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  1. PeteB / Oct 28 2011 2:04 am

    First, congrats on the blog. Second, a scenario question for you. If Target has Diet Pepsi on sale for 3 for $10 and get one free, if you pay for 9, will you get 3 or 4 for FREE?

    • northernillinoiscouponingmoms / Oct 28 2011 2:38 am

      Thank you! The sale of 3/$10 get one free basically means you will get 4 12 packs for $10
      so if you buy 9 12 packs:
      buy 3/$10 get 1 free
      buy 3/$10 get 1 free
      buy 3/$10 get 1 free
      You should end up with 12 12 packs for $30 + tax ( or $2.50 each)
      Does this help?

      • Pete B / Oct 28 2011 2:58 am

        Thanks! I was wondering if the three FREE actually generate a 4th free given they are scanned and then deducted from store’s inventory. Or does it only work on stacking “deals”. For instance, buy 12 sodas get a free turkey. Only paid for 9, but don’t all 12 qualify? Make sense? Obviously they buy 12 get a free turkey is hypothetical.

      • northernillinoiscouponingmoms / Oct 28 2011 7:43 pm

        Ah I see what you are saying. My inital thought is no just because of the way items are rung up at target. That 4th one is deducted. But let me think this through. Those 3 free ones actually might trigger a 4th free!

  2. northernillinoiscouponingmoms / Oct 29 2011 12:16 am

    Ok I did some checking with other bloggers who are Target experts and no they do not think your scenario would work. However if you want to really stock up you can always try and have them ring it up. You can always ask them to void it (but explain to them first what you are trying to do so they dont get irritated ) 🙂

  3. Pete B / Oct 29 2011 12:18 am

    Thanks very much for looking into it. Hope all went well today. I may try tomorrow and report back.

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  5. northernillinoiscouponingmoms / Oct 29 2011 12:21 am

    It did! thanks!

    • Courtney / Nov 21 2011 7:40 pm

      Hello, I am new to couponing and feeling very overwhelmed right now. I decided to start slow and first focus on Target, which is hard because I’m excited! Regarding Target, I have some questions…

      #1 – is a Target coupon that I clip/print the same as the mobile coupons texted to me?
      #2 – can you always use one-manufacturer and one-Target coupon for every purchase? If not, how will I know before I get to the register?
      #3 – can I print a coupon more than once to buy the same product multiple times?
      #4 – if I have a coupon for “purchase 2 Healthy Choice frozen entrees and receive 1 FREE Top Chef” can I also use a $1.00 off ONE Healthy Choice meal in addition for extra savings?
      #5 – if I have a Target coupon for $5.00 off TWO health care items can I also use a manufacturer coupon for $2.00 off these same TWO items for extra savings?

      Lastly, in order to be successful with couponing (in general) do I need to be printing the same coupon multiple times, etc? I could really use some tips/example from those who have been doing this for a while. I learn best from being hands-on, so it’s going to take me some time to understand this exciting hobby. I appreciate any help you can provide!

      • northernillinoiscouponingmoms / Nov 21 2011 9:20 pm

        Welcome Courtney! Yes getting started can be overwhelming but you are thinking right to start with a store you know!
        So some answers for you:
        1. The Target Mobile coupons are different from the ones you can print from their site ( I believe. That is what I hear from other blog friends). I do not have a smartphone so I dont get Target mobile coupons text to me. You should just be able to show the cashier your phone and they will scan what is text to you
        2. YES! You can ALWAYS stack a Target coupon with a Manufacturer coupon on the same item!
        3. You can print each coupon twice from the same computer. That is true for Target store coupons as well as places like, red plum etc
        4. I would say no to that question because they may consider it using 2 manufacturer coupons on the same item
        5. Yes you can do this if one is a manufacturer coupon and one is a Target coupon. Technically if you have a Target coupon that says $5 off 2 items you could stack that with 2 manufacturer coupons as long as your coupon amount does not exceed the price of the item

        Ultimately you will see savings if you have multiples of the same coupon. For ex: if you have one $0.50/1 Crest and you find it on sale for $1.50 great! you saved $0.50 and got one toothpaste for $1. BUT if you have say 4 or more coupons for $0.50/1 Crest and you find it for $1.50 NOW you bought 4 at $1 each which means you can start a small stash of toothpaste and you dont have to buy it for a while. That is the whole point. Get coupons, wait for a sale then hit that sale hard . Start a stash of items that you use so you dont have to buy it again for a while!

        Printables are a great place to start but the newspaper is still the biggest source of coupons
        A good time to stock up on coupons will be the weekend of Dec 3. That Sunday there will be 3 inserts: Proctor and Gamble (PG) Red Plum (RP) and Smart Source (SS). You can get Sunday Register Stars at Woodmans for $2 right now. Home delivery is just $1.75 per week. You can also go to Dollar Tree or Menards on Saturday morning and get the Tribune (early Sunday Edition) for $1 each . they will sell out fast! Since November is almost over newspaper and printable coupons will be limited. Come Dec 1 all printables reset for printing again and that Sunday is a great weekend to start your stash of coupons!

        We are going to do an informal coupon club type meeting Sat Dec 3 at 4 p.m at Panera on 173 in Machesney Park if you are interested.
        Always feel free to ask questions here or you can also find us on Facebook ( see our link on our home page).

        And dont forget to check those clearance aisles at Target! Yes you can use coupons on clearance items!

  6. William Leicht / Jan 27 2012 11:00 am

    Hi! I am from Lake County where there is very limited doubling of coupons and I see that there are some out that way that double and this week triple. For Logli/Highlander and Sullivans, do you need any savings cards, in store coupons, or anything. I was looking at making a trip out there and want to make sure I have my ducks in line. Thank you.

    • northernillinoiscouponingmoms / Jan 27 2012 1:36 pm

      Welcome William! No you do not need a card for either store to be able to double or triple! There are rules though at each store such as Hilander/Logli you can only triple 20 coupons and Sullivans you can only double 10 but your order must total $25 first. You can find the closest stores on their websites. (Hilander/Logli is owned by Schucks so go to If you scroll down our blog page you will see a long list of topics and you can review both Hilander/Logli and Sullivans posts there! Good luck! Thanks for following!

  7. Donna / Feb 5 2012 5:55 pm

    I went to the coupon meeting at the DeKalb Library yesterday. Great info! I’m just getting started and I bought my first Tribune in probably 10 years today. I have printed some coupons now & then. Above, Courtney asked about printing multiple copies of coupons. I’ve always assumed that I cannot print more than 1 copy of a coupon. I’ve used one or 2 of the coupon sites (maybe 3 times over the past 2 years–it’s just not something I’ve focused on), but I thought I could only ever print one–thought there was some sort of code that would prevent me from actually using 2 printable coupons. I really am at the very beginning–I’ve always thought that when something went on Clearance, I couldn’t use a coupon on it. So many things I’ve just always assumed I couldn’t do! Thanks for the meeting yesterday!

  8. Marci / Feb 11 2012 1:19 pm

    Is the coupon gathering today at 4pm or 7pm? I noticed 2 different times listed…Thanks!

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