Double Coupons

Double Coupons


What is a ‘double coupon’?

There are many stores across the country that will double coupons. This means that, if you have a $.5o coupon, it will now be worth $1.00! $.20 becomes $.40, $.30 becomes $.60 and so on.

In most cases, on your receipt, you will see the amount your coupon scanned for, as well as the ‘bonus coupon’ amount directly underneath your scanned coupon. That way, you can look on the screen as your cashier is ringing up your coupons to make sure everything is going correctly. Below is a picture of a receipt were you can see the double coupon scenario. MC is the manufacturer’s coupon that is scanned. SC is the store coupon, which is the ‘doubling’ part of the coupon.

Above $.50 is where some things can get confusing. Some stores in my area will only go up to $1.00. For instance, if you have a $.55 coupon, it will only go up to $1.00. Other stores, however, will give you what is called a ‘true double’. Your $.55 coupon will double to $1.10! Your $.60 coupon is now worth $1.20, $.75 goes to $1.50, and so on. In my experience, coupons under $1.00 are the only ones that are ever doubled. I have never seen a $1.00 coupon double to $2.00.

How many coupons will double?

This is also where things vary widly from store to store. For instance, my Meijer is one of the stores around me that only goes up to $1.00. (A $.55 coupon only doubles up to $1.00, not $1.10.), and only the first TWO of each ‘like’ coupons double. You can use as many coupons of the same kind as you want, but only the first two double. So, it would be beneficial to split up your transactions there to maximize on your savings.

I am right on the line of two different districts of Kroger stores. The Cincinatti and Columbus (Ohio) districts. Each of these areas have 2 different sets of rules for their coupons. The little town I live in falls under the Columbus district. At these stores, they offer ‘true doubling’ of coupons. A $.75 coupon becomes $1.50! But, the downside is, you can only use 3 ‘like’ coupons. Even if they’re not doubling, you can only use 3 ‘like’ coupons in a day. They don’t allow separate transactions for this purpose, either.

The Cincinatti district, on the other hand, will allow for UNLIMITED amounts of doubled coupons. But, they only go up to $1.00 ($.55 goes to $1.00, not $1.10).

The Columbus district store, which has more restrictions on the quantity of coupons allowed, but better ‘doubling’ policy, is right down the road from my house. The Cincinatti district, that has a lesser ‘doubling’ policy, but allows for more coupons to be used, is about 20 minutes from my house. So, it depends on what deal you’re going for or how far you’re willing to travel for the savings as to which store you would go to sometimes.

Doubling coupons can vary widly from store to store, area to area… so always be sure to check with your store on their policy first.


  1. susan miller says:

    I so enjoy reading the blog, especially how the coupon doubling works and how to read the coupons that may require separate transactions. Thanks!!

    • Clever Coupon Cents says:

      You’re welcome. Doubling coupons and splitting transactions can get tricky sometimes. Let me know if you ever have any questions!

  2. Tracey says:

    I got lucky the other day and the lady at my local grocery store double a $1.00 coupon for my milk so I got $2.00 off.

  3. Roe Clark says:

    you always have great posts…always something to learn Thanks!

  4. Kimberly McCullers says:

    I find it odd that a “company policy” isn’t uniform across all stores. I could understand variations state to state (due to differing laws) but from one city to the next? I just don’t get that.

  5. Melissa Thiemann says:

    I know you are in a different state than me, but by chance do you know of any blogs that are in California. Double Couponing is illegal in California and most to all blogs I read talk about this. I do the best I can but its hard without this feature here.

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