Posted: January 5, 2017

Part of the ABC’s of Couponing Guide


Have you ever worried you are costing a store money by getting freebies? Or how exactly getting free items with coupons can be legal and ethical? Let’s start at the very beginning:

Coupon Advertising

Manufacturer’s create food products, beverages, household and personal items.   It costs a lot of money to do ads on T.V. or elsewhere to inform consumers of these products, so another form of advertising for them is a coupon. Manufacturer’s create a coupon for an item to get the word out about the product, and get it directly in the hands of the consumer.  They want you (the consumer) to use the coupons. What a better way to get the word out about your product then having people try it out!

Where do I get coupons?

Manufacturer’s pay for the coupon to be distributed in Sunday coupon inserts, online, or through magazine ad placements.  This is to get the coupon in your hands.  See my video where I show you how to find coupons:

I want to use my Coupons

After you get the coupon in your hands, you create your shopping list and may even choose to use the coupon.  After you scan your coupon on the register, the store takes the amount off the total purchase.  You are stoked – if you follow my site, you may have just scored a freebie by combining a store sale/coupon with the manufacturer coupon! But the store is not reimbursed yet.  The coupon is sent to a coupon clearinghouse to verify it was used correctly.

What is a coupon clearinghouse?

A coupon clearinghouse is a third-party independent of the manufacturer and the store the coupon was redeemed at.  They determine the amount each manufacturer owes each store.  The manufacturer takes the “hit” for the coupon, not the store.  The store should get reimbursed for the amount of the coupon…but…if you scan a coupon on the wrong item, the coupon clearinghouse may find out and decide the manufacturer doesn’t owe the store that amount for that coupon.

Do not copy coupons

If  a coupon is a photocopied coupon, the clearinghouse will know and will not reimburse the store for the coupon.  This means if you use coupons fraudulently, stores don’t get reimbursed and they lose money.  That is stealing from the store!  Some stores have already decided that too many fraudulent coupons are being used, and they have stopped accepting coupons printed from the internet because they are worried they are photocopies and won’t get reimbursed.  So please don’t photocopy coupons; as a general rule, coupons can usually be printed twice online and should never be photocopied.

Store Coupons

Store coupons (coupons released by a store) are not reimbursed by the manufacturer.  The store releases these to attract customers. You can “stack” a store coupon or sale with a manufacturer coupon.  The manufacturer pays the store back for their coupon and the store is the one who takes the hit for the store coupon.

Everyone Wins with Coupons

It’s not all bad news for the stores! Many people uses manufacturer coupons legitimately and stores are getting reimbursed by the manufacturer – plus eight cents for handling.  Manufacturer’s are getting their products in the hands of consumers and are happy their ads were successful.  They hope once a consumer tries a new product, they may try it again even if they don’t have a coupon next time.  Consumers are getting to try products they may have never tried before at great prices.  In the end, if coupons are used properly then the consumer, manufacturer and store are stoked.  Using coupons to score freebies can be done completely legally and ethically without hurting anyone involved!

Posted: August 1, 2011

There’s some new Amazon Cereal Sales PLUS use code KELBTSII to get 25% off any of those Kellogg’s cereals!

First, select your cereal.
Second, use subscribe & save
Third, after item is in your cart then you can enter the code!

Raisin Bran Crunch Cereal, 18.2 -Ounce Boxes (Pack of 4) would be $8.93 for 4 boxes shipped to your house after the code!  The Raisin Bran Crunch cereal qualifys for the $10 Gas Card Kellogg’s Rebate, which you can do 5 times per household!

Note: This is for pretty big boxes so is a great deal.   Note that in many areas of the country, with store coupons and sales, this wouldn’t be a cuckoo deal.  But there are areas with less-great in-store deals so this is for you guys!  View my grocery price points lists for more details.

Thanks, Amber!

Posted: August 1, 2011

Right now Kellogg’s has a great coupon deal at Walgreen’s.

Buy 4 Boxes of Kellogg’s Raisin Bran Crunch, 4/$10  (Buy 4, Get $5 in Register Rewards!)
Use 2 – $1/2 Kellogg’s Raisin Bran Coupons
Pay $8
Get a $5 RR
Final Price=$0.75 per box

Do this deal 3 times so you will be able to  submit for the cuckoo $10 Gas Card Rebate from Kellogg’s (Limit 5 rebates per household).

Factoring in the gas gift card, that’s like free cereal!

Tons more cuckoo Walgreens deals!

Thanks, Save More Share More!

Posted: July 7, 2011
capri sun coupon

capri sun coupon


Head over to the Capri Sun Coupon facebook page and choose between youth soccer and little league.  After you do, you’ll be able to score a $1/3 Capri Sun coupon!

* One per household, per month, while supplies last.

Kroger Deal: Buy 3 CapriSun (10 ct) – $1.67 (wyb 10 participating items)
Use $1.00/3 CapriSun printable
Final Price=$1.34 each!

Thanks, Shopping Tips and Tricks!


Posted: July 5, 2011

It appears the RR’s aren’t printing for anyone ;(
There’s a great BOGO Free sale on Finesse at Walgreen’s this week, you can only get one $2 rebate per household but this still works out to be a moneymaker:

Finesse Clean + Simple Product $3.99, BOGO Free
Use 2 $1.00/1 Finesse, Any from SS 5/8
Or use 2 $1.00/1 Finesse Hair Product, Any from All You 05/2011
Pay $1.99
Get a $5.00 Register Reward
and submit  for $2/1 – Finesse Product, Any, Mail in Rebate
Final Price= **$5.00 Moneymaker**

Thanks, eeendeavors

View more Walgreen’s Store Coupons & Deals this week!


Posted: July 5, 2011

Checkout what Pantene posted on their facebook page:

We’re so sorry for the glitches with our giveaway this week, and we want to make it up to you! If you weren’t able to claim a coupon due to technical issues, email us ( with Your Name, Your Address, Your Email and we will send you a coupon for FREE Pantene. (US Only, until 07/05/11)
(Free shampoo or conditioner up to $4.99, excluding trial size. US only, 18 or older, 1 coupon per household.)

This offer ends today so hurry and email them if you didn’t get one last week!  These are mailed to your house,

Posted: July 1, 2011

I have heard rave reviews of ING so I thought this may be a deal you’ll want to checkout! Head over to ING and click on the Learn More button under Electric Orange Checking.  There is no minimum amount required to open an account so just create one.

To score $50: make a total of 3 purchases (either signature or PIN-based) using your Electric Orange Card or Person2Person Payments (or any combination of the two) within 45 days.  There is no minimum amount to these purchases.

To score $76: set up Direct Deposit and have two Direct Deposits of at least $250 post to your Electric Orange by August 31st.

You can cancel anytime too.

** Please note that these bonus offers are only available for new Electric Orange checking accounts. Only one bonus will be provided per household.

(Thanks, Frugal Jacksonville Mom!)

Posted: June 29, 2011

I really am cuckoo for coupons.  When I saw this deal I got sooo excited.   For the next entire month, you can head in-store to Staples and score Charmin Basic Bath Tissue 16 Double rolls for $4.99!     You can also use the 15% off Staples coupon (valid through 7/2) to make this even cheaper $4.24.

That is like getting 32 regular rolls of 1-ply TP for $.13 per roll!   Checkout my household supplies stock up price list, this is well below the $.19 per roll!

While you’re at Staples, you may want to take this coupon: 12 pack of Post-It 3×3? Yellow Sticky Notes for just $1. Valid through 7/2.

(Thanks, One Frugal Chick!)

Posted: June 26, 2011

There’s a new $1.50/1 – 12 pack or larger – of Scott Naturals Tube Free Bath Tissue coupon!  Use zip 12345 and click on the “Household” category to find it!

As you can see I have updated my Stock Up Prices sheet for toilet paper – look for a deal with this coupon: $.19 per 1-ply single roll, $.23 per 2-ply single rolls, or $.01 per sheet.

Posted: June 13, 2011

Learn how Stapes Easy Rebates and Staples Rewards work if you haven’t used them before. They are different!

Pentel WOW! 18 ct. Retractable Ballpoint Pens – $8.29
Get back $8.29 in Staples Rewards
FREE after Staples rewards

iTunes Gift Cards – $25
Save $10 when you purchase 2
Final Price= $40 for 2 $25 gift cards

HP Everyday Photo Paper – $9.99
Submit for the $8.99 Staples Easy Rebate
Final  Price= $1 (2 rebates per household)

Staples 50% Recycled Paper 500 Sheets $9.99
Get $4 instant savings
Submit for the $2 Staples Easy Rebate
Final Price= $2

QuickBooks Simple Start Online 2011, $129.99
$24 Instant Savings
$105.99 Easy Rebate
Final Price=FREE after instant savings & easy rebate!

Thanks, C4U!

Posted: June 7, 2011

Learn how Stapes Easy Rebates and Staples Rewards work if you haven’t used them before. They are different!

$3.00 off ANY item at Staples Coupon! Just click on the left hand side and find the red and yellow picture.  When you go to use the coupon, you can score the following deals from now and 6/11  too:

Scotch Magic tape with dispenser $1
Use $1/1 Scotch Magic Tape coupon (PDF)
Final Price= FREE

HP Everyday 4? x 6? photo paper, 100/pack $9.99
– Submit $8.99 easy rebate
Final Price= $1
*Limit 2 rebates per household

Thanks, Time2Save!

Posted: May 21, 2011

Get a 10 week Sam’s Club membership for just $10. This special summer membership starts now and runs through June 5, 2011.  In club only.

So after you do that deal, with your membership you can do this deal:

You can get a $10 Sam’s Club Gift Card when you purchase $40 of qualifying P&G products between 5/20 and 6/20.  Valid at participating stores only. You do not have to purchase all $40 in one transaction.  One per household.  Total calculated prior to tax.

Submit for your $10 gift card at after buying $40 in qualifying items:

  • Bounce Dryer Sheets
  • Pantene Pro-V Shampoo & Conditioner
  • Always Infinity
  • Charmin Ultra Soft Toilet Paper
  • Puffs Plus Lotion
  • Tide Liquid Detergent
  • Cascade ActionPacs
  • Ultra Downy April Fresh
  • Bounty Extra Soft Select-A-Size Paper Towels
  • Pampers Swaddlers or Cruisers
  • Charmin Ultra Strong Toilet Paper

Thanks, Savings & Stewardship and Coupon Teacher

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