Here is a little run down of my coupon background and some basics I have learned along my journey.
I feed a family of 2.5, my sweet C is here about 1/2 the year when summer is included.
I pick most of my coupons through the Sunday paper and my neighbor will bring me what she has left over from hers also. I follow TONS of companies on Facebook because many will release special coupons throughout the year and I also follow Hip2Save, because she has an amazing team who is always on point with the types of coupons and deals I desire. I cut one week of coupons when they come in the Sunday paper and stick them in my binder [Exhibit A]. The coupons I receive from family and friends I stack nicely in Miss Dale until needed [Exhibit B].
I also have an account at HotCouponWorld in which I like to chat in the forums with other couponers and I really find their coupon database to be extremely easy to use and very comprehensive. Since I very rarely tell you where my coupons are from, 99% of the time, you will be able to look these coupons up in the database and find them in your own stash. Or just ask me, I don’t bite
My favorite stores to shop and their quirks:
Allows you to stack a manufacturer’s coupon and CVS coupon in the same transaction and use Extra Care Bucks to pay down any difference, no matter how many items you have purchased. EX: Purchase 1 item, use CVS coupon and manufacturer coupon and any ECB you may have. However, you will not receive change back from an ECB that is more than your final cost.
CVS is linked up with Saving Star, in which you can get cash back for purchases of items you load to your CVS card.
Allows you to stack a manufacturer’s coupon and Walgreen’s coupon in the same transaction and use Register Rewards to pay down any difference, depending on how many items you have purchased. EX: Purchase 1 item, use only 1 coupon. Purchase 5 items, use 5 coupons. This is why on some of my shops you will see silly little “filler” items that cost between $0.10 and $0.50 each in order to boost the amount of coupons I am able to use.
My Randall’s still doubles any coupon between $0.36 – $0.50 and triples $0.01 - $0.35. This is limited to one per product/coupon. EX: If you purchase three of the same item and you have three $0.35/1 coupons, only the first $0.35 coupon will triple and the next two will be the flat $0.35 as the coupon states.
Instead of cutting out the tiny coupons from the ad, you are now able to load them all to your card through the Just 4 U program.
Does not double or triple coupons or allow coupon stacking.
Allows you to stack a manufacturer’s coupon and HEB “B” [Big Savings] or “S” [Store-sponsored] coupon in the same transaction.
Allows you to stack a manufacturer’s coupon and Target coupon in the same transaction.
$/1, $/2 - Dollars off one item, Dollars off 2 items, etc.
BOGO, B1G1 – Buy One Get One
ECB - Extra Care Bucks at CVS
ES - Easy Saver program at Walgreen’s
J4U – Just 4 U program at Randall’s
MIR – Mail in Rebate
PG – Proctor & Gamble coupon insert
Q – Coupon
RP – Red Plum coupon insert
RR – Register Rewards at Walgreen’s
SS – Smart Source coupon insert
STACKING – Using more than one coupon for one product
WYB – When You Buy
YMMV – Your Mileage May Vary [Your store may or may not allow this transaction as my store has]
Please feel free to contact me with any questions or clarity if needed!