If you are brand new to couponing and just visiting this blog you can start at the Coupons 101 - Overview to get a start on the how to's of couponing.

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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Coupons 101 - Overview

The whole idea of couponing is using a coupon paired up with a sale to get the lowest price (sometimes free) on items you will use.

When using coupons you must purchase the number of items listed on the coupon to use them correctly. Coupons that are $X/1 are good for the X amount indicated off of 1 item. Coupons that are $X/2 are only to be used when purchasing 2 of the items listed and are good for a total of X amount off of the 2 items purchased. For example if you have a $1/2 coupon you will receive $1 off the purchase of 2 items. If you only purchase 1 items and try to use this coupon, it will not be accepted.

Click here for information about where to get coupons.

Click here for questions to ask your store when starting to coupon.

Click here for ideas of how to organize your coupons.

Click here for strategies to save the most money when using coupons.

Below are some of the abbreviations that will be used when I talk about coupons:
SS = Smart Source coupon insert, found inside the Sunday newspaper and will come after a date (for example 01/03SS - means the Smart Source insert that came out in newspapers on January 3)
RP = Red Plum insert, found inside the Sunday newspaper and again will follow a date of which the insert came out.
PG = Procter & Gamble insert, found once a month in the Sunday newspaper.
GM = General Mills insert, found inside the Sunday newspaper and will follow a date of which the insert came out.
IP = Internet Printable coupon
BOGO = Buy One, Get One Free
FAR = Free After Rebate
MIR = Mail in Rebate
CATALINA = A coupon that prints out at the register as you are checking out.
IVC = Instant Value Coupon, at Walgrens
RR = Register Rewards, a catalina program that Walgreens does
FF = Firefox web brower
IE = Internet Explorer web browser

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