Stockpiling 101 – Bar Codes and Correct Use. If a coupon’s bar code starts out with a “5” it will MOST ALWAYS double, if you are using it at a store that doubles coupons even if it states DO NOT DOUBLE.
However, if a coupon’s bar code starts with a “9” it will not double unless the cashier forces it too. We are finding now that many stores will NOT double a coupon if it says DO NOT DOUBLE including Meijer and some Kroger’s.
It is very important that when you use a coupon that you use it correctly. Coupon use should be based on the wording not what is pictured. If you are trying to use a coupon for another product than what is worded that is coupon fraud. The store will not be reimbursed for that item that is not legal. It not only hurts “us” as couponers but it also hurts the store.
If a coupon says $1/2 then you must purchase 2 items. If it says $1 off 32 oz. bottle, then it must be at least a 32 oz sized bottle. However, if the coupon says off any ONE then you may strategically use that coupon on ANY product. At that point we suggest using it on the smallest size available including a travel or sample size if available.
It is very important that you don’t use a coupon on a product that is not included in the wording even if that product is the same brand.
I hope this clears up any questions that you might have and if you have additional questions just leave a comment here.