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Split up your purchases to maximize use of multiple coupons
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Shoppers who have The LOZO know that they should always use coupons whenever they make a purchase. Some stores are stingy with the coupons they offer, so you're happy to get your hands on any of them at all. But some stores are known for frequently issuing coupons with various discounts and minimum spend thresholds, so you might have several available at your fingertips. When that's the case, the question becomes: "How do you maximize your coupons to save as much as possible?" LOZO has the answer!
Most stores have a policy that you can only use one coupon per transaction, so to get the best discount you'll have to split up your purchases. If a store is not busy they are usually happy to ring up the transactions separately at the register, one after another. In other cases you might need to take separate trips or go back in line. Once you figure out what the extra savings will be worth, you can decide whether to go through any extra hassle.
STEP 1: Assess the Value of Each Coupon
The first thing you need to do is assess the value of each coupon to figure out which is worth the most. That's easy to do when you are comparing coupons like $5 off $25 vs. $10 off $25, but harder when the coupons are in different "flavors", such as:
STEP 2: Adjust the Discounts so They're "Apples to Apples"
LOZO recommends first adjusting everything to the equivalent "percentage discount" so you can compare apples to apples. So in this example:
For this step, ignore any minimum purchase requirements.
STEP 3: Try the Best One First...
Then you start by trying to use up the best coupon first. 33% was the best discount so start with that one. Pick out as close to exactly $15 worth of items from your basket--as long as it adds up to at least $15). You will probably buy just those items in one transaction (we'll need to do a double-check at the end). Note: usually coupons and thresholds are applied after any in-store discounts. So if you have $30 of items that are marked "take 50% off" then that will count as $15.
Now you are on to the next coupon. In this case, the "20% off $50 or more" is the best remaining one, so you will use that for the rest of your items (assuming you are above the 50% threshold).
EXCEPTIONS TO THE RULE:
There are a couple of cases when this approach might not be the best strategy for you, so we recommend double-checking before you checkout!