Tops Markets: How to coupon stack store savings with manufacturer’s (including Click-to-Card)
Back in the day before Click-to-Card coupons, Tops Markets issued printable coupons called “e-Bonus Saver” coupons. These coupons were always store savings and could be used in addition to, or “stacked”, with manufacturer’s coupons to save you even more money. Here is an example of a paper e-Bonus Saver before the Click-to-Card program began:
When the Click-to-Card program was launched in June of 2012, it became more difficult to tell which e-coupons were store savings vs. which were from the manufacturer. In August of 2015, Tops made some major changes to their ecoupon page that made it so much easier to tell the difference between store and manufacturer Click-to-Card ecoupons! Why is this important to know? If you know which are store ecoupons you can pair those with paper manufacturer coupons for the same item, quantity & size. Or if you know which are manufacturer ecoupons you can pair those with paper store coupons for the same item, quantity & size.
This brings me to a question that I get asked a lot regarding the sixth bullet point on the Tops Coupon policy posted here:
TOPS will accept one (1) manufacturer’s paper or (1) Click-to-Card coupon and one (1) TOPS paper or Click-to-Card coupon for the same item not to exceed the price of the item. No cash will be given back if the coupon value exceeds the value of the item. TOPS can not accept a manufacturer’s paper coupon and a Click-to-Card coupon on the same item.
The wording in this bullet has always been confusing to a bunch of other shoppers, including myself. I find it helpful to separate the wording into two sections like this:
TOPS will accept one (1) manufacturer’s paper or (1) Click-to-Card coupon and one (1) TOPS paper or Click-to-Card coupon for the same item not to exceed the price of the item.
So for example, you are purchasing item A. According to the policy, Tops will accept one (1) manufacturer’s paper coupon OR one (1) Manufacturer’s Click-to-Card online coupon for that item (the part highlighted in red). In addition to that (the “and” bolded above!) you can have one (1) Tops store paper coupon OR one (1) Tops store Click-to-Card online coupon (the part highlighted in green).
Here is hopefully a better visual of the possible ways you can “stack” coupons at Tops. On any given item you can use:
One manufacturer’s paper coupon and one Tops paper coupon
One manufacturer’s Click-to-Card coupon and one Tops paper coupon
One manufacturer’s paper coupon and one Tops Click-to-Card coupon
One manufacturer’s Click-to-Card coupon and one Tops Click-to-Card coupon
Half the battle is determining which is a store savings and which is a manufacturer’s savings. If you always keep in mind that any given item can have one (1) Tops store coupon and one (1) manufacturer’s coupon that should help ensure you are properly stacking your coupons and then if an issue arises you will be able to explain that to a cashier or store manager if need be.
Here is a summary of the current ways you can save at Tops. In order to properly stack your savings, you can have one coupon from each of these sections.
Tops Store Coupons:
- Click-to-Card e-Bonus Saver coupons found through this link (sort by Tops under the “Sources” box)
- Store coupons you can clip from the weekly ad
- Store coupons you can clip from any pamphlets found in store
- Store coupons found inside the Sunday inserts
- Some Catalina coupons that you receive from the small machine located near the registers can be Tops store coupons. It will state whether or not it is a store coupon at the top.
- Monopoly coupons found inside each game piece that you receive at the registers in store
- Dollar Doubler coupons found inside the weekly ad
- Printable Dollar Doubler coupons
- eBonus Saver Super Coupons (either online or found in the weekly ad)
- Click-to-Card manufacturer coupons found through this link (sort by Manufacturer under the “Sources” box)
- Manufacturer’s coupons that you can clip from the Sunday inserts
- Tear pad coupons you find in stores, which are just that – pad of coupons that you tear off the savings.
- Blinkie machine coupons you find in stores. These are the small boxes located on the shelf displays that usually have a red blinking light (hence the nickname “blinkie machine”) and you pull a coupon from the dispenser.
- Most Catalina coupons that you receive from the small machine located near the registers after you check out, are manufacturer’s coupons. It will state whether or not it is a manufacturer’s coupon at the top.
- Printable coupons you can find at Coupons.com, Smartsource.com, and many other manufacturer sites such as BettyCrocker.com, Pillsbury.com, KelloggsFamilyRewards.
Remember, as long as you are picking one coupon from each section you should be following the Tops coupon policy and properly stacking your coupons.