Knowing how to read a coupon is an essential part of couponing. So, here’s a simple breakdown that will help you identify the basics.
1. TYPE OF COUPON
This indicates whether the coupon is manufacturer’s coupon or a store coupon.
2. EXPIRATION DATE
You have until midnight to use the coupon on the day it expires.
3. DISCOUNT AMOUNT
The dollar amount that the register will take off when the coupon is scanned.
4. ITEM TO BUY
This area includes the following important information and overrides the product picture on the coupon:
- the quantity of the item you need to purchase – if no quantity is stated (sometimes it will say “ANY” then it is assumed as ONE item
- specific product covered by the coupon
- size of the product
The cashier scans this. (obviously, hahaha!)
6. BARCODE NUMBER
If the barcode doesn’t scan sometimes the cashier (if allowed) will key in this number.
7. RESTRICTIONS AND FINE PRINT
This particular coupon has 2 restrictions:
- limit 1 coupon per purchase: use 1 coupon per item you are purchasing
- limit 4 like coupons per transaction: you can only use 4 of the same coupon in a transaction
8. STORE REDEEMING INSTRUCTIONS
This is for the store use. If there are no redeeming instructions in the coupon, it usually means it’s a store coupon.
Not too complicated, right? Next post: Couponing Codes and Definitions. Let me know in the comments if this blog post helped you or if you have additional questions.
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