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Just 10 Things about BOGO Sales

Posted on June 24, 2013 at 11:40 AM


1. All BOGO sales are not created equally! In the past BOGO meant Buy One Get One. It was implied that the second item was free but today that is not always the case. Now many stores have BOGO sales where the second item isn't free but at some sort of a discount. If you have seen the ads for Payless shoe stores, then you know that the second pair is 50% off. A good deal but not free. So read the fine print carefully so you will be prepared before you get to the register.
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2. Before you open your wallet to a BOGO sale, have a general idea of how much the item costs when it's not on BOGO sale. Sometimes stores will double the price of an item to cover the cost of the second item. In these cases, it's better not to BOGO.
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3. Many stores will allow two coupons (one per item) on BOGO sales while others will only allow one coupon (for the item you actually buy) and some stores allow one coupon but it can be a $X/2 coupon. Ask your store what they allow.
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4. Kroger does allow two coupons on its BOGO sales. One of the best deals you can get is when vitamins and supplements are on BOGO sale since they do true BOGO sales where the second item is completely free. My mother takes Osteo BioFlex daily. This stuff can be $17 a package or more so we always get it on BOGO sale at Kroger. Osteo BioFlex frequently has high value coupons so when we see the $5/1 or more coupons, we stock up. We use two coupons (one per item). That's $10 off the price! If the cost is 2 pkgs for $17 on BOGO that means our OOP is just $7, making each package $3.50! An added bonus is that you can save the points on the bottom of the Osteo BioFlex and send them into the manufacturer in return for coupons up to $10/1!
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5. Many stores will allow you to use a BOGO coupon at a BOGO sale, resulting in two free products. Here is how it works: The manufacturer pays for one of the items thanks to your BOGO coupon while the store pays for the second item due to their BOGO sale.
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6. Some stores will even allow a $X/1 coupon with a BOGO coupon although many consider it double dipping while others argue that there is nothing saying you have to pay full price on the one you buy. You have to read the fine print on the coupon to make sure you don't violate any of the coupon terms. Some coupons will state that you cannot use them in combination with another coupon.
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7. Many stores will also allow the use of BOGO coupons on B2G1 sales. This is a great way to really lower costs.
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8. Most BOGO coupons that I have found personally can be used on B2G1 sales are for energy bars or candy.
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9. You can get some really good deals if you can combine BOGO coupons with mega sale prices!
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10. Ready to try out an extreme BOGO deal. If you have purchased coupons in the last couple of months from me then you probably have a BOGO coupon for Skinny Cow individual candy. Kroger in Houston currently has these on a B2G1 sale at the price of $0.79 for Kroger card holders. Buy 6 individual Skinny Cow candy. Use 3 BOGO coupons for Skinny Cow. Your total OOP: $0.79!
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Here is how it works:

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Candy #1 - You buy this one! Your cost: $0.79

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Candy #2 - BOGO coupon - Manufacturer pays for this one

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Candy #3 - B2G1 Sale item - Store pays the cost.

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Candy #4 - BOGO coupon - Manufacturer pays for this one

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Candy #5 - You buy this one... sorta. Your Cost: $0.79 (don't worry - you will have an overage to take of the cost)

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Candy #6 - BOGO Coupon - Manufacturer pays for this one plus B2G1 Sale item so Store pays overage of $0.79 which covers the cost of Candy #5.

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Total OOP: $0.79 (About $0.13 per candy!)

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