Coupon Basics

 

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].

Exhibit B - Coupon Stash

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: 

CVS

 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.

Walgreen’s

 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.

Randall’s

 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.

Kroger

Does not double or triple coupons or allow coupon stacking.

You are able to load coupons to your Kroger card here. Also, Kroger is linked up with Saving Star, in which you can get cash back for purchases of items you load to your Kroger card as well.

HEB

Allows you to stack a manufacturer’s coupon and HEB “B” [Big Savings] or “S” [Store-sponsored] coupon in the same transaction.

Target

Allows you to stack a manufacturer’s coupon and Target coupon in the same transaction.

Couponing Acronyms

$/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!

alyssa - frugal stepmom

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