Lauren Krueger & Matthew David Brozik

Bed Bath & Beyond coupons.

In Definally on May 11, 2011 at 10:00 am

There are three different standard BB&B coupons, as follows:

  • 20% off a single item
  • 20% off your entire purchase
  • $5 off your entire purchase (over $15)

When to use which:

If you have a coupon for 20% off your entire purchase and one for 20% off a single item, obviously use the latter if you’re buying only one item. On the other hand, you probably have multiples of the latter (which never, ever expire), and you are permitted to use as many of these coupons as you have items, so if you are buying more than one item and you have as many 20%-off-any-single-item coupons as you have items, you can really go either way.

It’s the $5-off-your-entire-purchase (over $15) coupon that trips people up. Here’s the key (assuming that you can also get 20% off your entire purchase, via either method above):

If your purchases total more than $15 but not more than $25, use the $5 off coupon.

If your purchases exceed $25, use the 20% off.

20% of $25 is $5, so you want to use the $5 off when 20% off would be less than or equal to that… and on the other hand, you want to use the 20% off when it would be more than $5.

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  1. I feel baited by this entry. Your analysis of when to switch from the $5-off-any-single-item coupon to the 20%-off-any-single-item coupon is on the mark. However, the choice between multiple 20% OASI vs. one 20%-off-your-entire-purchase coupon has more subtleties.

    For example: Suppose you have 10 items, 10 20% OASI coupons, and one 20% OYEP coupon. I would contend that you should use the OASI coupon. If you shop at BB&B frequently and this is a particularly big spree compared to your usual take, you might want to save the OASI coupons for subsequent trips. Conversely, suppose you have only two items, both over $25. I would recommend using the 20% OASI coupons over the 20% OYEP coupon. Last, suppose you have four items and two of them are under $25. Okay, I’ll stop….

    I suppose part of the beauty of Definally. is its straightforward guide to how things are… or should be. I seem to have muddled things.

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