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Can you “make” money when you use coupons? Yes you can! We never “count on overage” when couponing but we love it when we get it! I always note on my posts if we get “overage” during my shopping trips. Overage is when you purchase and item for $.80 and use a coupon for $1.00. You will get the $.20 back towards another item in your order. You will not always get cash back…so what you want to do is purchase another item so that the “overage” applies toward that item.
Another way to get overage is when you “stack” coupons. You can sometimes get overage by using both a store and manufacturer coupon. When shopping at a store that accepts digital coupons you may also get “overage”
Getting overage will totally depend on the store’s coupon policy. Some stores automatically adjust your coupon “down” to match the items price. You don’t have to feel guilty in earning “overage” because the manufacturer pays the store for the face value of the coupon (plus a handling fee) regardless of how much you purchased the product for.
We personally like to earn “overage” at a Kroger Mega Sale. We do well because when you earn a free item you can still use a coupon on that item. You can “earn money” towards the cost of your other groceries to make your savings higher.
Now you can even get overage in the form of Cash Back at Walmart!
To me overage is a cherry on top of a sundae! I don’t always count on it but love it when I get it! It is a nice way to save you additional money while couponing and to get savings towards other items in your cart that don’t offer coupons.