These questions come up about couponing quite often, so I thought I'd put them here in a Q&A format.
Can I use coupons on a sale item?
YES! Absolutely you can. Finding coupons to match up to sale items is the way to get the best deals.
What does it mean on the coupon when it says one coupon per item purchased?
That's just a fancy way of saying that you can ONLY use one coupon per item. If you have 5 soup coupons and buy 5 cans of soup, you can use them all unless the store limits the number of like coupons you can redeem at one time. You can't use 5 coupons on 4 cans of soup, however. Also, contrary to what some people seem to think, that doesn't mean you can only use one coupon on your entire order. It is per item in your order.
Can I use two coupons on the same item?
The easy answer is NO. You cannot use two coupons on the same item. HOWEVER, if your store offers a store coupon for the item and you also have a manufacturer's coupon, most stores will allow you to "stack" both coupons to use together.
You just confused me. How will I know if it's a store or manufacturer's coupon?
Look at the top of the coupon. It will say "manufacturer's coupon" or store coupon normally right by the expiration date.
Where do you get your coupons?
I buy 3 papers each Sunday and my friends also sometimes give me their coupon inserts. I also print coupons from:
Coupons.com, SmartSource, RedPlum
How do you organize your coupons?
I have a file box with my coupons organized by date. I keep the inserts whole rather than clipping and cutting each week.
Other ways to organize include a binder, envelopes or accordion files. Find a system that works for you.