Coupon Definition: One Per Purchase Or One Per Transaction?
How To Coupon: One Per Purchase Or One Per Transaction? What does 1 coupon per purchase mean? The question I am often asked by far from people who love coupons is about the words: One Coupon Per Purchase or what does one coupon per purchase mean? You will find those words on every coupon in one form or another!
There is nothing that confuses a cashier more than those words. I will also say it is the number one reason a grocery store cashier will tell you that you can’t use your physical coupon.
It’s also probably the most important thing you need to learn because it will come up repeatedly, and you WILL have to educate a cashier and/or manager at some point so that you can still get your lower price.
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I just WISH the manufacturers would let someone with REAL couponing experience WRITE the wording on discount coupons, and it would make it so much easier for everyone involved! lol
I remember one coupon one time was worded so badly that it actually said anyone over the age of 65 wasn’t allowed to use it! Did they seriously expect, 1. to gain customers, and 2. The cashiers to CARD elderly people?! It shouldn’t be so hard to get your reduced price on your new products.
The question I am asked most often by far is about the words: One Coupon Per Purchase. You will find those words on every coup in one form or another!
For some reason, it confuses shoppers, cashiers, and even managers.
This coupon term simply means that you cannot use that 1 coupon on 20 of the same product. You need 1 coupon for each product you wish to purchase.
For example: If you have $1/1 Coke product, you can get $1 off of 1 Coke product – that is 1 purchase. If you have 2 Coke products and 1 – $1/1 coupon you can only get a $1 coupon rate off of 1 – you cannot use that coupon on both Coke products.
If you have 2 – $1/1 such coupons and 2 Coke products you can use 1 coupon on the first Coke and 1 coupon on the second one.
Normally when you come upon this issue, it will play out something like these example sentences:
Your coupon beeps.
The cashier reads the main body of the coupon and then says, confidently: “It says 1 per purchase – you can’t use this one.”
I hear this from cashiers ALL THE TIME! They are just looking for a reason to give as to why it beeped, and that is the first one they think they see.
One Per Purchase vs Per Transaction
Here’s where the confusion happens. People are confusing 1 coupon per purchase with 1 coupon per transaction. Purchase is 1 product (in the case of what is on a coupon), and a transaction is an entire order (checkout).
So, if a coupon said 1 coupon per transaction for a particular product – you would only be allowed 1 coupon for the entire order. In that case you could checkout more than once to use the other like coupons for the other like products you want to purchase.
Say you have 10 Suave Shampoo coupons that said that. If you wanted to buy ten and use ten coupons, you’d need to checkout 10 times – or MAKE 10 transactions.
But, since they say one per purchase, that means you can use 1 coupon payment for each item you purchase that the coupon covers, so the financial discount is lower.
So, then my response to that cashier is: “Yes, it says 1 per purchase. I am purchasing 3 (or however many you are), I have 3 coupons, 1 for each. This entire order is a transaction, each item I am purchasing is a purchase.”
Again as I have said many times, you catch more flies with honey than you do with vinegar. You wouldn’t like it if someone came into your office and started telling you that you didn’t know your own job. It’s not their fault that they almost never get training on coupons.
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I hope that answers the question: One Per Purchase Or One Per Transaction! What are some other questions you have about couponing, any electronic coupon, online coupons, or something a cashier or manager has told you that you aren’t sure if they were exactly right about?
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