How To Coupon: Is “Buy One, Get One Free” the Same as “Two For One”?
Let’s say you’re in the grocery store, and you see a sign that says “Buy One, Get One Free,” and then you see another, “Two For the Price of One.” That’s the same thing, right? Not exactly. By knowing the difference between the two, shoppers can maximize their coupon savings.
In retail parlance, “Buy One, Get One” is often referred to as “BOGO.” With BOGO deals, you buy one item, and the store gives you a second item for free. In contrast, “Two For the Price of One” (known as “twofer”) means you’re buying two items, and each one costs half as much as the item would normally cost.
This difference is important: If you only want one of the items, under a BOGO deal you would still have to pay the full price for it. If you didn’t want your second item free, you’d forfeit it. Under a twofer deal, though, you’d only have to pay half as much for the item, unless the store specified “must buy two.” Which would basically make it a BOGO deal disguised as a twofer. Yes, even many store employees can get confused. If you find a mistake has been made at the register, be polite in pointing it out — you’ll have more success in getting it fixed.
There’s no standard regarding couponing on these deals. Most stores — but not all — will allow shoppers to use coupons on both items. For example, if boxes of cereal are BOGO and you have a coupon for $1 off two boxes, you’ll be allowed to use it, since you’re getting two boxes even though you’re not paying for one of them. These policies can vary store by store though, and are often updated, so always check your store’s policy before you shop.
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