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ABC’s of Couponing: “L” is for Lingo 101

Feb 17 2014
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ABC’s of Couponing: “L” is for “Lingo”

This is part of the 26 page ABC’s of Couponing free eBook!  Re-posting here for those who missed it previously.

Coupon Jargan & Lingo on Cuckoo for Coupon Deals may be confusing:

Let’s learn what all that really means:

$1/1: One dollar off one product

$1/2: One dollar off when you buy two products. You must buy 2 items. If you buy two items, you can use that one coupon.

+UP: These refer to Rite Aid’s +UP Wellness Rewards program (full explanation HERE)

AY: All You magazine, a magazine sold online and at Walmart which sometimes has coupons in it.

BOGO (read more!): BOGO or B1G1: Both mean “Buy one, Get one” and will usually be followed by “free” or ” “50%”.  BOGO Free means “Buy one, get one free” and BOGO 50% off means “Buy one, get one 50% off.”  If you read my “B” is for BOGO post, you are a BOGO pro!

Blinkie: This is a manufacturer coupon found in-store. It is usually in a dispenser that is close to the product the coupon is for.

Catalina: This is a coupon that prints after you have purchased your items.  It prints on a separate machine from the receipt.  So it won’t look like a normal coupon.  Sometimes it will say “$xx off your next purchase” and you can use the coupon on any item in the store on your next transaction or shopping trip.  Other times, for example at Kmart, the coupon will be triggered based off items you have bought and will be a coupon for similar items.   Often when I buy Huggies, coupons for Pampers will print out of the catalina machine. Here’s a picture of a catalina.

Circular: Weekly or monthly ad released by stores to let customers know of their current sales.

Clipless Coupons: See “e-Coupons” below

Coupon Insert: These come in the Sunday newspaper. Deidre recommends buying multiple Sunday newspapers to get your coupon inserts. These are the bread-and-butter of couponing. Coupon inserts are one of the biggest weapons in a good couponers arsenal.

Coupon: Entitles the holder to a discount, as specified on the coupon. Is a form of payment.

Couponing:
The art of redeeming discount coupons in order to save money.

Couponer: A person who collects and saves coupons to redeem them on products, such as groceries, pet food, and toiletries.

CRT:  Cash Register Tape. Usually used when talking about CVS pharmacy or Kmart, CRTs print at the bottom of your receipt and are generated based on your purchasing history (seemingly random).  CRTs are specific to the store where they were printed.  They are usually product specific coupons, example: $1.00 off any deodorant purchase. Here’s a picture of a CRT.

Cuckoo: A great deal is often referred to as a “cuckoo” deal and you should know it is a “stock up” price.

Do Not Double (full explanation HERE) : This is on some coupons, sometimes it says “DND” or “No Doubling” it is meant to communicate to the retailer that the manufacturer will not  reimburse for any greater value than that of the coupon. A store may or may not double your coupon that reads “do not double” as part of a store doubling promotion. The wording is there to protect the manufacturer.

Double Coupons (full explanation HERE): Only certain stores will double a coupon. When a store “doubles a coupon”, the store still only gets refunded the value of the coupon from the manufacturer.   They take the extra amount they doubled out of their own pockets, as an advertising expense.

ECB:  Extra Care Bucks. This coupons print at the bottom of your CVS receipt when you purchase items that are specially marked in their weekly circulars.

E-Coupons (full explanation HERE): Also known as Clipless or Loadable coupons. Instead of printing the coupon, you load it onto your store loyalty card.  When you scan your loyalty card at the cash register, or give your phone number, you will automatically receive the savings if you’ve made a qualifying purchase!

ETS: What does ETS stand for on a coupon? Excludes Trial Size!

Extra Bucks: Extra Care Bucks. This coupons print at the bottom of your CVS receipt when you purchase items that are specially marked in their weekly circulars.

EXP: Expires or Expiration Date

FAR
: Free After Rebate.  You will pay cash for the item, but receive a full rebate back, essentially making the item free minus sales tax.

FF:  Firefox.  When a printable coupon specifies IE or FF, you must click the link that coordinates with the browser you’re using.

Handling Fee: Refers to an amount, usually $0.08, paid by the manufacturer to a store in addition to the price on the coupon.  This is to compensate them for handling the coupon.

IE:  Internet Explorer.  When a printable coupon specifies IE or FF, you must click the link that coordinates with the browser you’re using.

Inserts in the Sunday paper: SS= Smart Source, RP= Red Plum, P&G= Proctor & Gamble (once per month).  Insert coupons can be used at any store that accepts manufacturer’s coupons.  Almost all grocery and drug stores do. Order your Sunday Coupon Inserts here.

IP: Internet Printable coupons may be printed right from your home computer.  Usually limited to 2 prints per computer, download quick and safe printing software to be able to print securely from home.

IVC: Instant Value Coupon.  IVCs are store coupons found in the weekly Walgreens ad.  IVCs may be stacked with a manufacturer coupon.

Loadable Coupons: See “e-Coupons” above.

MIR (full explanation HERE): Mail in Rebate, refers to rebates which must be submitted by mail.  These are the traditional rebates that require you to mail in both your receipt and proof of purchase in the form of UPC barcodes.

Manufacturer:
The company who produces the brand items:  Dove soap manufacturer, Pace Salsa manufacturer, etc.

MFR: Some people save time by typing this instead of  “manufacturer”

Manufacturer Coupon: A coupon created by the manufacturer, or by a marketing company on the manufacturer’s behalf.  Manufacturer offers a discount to shoppers in order to entice them to buy their product.  When a coupon is redeemed the manufacturer reimburses the store for the entire value of the coupon, plus a handling fee, aprox $0.08.

Mobile Coupon App: An application you download on your phone which has coupon offers on it, or where you scan in your receipts to get instant rebates for purchases. I have a list of the top 8 mobile apps I recommend.

OOP: Out of pocket. This refers to the amount you pay for an item, not factoring in rebates, ECB’s, +Ups, RR’s or any other catalina.

OYNO: On Your Next Order.  OYNSO: On Your Next Shopping Order.  This refers to offers where you will not see the savings on that order, but on your next shopping trip or transaction.  For example, spend $25 and save $10 on your next order.  You would spend $25 (usually before coupons) and a catalina would print giving you $10 off your next order.

One Coupon per Purchase:  You can only use one coupon per item purchased.  Usually you can buy multiple items and use multiple coupons in one transaction with this type of coupon.  As long as you buy multiple items, you can use multiple coupons of the same type per transaction.

One Coupon per Transaction: This one means you can only use one coupon per transaction, even if you have multiple items and multiple coupons.  Your store may let you do multiple transactions.

Peelie:  Manufacturer coupons that look like stickers and are stuck on products in-store.  I personally don’t remove these and only use these if I am buying that product at that store.

P&G: Proctor and Gamble manufacture a wide range of consumer goods and are one of the largest corporations in the world.  Proctor and Gamble puts out monthly coupon inserts filled with coupons for a variety of Proctor and Gamble produced brands, just a few of which include: Always, Bounty, Crest, Dawn, Gillette, Olay, Pampers and Tide.

PSA: Prices starting at; when a group of items are on sale, such as Fiber One products 25% off.  We might write “PSA $2.09? and list a group of Fiber One coupons.  This means that the cheapest Fiber One product is $2.09 and prices go up from there.

Purchase: a purchase refers to buying any item.  If I buy 30 items on a single shopping trip, I just made 30 purchases.

Purchase-Based Coupon: Purchase-Based coupons specify a dollar amount off a minimum dollar future purchase.  Some common values:  $2 off $10, $3 off $15, $4 off $20.  Manufacturer purchase based coupons may be used in addition to store coupons.

Q: Coupon abbreviation – also used, Q-pon.

Raincheck (full explanation HERE): A Rain Check is a written slip that you can request from a store when a sale item is out of stock.  When the store restocks the item, after the sale period is over, a rain check entitles you to purchase for the previous sale price.  Store may include an expiration date as well as a quantity limit on your rain check.  Rain checks are usually issued at the customer service desk.

Rebate (full explanation HERE):  Virtually all rebates are limit one per household, and P.O. boxes are never accepted.  Make sure to read the fine print- don’t waste time or money sending in multiple rebates for the same deal, since you’ll only get one back. Keep this in mind if you find tear-pad rebates at stores- there is no reason to take the whole stack, since you can only use one rebate.  Most of the best grocery rebates are found in the beer aisle.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Virtually all rebates are limit one per household, and P.O. boxes are never accepted.  Make sure to read the fine print- don’t waste time or money sending in multiple rebates for the same deal, since you’ll only get one back. Keep this in mind if you find tear-pad rebates at stores- there is no reason to take the whole stack, since you can only use one rebate.

RR: Register Reward.  These are triggered at Walgreens for buying certain products.

Rolling Catalinas: refers to the practice of separating your purchase into multiple transactions in order to use register catalina coupons from your first transaction to pay for your second transaction.  Another catalina prints from the 2nd transaction that pays for the 3rd transaction and so on.  This doesn’t work so well at Walgreen’s and you’ll need to read their store training guide full full details.

RP: Red Plum.  Formerly known as Vallasis, Red Plum coupon inserts and website feature coupons from a variety of manufacturers.  Red Plum is part of Valassis Interactiv.

SCR:  Single Check Rebate, Rite Aid Drugstore monthly rebate program, which has been cancelled.

Stacking Coupons:  Stacking coupons refers to using both a store coupon and a manufacturer coupon on one product.  Nearly all stores will allow you to “stack”.  Only one manufacturer coupon may be used per item.

Store Coupon: A coupon created by the store to entice you to buy a certain product at their store.  Stores receive no reimbursement from store coupons.  Store coupons may be found in the weekly ad, printed online or downloaded as e-coupons.

Store Loyalty Card:  A free card which you present at checkout to receive additional savings.  Fill out a short application to receive a loyalty card at your local grocer.  If you don’t want to carry the card, the cashier can look up your preferred card by entering your ten digit phone number.

Sunday Coupon Inserts: In many of my posts, you’ll see references to use Sunday coupon inserts; order your Sunday Coupon Inserts here. Here is  an example of how I tell you which insert a coupon is in when I post a deal:

Buy Olay Lotion $2.99
Use the $1/2 Select Olay Products, exp. 11-30-10 (SS 10/31/10)
Final Price= $1.99

What does the pink coupon information in the deal above mean?

  • $1/2 = $1 off when you buy 2.
  • exp. 11-30-10 means the coupon will expire on 11-30-10 and will no longer be useable.
  • (SS 10/31/10) means a coupon came from the Smart Source insert in the Sunday paper on 10/31/10.

Transaction: a transaction refers to your entire purchase, especially the payment you make for that purchase.  If I buy 30 items and then pay the cashier, I just made one transaction.

Tear-Pad:At many locations in supermarkets there are tear pads with rebates or coupons on them.  These are often found in the beer aisle or at the customer service desk. Remember, almost all mail-in rebates say “one per household, no P.O. boxes allowed” so don’t bother taking all the tear-pads. Leave some for other shoppers.

Stockpile:   Buy items when they are at their lowest prices and buy enough to get you through to the next big sale, so you never have to pay full price.

SS: Smart Source. A marketing company, like RP, Smart Source coupon inserts and website feature coupons from a variety of manufacturers.  Smart Source is part of News America Marketing Co.

Tear Pad: At many locations in supermarkets there are tear pads with rebates or coupons on them.  These are often found in the beer aisle or at the customer service desk. Remember, almost all mail-in rebates say “one per household, no P.O. boxes allowed” so don’t bother taking all the tear-pads. Leave some for other shoppers.

WAGS: Abbreviation for Walgreens Drugstore

UPC: Universal Product Code. Bar code printed on product packages that can be scanned electronically.

WYB:  When you buy.  “Save $10 wyb 3 items” would mean: Save $10 when you buy 3 items.

YMMV: Your Mileage May Vary.  Usually means a deal is for clearance items and since it’s not advertised in the circular, there is no guarantee that your store will have the same deal.

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{Weekly Giveaway} 15 Coupon Inserts & A Shirt!

Aug 7 2011
Posted by deidre 39 Comments
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Winner of last week’s giveaway: couponingcandice@…com  who posted her family dollar deals! She even broke down which coupons to use, very nice so others could get the deals!

Are you Cuckoo for Coupon Deals???

Let’s see those shopping hauls!  Get a free Cuckoo for Coupon Deals t-shirt plus get a Women’s sizes S, M, L or XL and 5 GM, 5 SS and 10 RP coupon inserts from 08/07!

How to Enter:

  • Just submit a picture of any shopping trip this week  or last week, July 31-August 06! One picture will randomly be selected as the winner.  Photos must be 1,000 KB’s or under to upload.  Or you could post  a receipt picture if you’d like.
  • Make sure to comment on your picture- Where did you do the shopping trip at? How much did you spend and save? When was it?
  • *NEW*: if you can’t get your picture to upload because they are over 1,000 KB’s, post the url to the picture uploaded to tinypic.com!  Or Photobucket.com or any other free upload pictures web service.  Tinypic doesn’t even make you create an account, you just upload it and it gives you the url, I just did it in 20 seconds and it gave me the url: http://tinypic.com/r/2h7m0sh/7   If you do this option, make sure to still comment on where you bought stuff etc on this post with the link to the picture.
  • BONUS ENTRY: Get one extra entry if you share any unadvertised deals you score so others can score them as well!  Just leave an extra comment for that entry.

Ready, set, let’s see your cuckoo shopping trip pictures!

*Don’t know where to get coupon inserts? Read this coupon insert deals post!

USA only – Ends August 13th  midnight EST and announced when I post the next t-shirt & insert giveaway (usually Sunday afternoons).  Winner will be chosen using Random.org and verified for entry requirements, and winners are announced on my homepage & giveaways rss feedgiveaways emails (subscribe now) and the new Giveaway Winners drop-down from my main menu.  I will email you if you won, but 80% of emails I send go to Spam boxes so you can’t count on getting emailed. Sponsored by Deidre from Cuckoo for Coupon Deals.  I do not sell coupon inserts or charge postage to the winner.

 

 

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CVS Diaper Clearance: Pampers $2.74 & Store Brand $1.49!

Aug 1 2011
Posted by deidre 13 Comments
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Now keep in mind diaper clearance at CVS varies! Checkout this post from SD:

I just got back from CVS. I found the Pampers Swaddler Sensitive Diapers in size 1 on 75% off for $2.74 a pack (33 count).  *she checked a few CVS’s and only saw size 1 marked down BUT some didn’t have them marked down but when she scanned them they came out as 75% off!

They also had their back to basics brand diapers 75% off making them $1.49 a pack (25 count).  ALL SIZES!

Here is what mine looked like.

I got 6 packs Pampers @ $2.74 – (4) $2.00 off coupons and (1) $1.00 off 2.
And 9 back to basics diapers @ 1.49 ea.

I paid $23.00 for 411 diapers making it about $0.05 a diaper.  That’s a stock up price!

View her receipt - she’s in Texas and found these deals at the CVS in Grapevine off Ira E Woods.

So many more deals on my CVS list!

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{Weekly Giveaway} 20 Coupon Inserts & A Cuckoo T-Shirt!

Jul 31 2011
Posted by deidre 58 Comments
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Winner of last week’s giveaway: Tiffany, yeuthuong3o2@…com for her CVS trip:   My total oop cost was $1.10 (one coupon didn’t scan..) I saved $42 and got $10 in ECB back!

Are you Cuckoo for Coupon Deals???

Let’s see those shopping hauls!  Get a free Cuckoo for Coupon Deals t-shirt plus get a Women’s sizes S, M, L or XL and 5 P& G, 5 SS and 10 RP coupon inserts from 07/31!

How to Enter:

  • Just submit a picture of any shopping trip this week  or last week, July 31-August 06! One picture will randomly be selected as the winner.  Photos must be 1,000 KB’s or under to upload.  Or you could post  a receipt picture if you’d like.
  • Make sure to comment on your picture- Where did you do the shopping trip at? How much did you spend and save? When was it?
  • *NEW*: if you can’t get your picture to upload because they are over 1,000 KB’s, post the url to the picture uploaded to tinypic.com!  Or Photobucket.com or any other free upload pictures web service.  Tinypic doesn’t even make you create an account, you just upload it and it gives you the url, I just did it in 20 seconds and it gave me the url: http://tinypic.com/r/2h7m0sh/7   If you do this option, make sure to still comment on where you bought stuff etc on this post with the link to the picture.
  • BONUS ENTRY: Get one extra entry if you share any unadvertised deals you score so others can score them as well!  Just leave an extra comment for that entry.

Ready, set, let’s see your cuckoo shopping trip pictures!

*Don’t know where to get coupon inserts? Read this coupon insert deals post!

USA only – Ends August 6thth  midnight EST and announced when I post the next t-shirt & insert giveaway(usually Sunday afternoons).  Winner will be chosen using Random.org and verified for entry requirements, and winners are announced on my homepage & giveaways rss feedgiveaways emails (subscribe now) and the new Giveaway Winners drop-down from my main menu.  I will email you if you won, but 80% of emails I send go to Spam boxes so you can’t count on getting emailed. Sponsored by Deidre from Cuckoo for Coupon Deals.

 

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{Weekly Giveaway} Cuckoo T-Shirt & 10 Coupon Inserts!

Jul 24 2011
Posted by deidre 65 Comments
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UPDATE: GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED!

Last week’s weekly giveaway winner: Christine Lentine, csweetness67@…com who posted a pic of a sweet clearance deal at Kroger!

Are you Cuckoo for Coupon Deals???

Let’s see those shopping hauls!  Get a free Cuckoo for Coupon Deals t-shirt plus get a Women’s sizes S, M, L or XL and 5 SS coupon inserts and 5 RP’s from 07/24!

How to Enter:

  • Just submit a picture of any shopping trip this week  or last week, July 24-30! One picture will randomly be selected as the winner.  Photos must be 1,000 KB’s or under to upload.  Or you could post  a receipt picture if you’d like.
  • Make sure to comment on your picture- Where did you do the shopping trip at? How much did you spend and save? When was it?
  • *NEW*: if you can’t get your picture to upload because they are over 1,000 KB’s, post the url to the picture uploaded to tinypic.com!  Or Photobucket.com or any other free upload pictures web service.  Tinypic doesn’t even make you create an account, you just upload it and it gives you the url, I just did it in 20 seconds and it gave me the url: http://tinypic.com/r/2h7m0sh/7   If you do this option, make sure to still comment on where you bought stuff etc on this post with the link to the picture.
  • BONUS ENTRY: Get one extra entry if you share any unadvertised deals you score so others can score them as well!  Just leave an extra comment for that entry.

Ready, set, let’s see your cuckoo shopping trip pictures!

*Don’t know where to get coupon inserts? Read this coupon insert deals post!

USA only – Ends July 30th  midnight EST and announced when I post the next t-shirt & insert giveaway(usually Sunday afternoons).  Winner will be chosen using Random.org and verified for entry requirements, and winners are announced on my homepage & giveaways rss feedgiveaways emails (subscribe now) and the new Giveaway Winners drop-down from my main menu.  I will email you if you won, but 80% of emails I send go to Spam boxes so you can’t count on getting emailed. Sponsored by Deidre from Cuckoo for Coupon Deals.

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Rite Aid Ad Deals 7/24 – 7/30

Jul 23 2011
Posted by angeri 6 Comments
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The deals don’t look too great.. but checkout the Rite Aid Transactions! They are pretty good.

Rite Aid Store Coupons & Ad Weekly Deals provided by Time 2 Save Workshops. Couponing can be confusing if you don’t understand SCR’s and +UP rewards; read my Rite Aid training guide!

View this week’s Rite Aid’s Ad Scan from I Heart Rite Aid. Want to be an extreme couponer? Don’t hesitate to ask questions because I answer them quickly!

$3 off $15 purchase: Check your receipt for a survey that can be taken – people are getting $3/15 coupons for taking that survey! You can earn up to three $3/$15 coupons per month.

**Stock up “Cuckoo Deals” final prices are in pink!

+Up Reward Deals
Other Good Deals

Click on “Display All Matchups” to view the full list of matchups!

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36 Rayovac Batteries + Cars 2 Movie Ticket $11.97 Shipped!

Jul 18 2011
Posted by deidre 10 Comments
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Head on over to Sellout.Woot! To score today’s deal which is $5.99 for 36 Rayovac batteries and one Cars 2 movie ticket, plus $5 shipping.  You can order up to three, and only have to pay shipping once! That makes it $22.97 for 108 Rayovac batteries and 3 Cars 2 movie tickets! Select between AA and AAA batteries!

  • Enter codes online at www.rayovac.com/cars2 to receive your movie certificate
  • Offer good towards any eligible Disney/Touchstone Pictures film at participating theaters

These will be Hollywood Movie Money certificates:

Your Hollywood Movie Money and Hollywood Concession Money certificates will be accepted at any participating theater at any show time.  To see theaters, go to Hollywood movie money and use code 38104a and type in your zip code. Your Hollywood Movie Money is valid for any film of your choice unless there is a specific movie listed on the admission certificate.(Please note, expired tickets cannot be accepted or replaced.)

Please note, your certificate is only valid through the expiration date listed or until the specific movie is no longer in theaters (whichever comes first).If the specific movie listed on your certificate is no longer playing at any participating theaters in your area, your certificate cannot be replaced.

*****Can’t find a participating theater within 30 miles? No problem.Just go to the theater closest to you, pay to see the movie and send us your receipt and the original certificate.After verification we will reimburse you.******

Thanks, Hi Fi Hot Deals!

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{Weekly Giveaway} Cuckoo T-Shirt + 2 AMC Gold Movie Tickets + 5 Inserts!

Jul 17 2011
Posted by deidre 77 Comments
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Last week’s weekly giveaway winner: Myrel, h.broken08@…com  (pic of Myrel’s shopping trip) Paid: $17.06  for $98.90 worth of items at Walgreens.

Are you Cuckoo for Coupon Deals???

Let’s see those shopping hauls!  Since there were no RedPlum inserts in the paper today :(   I thought I’d make this weeks weekly giveaway even more awesome by throwing in two AMC Gold Movie Tickets ($25 value)! I got these tickets for free by using credits from this AMC Screamin Deals deal I posted; credits I couldn’t have gotten without all of you! So in order to say thanks, I thought why not give the tickets away??? Plus get a Women’s sizes S, M, L or XL and 5 SS coupon inserts from 07/17!

How to Enter:

  • Just submit a picture of any shopping trip this week  or last week, July 17-23! One picture will randomly be selected as the winner.  Photos must be 1,000 KB’s or under to upload.  Or you could post  a receipt picture if you’d like.
  • Make sure to comment on your picture- Where did you do the shopping trip at? How much did you spend and save? When was it?
  • *NEW*: if you can’t get your picture to upload because they are over 1,000 KB’s, post the url to the picture uploaded to tinypic.com!  Or Photobucket.com or any other free upload pictures web service.  Tinypic doesn’t even make you create an account, you just upload it and it gives you the url, I just did it in 20 seconds and it gave me the url: http://tinypic.com/r/2h7m0sh/7   If you do this option, make sure to still comment on where you bought stuff etc on this post with the link to the picture.
  • BONUS ENTRY: Get one extra entry if you share any unadvertised deals you score so others can score them as well!  Just leave an extra comment for that entry.

Ready, set, let’s see your cuckoo shopping trip pictures!

*Don’t know where to get coupon inserts? Read this coupon insert deals post!

USA only – Ends July 23rd  midnight EST and announced when I post the next t-shirt & insert giveaway (usually Sunday afternoons).  Winner will be chosen using Random.org and verified for entry requirements, and winners are announced on my homepage & giveaways rss feedgiveaways emails (subscribe now) and the new Giveaway Winners drop-down from my main menu.  Sponsored by Deidre from Cuckoo for Coupon Deals,  not in connection with AMC theaters.

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