Combining SavingStar Offers and Manufacturer Coupons – Yay or Nay?

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Can you combine a manufacturer coupon with SavingStar offers? This one is a pretty easy answer and sadly, the answer is mostly no. The only exception being the “One or Many” offers. Those are not considered manufacturer coupons in and of themselves, they are cash back offers in essence. SavingStar is not a straight cash-back app though like Ibotta or Checkout51 and I think that’s where a lot of the confusion sets in. Although they do have some cash back offers in the form of their “One or Manys,” they also have digital manufacturer coupons, which you get credited for later.

These other coupons that are SavingStar offers, for instance, “Save $0.75 on 2 Betty Crocker Frostings” are digital manufacturer coupons. If you click on the “i” symbol (see above) in the lower left-hand corner of each coupon, it gives the manufacturer terms:

“Void if altered, copied, sold, purchased, transferred, exchanged or where prohibited restricted by law. One coupon per purchase of specified product(s). Good only in USA, APOs & FPOs. CONSUMER: No other coupon may be used with this coupon. Consumer pays any sales tax. RETAILER: General Mills will reimburse you the face value of this coupon plus 8¢ if submitted in compliance with our redemption policy. Copy available upon request. Cash value 1/100 cent. Send to GENERAL MILLS, P.O. Box 880588, El Paso TX 88588-0588 or an authorized clearinghouse.”

Look familiar? It should. That lingo is on just about every manufacturer coupon out there, whether a printable or an insert coupon or wherever it’s from. It’s telling you that you can only use one manufacturer coupon per item. If you were to combine a SavingStar manufacturer coupon with an insert or printable manufacturer coupon, you would be using 2 coupons on one item. Just as if you took 2 insert coupons and tried to use them on one item.

If you need further proof, SavingStar directly answers that question in their FAQ section:

Do SavingStar offers stack with in-store discounts or manufacturers’ coupons?

SavingStar offers will work whether or not you combine them with other services’ coupons, but they are not intended to be used this way. Generally, manufacturers state that it is against their policies for shoppers to redeem more than one manufacturer’s coupon for the same purchase. You can use SavingStar offers with store-specific coupons or in-store sales.
In the future, we may implement mechanisms to limit the combination of SavingStar offers with other manufacturers’ coupons.”

So although you may see people posting deals using a paper coupon combined with SavingStar offers, both on one item, now you know that you aren’t supposed to. “One or Many” offers combined with coupons is OK as long as they don’t exclude it. I think the only “One or Many” SavingStar offers I’ve seen forbidding the use of other coupons in combination with it are the P&G ones. Of course! You can click on the ? symbol (see above) in the upper-right hand corner to read those terms, if there are any.

The number one question I get asked about a SavingStar offer is the use of other manufacturer coupons with them and now you know that you can’t. The last thing I want is for your account to get shut down because of miss-use. Hopefully in the near future they’ll do what they say and put in some kind of mechanism to combat that. Until that happens though, we’re on our honor.

Until next time, Shop Happy!

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