The Art of Coupon Stacking

Today's tech-savvy consumers are smart when seeking the best deals available. Coupon stacking maximizes savings by applying more than one discount offer to the purchase of a single item or service. Coupon stacking is a simple savings strategy, often done by combining a store coupon with a manufacturer coupon. Customers can enjoy even more savings when an item is on sale in a special promotion, and they apply a store coupon or promo code and a manufacturer coupon on top of the sale discount.

Many merchants also honor competitor coupons (usually for the same merchandise or service). They want your business and are competing for your loyalty. For instance, let's say Home Depot, Ace Hardware, or Lowe's is having a sale on seasonal furnishings or equipment. A customer can take advantage of more savings by also using a store coupon and a manufacturer's coupon for a specific item. Sale + Coupon + Coupon = Triple Threat discount!

Not all merchants honor multiple discounts, but some will vary on this policy for different reasons throughout the year. The wise shopper will reach out to the discount decision-makers who may be able to make a customized deal for you. You might be surprised at just how valuable you are to them. If coupon stacking creates new customers and contributes to the reputation and growth of their business, there is mutual benefit. Multiple discount deals are sometimes limited in one way or another, but appropriate limitations and guidelines on coupon stacking are often at the discretion of management, so don't be afraid to ask!

Promocodes.com encourages merchants to consider the benefits of coupon stacking, which can help their bottom line. By placing appropriate disclaimer limitations and guidelines on any deal, including coupon stacking, businesses can also encourage shoppers to buy from them, while maintaining reasonable discount flexibility.

Some Possible Coupon Stacking Discount Options:

  • Store coupons/promo codes with free shipping offers
  • Manufacturer coupons/promo codes/rebates
  • Seasonal sales
  • Clearance sales
  • Veterans or Senior discounts
  • Volume discounts
  • Spending tier discounts
  • Frequent buyer discounts
  • Holiday shopping hacks

Many of these discounts are available both in-store and online., allowing customers can to save while merchants increase sales, customer satisfaction, and loyalty, by strategically allowing stacking discounts. That's a win-win scenario that Promocodes.com encourages as often as possible!

Stacking Tips:

Some merchants don't allow stacking. For example, a user successfully adds a 10% off coupon code on a check-out page, and the balance due reflects the 10% discount. Then, the user adds a second "stacking" promo code which is not as big as the first coupon, say 5%. The balance due then changes to reflect only a 5% discount. This merchant doesn't allow coupon stacking and the amount due defaults to using only the lesser discount. The user can then replace the 5% coupon code with the 10% code again to get the better deal.

A related strategy is called "canceling for a discount." This method is when an online customer, after placing an order, intentionally cancel it, testing to see if an on-screen prompt offers a better deal. If a pop-up window asks a reason for why they're canceling, the user can then select "too expensive" and perhaps get a better pop-up offer.

Retailers often offer new customers a higher one-time use discount, which they track using an email address. New email? New customer. Existing customers can use a different email address to take advantage of a new customer coupon code for a better discount on their purchase.


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