My daughter Sophia and I are extreme couponers. Often times we leave the store with either the store owing us money or extra products because of coupon overage. Many of our local stores will not allow a transaction to be in the negative but will allow the consumer to use that overage on other items. How this works is when a coupon exceeds the asking price of the merchandise this generates overage on that particular product.
Wal-Mart is one of few retail stores that will allow a transaction to be negative. Sophia and I generally will purchase other merchandise with our overage but have walked out of Wal-Mart with them owing us money. For example, we had a coupon for $3 off any aspirin, which costs $2.22 – a 78¢ moneymaker. We recently purchased 30 items and after coupons Wal-Mart paid us $8.04 in overage. We know that this is not an easy task with the coupon craze but it can be done.
Dollar General and CVS will not allow a transaction to be negative but will allow overage to pay for other items to be purchased. The balance may be zero or one cent but it just cannot have a negative balance. Many times Sophia and I choose items that we do not receive high value coupons for such as trash bags, light bulbs, soft drinks, milk etc.
Just recently we shopped at CVS to purchase 17 items. We had a CVS coupon worth four dollars off $20.00 purchase and a 25% off CVS coupon to use as well. Our grand total was $180.00 after all our manufacturer coupons and CVS coupons our total out of pocket was $25.00. We then received $26.00 back in ECB (extra care bucks) and $15.00 ECB for CVS beauty Club, essentially making this a $16.00 moneymaker.
As we all know not all stores treat couponing the same and it is the responsibility of the consumer to know exactly how their favorite retail stores deal with transactions or coupons that have overage. Some stores will mark the coupon down to the sale price or clearance price.
It always a great feeling when the stores pay you to shop.
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