What does "overage" mean in couponing?

by Tabitha @ Saving Toward A Better Life on July 11, 2011 · 0 comments

in Beginners,Coupon Terms

Overage is when the value of your coupon exceeds the value of the item. For example a $2 off coupon for a product that only costs $1.75 results in 25c overage.

Some stores allow this, some do not.

Some stores will adjust the value of the coupon to the price of the item if their register beeps to alert them to this. You will still get the item for free but with no overage.

Some stores will allow it if there are items in your transaction to absorb the overage. Purchase the $1.75 item and a 35c pack of gum. Use your $2 off coupon and pay 10c. You absorbed your overage with the second item.

Walmart does not require you to have items in your transaction to absorb overage. If you bought the $1.75 item and used a $2 coupon they would give you 25c back!

Another way overage occurs is if you stack a store coupon with a manufacturer coupon.

Learn more about coupon terms.

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