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Please remember that coupon bloggers don’t print every coupon we promote

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When you read a post from a blogger about how to use a coupon for a certain deal, it’s important to know that bloggers do not actually print every coupon they promote, so they can’t always read the fine print.

When I started couponing 10 months ago, the fine print for most coupons was the same. All you had to do was look to see if there was a restriction on size. That’s no longer the case!

Many coupons are now printing out with lots of different restrictions in the fine print. Here are some examples of coupons that I myself promoted without reading the fine print first:

$5 off Enfamil – I promoted as free plus a money maker, but now that I printed the Q, I see it says “Purchase must be greater than amount of coupons. No change will be given.” That means the coupon should not even be used on the $4.77 can… ugh.

$1.25 off I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter – I printed 4 copies of this coupon (2 computers) and used all 4 coupons in one transaction. Last night I ran into couponer who follows my blog and she asked me how I was able to use all 4 when the fine prints says limit 2 of the same coupons. I looked at her coupon and sure enough, there was a limit of 2 like coupons per transaction. Good for her for reading the fine print!  I admit, I didn’t read it before using the Qs.

$2 off Renu – I discovered this coupon through another blogger and that blogger initially posted the Q as a money maker. Someone pointed out to him (yes, a male coupon blogger :O) that the fine print states “not redeemable for more than the purchase price” so that means the coupon can outright be denied if you try to use it on the $1.47 Renu, or the cashier might adjust the coupon to the lower value.

What this all boils down to is that you really have to be responsible for reading the fine print on your coupons before you head out the door.  We bloggers do the best we can, but we can’t do it all! And if you read a post that ends up not working out due to the fine print, please forgive your blogger.  I assure you, there is no intention of spreading around misuse of coupons by bloggers. There is just no way we can possibly read every single coupon we promote.

Most times, I post coupons first then print later in big batches (and I miss out on so many good coupons by waiting… argh!) so chances are very good that I did NOT read the coupon you print from my posts. I will try to remember to put a disclaimer in the post so you will know if I read it or not.


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3 comments to Please remember that coupon bloggers don’t print every coupon we promote

  • I had to correct one of my posts once I realized that the coupon only allowed ONE per transaction. Bummer…but like you said, we are responsible for what we put out there as well as being responsible for adhering to the rules set by the issuer. 

  • Jay

     I had a target coupon for free enfamil the- $7.88 size, which walmart accepted, but could I have still used the $5 manufacturer’s coupon since the item was originally priced above $5 coupon?  
    couponing beginner

    • darlenemichaud

      I have never used a Target coupon at Walmart so I really don’t know the answer. I know that Walmart treats a competitors coupon as a price match and the price is supposed to be on the coupon, like Buy X for $1.00 and not $1 off a product at Target. If you do an actual price match, then you can also use a manny Q, but not sure if free. Sorry! This one is way above me… LOL