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Three Steps to Saving Big Time at Bed, Bath, and Beyond

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We walked up to the register and laid our items on the counter. Then we handed the cashier four coupons, which after being scanned gave us 20% of four of the six items we were purchasing.

“Hold on” said my wife, “I’ve got two more on my phone.”

She flipped through her text messages and had the cashier scan two more codes from the screen of her phone.

“You can do that?” I heard someone behind us say.

Yep, you can do that at Bed, Bath and Beyond. Most retail coupons include text in the fine print stating something to the effect that you cannot use multiple coupons in the same transaction. However, Bed, Bath, and Beyond’s small print says something a bit different:

Limit one coupon, Savings Certificate, special offer or discount per item.

Emphasis on, “per item”. The amount of coupons I can use in a single transaction is limited only by the number of items I’m buying. But you do have to put in a little work to maximize your stash of coupons to the great beyond.

  • Physical Coupons: One of the blue rectangles with 20% plastered on one side arrives every couple of weeks, but they expire usually about a month after they’re delivered. That means I usually have a small window where I have two valid physical coupons.
  • Sign Up For Offers: From their website, you can signup to receive offers via email and mobile.
  • Share With Friends: While I love Bed, Bath, and Beyond, we don’t need to shop there very often. When we do, we ask our friends if they have any of the magic coupons laying around that they aren’t planning on using.
  • Buy Used Giftcards for An Additional Savings: If you plan ahead and buy a few used giftcards using a site like giftcard Granny, you can save an additional 5% to 10%.

With the knowledge that you can use multiple coupons in a single transaction, and following these three easy steps, you can maximize your savings at Bed, Bath, and Beyond.  That said, if this isn’t enough info for you, check out my other articles on the topic – there are more ideas there.

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  • @Jen, Huh, I had never heard of that…….I think you’d have to call up BB&B and see if they could help you. If you do get an answer, come back here and let us know how it turned out – would love to know how it was resolved!

  • @James – it really depends on the store I think. My BB&B specifically has a sign on the door that states they no longer take expired coupons. Although it would be interesting to see what would happen if I tried to use an expired coupon…..thanks for stopping by!

  • I just used 6 coupons and 3 of them were expired and went through without a hitch. I even designated the $5 one to go towards two certain items and again, no problems at all. I learned a lot by reading this page about BB&B. So thank you for sharing this. I did hear a report that they will be discontinuing doing the coupons soon but didn’t hear when. If that happens, then back to ordering online from other discount websites. I hope they don’t ever stop this… thanks again

    • I am almost positive that the answer to that is yes. And to the commenter who was told “corporate policy “- that is almost certainly a lie. In that case, I would actually call the corporate office, because that store is not complying with policy. BB&B is able to be so accomodating because they own their merchandise and carry no debt (at least that’s the way it was when I worked for them.) They really don’t have a lot to lose by allowing expired coupons; it encourages most people to spend more money and shop more frequently.

  • Is it possible to use multiple 20% off coupons on items that are only available online? For instance, can I go into the store and place my order there using 20% coupons for multiple items that would have to be shipped, i.e. place settings of dishes?

  • You can use Bye Bye Baby $5 off $15 purchase at BedBath&Beyond as well, as they are sister companies. Even better- let’s say, you are buying a $200 juice extractor and you would like to use several of these lovely $5 coupons. They are sent in flyers all the time. What you need to do is find some other items-something inexpensive, like greeting cards or gummy candy, and bingo- you can use as many coupons as the number of items you’ve got. This method allows you to get more stuff and the actual savings is 33% of the total.

  • I don’t know why, but I stopped getting the coupons in the mail about 6 months ago. It’s driving me crazy! Does anyone have any idea why I stopped getting coupons, after about 15 years of almost every couple of months seeing that happy blue card in my mailbox?

  • I was told that they have to take all the coupons because of the terms of sale when they bought linens and things who had the policy of thaking expired coupons.

  • @Beth – I don’t see why not…..you should be able to use a 20% off coupon per item….and many times they will have it shipped to your home for free. It never hurts to ask!

  • @Cathie – I agree…the reason they can get away with the 20% off so easily is because their prices are inflated…plus the genius of their coupon is that it’s for a single item – how many times do you think someone goes into BB&B to buy one thing and they actually walk out with one thing? 🙂

  • @Max – Thanks for sharing….I thought the coupon you were referring to was $5 off a $15 item – not your purchase. But I could be wrong…will have to look the next time I get one! Thanks for the tip!

  • Physical, paper coupons never truly expire. BB&B always accepts paper coupons.
    20% coupons that have a date and go down to 10%, however… the 20% will expire down to 10%, but can be used whenever.
    $5 off $15 is acceptable for items $14.99 and over, or multiple items that add up to $15. If you have an item that’s $24.99 and under, you’re better off using your $5 off $15, it saves you $1 more.
    % off coupons MUST be scanned before $ off coupons, because the system is old and not smart enough to do the math. So PLEASE hand the cashier your coupons BEFORE (s)he starts scanning all of the items! It saves a lot of time and hassle.
    Electronic coupons (text, email) DO expire.
    Many email coupons can only be used for online purchases.
    Don’t have an electronic coupon but want to order something that’s not available in store? Take your paper coupon to the store (or call) and they can Beyond order it for you! Free shipping and it’s shipped directly to your house (usually) within 3-7 business days.
    Purchase something in store but forgot your coupon at home? No problem! Bring your receipt back with your coupon(s) and they can price adjust it for you! You will be refunded immediately as if you had brought the coupons originally.

  • They also now do cash back for instore purchases through ebates. And they also accept manufacturer coupons. They get applied after the 20% off – they treat them like cash. One of my local BB&Bs has been testing selling toiletries and I’m able to save a ton buying them there by using their store coupons and manufacturer coupons.

    You can also mix and match the 20%/$5off/$10off store coupons. I’ll do my own calculations before getting to the register and organize my items into stacks for them to apply the coupons to – the cashiers can get confused otherwise.

    • Thanks for the ebates info – I know some people that cash in huge with ebates! I hear you on the coupons….it always helps to tell the cashiers what coupon to apply to which product. Thanks for your tips!

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