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Hey! So, you’re a newbie couponer? Don’t worry, I have been in your shoes, so I know how it feels! You know you SHOULD be saving money by using coupons, but you’re just not sure where to start or how to even get them! Because I can totally relate and want to help out, I’ve put together some pointers!
Q. What are the different kinds of coupons?
There are two major types of coupons:
- Manufacturer’s Coupons: These will clearly state on the top of your coupon “Manufacturer’s Coupon” Click here to see one.
- Store Coupons: These will usually state on the top of you coupon “In Store Coupon” or maybe “Only Good at XXXXX Store.” Click here to see one.
Q. Where can I get coupons?
- The Sunday Newspaper - These are called “Coupon Inserts.” The major ones are Red Plum, Smart Source, and Proctor & Gamble. You will also get random other inserts depending on your area. You can either choose to buy a newspaper monthly subscription, or choose to buy the newspaper when you choose at local grocery stores or newsstands.
- The Internet – What can’t you find on the internet nowadays right? Here are the major places you can go online to find coupons that you can print right at your computer.
- Coupon Network
- Company Websites
- Inside Weekly Store Ads – With your Sunday paper, you’ll get the weekly store ads for Walgreens, Rite Aid, CVS, Target, and any other major stores in your area. They will contain store coupons that may only be used at those stores.
- Inside Magazines – Magazines will frequently have coupons. You just have to look for them. All You Magazine is usually packed with manufacturer’s coupons! You can buy All You magazine at Walmart locations or by subscription only.
- On Products and Peelies: Lots of times manufacturers will put a coupon directly on a product or possibly inside of the box. (Before I couponed, I remember actually BUYING products that had coupons on them and didn’t even USE the coupon!! Oh the money wasted…)
- From Blinkies or Tear Pads – coupon from a small blinkie machine or pad – typically near the relevant product Hop About the Coupon Trains – Circulate and swap coupons, through the mail or in person, with family and friends
- Through Catalinas – These are coupons on back of a store receipt or that get printed after your receipt has. Sometimes these come in the form of coupons of products or even just money off of your next shopping trip at that store!
Q. What do all the coupon abbreviations mean?
As with every other AWESOME hobby, there is some lingo involved with using coupons. Here are the basic ones I’ll use on my site.
- Sunday Newspaper Insert Abbreviations Lingo: Ex. SS 6/12
- GM: General Mills
- PG: Procter and Gamble
- RP: Red Plum
- SS: SmartSource
- 6/12: I will always put the date next to the insert abbreviation. *The date for an insert can be found in microscopic print on the spine of the insert.
- Drug Store Lingo:
- ECB: Extra Care Bucks (CVS)
- RR: Register Reward (Walgreens)
- +UP: Up Rewards (Rite Aid)
- SCR: Single Check Rebates (Rite Aid)
- IVC: Instant Value Coupon
- Other Abbreviations and Money-Saving Terms:
- B1G1 or BOGO: Buy One, Get One Free
- B2GI: Buy Two, Get One Free
- B1G150: Buy One, Get One 50% off
- DND: Do Not Double
- EX: Expires
- FAR: Free After Rebate
- FILLER: Item Purchased to Reach a Minimum Total in Order to qualify to get certain deals
- GC: Gift Card
- MFPS = My Free Product Samples
- IP = Internet Printable
- MC or MQ: Manufacturer’s coupon
- MIR: Mail In Rebate
- OOP: Out of Pocket
- STACKING: Using Both a Store Coupon and a Manufacturer’s Coupon on One Item
- TMF: Try Me Free Offer
- UPC: Universal Product Code – Those black straight lines with numbers under them
- YMMV: Your Mileage May Vary – Deal may work for someone else, but it may not work for you.