Couponing

Posted: January 5, 2017
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Part of the ABC’s of Couponing Guide

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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: October 27, 2011
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Here’s a letter from a reader I got back in July, I thought I’d re-post this since I’ve had several new readers asking me about photocopying coupons:

I am a loyal follower of your blog since I started couponing in May of 2011. Recently I have run into a “gooey situation” and was hoping you could give me your expert opinion regarding my account with SS.com.  I think my “cookies have crumbled” because I tried to print some Q’s from there a couple days ago and was denied. I recieved a screen saying something like “Application Security Warning Access Denied” and it gave me a reference number and told me to contact them via e-mail to resolve this issue. In their troubleshooting area there was a topic that said my account may have been temporarily disabled due to fraudulent “copied coupons” which nearly made me choke up “chocolate chips”.  I sent them repeated emails and still havnt recieved a reply. I did a little investigating of my own because I was sharing coupons with some friends who have denied copying any of them and I have had the occasional scuffle with “grouchy mean” managers at a couple stores in which I wrote their Supervisors and Corporate Offices complaints because they had my patients wearing “wafer” thin and was worried they may have set me up somehow. I started to go through my sales reciepts to see if any SS.com Q’s were used during any transactions that had to do with these “cookie cutter” individuals but didn’t find anything. I then decided to follow the “crumb trail” of Q’s that I have used from SS inserts and I found one for …”!!WhoNu Cookies!!”… that was labled as prohibited in NV my homestate {:o([. I felt like “tossing my cookies” because I didnt read the fine print and neither did the store associates that accepted them with doublers making for some great cookie deals. WHONU???? Being kinda new at this I never expected to recieve coupons that were restricted in Nevada in my Nevada mailbox! I used alot of these at Albertsons during the Double Coupon Event Last Week at least 8 or 9 and in one particular transaction I used a BOGO and 1/1 together which made them $.25 cents ea for two pkgs. I think these may have been the culprits which “soured the milk” and left me with “chocolaty evidence all over my teeth”…. but i’m still not sure so I was wondering….Have you come across any similar situations like this within the “Cuckoo Community”? Any idea of what I can expect or what I should do after getting busted with my hand in the “cookie jar”? I would hate to have legal troubles over “couponing for cookies” considering I try so hard to practice couponing Legally and Legitimatly. I was just so “charmed by cheap cookie deals” and now I feel “sandwhiched” by fear! It’s times like these that I (almost) wish I was “diabetic”… so any advice you could offer a poor poor innocent “cookie crook” would be greatly appreciated.

Thank You so much for all your hard work and for educating us “cookiecuck-I-I-mean “CouponCuckoo’s” 🙂

SweeetTeeef.

Deidre’s Take: Here at Cuckoo for Coupon Deals we never photocopy coupons! If you are in a coupon train or any other way of exchanging coupons, never exchange internet printables!  You never know if that other person is going to photocopy them, and since they were printed from your IP address YOU could be in huge trouble.  Not only might you not be able to print coupons anymore, the CIC may choose to prosecute you!

Ask CFCD Readers: Any advice for Sweet Teeef?

Posted: August 11, 2011
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UPDATE: GONE – check back tomorrow at 6pm EST for 20,000 more samples!

 FREE box of Herbashine on the Garnier Facebook Page! First click the checkbox to select your haircolor type, and type in the box about how your hair makes you feel, then click Post. Then scroll clear down to the bottom where it says to enter your mailing info!

Then go to their wall and tell them @CuckooForCouponDeals sent you!

Thanks, Couponing To Disney

Approximate Retail Value of Garnier HerbaShine haircolor is $7.99. First 20,00 today, then it appears tomorrow at 6pm EST it may be live again! 

Don’t forget my massive ongoing freebies list!

Posted: August 10, 2011
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Last one of the night!

You thought it was all over on the last one huh? You didn’t know it was going to be this epic did you?

While frozen meals are few and far between for my family, when we do have them I like to be sure it is healthy and not just some dinner in a box. At the Blogher conference this weekend I was able to meet the wonderful people of Michael Angelo’s We tasted one of their wonderful dishes there and heard all about how they took their time to be sure the meals were prepared fresh. Each meal is prepared to order and shipped within 36 hours after being prepared. This means it gets to you only shortly after that and is fresh for your family when you serve it. Just put it on a pretty plate and no one would know it wasn’t home made! 😉

You can find Michael Angelo’s Single Serve and Family Sized Meals at Walmart Stores nationwide priced around $9.49. You can choose from the following six Family Serve: Meat Lasagna, Eggplant Parmesan, Chicken Piccata, Vegetable Lasagna, Shrimp Scampi and Italian-Style Sausage and Meatballs.

We are excited to give THREE winners FIVE coupons for FREE Michael Angelo’s Products valued at $9.49 each. Here’s how to enter:

  • Like Michael Angelo’s on Twitter
  • Then come back here and write a comment of what your favorite Michael Angelo’s products is
  • BONUS entry Tweet: #SwagShare & @Michael_Angelos FREE $9.49 value coupon giveaways – $750 total!  Learn more at @cuckoofordeals

Plus you can also enter to win a set of coupons on each of these blogs. You will need to comment on their Michael Angelo’s post in order to enter.

SwagGrabber

Cuckoo for Coupon Deals

Couponing to Disney

Consumer Queen

The Sassy Saver

The giveaway will run through August 11, 2011 at 11:59 am EST. The winners will be selected randomly and will be posted Aug. 13th 1:00pm PST after the close of the contest. SUPER AWESOME: On all fill out a form contests, prize will be mailed to you automatically, you don’t even have to claim your prize! On comment based entries, you will need to check back to see if you won. Must be 18+ to enter and reside in the United States. This promotion is sponsored by The Consumer Queen, Couponing to Disney, Cuckoo for Coupon Deals, SwagGrabber and The Sassy Saver and all thoughts and opinions are our own.

 

Posted: August 10, 2011
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I hope you are having as much fun entering to win these prizes as we have had bringing them to you. And we saved the highest $ amount giveaway for the end. 10 lucky readers are going to win an envelope with $100 worth of FREE product coupons just for humoring us during the Swag Share event. We appreciate you coming to our blogs and entering all our giveaways. Good luck!

To enter, just fill out the form below. You only need to fill this form out once.

The giveaway will run through August 11, 2011 at 11:59 am EST. The winners will be selected randomly and will be posted Aug. 13th 1:00pm PST after the close of the contest. SUPER AWESOME: On all fill out a form contests, prize will be mailed to you automatically, you don’t even have to claim your prize! On comment based entries, you will need to check back to see if you won. Must be 18+ to enter. This promotion is sponsored by The Consumer Queen, Couponing to Disney, Cuckoo for Coupon Deals, SwagGrabber and The Sassy Saver and all thoughts and opinions are our own.

Posted: August 10, 2011
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With more than 500,000 coupons and 100,000 stores, RetailMeNot.com is the leading destination for online coupons. By encouraging users to upload deals and help grow the site, RetailMeNot has established a vibrant discount marketplace and passionate user base. About half of our coupons and deals are submitted by users, and the top 10 site contributors are all unpaid, differentiating RetailMeNot from other deal sites. RetailMeNot also allows its users to rate and rank coupons, so the most successful coupons move to the top of the page, ensuring that the best deals are just a click away.

20 Winners receive a Retail Me Not Prize Pack! 4 winners picked from each participating blog’s posts.

Enter the #SwagShare RetailMeNot Prize Pack Giveaway:

Simply “like” all of the pages listed and leave one comment letting us know you did.

Retail Me Not


SwagGrabber


Cuckoo for Coupon Deals


Couponing To Disney


Sassy Saver


ConsumerQueen


The giveaway will run through August 11, 2011 at 11:59 pm EST. The winners will be selected randomly and will be posted Aug. 13th 1:00pm PST after the close of the contest. SUPER AWESOME: On all fill out a form contests, prize will be mailed to you automatically, you don’t even have to claim your prize! On comment based entries, you will need to check back to see if you won. Must be 18+ to enter and reside in the United States. This promotion is sponsored by RetailMeNot but all thoughts and opinions are from The Consumer Queen, Couponing to Disney, Cuckoo for Coupon Deals, SwagGrabber and The Sassy Saver and all thoughts and opinions are our own.

Posted: August 10, 2011
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EXTRA EXTRA READ ALL ABOUT IT!.It’s time to giveaway some CVS Extra Care Coupons? 25 lucky people ( 5 winners per blog) are going to win a $4 off $20 CVS coupon. These coupons are not card specific so anyone can use them.

Click the links below to enter on each of these blogs:

Cuckoo for Coupon Deals

Couponing to Disney

SwagGrabber

Consumer Queen

The Sassy Saver

To Enter:

Comment here and tell us: What is your favorite thing to purchase at CVS?

The giveaway will run through August 11, 2011 at 11:59 am EST. The winners will be selected randomly and will be posted Aug. 13th 1:00pm PST after the close of the contest. SUPER AWESOME: On all fill out a form contests, prize will be mailed to you automatically, you don’t even have to claim your prize! On comment based entries, you will need to check back to see if you won. Must be 18+ to enter and reside in the United States. This promotion is sponsored by The Consumer Queen, Couponing to Disney, Cuckoo for Coupon Deals, SwagGrabber and The Sassy Saver and all thoughts and opinions are our own.

Posted: August 10, 2011
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Who wants to skip cooking? My hand is in the air around 4:00pm every day even though I know I have to. Well most of these coupons are for the “healthy” items on McDonald’s menu so I think you will be okay stopping by and not having to make dinner one night!

Have you enjoyed seeing all the ways to follow our sites today? Well there is one more we wanted to tell you about that we think is pretty awesome! It’s called following via RSS, or other people call it following in readers.

Basically, you see the lists of titles of all posts by your favorite blogs in one spot. You can click on a title to view the full post right in your reader. You don’t have to head over to the blog – for people with slow internet this is going to save you tons of time!

And you can follow as many sites in your reader as you want! Of course you already know who I am going to suggest you should follow:

Cuckoo for Coupon Deals

Swaggrabber

Couponing to Disney

Consumer Queen

The Sassy Saver
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10 winners will get envelopes full of free product coupons for McDonald’s!

TO ENTER:
After you follow the 5 blogs above in an RSS feed or Google Reader, go ahead and just fill out the form below!

Tell us what your favorite giveaway of the day has been and your favorite method of entry!

****The same form is being posted on all 5 participating blogs (all entries are gathered onto one document), so you only need to enter this giveaway once.

The giveaway will run through August 11, 2011 at 11:59 am EST. The winners will be selected randomly and will be posted Aug. 13th 1:00pm PST after the close of the contest. SUPER AWESOME: On all fill out a form contests, prize will be mailed to you automatically, you don’t even have to claim your prize! On comment based entries, you will need to check back to see if you won. Must be 18+ to enter and reside in the United States. This promotion is sponsored by Discovery Bay Games but all thoughts and opinions are from The Consumer Queen, Couponing to Disney, Cuckoo for Coupon Deals, SwagGrabber and The Sassy Saver and all thoughts and opinions are our own.

Posted: August 10, 2011
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Part of the ABC’s of Couponing Guide

This is my in-depth coupon clipping slicing & organizing  video.  It covers:

  1. Where to get coupons (I have negotiated the lowest multi-copy Sunday rates here!)
  2. Coupon binder vs. filing method
  3. Slice Coupon Cutter (no more scissors for me!)
  4. Pre-sorting categories as you slice coupons
  5. Showing my coupon binder & categories I use (view them HERE)

I have gotten so many emails asking about my Slice Coupon Cutter – you can scoop up a slice safety cutter here on Amazon.com for just $6 plus free super saver shipping!

UPDATE: I got a new binder cover from Coupon Clutch that you’ll love- check it out below!

Save 15% off your Coupon Clutch binder by using the code CUCKOO at checkout!

Here’s a video of me and my new coupon binder when I first got it!

Note, I use the same organization system as seen in the video above, I just got a binder that looks cuter for shopping!
I hope you enjoy the video and leave me any questions you have or suggestions!

Posted: August 10, 2011
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We had so much fun at the conference. We hung out with each other, met a bunch of awesome brands, and had a chance to just cut loose and have a great time. We wanted to give you a taste of the fun we had by making up a FUN and EXCITING giveaway.

20 readers are going to win envelopes with $30 worth of high value and/or free coupons + one envelope is going to contain a $25 gift card to a store of your choice! You definitely want to win this one. All you need to do is fill out your info in the Google Doc spreadsheet. If you happen to be one of the listed numbers (each entry on the Google document is numbered), you will win an envelope of coupons! You won’t know if you won until the winners are announced, but good luck!

(We will be verifying that the winners did not fill out this form more than once. All duplicate entries will be scrubbed.)

1, 99, 175, 290, 333, 478, 589, 611, 777, 845, 999, 1087, 1132, 1232, 1333, 1417, 1555, 1632, 1701, and the last person to post before the giveaway closes.

The same form is being posted on all 5 participating blogs (all entries are gathered onto one document), so you only need to enter this giveaway once.

The giveaway will run through August 11, 2011 at 11:59 pm EST. The winners will be selected randomly and will be posted Aug. 13th 1:00pm PST after the close of the contest. SUPER AWESOME: On all fill out a form contests, prize will be mailed to you automatically, you don’t even have to claim your prize! On comment based entries, you will need to check back to see if you won. Must be 18+ to enter. This promotion is sponsored by The Consumer Queen, Couponing to Disney, Cuckoo for Coupon Deals, SwagGrabber and The Sassy Saver and all thoughts and opinions are our own.

Posted: August 10, 2011
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I hope everyone is having fun so far! Ready for our next awesome giveaway? 5 lucky people (1 winner per blog) are going to win coupon envelopes from Fast Fixin’ and Barber Foods valued over $70 each! These envelopes are stuffed with totally free coupons!

As an added bonus 10 winners (2 winners per blog) are going to win 2 free product coupons from Bailey’s.

You may enter on each of these blogs:

Cuckoo for Coupon Deals

Couponing to Disney

SwagGrabber

Consumer Queen

The Sassy Saver

To Enter:

Like all 3 of our sponsors on Facebook then comment here that you did and what coupon you would use first if you won. Make sure to go to their facebook pages and say #SwagShare @cuckooforcoupondeals sent you!

Bailey’s


Fast Fixins Fun


Barber Foods


Remember you can enter on all 5 blogs! (Yes this is open to Canadians too)

The giveaway will run through August 11, 2011 at 11:59 am EST. The winners will be selected randomly and will be posted Aug. 13th 1:00pm PST after the close of the contest. SUPER AWESOME: On all fill out a form contests, prize will be mailed to you automatically, you don’t even have to claim your prize! On comment based entries, you will need to check back to see if you won. Must be 18+ to enter and reside in the United States. This promotion is sponsored by The Consumer Queen, Couponing to Disney, Cuckoo for Coupon Deals, SwagGrabber and The Sassy Saver and all thoughts and opinions are our own.

Posted: August 10, 2011
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Discovery Bay Games – maker of award-winning and innovative games, apps, and iOS game accessories that bring friends and families together to play, laugh, and interact – is pleased to giveaway a “Family Game Night” prize package. The package includes GALLOP! The Game, Highlights Buzz Blast, Smithsonian Mission Museum: The Case of the Missing Mummy, and Yoomi for Duo.

5 Winners get Discovery Bay Prize Pack valued at $100 each! 5 winners picked from entries on each participating blog’s posts.

Tell them #SwagShare sent you!

Like Discovery Bay Games on Facebook


Leave a comment saying you followed us each on Twitter to enter to win; 1 winner will be chosen from each blog! One entry per person!

Cuckoo for Coupon Deals

Couponing to Disney

SwagGrabber

Consumer Queen

The Sassy Saver

The giveaway will run through August 11, 2011 at 11:59 pm EST. The winners will be selected randomly and will be posted Aug. 13th 1:00pm PST after the close of the contest. SUPER AWESOME: On all fill out a form contests, prize will be mailed to you automatically, you don’t even have to claim your prize! On comment based entries, you will need to check back to see if you won. Must be 18+ to enter and reside in the United States. This promotion is sponsored by Discovery Bay Games but all thoughts and opinions are from The Consumer Queen, Couponing to Disney, Cuckoo for Coupon Deals, SwagGrabber and The Sassy Saver and all thoughts and opinions are our own.

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