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Couponing 101: How to Use Double Coupons & Oklahoma List

Posted: 04/26/11 8:00 AM (Modified: 04/05/13 10:28 AM)

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In every single coupon workshop I have ever taught, the double coupon issue always comes up. Not only do people want to know what stores double but they also want to know if couponing is even worth doing without the double.

Double Coupons 101:

1. Do any stores double coupons? YES. In Oklahoma, Harps, Homeland, Food Pyramid and Country Mart double coupons. Click on those store names for details. If you live in more rural areas, Apples Market and Nichols Dollar Saver also double coupons.

If you happen to live in a town with no double coupons being offered, you can always ask local stores if they would consider running a double coupon promotion. If not, no worries, it is still possible to save without double coupons.

2. Why do stores offer double coupons? Usually, stores will offer double coupons during a certain time of the month when sales are low. Notice Harps (for example) typically aims mid-month. However, in saying that, Homeland Stores double everyday. It is a marketing promotion used to bring you into the store in hopes you'll pick up other items while you're there. For example, your BBQ Sauce might be free after double coupons, but you're likely to get the hamburger meat, buns, chips and pop to go with it too. Therefore, the store makes money in the end.

3. How much do they double and what about other limits? Each store has a certain amount and a certain way of handling the double coupon. For Oklahoma stores, click the links under question #1. For other stores, call them directly and ask about their coupon policies.

4. Do stores lose money on double coupons? Yes and no. Some manufacturers do reimburse stores for the 'double' of the coupon as well as the face value. However, many do not and the store chooses to take a loss on the double again, in hopes you'll spend more money at the store.

We have a few stores in our area that are not so thrilled with smart shoppers coming into their store. This is because they know we won't spend any money on anything unless we have a coupon. Don't let a store blame you for their losses. The store has chosen to run the promotion, if they don't like the result, they can pull the promotion at anytime but most won't because they do make money from all those folks who buy everything else on their lists without using coupons.

5. What about 'do not double' coupons? 'Do Not Double' is actually a message written from the manufacturer to the store not to you necessarily. When double coupons started throughout the country, stores were expecting all manufacturers to honor the double coupons as well and reimburse the store for all those doubles. Some manufacturers did not like the idea of paying double for their coupon. Those manufacturers went the extra mile to write 'do not double' on the coupon itself to make sure the store knows they will only be reimbursed the face value of the coupon.

For the most part, 'do not double' coupons will scan through the register and really, it doesn't matter all that much if the store has decided to take a loss on the doubles anyway. If the barcode of the coupon begins with a 9, it's not going to scan and you're out of luck. If your cashier reads 'do not double' on the coupon, they'll likely stop you for fear of getting in trouble. But, really, that wording is intended for the store and not the customer.

At the same time, this is one of those 'gray areas' of couponing that many serious couponers debate about.

Example of Double Coupons in Action:

Kellogg's Rice Krispies $2 per box

-$1/1 manufacturers coupon

-$1/1 manufacturers coupon (the double of the coupon above)

=FREE Kellogg's Rice Krispies

See how this can work in your favor? Double coupons are great to use in strategic shopping however, do not think you have to rely on them. In fact, I do not live anywhere near a store that doubles coupons yet I still save hundreds of dollars a month! Check out the rest of our Couponing 101 series to find out how!

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Apr 24, 2011 07:33 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

I seperate my coupons and tell the cashier which ones are Do Not Double...I donh't want to take advantage of anyone. At Homeland cashiers are timed on how quickly they scan and finish each customers order and on how well they know the coupon rules.

Heres my beef with doubling any thing that scans... If we take advantage of the generosity of the stores policy then we ging the make it easier for the corporate office to justify chaning the policy.

The percentage of coupons that actually say Do Not Double is low, therefore making it easy to deal with, I still save LOTS and I keep Gods commandment, thou shall not steal.

Sometimes just because you can do something dosen't mean you should.

Apr 24, 2011 07:43 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

You Don't live NEAR or Shop at Homeland?

Your Picture shows lots of Cinnamon Rolls and Warm n Serve Rolls....the same ones I couldn't buy as the store was sold out do to GREED!

The road to Hell is paved with good intentions, yes your saving people money but you've also created alot of GREED and your BRAGGING photos (uber prideful) just send the wrong message.

Apr 25, 2011 08:51 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

'You Don't live NEAR or Shop at Homeland?

Your Picture shows lots of Cinnamon Rolls and Warm n Serve Rolls....the same ones I couldn't buy as the store was sold out do to GREED!

The road to Hell is paved with good intentions, yes your saving people money but you've also created alot of GREED and your BRAGGING photos (uber prideful) just send the wrong message.'

the wrong message I'm picking up is that the above referenced poster is spiteful and bitter. you snooze you loose. LOTS of successful couponers support not only their households but help with numerous various charities. maybe instead of feeling sorry for yourself and judging others you could of - oh I don't know - gotten a rain check for what you wanted to begin with?

Apr 25, 2011 04:05 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

3 pkgs of warm and serve rolls and 3 pkgs of cinnamon rolls is greed??? In my family of 3 teenage boys, it takes 3 pkgs to get through dinner....That is so not greed, that is feeding your family the best you can for the lease cost.

And that remark about the road to HELL....you must be awfully close to God if He is letting you do his judging for him...

Sorry but that just really got under my skin!

Apr 25, 2011 05:55 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

It is possible your store had only 5 packages of rolls and two people wiped it out who didn't even use coupons. Not everything is the fault of money savers. The store needs to be made aware that they need to order more.

Read some of the other posts and you will find we don't do greed here. As for the picture above, that's not my house and those aren't my groceries. That is from one of our readers and I believe it was from Harps not Homeland.

I did not say I never shop at Homeland, I said I do not live by one. The point was that you can save money with or without double coupons.

We brag about saving money to show that everyone can do it. The site was created to help people provide for their families and the families of others which is what we teach.

As for the road to hell, it is paved with deception not cinnamon rolls.

Apr 26, 2011 11:00 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

The United Grocery in Weatherford,OK DOUBLES coupons EVERYDAY! The cashiers are friendly and helpful. With the price of gas shopping close to home makes sense and using coupons is a no brainer!

Apr 26, 2011 01:36 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

I find Homeland removes items completely from their shelf if they will lose money by the doubling. Remember, Homeland only doubles once on an item, other words, if you have two 50cent coupons and want to buy the same two items, they will only double one. I use to do a lot of coupon shopping there, until they became aware of people who know how to work the system. Besides, they will not take printed coupons from the net. I find shopping at Target and Walmart are best for me due to the lower over all pricing as well as they take all kinds of coupons, even if they don't double!

Apr 26, 2011 07:37 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Very hateful comment and pretty sad too! I pitty you for being so full of rudeness and so ignorant to judge.

Apr 26, 2011 11:13 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

I've recently started couponing and the reactions I get from some friends or co-workers is negative. I think it's because of the hoarders they see on tv. Some on those shows buy hundres of items just to put it on a shelf in their garage or 'coupon room' to look at it in awe. Who needs 150 years worth of toothpaste, deodorant or whatever it was that guy had.

Apr 26, 2011 11:15 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

I usually shop at Homeland and they do a pretty good job about keeping inventory stocked. There have been times that the shelf is empty and it is frusterating, but had I been there perhaps only an hour earlier and had the chance to get the last one or two I would gladly pick it up if it were on my list. I don't think there is any shame in that.

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