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Retailers Cracking Down on Extreme Couponing
Just when we thought that we could get ahead during hard times by being savvy with coupons to save some extra money, retailers are trying to ruin our fun. Some are making it harder to save as much with new rules they're putting into place.
On the retail front, some big retailers — wary of couponing copycats — are pushing back on former coupon allowances for ordinary shoppers:
At Rite Aid, shoppers can no longer combine buy-one-get-one-free coupons or promotions — a strategy that, in the past, allowed customers to get two free items. The chain is also limiting the number of coupons a shopper can use per item to four, as long as there is enough stock. Before, the store accepted “multiple identical coupons for multiple qualifying items.”
Target now forbids “stacking,” the act of combining manufacturer and store buy-one-get-one-free coupons, in order to receive both items for free.