As others have noted, sometimes a free item isn't really free. Some businesses call these kinds of coupons "lost leaders". They have a spectacular sale on one item in hopes that you'll buy other stuff along with it at the regular price.
Check the fine print carefully. Some businesses require you to purchase a certain amount before a sale price is given. My local supermarket does that. Buy X amount of Progresso soup and get it for $2 each. BUT, buy $20 worth of groceries and those same cans of soup become $1.50 each. You have to purchase the minimum before getting the sale. That's not always clear because the store almost always puts the lower sale price in bold, but the exception in teeny tiny print.
One thing I've noticed is that lately, you have to buy 2-3 items in order to get the sale price. Buy three, get one free.
Can you get the item elsewhere? The "up to" amount is usually really high; if a store price is more than the manufacturer's suggested price, you have to wonder if they're ripping you off on everything else, too.
On the rare occasions when I've been in this situation the store gave me the item free, anyway. YMMV, of course. Coupon policies are up to the retailer.
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Gotta love it when coupons can get you free stuff!--but I was just wondering if anyone knows about freebie coupon policies... Say you have a coupon for something free, but there's a maximum price listed (value of free item not to exceed $$$). If you get the item but it's price at that store is over the max, do you still a discount for that amount if you use the coupon, or can you not use it at all then?
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