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Coupon Database

What is a coupon database? A coupon database is a database that you can search to see what coupons are available. The coupon database is updated daily to keep you up-to-date on the latest online coupons as well as coupons that have come out in the newspaper. If you want to find a coupon for a specific brand, such as Hershey’s or L’Oréal, type the brand name in the search brand all of the current printable coupons and newspaper coupons will be listed in the coupon database.

The database is also a great way to find online coupons for general products that you may need to purchase such as paper towels and toilet paper. Search for these items the same way you would for the brand name products to find all of the current coupons and printable coupons. When the printable coupons show up in the database, click on the link for the one you want, and you will be brought to a site to print the coupon. With the searchable, coupon database you will never overpay for any product because you will always be up-to-date with the latest coupons!

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If you are looking for a specific coupon the place to go is to CouponTom.com. CouponTom is the database that I use and it has never failed me. CouponTom is very informative sometimes I find myself finding coupons that I did not even know existed until I go on the site. Along with searching what coupons about expiring soon.  You can also browse the different store advertisements for the week.  There is even a section that you can go on and look at the inserts schedule to see what inserts will be coming out the current week and upcoming weeks.
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Coupon Lingo

Let’s talk coupon lingo. What is coupon lingo? Coupon lingo is coupon abbreviations, acronyms and terms couponers use to describe shopping scenarios on blogs and in the forums or even provide you with a deal speaking with coupon lingo. Why do I need to know the coupon lingo? As you continue to follow my blog you will see coupon lingo that you will need to know and become familiar with in order to understand the information. I will be posting deals weekly at different stores to keep you engaged and to help you to continue to learn how to coupon.

I’m about to help you talk the coupon talk below you will find the abbreviations that you will run across on my blog and that you will also hear people use when they are out couponing in the store.

Let’s Get Started:
1.  $1.oo/1,  $.75/1, etc.- One dollar off one product, Seventy-Five cent off of one product, etc.
2.  $1.00/2, $.75/2, etc.- One dollar off two products, Seventy-Five cent off two products, etc. Which means you have to buy two of the products in order to use the coupon to redeem the savings. There would be no way that you can use it on one product and get the savings for half.
3.  BOGO- Buy One, Get One. I’m sure everyone is familiar with Buy one, Get One. BOGO is buy one item get one for free or either buy one item get one item half off. Buy one get one half off is where the two products ring up for half price. IMG_0838
3.  B1G1, B2G2- Then there is the written out method of showing B1G1 with the number. The B still stands for Buy and the G still stands for getting. The number is telling you how many products you have to buy in order for the purchase to qualify for the B1G1=Buy One, Get One or the B2G2=Buy Two, Get Two.
4. Coupon inserts are the inserts that are found in your Sunday Newspaper
5.  RP-Red PlumIMG_07296.  SS-SmartSourceIMG_07297. PG-Proctor and Gambleimg_05821.png
8.  DC- Double Coupons which is to be the store doubles the coupon value. You can use one coupon per item and once it rings up it will automatically double the coupon for you.  Only stores that double coupons are Lowes Foods and Harris Teeter.
9.  EA-Each
10.  EB- Extra Bucks is a rewards program that CVS offers. They are printed out based off of what you have purchased from the weekly deals that are advertised. You have to make a qualifying purchase in order to receive the Extra Bucks.

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11.  ETS- Excludes Trial Sizes
12.  EXP- Expires or Expiration Date
13.  GC- Gift Card
14.  GDA- Good Deal Alert
15.  ISO- In Search Of
16.  MIR- Mail in Rebate which means you must submit the rebate by mail. Usually, you are required to show proof of receipt and proof of purchase such as the UPC barcodes and send it in to get the rebate.
17.  MFR- Manufacturer
18.  OCPP- One Coupon Per Purchase is that you can only use the coupon for the qualifying purchase.
19.  OCPT- One Coupon Per Transaction is that you can only use one coupon per transaction. You have the option to do a separate transaction if there is a limit.
20.  OOP- Out Of Pocket
21.  Q- Coupon
22.  RC- Raincheck is a written slip that you can request if you go to the store and they have sold out of an item that you are wanting. Make sure you look at the raincheck to see what they have put on them sometimes that is filled out in full and other times they are not filled out in full. You may get on that has a quantity limit and no expiration date or no quantity limit and an expiration date.
23.  RR- Register Rewards is offered at Walgreens as a part of there rewards program.img_0688.jpg
24.  SC- Stacking coupons is when you two different promotions together. You are allowed to use the store coupon with the manufacturer coupon.
25.  SP- Stockpile is when you have purchased several items and you are building a stockpile of the items. You buy multiple items when they are on sale to stock your stockpile. img_0714.jpg     img_0713.jpg 26.  TP- Tear Pad is manufacturer coupons that are located new the product in the aisles and anyone can have them.
27.  WAGS- Walgreens Drugstore
28.  WYB- When You Buy an item that is on sale or coupons require a purchase of multiple items in a purchase.
The following were previously discussed in the post “Where do I find the coupons at?” Feel free to go back and review that post.
1.  CAT-Catalina
2.  ECS-eCoupons
3.  PE-Peelie

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10 Couponing Mistakes that I made Starting off

Mastering the art of using coupons means understanding how they work, where they’re accepted and how to multiply the value of them. Couponing can save you money and it can cost you money if you are not using the coupons correctly. If you aren’t careful you can spend more money than anticipated. I’m going to cover the mistakes that I made starting off with couponing.

1.  Are you familiar with the store policy? Not being familiar with the store policy is a very common mistake that is made when couponing. Before you go out you need to make sure that you know the store coupon policy. Harris Teeter and Lowes Food offer double coupons which can lead you to more savings.

2.  Underestimating the values of being organized. Organization is key to couponing when you are trying to save money. If you are clipping a lot of coupons and can’t find them what’s the point of clipping them. Make sure you keep your coupons in an accessible binder, envelope or accordion file, etc.

3.  Shopping without a list is never good. Having a list is essential to your shopping trip you would need to make sure you are planning the trip and have the coupons readily available for you. When I shop with no list I spend way more than when I plan the trip. Also, if I go to the store with no list I just pick up any items and put them in the cart. I always shop with a list and don’t purchase anything unless I have a coupon for it. Find a way to store your list so that you have it available when shopping you may want to email it yourself and view it on your smartphone.

4.  Failing to compare prices between the different stores. You will need to make sure that you are aware of what the other stores are charging for the different items that are on your shopping list. Always browse the ads weekly to see what store has the best deal for you.

5.  Failing to make sure that all your coupons have scanned. Always check your receipt before leaving the store. When I write my list out I always write at the both of my lists how many coupons of each type I will be using so that I can compare it to my receipt. Sometimes the cashier may overlook a coupon or fail to scan a coupon, so you must make sure that you are aware of how many coupons that should have been scanned and the value of them. IMG_0746

6.  Not using a coupon when the item is on sale. It’s often that people do not maximize their savings when they see a sale price. In my option, a sale item with a coupon is the best way to go it will guarantee you a better deal.

7.  Not using the store loyalty card. Most all stores have some type of loyalty card that you can use. The loyalty card can be combined with your store and manufactured coupons. For example, CVS offers coupons through the ExtraCare rewards program that can be paired up with store coupons and manufacturer coupons which will create triple the savings.

8.  Overlooking the expiration date. All coupons come with expiration dates you need to make sure that you always check the expiration date before going to the store. Weekly store ads, coupon websites and magazine coupons you may have the same coupon in value but different expiration dates on it.

9.  Forgetting to stack coupons. Target, Walgreens, and CVS allow you to stack coupons which means you can use one manufacturer’s coupon and the store coupon together.

10.  Not understanding couponing lingo. Knowing the lingo will help you to know what others are talking about in couponing groups, classes, and blogs. For instance, you will see lingo such as B1G1 is Buy one, get one Free or EB is Extrabucks which is only used when referring to CVS.

These were the mistakes that I made while being couponing that no one told me about. Use my mistakes to make sure you are well prepared as you begin this couponing journey.

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Learn The Stores Coupon Policy

It is very important for you to know the coupon policy at your local stores so that you can save money! Knowing the coupon policies for each store will be very beneficial to you so that you are able to maximize your savings. Making sure you are familiar with each store coupon policy will save you trouble, in the long run, you want be confused or embarrassed when you checkout. Every store has a different coupon policy so you would need to remember some keep things such as:

  • How many coupons does the store accept?
  • How many like coupons will the store accept?
  • Does the store double coupons? If so up to what value?
  • Do the store accept competitor coupons?

Most stores have their coupon policy online for you to view and print off if you need to. The coupon policy is generally found in the customer service section on the store’s website. There is also an alternative method to receive the coupon policy you can request it by emailing the customer service department and they can either mail it to you or email it to you.

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After locating the coupon policy you should look for the following things and become familiar with them.

  • Look for what kind of coupons the store accepts? Printable coupons, digital coupons, Upromise, SavingStar or competitors coupons, etc.
  • Do the store accept printable coupons for a free product? If there is a sale on for a Buy one get one free can you use a coupon per item or can you only use the coupon for the item you are paying for?
  • Are there maximum values of the coupon that the store will accept? Some stores have the policy to were they will only accept coupons with a value of $5 or less.
  • Does the store double or triple coupons? If so is it daily or certain days? If yes what are the maximum values that they double or triple?
  • Do the store allow overage on coupons or not?
  • Do the store do price match if you bring in an advertisement?

Make sure you go to the websites of the stores in your area that you could possibly coupon at and look at the coupon policy.  I recommend that you print out the coupon policy for all of the stores that you will be shopping at and keeping them with you when you are shopping. it is very often times that store employees are not notified when a policy change is made, and having the policy in your hand can often be useful. This information is very important for you to be successful at couponing and saving money. Knowing the coupon policy at your local stores will help you to maximize your savings!

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How to organize your coupons?

Once you have accrued a stockpile of coupons you have to get them organized in a way that is easy for you. I have tried several different ways to organize my coupons until I found what works best for me. Keep in mind when organizing coupons, you have to make it easily accessible, simple to view and portable. When organizing coupons, you are trying to save time and money, so you would need to make sure you are efficiently organizing them.

Organizing your coupons

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1.       Use something that you have around the house that will cost you nothing. Keep it simple such as a zip lock back and paper clip your coupons together. If the zip lock isn’t your style, then you can use a shoebox and place them in there.

2.       I used an old photo album to begin with and found it easy to manage but once I started getting more and more coupons it became hard to manage and time consuming for me to sort them and put them in the photo album.

3.       A large accordion file is another way that you can store your coupons. The accordion does come with sections and labels that can be placed on the tabs the way you prefer to sort them.

4.       Then there is the binder which is what I currently use for my coupons. I used a binder that I had around the house and then had to invest in a 3’ binder to ensure I had enough space. When making a purchase of the binder I found it more convenient to get the binder with the zipper and a strap it is much easier to tote around. I don’t lose coupons if I pick it up the wrong way or if I even drop it everything is still in place. In my binder I use the printable pages in the sleeves and trading card pages which I purchased from Amazon.com you will find the links under online deals. You can use the dividers and label it yourself if you don’t want to use the printable pages.

Sorting your coupons

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1.       Sort them by category you can have any categories that you choose.  You can sort by aisle, product type, or how often you buy the products. I use the system by the type of product and sort my coupons and file them that way.  Example baby, beverages, cleaning products and etc.

2.       Sort them by store I wouldn’t recommend this method because you don’t usually get many store coupons that will require you to make there on section. I get store coupons and use them immediately because they are based off the purchases that I made.

3.        Alphabetically order you can sort them by the brand name or by the product name.

4.       Expiration date this is a good way to sort coupons if you want to use all the coupons before they have expired.

5.       Lastly you can either chose to clip the coupons or not to clip the coupons. There are pros and cons to this method. A pro would be that you want be clipping coupons that you aren’t going to use. But now the cons is that this very time consuming.  You can over look coupons and miss out on deals. You will spend more time cutting and going through coupons that you would shopping. You will be carrying around a lot of coupon inserts if you don’t cut and sort before the shopping trip.  Expirations  tend to vary so you will be holding some inserts for months at a time.

Maintain your system

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1.       Make sure you are cleaning out the expired coupon so that your binder want be overflowing with expired coupons. You can send the expired coupons to the troops they can use the coupons up to six months after they have expired.

2.       Grocery store prices would need to be written down with the products that you use most often. You can compare the regular price to the sale price to see if they are even offering good deals or not on the items.

3.       Put all store coupons in the same section so that they are together and are not mixed in with your manufacturer coupons.

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Well, I have started to print and clip coupons how do I read them?

What am I looking at? How do I read a coupon? You have printed and clipped coupons now you need to know how to read the coupons. It is very important that you know what you are reading on the coupon to ensure that you are using the coupons correctly.

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Above is a picture numbered and below I have an explained each section of the coupon.

1. Shows if the coupon is a Manufacturer or a Store coupon. Manufacturer coupons are coupons that can be redeemed anywhere that coupons are accepted at. Store coupons are to only be used at the store that is listed on the coupon.

2. Expiration date shows that date that the coupon is valid through. You can use the coupon until midnight of the date of expiration. Normally the expiration date is shown at the top of the coupon.

3. The amount that you will save when you redeem the coupon.

4. Product description and quantity requirements for you to use the coupon.

5. In this section, you will find the redemption address and coupon limitations here. The redemption address is listed on manufacturer coupons only it is not listed on store coupons because they don’t have to send the coupons anywhere for reimbursement. You will also find the limitations here in this section one per purchase, one per transaction, one per customer or one per visit. One per purchase is the coupon limits you to one coupon per item you can buy three products, but you will need three coupons for the product to get the savings off each product. Then there is one per transaction is where the coupon may limit the number of coupons you can use in a transaction. Coupons have a limit of four coupons in a transaction you can buy five products but only use four coupons on the products. One per customer is where you can only use one coupon. If you have more than one coupon you will have to do multiple transactions to use the coupon. In some cases, depending on the store and the cashier you may have to leave the store and come back to make the purchase. One per visit is just the same as one per customer you are being restricted on your purchase to just one coupon per visit to the store.

6. This is the barcode that will be scanned when you make a purchase on a product to receive the discount.

7. The image shows the product or products that may be necessary for you see what product you can purchase with the coupon. Don’t always rely on the picture because the picture could be for the largest item and you could still use the coupon for the smaller item use the wording to determine what product to buy.

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Where do I find the coupons at?

 

1. Newspapers: Every Sunday there are coupons that come out in the paper. You can pick up a Sunday newspaper from the Dollar Tree for just a dollar. Make sure if you go there you go early because people be lined up out there to get the newspaper and it’s a limit of three in my area.

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2. Midweek Values: Are coupons that come in the mail weekly and have the coupons that will appear in the next Sundays paper.

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3. Store Flyers: The store flyers are usually sitting right by the down when you come inside the store. Make sure you are looking out for the flyers coupons are in there as well and the expiration could be longer than just that week’s sale.

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4. Printable Coupons: These are the website that you go on and the print your coupons off. These are the ones that I currently use there are several others that are available.
Coupons.com
Pgeveryday.com
Redplum.com

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5. eCoupons: Are coupons that you can load directly onto your store card. These are sites that you may already be using but are not familiar with all the services that are offered.
Upromise.com
Pgeveryday.com (Digital brandSaver Coupons)

6. Organic Coupons: Organic coupons are either mailed or can be loaded to your store card. Earthbound Farm, Seventh Generation, Morning Star Farms Newman’s Own Organic, Back to Nature Food and etc

7. All You Magazine: $150+ worth of coupons come out in this magazine each month. They are sold at Walmart or you can get a subscription to the magazine.

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8. Blinkies: Are in the grocery stores and they are in the aisle with the red blinking light that hands out the coupons.IMG_0758

9. Catalina Coupons: Are those extra strips of paper that you get with your receipt when making a purchase those are Catalina coupons and can be very valuable.

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10. Peelies: Everyone has seen a peelie they are the sticking to a product that you may purchase.

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11. Store websites: Always check the store websites and see if they are offering anything on their site that you may be able to download or print off for in-store use.

12. Store App: Can download the app or either login from your computer and add the digital coupons to your account.

13. Companies will send you coupons if email them or write them a letter expressing interest in trying their products.

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