Couponing 101

Couponing 101

These are basics to get you going, for more detail, go here!

There are a few things you should learn before navigating any couponing blog:

LINGO – it can be frustrating when people comment and you can’t decipher the code. They’re pretty simple and common sense-friendly so don’t worry. You can always trace back here if you forget. I STILL forget and it seems like new ones come out all the time!

Alb’s – Albertson’s
APDO – antiperspirant/deodorant
blinkie – those little machines in the aisles that spit out coupons (MFR)
BOGO – buy one, get one
Catalina (CAT) – coupon that prints out at the register triggered by something you bought; these are good on your next purchase, are often $$ off your order or $$ off a specific item
doubler (DBL) – sometimes stores double manufacturer coupons
DND – do not double; Albertson’s will still double!
FAR – FREE after rebate
FM – Fred Meyer/Freddy’s
filler – small, cheap item that gives you the same amount of items as you have coupons (you will often see this for Walgreens posts)
IP – internet printable coupon; you can usually print TWO per computer
loss leader – a super cheap item a store loses money on to get you into the store!
MFR– manufacturer coupon
MIR – mail in rebate
NLA – no longer available (internet Q’s)
OOP – out of pocket
overage – profit from getting a deal . .only some stores do this (Wally world!)
ONYO – on your next order (Catalinas, store promotions/gift cards, etc.)
P&G – Proctor & Gamble insert
peelie – coupons stuck on products
RA – Rite Aid
rolling – using a CAT on an item then getting ANOTHER CAT (rare, but keep an eye out!)
RP – Red Plum insert
RR – Register Reward; like a CAT, found at Walgreen’s
SCR – Single Check Rebate; Rite Aid’s reward program
SS – SmartSource insert
stacking – using a MRF w/a STQ
STQ – store coupon
SW – Safeway
tearpad – pad of coupons near an item
TTV – twice the value (ALB doublers)
+UP Reward – Rite Aid “CAT”
WAGS – Walgreens
WYB – when you buy
YMMV – your mileage may vary; how a certain deal will work out for YOU
$1/1 – one dollar off one item
$1/2 – one dollar off two items   . .and so on

TYPES OF COUPONS –

MFR – found mostly in newspapers (Sunday/FoodDay)

  • If you don’t have the coupon, as they can be regional, you can order some on eBay or a coupon clipping service- here are some great, LOCAL ones!
    West Coast Coupon Clipping – located in Pasco, WA – ships fast!
    Krazy Kim’s Coupons  – I believe she is out of Vancouver, WA!

Since we too live in the area (Milwaukie), we post the most accurate deals FOR THE COUPONS WE RECEIVE!

STQ – found in weekly ads

  • ALB and SW come out on Tuesday, those sales start Wednesday
  • FM, RA and WAGS comes out Saturday in the EARLY Edition paper, sale starts Sundays

PROPER COUPONING –

Coupons may only be used once.
For each item you want, you need (at least) one coupon. Five items = five coupons!

You may not use two coupons on one item.
You may not buy one package of diapers and use ten coupons on it.  You may, however, use one store coupon and one manufacturer coupon on one item. 

Copying coupons is illegal.
You can obtain multiples of coupons in legal ways like buying multiple newspapers or using another computer. There is a barcode for a reason!

Read the wording of the coupon and ignore the picture!
Manufacturer’s usually put a picture of their most expensive product on the coupon to make you think that is what you have to buy.  If you actually read the terms of the coupon, it will usually say “save on ANY brand xyz product.”  That means you can buy even the least expensive product and still save with the coupon! Most cashiers don’t know this little fact!

You can use a coupon on an item that is on sale or clearance too!
This is when your binder comes in handy!
Stand up for yourself! If you are using coupons correctly then shop with confidence.  Many times the cashiers are just misinformed.  Be calm and confident when you explain why you CAN use the coupon.  If the cashier still doesn’t accept it, ask nicely to speak to a manager.  It is your money and you should not feel bad about being a smart shopper!

. .other coupon DON’Ts that will send you to ‘coupon he double hockey sticks!’  . .joking, kind of.
DONT steal peelies! or newspapers.. or coupons out of papers!
DONT be rude to cashiers, they can be your best friend!
DONT shop during busy times if you know you have a lot of transactions and coupons! You WILL regret it 🙂
DONT clear shelves! Karma is a b****, trust me.
DONT line up at the store before opening ..it’s TACKY

finally.  .. There are no stupid questions! If you have any questions, feel free to ask! We would be happy to answer!

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