What is the Difference Between Store and Manufacturer Coupons

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The following question comes from Lisa :

What is the difference between manufacturer coupons, store coupons and getting a coupon from the product website? Are they all different and where do you find each??

HI Lisa! I’m glad you asked this because it can be confusing!

As a general rule:

Store coupons

  • Issued by each individual store and typically can only be used at the store. They may be available on the store website, from store mailings, in-store coupon books and even occasionally in the Sunday inserts.
  • Rite Aid offers store coupons through their Video Values program. Walgreens offers coupons through their monthly in-store Instant Value Coupons book. Check your Sunday inserts for Target store coupons!
  • Some stores even offer store coupons through their own smartphone app (such as the Target Cartwheel app)
  • Store coupons can be usually be stacked with manufacturers coupons for even greater savings (although some grocery stores will not allow coupons to be stacked – check with your local store for their policy!)

Manufacturers coupons:

  • These can come from many places: Sunday coupon inserts, printable coupon sites like Coupons.com, Smartsource.com, Redplum.com (all available for printing right here on Moms Need To Know).
  • You can also check the websites and Facebook Fan pages of your favorite brands.
  • Manufacturers coupons can often be found right in the aisles of your grocery stores. Look for coupon tearpads, bottle tags and peel-off coupons in your local store.

I hope this helps you understand the different between store coupons and manufacturers coupons Lisa!

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