It can be confusing in the beginning learning the difference between a “purchase” and a “transaction”. But there is a BIG difference and an important one.
Many coupons say “1 per purchase” and people mistakingly think that means you can only use 1 coupon of that kind in a transaction. If that were the case, well, that would really stink!
Each item that you purchase is a single purchase. The wording on a coupon that says “one per purchase” is letting you know that you can use 1 coupon per item purchased or you can’t use more than one manufacturer’s coupon on the same, singular item. Meaning that a $1/3 (or $1 off 3 items) you can ONLY use that 1 coupon for 3 items purchased.
However, there are times that you can use more than 1 coupon on an item, even when it says “one coupon per purchase”. That is when you are combining a “store” coupon and a “manufacturer” coupon on a single item. Examples of these are usually Target or Walgreens store coupons.
Now, if a coupon says, “one coupon per transaction” a transaction is your entire order. So, only 1 like coupon would be allowed no matter how many of those items you are purchasing. I have not ever seen one of these that I can think of, I have seen offers like “one per customer”.
Clear as mud?
I just wanted to make sure that you were aware that there is a difference and that if you are using more than 1 coupon and buying the same number of items as coupons that you have you are not doing anything wrong!