’ll continue with coupon stacking, and learn how to stack coupons at London Drugs.
What is coupon stacking?
First, for those of you that are wondering what coupon stacking is, I’ll explain it for you:
Coupon stacking means that you are able to stack more than 1 coupon on any item you are purchasing (you are usually only allowed to use 1 coupon per item).
So, without further adieu, this is how to stack coupons at Save on Foods:
Information You Must Know
You can price match on top of using coupons, to get an even better discount. This varies by store, so make sure to contact your location to make sure that this is something they allow. Always price match whenever possible because it not only saves you money, but time, as well.
Coupons must not say the following:
“Cannot be combined with any other offer”
“Use of more than 1 manufacturer coupon per product is strictly prohibited”
Many coupons have one, or both, of those lines, so always check them before you try to stack them.
Each coupon must have a unique UPC code. This is the bar code that is on the front or back of your coupon. Example: If you want to stack 3 coupons on a package of Pampers diapers, make sure that the numbers on the UPC of all 3 of your coupons are different. If they are all the same, you cannot stack those coupons.
Each coupon must be from a different source. For example, you cannot stack 3 tear pad coupons or 3 printable coupons on one item (even if they all have different UPC codes). You could, however, stack 1 tear pad coupon with 1 printable coupon and 1 Save.ca coupon.
You are not able to get overage from your coupons. Your total must be $0.00 or more when you stack coupons together. If your total is in the negative after your coupons are applied, you are not able to use those coupons. Save on Foods does not allow coupon overage.
Your coupons cannot be expired. This is obvious, but I still feel as though it needs to be mentioned, because you wouldn’t believe how many emails I receive every month, asking me if it’s okay to use expired coupons. It’s not. Ever.
Printable coupons are allowed. Save on Foods does allow you to use printable coupons at their stores, which makes saving money even easier. And no, they cannot be photocopied.
All coupons must have a Canadian address. In order for the store to get reimbursed from manufacturers, there needs to be a remit address on the coupons that Save on Foods can send those coupons to. And it needs to be Canadian. If there is a US (or other) address on your coupon, it will not be accepted.
You still have to pay taxes. Many people stack coupons because it often leads to free stuff. However, keep in mind that you will likely still have to pay taxes on those items (if they are normally taxable items). Also, the tax that you pay is on your pre-coupon total (for example, if you buy a $5 item, and use $5 in coupons, you will still have to pay tax on that $5).
Coupon Stacking Tips for Save on Foods
Shop during non-peak hours. Not only will you avoid long line-ups if you shop and stack coupons during non-peak hours, but you will also have a better selection of products (if you shop first thing in the morning after the store has stocked their shelves). If possible, avoid shopping any time on Saturday or during peak weekday hours (5-7pm).
Place an order to save time and frustration. If you plan to purchase a lot of items and use a lot of coupons (especially if you plan to stack coupons), call your local store ahead of time to place a special order. Save on Foods supports couponers (even extreme couponers), but they also are looking out for their other customers by making sure there is always enough stock available for everyone.
Get familiar with the coupon policy. Read the Save on Foods Canada coupon policy and familiarize yourself with everything on it. Know that policy like the back of your hand so you always know what to expect when stacking coupons at Save on Foods. Also, bring a copy of the coupon policy with you every time you shop, just in case you run into an issue while checking out and need to show the policy to your cashier.
Stacking coupons at Save on Foods is an easy way to get free stuff.
Remember to follow the rules (information you must know) and coupon stacking tips above and it will be impossible for you to not save a significant amount of money on your grocery bill.