Use this Bogo Reference Chart as a cheat sheet
Whether you’re a new couponer or well seasoned, any combination of a buy x get x sale and coupon can get confusing. This bogo reference chart may help sort things out so you know how many to buy and how many coupons to use for the best possible deal. As a general rule, you want to buy the lowest common denominator between the number of items needed for the coupon and the number of items needed for the sale.
As shown on the bogo reference chart, if you have a buy 2 get 1 coupon (2nd row) with a buy 1 get 1 sale (second column) you would need 6 items to get the best deal. (You need 3 items for the b2g1 coupon and two items for the b1g1 sale. The lowest number that they both go into is 6 so that’s the number of items to get). As the chart shows in the square where the B2G1 coupon intersects with the B1G1 sale, you would pay full price for one and get 5 free. You’re welcome to print or save a pdf copy of the chart if it will help to double check your deal or you could simply bookmark this page. Please note that some combinations show a possible profit. That is going to depend on the policy of the store you are shopping at. Some stores may allow the overage toward the rest of your basket. Others may only allow an item to be free and not better than free.
Important Note about this type of bogo reference chart: This chart assumes you are shopping in a store that allows a coupon on the free sale item(s) such as Publix and CVS. Some other stores such as Rite Aid and Walgreens do not allow a coupon on the free item so the chart doesn’t work for those stores. I will be creating a chart in the future for stores that do not allow the use of coupons on free items.