double coupons en-US Super Doubles Are Back at Kmart <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/super-doubles-are-back-at-kmart" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="" alt="Kmart cart" title="Kmart Super Doubles Can Crash and Burn" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Kmart is doubling coupons again this week, reportedly for the last time in 2009.&nbsp;Every time they do &quot;Super Doubles,&quot; it kicks off an internal argument for me:</p> <p>Me 1: Hey, you could get free hand soap! We need hand soap!</p> <p>Me 2: But I haaate going to Kmart. You know what Rainman said, Kmart sucks!</p> <p>Me 1: Free stuff! Cheap stuff!</p> <p>Me 2: But, I always end up spending like 3 hours digging through my coupons before I go. And then half the stuff I'm looking for, they're either out of or my local store doesn't carry it at all.</p> <p>This week, I'm going through the same internal struggle. Sure, Super Doubles have <a href="">paid off for me</a>, but at what cost in time and hassle? And I'm not the only bargain shopper who has had <a href="">major problems</a> with Kmart Super Doubles.</p> <p>Here are some of the problems I've had with Super Doubles:</p> <p>1. Cashier error -- failing to scan some coupons, attaching the coupons to the wrong items resulting in a higher total. </p> <p>2. Register problems -- coupons that won't scan for no reason, prices ringing up wrong.</p> <p>3. Equipment problems -- Catalina machines that are out of paper or don't work.</p> <p>4. Lack of manager backup -- Service desks unstaffed.</p> <p>5. Inventory -- Lots of items I brought coupons for have been out of stock or just not carried at all. Others are hard to find, often in the wrong place.</p> <p>Despite all those problems, I'm STILL tempted to hit my local Kmart for Super Doubles this week. Here's my advice if you are similarly tempted:</p> <p>1. Take advantage of the labor of others. There are lots of lists of coupon matchups online, like at <a href="">My Frugal Adventures</a> and <a href="">Abundant Food Savings</a>.</p> <p>2. Find the biggest, best Kmart you can. Usually I don't like to drive out of my way to get a deal. But if you are investing the time to gather up your best coupons, it'll be a lot less frustrating if you drive to a Kmart that is likely to have the things you want in stock, process your coupons properly, and give you good customer service if problems arise. Does such a Kmart exist? I dunno.</p> <p>3. Call your chosen Kmart before heading out to make sure they're participating. Use the <a href=";catalogId=10104">store locator</a> to get their number.</p> <p>3. Review the <a href=";t=910329">official</a> AND <a href="">UNOFFICIAL</a> Super Doubles rules so you know what to expect. Like, officially there's a limit of 10 double coupons, but unofficially stores don't all count them.</p> <p>4. Avoid <a href="">Catalina deals</a>. Not everyone will agree on this one. Indeed, on my <a href="">first Super Doubles attempt</a>, there was a Catalina deal that printed $2 coupons that would double to $4, allowing me to get all kinds of merchandise for free. It worked like a charm. HOWEVER, the <a href="">next time</a> I tried a Catalina deal at Kmart, none of the registers I approached had working printers and I had to <a href="">send away for my coupons</a>. I'm still waiting 6 weeks later and don't know if I'll ever get them. And if I do, I'll have to go BACK to Kmart to spend them.</p> <p>5. Sweeten the deal (non-doubling) high value coupons. Use the $5/$50 coupon from the back of today's flyer, or sign up online for <a href="">similar coupons</a>, print the <a href=";zid=jj40&amp;nid=10&amp;bid=alk0828110844697bdccc010011">free item coupons</a> (thanks Money Saving Mom), and combine store coupons with manufacturers coupons on toys, as Abundant Food Savings explains (scroll down in <a href="">this post</a> to the Toys section).</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="">Carrie Kirby</a> of <a href="">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="">credit card comparison</a> website. 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