Do Online Printable Coupons Double or Triple?

I have been using an awesome system for saving at least 50% on my grocery bill every week.  But it requires me to purchase the Newspaper each week for the coupons.  We don’t get delivery in my rural area, so I have to go find a machine somewhere.  It’s kind of a pain, but worth it to save so much money every week!

Have you ever missed getting the Sunday paper, then tried to find the coupons online? In my rural area, we cannot get the paper delivered to our door, so I have to go buy it each week at the machine.  I really don’t mind; it’s worth it to me because I usually save at least 50% on my grocery bill using only newspaper coupons.

But most online printable coupons have a big Strip with the words “DO NOT DOUBLE” at the top.  And since my entire grocery saving strategy depends on doubling coupons up to $0.99, that really messes me up!

This week, I found myself with an empty pantry, and no coupons! You see, I have been traveling so much that I hadn’t gone shopping, nor had I picked up the paper in about a month.  I was basically, in a word, screwed.  The thought of buying groceries full priced makes me literally sick to my stomach!

So, in a panic, I called my awesome friend Jenn, from  She is a coupon rock star, and I knew she would have the scoop!  I had heard that printable coupons will sometimes double, even though they say not to.  But others responded to me saying theirs didn’t double.

Jenn told me that the words ‘Do Not Double” are usually from the manufacturer, meaning that they will only reimburse the store for the face value. Most stores will double the coupon (as long as the bar code will scan)! So I took my printed coupons to the local Harris Teeter  (my favorite store), and decided to put it to the test.

The customer service manager informed me that they can’t tell if the coupon will actually double until they scan it. Another gamble, but I had to get some food in the house, before my kids started eating their clothes!

To my delight, they DID double ~ Every single one of them! On that shopping trip, I saved $147 and spent $112.  I stocked up on Shrimp (buy 2, get 3 free, 2lb bags), pork chops, and split chicken breasts.

This revelation has changed my grocery shopping strategy forever.  I will still get the newspaper every week and use the Grocery Game, but I will supplement with printable coupons whenever I can!

Here is my advice for you:

  1. Test your store by bringing in a few printed coupons to try. Ask first, because if the answer is no, there’s no use trying.
  2. Make sure there is a bar code and a photo on your printed coupon. Most stores will not take them without these security measures.
  3. Only download coupons from trusted sources. I will always trust are,, or

Here is a great, comprehensive article about printable coupons from Stretching a Buck.  And by the way, you can print coupons from straight from your HP Web Printer!

So now you can click here and print some coupons!

About Sarah Pinnix

I'm a mom, blogger, vlogger, libertarian. I love Jesus, and my husband, too. Social Media Strategist for a Non-Profit (All statements here are solely my own)


  1. I’ve never had a system refuse my coupon. The manufacturer can’t tell the stores what to do, so the stores (most, not all) ignore that warning. When a store doubles a coupon, that comes from their own pockets. It doesn’t affect the manufacturer one way or the other.

    I’ve always wondered why manufacturers want to try to discourage it. It can’t possibly be a bad thing to get more of their product sold at no extra cost to them! My only guess is that they don’t like the unfair competition between the stores that double and the ones that don’t. Not likely, but I can’t come up with any other reason.
    .-= Cindy ´s last blog ..Contests Today =-.


  2. Thanks so much for the link to my article. Made my night! 🙂


  3. Woohoo! Good for you. That is some serious savings! My local Kroger only doubles up to 50 cents, but still very worth it. Way to be a smart shopper.
    .-= Kim Young´s last blog ..Teaching the Scientific Method to Preschoolers =-.


  4. I’m so glad it worked out for you, Sarah!
    Sarah I’m so glad it worked out for you!! YOU are the rock star my friend!

    Cindy- I don’t think manufacturer’s “discourage” it per se, at least not to the consumer. I think the DoNotDouble “warning” is intended for retailers. Manufacturers simply haven’t budgeted the “double” into their marketing budget.

    If you have an iPhone there is a great app (designed by a fellow Lawrencian and neighbor, Jason Boehe) called Grocery IQ. This is owned by and you can now print coupons freon your iPhone to an HP Printer AND load coupons to your shopper card (if you are lucky enough to have a participating store).


  5. Silly auto correct! Jason Boehle is the name of the Grocery IQ designer 🙂
    .-= SuperJenn´s last blog ..140 Free Address Labels =-.


  6. shannon
    Twitter: couponprincess

    I believe that if a coupons barcode begins with the number 5 it will double, the blinkies you find in the store from smart source say do not double and WILL not at all because they begin with the number 4 (i think that is the number) however at my store if the cashier sees the DND then they can manually hit a key on register that will not allow the doubling. Great post!


  7. Coma Girl says:

    You’re lucky, some stores in up here won’t even take online coupons. I know, the horror! Doesn’t stop me from trying every time 😉


  8. Steve Z
    Twitter: groceryalerts

    It depends on the store.

    I think it depends if they have different UPC codes.
    .-= Steve Z´s last blog ..Buy 25 litres of fuel and and get $2 off with this coupon – Expires December 31, 2010 =-.


  9. Alyssa
    Twitter: alyssaavant

    THat’s great news thanks Sarah.
    .-= Alyssa´s last blog ..Anxiousness. . . Proceed with Caution =-.


  10. Ginger
    Twitter: Here\'s My Cup Lord

    Hey Sarah,
    I’m glad I skimmed over here to this post. I don’t really get the grocery game. Will you please fill me in via email if you don’t mind.
    Thank you,
    .-= Ginger´s last blog ..A Place Called Tuscany and More… =-.


    Twitter: reallifesarah

    Ginger! I never got a notification of this comment, I’m so sorry I haven’t responded!

    The Grocery Game is basically a list generator. They match up store sales with coupons, and tell you what the best deals are. Then, you choose the items you want to print out for your list. It’s printed in the order of the store aisles, and makes it SO easy to coupon effectively. There are free services, like, but The Grocery Game is the best for me.

    Here is a complete overview of how I do it:


  11. Where I live the stores generally doubled any coupons that did not have a bar code that started with a “5” (generally the ones handed out at the store). But recently they have started scrutinizing each and every coupon and manually overriding the doubling of any coupon with this printed on it. Not only does this greatly impact my savings, but makes using the coupons a big hassle as I tend to have LOTS and having the cashier reading all the fine print every one is a giant pain. I am actually getting to the point of purchasing most of my foods directly from farms and coops and just not shopping at traditional grocery stores any more. I know a lot of people doing the same thing. Hopefully our business will be missed and things will improve in the future!


  12. That’s great news thanks Sarah


  13. These double coupons seem like a good idea, is it just a USA thing or can it happen elsewhere?


  14. coupons says:

    this is a very informative post…it provided me with some great insights on how to get the most value from my coupons…thank you for that


  15. As we’re on Do Online Printable Coupons Double or Triple? | Real Life | An NC Mom Blog, You can actually get coupons from magazines and newspaper advertisements. Pay close attention the to the expiration dates on them too. For those who have access to the web go to the web-sites for the items you use. Plenty of of them offer coupons that they’ll mail to you or that you can print at household. If these websites provide an opt in list for you to obtain promotions and coupons by e-mail then take advantage of it.


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