How a Buy One Get One Free Coupon Works With a Buy One Get One Free Sale

This week Walgreens has Clean and Clear Body Wash on sale buy one get one free.  There is also an insert coupon available for buy one get one free Clean and Clear body wash.  So, how does the coupon work with the sale?  Here is the answer:

In general in a buy one get one free sale, the first item rings at full price and the second item rings at $0.00.  This is a store promotion that you can combine with your buy one get one free coupon to get two free bottles.  The way it works out is that the store is giving you one product for free with the buy one get one free sale.  Then you use the coupon to “pay” the bottle you are purchasing.

At the register, usually the coupon will beep. This is to prompt the cashier to enter the value of the item manually so it can be deducted by the register,

When does it not work out like that?

1) Your store’s coupon policy states that you must “buy” or pay for one bottle.  Some stores may require the customer to pay for one bottle.  In this case, most people would get two free items and pay for one after coupon and sale.  However, if the buy one get one free sale rings the items one at full price and another one at $0.00, I encourage you to grab four items.  In this case your transaction would look like this:

1st item at full price
2nd rings at $0.00 because of the sale
3rd item rings full price
4th item rings at $0.00 because of the sale
Use your buy one get one free to deduct the cost of one of the items at full price
Final Cost: Pay for one item and get three free.

2) Your store rings buy one get one as 50% off each item.  If this is the case, you will end up paying for half the cost of item item after buy one get one free sale and buy one get one free coupon

3) Your store rings buy one get one free sale as say one item $2.98 and the second item as $0.01.  In this case you may have a lot of trouble being able to get any item free.  It will depend on the cashier and whether this is a”coupon friendly” store.

So, how do you know what happens at your store? Stop by the store’s customer service desk or call ahead of item and ask to find out how a buy one get one free coupon.  Never be afraid to ask a cashier or customer service person before you do any shopping to avoid any frustration at check out time.

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  • Janet

    Thanks so much for walking us through the B1G1 scenarios. I started using coupons but have stayed away from these b/c it seemed a little intimidating and sometimes you do have to educate the cashier and I didn’t understand it myself!

  • Kristina L.

    Does anyone know how Walmart rings up bogo sales when you price match?

  • Rhonda

    My walmart won’t price match buy one get one sales.

    • According to the new Walmart Coupon policy they do. You can check it out here ,

      I’m still not sure how they would handle a BOGO pricematch plus a BOGO coupon though.

      • Jen B,
        Thank you SO much!! I have tried to price match a BOGO at walmart and they refused me…i’m not one to argue, I just printed that….now they will have too!

  • Isabel

    Thanks for the tip. I did not know how it worked. I barely started doing coupons so, this all new to me.

  • merle

    I was so glad I read this before going to walgreens. had to buy 1 and got 3 free – they wouldn’t let me get 4 free. but then I used $9 in RR and didn’t pay much for anything that day!

  • Beth

    Pls discuss a BOGO store promo and then using a 1/2 manufacturer coupon (also 1/3 manufacturer coupon).


  • Sara Vernon

    What happens when the store sale is BOGO half off and you have a BOGOF coupon for that product

  • Flan

    What if you have a manufacturers BOGO coupon AND a store BOGO coupon? would it work out the same way?