Coupons are a source of free money! So lets talk coupons!
Insert: Coupon booklet found in the Sunday paper
RP - Red plum Insert
SS - Smart Source Insert
PG - Procter & Gamble Insert
IP - Internet Printable Coupon
MFG - Manufacturer’s Coupon
Valpak offers numerous local coupons that are mailed to you. You'd be surprised to find coupon codes too at their website for all your online shopping needs.
Sunday Papers offer a plethora of coupons - I get mine delivered through a subscription as its cheaper than buying them at the store. However, if you live near a dollar store the Sunday paper can be snagged for yes you guessed it a dollar - much cheaper than from a grocery store. Get there early as I've heard lines form prior to opening.
There are so many online sites that offer printable coupons. All you need is a computer, printer, paper, ink and a pair of scissors. Here are some of my favorite printable coupon sites - the coupons get updated frequently so check back periodically.
Typically you can print two coupons per computer
Check your local store's online website as you may find printable coupons there - some stores even take competitor coupons. Also, check in-store - there are many varieties of coupons that you can find while shopping.
Blinkies: Pull these coupons from the “blinking” machines at the grocery store
Peelies: Coupons that are stuck to the actual product
Tearpads: Pads of coupons typically found on special displays at the store, tear off one or two but be courteous and leave some for others
CAT or CATALINA: Coupon that prints at the register after purchase.
are clipless coupons that are loaded onto your store’s loyalty card. They can only be used once and when combined with a sale and paper coupons you can get many items for free. Sites that I love are Saving Star, Shortcuts, Cellfire and Upromise.
One of my favorite ways to get free products is to email the company directly via their website (no stamp needed) and tell them how much I love their product. At best they send a complimentary coupon for a free product, more often than not they mail coupons and other times not. But you have nothing to lose so write away.
Flick through your regular magazines as you’ll find some provide many coupons. I love All You magazine, it is sold at Walmart only and has a great source of coupons – sometimes the coupons are for frees.
If shopping online find a coupon code at Ebates and while there get some cashback.
COUPON MATCHUP: Weusecoupons.com has some great deal scenarios using coupons for every store you could possibly shop! Take your time and flick through the deal scenarios with your coupon stash. Don't forget to locate the store coupon policy online so you can be armed with the facts if in dispute.
STACK: Stack a coupon with a sale to make your money go further.
WATCH THE CASHIER - coupons sometimes stick together or get dropped or the cashier will scan the coupon but not realize that it didn’t go through.
STORE COUPON POLICY - Find your store's coupon policy so you can manage your coupon strategy. My store double's coupons up to 99 cents so I cut out all the 75 cent coupons as they double to $1.50. However, they will only double the first like coupon per transaction therefore I ensure I do separate transaction if I have more than one of the same coupon.