• Five Ways to Save with BOGO Strategies

5 Ways to Save...
Using BOGO...(Buy One Get One Free) Strategies 

Stephanie Nelson, CouponMom.com

BOGO (Buy One, Get One Free) promotions offer 50% savings, but Strategic Shoppers know how to get an even better deal, using coupons and store policies correctly.

1. To learn how BOGO deals work at your store, ask.  Do you have to buy two items to get the savings, or is item really just charged at half price? Review your receipt the next time you buy items offered with BOGO deals to determine how they ring up.

 2. If the first item rings up at full price, and the second item is zero,  you need to buy two items to realize the BOGO savings. If you have more than one coupon for the BOGO item, you may be able to use two coupons, one for each item, to save the most.  Using two coupons on a BOGO deal can even make the entire purchase free.

 3. If each item rings up at half price, then you do not need to buy two items.  If you only had one $1 coupon for $2 box of  crackers, you would still get the item free since the BOGO crackers would ring up at $1 per box.  If you had an odd number of coupons, such as three, you would get three boxes free if you had three coupons. This is the most desirable BOGO policy for Strategic Shoppers since you can maximize your savings easily.

4. While BOGO items often ring up for half price at grocery stores, drugstores typically charge full price for the first item and nothing for the second. In other words, you must purchase two items at drugstores in order to benefit from the BOGO deal, but it might not be necessary at grocery stores. 
5.  Ask your store personnel what the store policy is regarding the number of coupons allowed on a BOGO deal.  For example, stores like Walgreens and CVS will allow you to use two coupons on a BOGO deal, while Rite Aid only allows one coupon per BOGO deal.

Stephanie Nelson is the Coupon Mom. With more than 6 million members, Coupon Mom gives members access to thousands of printable coupons for groceries, restaurants and more. As the nation’s top expert in couponing across the country, Stephanie has been on every major national television talk show and taught millions how to save money for the past 11 years. She has been called ‘”the rock star of the recession” by the Washington Post and her book, The Coupon Mom’s Guide to Cutting Your Grocery Bills in Half, is a New York Times best seller.







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