Using BOGO (buy one, get one) free coupons & sales can be very confusing so I decided they deserved a lesson of their own!
Almost all grocery stores when then they have BOGO free sales items will ring them up half price at the register. In other words, instead of ringing up the first item at full price and the second one at $0 (or taking it off at the end) they ring both items up at 1/2 price. The registers are set to ring up all BOGO free items at 1/2 price no matter how many of the items you purchase.
This great because it allows you to use a separate coupon on each of the 2 items, saving alot more money! This great also because most stores will allow you to just purchase one of the items at 1/2 price.
I do this when I only have one coupon for the item or I just want one item.
Say, Homeland has paper towels on sale BOGO free this week and the cost of the paper towels is $3.00. You put 2 packs of the paper towels in your cart and when you get to the register the cashier rings the paper towels up at $1.50 each. You have 2 coupons for $1 off the paper towels. The cashier takes off both coupons and you get the paper towels for $.50 each! Maybe you only had one $1/1 coupon for the paper towels, you could just buy one pack and the cashier would still ring it up at $1.50 and you'd get the paper towels for $.50.
Using BOGO free coupons with BOGO free sales will depend on your individual store. Some will let you and some won't. If they do you'll end up getting 2 of the items for the half price amount.
Instead of getting the paper towels at Homeland for $.50 each, you'll get them 2/$.50.
Other store like CVS will take off the BOGO free item at the end, will allow you to use 2 coupons or they will allow you to use a BOGO free coupon on a BOGO free sale! That means you'll bet both items free!
CVS has Dove shampoo BOGO free – reg. price $3.99 (sale price 2/$3.99)
You have a BOGO Free Dove shampoo coupon.
You check out and the cashier scans your Extra Care card
The cashier will ring both items up at $3.99
She puts in your BOGO free coupon and it takes $3.99 off
She finalizes your transaction and the register takes off the remaining shampoo because of the sale.
You receive 2 FREE shampoos- just pay tax!
If you missed any of our previous lessons just click on the one you'd like to view from the list below:
Lesson 1 – Coupons: Where to Find Them
Lesson 2 – Oragnizing and Storing Your Coupons
Lesson 3 – Shopping With Coupons
Lesson 4- Coupon Money Makers
Lesson 5 – Learning The Lingo
Lesson 6- Are You Really Saving Money and Other Coupon Traps to Avoid
Lesson 7- Coupon Fraud And Why You Shouldn't Do It!