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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: August 11, 2011
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Albertson’s has a super great deal on pizza rolls this week! The ad runs through Aug 16th.

We LOVE pizza rolls and it’s a super deal!

If you buy 10 select products you get a $5 Catalina.

Here’s how to get the deal:

Buy 10 boxes pizza rolls, 15 ct, 10/$10
Use up to 10 $0.35/1 Totino’s Pizza Rolls, any count, (SS 08/07/11)
Pay: $6.50 oop, Get a $5 Catalina good on your next purchase
Final Price:  $0.15 Each!

View my Albertsons Shopping List this week!

Posted: August 11, 2011
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Here’ s a great deal at Albertsons:

Dreyer’s Ice Cream 1.5 quart – two for $6
Use $1/2 Dreyer’s Products 6/12/2011 Smart Source Insert
Pay $5 OOP
Receive a $4 catalina
Final Price= $.50 each!

WARNING: The ad says to buy 4 to get the catalina, but it is reported in many stores as printing when you only buy 2!

View my Albertsons Shopping List this week!

Thanks, Queen Bee Coupons

Posted: July 25, 2011
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Kmart Doubles Coupon Trip

UPDATE: There may be some Kmart’s not participating in the catalina deal, check Coupon Network and click on Your Bucks after you’ve logged in to see if your area is participating!

UPDATE: It looks like to get your catalina to print on the second transaction you’ll need  a filler item!

WOW I need you all to know that I just went to Kmart: BOGO Free coupons ARE doubling AND the Cottonelle deal is BETTER then we thought: Catalinas are rolling, and you only have to buy 2 to get the catalina!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Please buy the FREE dog and cat food (I added them to the Kmart Shopping List) and donate it if you don’t have a dog!

Here’s an updated Cottonelle Scenario:

Transaction #1

Scan your Shop Your Way rewards card (or the catalina’s will not print!)
Buy 3 packs of Cottenelle 12pk double rolls, $4.99  (look for the Purple packs as shown above with Cars2 mark on them!!!)
Use (3) $0.75 off Cottonelle Bathroom Tissue, exp. 8/28/11 (SS 07/17/11)
Or use (3) $0.75/1 Cottonelle Toilet Paper, exp. 1/31/12 (Porque Sabes Ahorrar Compras)
Pay: $10.47 OOP
$4.50 Catalina will print

Transaction #2

Scan your Shop Your Way rewards card (or the catalina’s will not print!)
Buy 2 packs of Cottenelle 12pk double rolls, $4.99
Buy 1 filler item
(crayons are $.25 this week!)
Use (2) $0.75 off Cottonelle Bathroom Tissue, exp. 8/28/11 (SS 07/17/11)
Or use (2) $0.75/1 Cottonelle Toilet Paper, exp. 1/31/12 (Porque Sabes Ahorrar Compras)
AND use $4.50 catalina from previous transaction  (this is why you need the filler item)
Final Price= $2.48 for TWO 12-packs of TP!  Stock up price!
AND a $3.50 catalina will print out!

Now if you are a cuckoo coupon shopper read on:
Use the 5 of the codes from the packs to receive a $10 prepaid visa from Kimberly-Clark. *you must buy the packs with the Cars 2 markings on them to get the codes!
Final Price if you do this deal twice and get the $10 prepaid visa & count the remaining $3.50 catalina= $.55 MONEYMAKER

Don’t forget to check out the rest of the Kmart Double Deals this week! 8 Freebies!

Posted: July 25, 2011
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The terms of the Kmart doubles event say no B1G1 coupons, but the system still doubles which equals 2 free!  Donovan did this twice already – I hope it works for you too!

I have added these to the Master Kmart Doubles Printable Shopping List!

Whiskas, Tray $0.50 ea.
Use B1G1 Whiskas Tray Products 7/24/2011 RP Insert (exp 9/17/2011)
Or B1G1 Free Whiskas Tray 5/15/2011 RP Insert (exp 7/9/2011)
Or B1G1 Whiskas Entree GONE
Final Price=$.25

Pedigree Puppy $0.79 ea.
Use B1G1 Pedigree Cannned Dog Food 6/19/2011 RP Insert (exp 7/31/2011)
Final Price=Free

Cesar Dog Food $0.89 ea.
Use B1G1 Cesar Canine Cuisine Entree 5/15/2011 RP Insert (exp 8/6/2011)
Or B1G1 Cesar Canine Cuisine
Final Price=Free

Travel size band-aid $.99
$0.50/1 Neosporin or Band-Aid Product 6/12/2011 RP Insert (exp8/31/2011)
Final Price=Free

Reynolds aluminum foil, 75 ft. $2.99
Use $0.75/1 Reynolds Wrap Foil, exp. 7/31/11 (SS 06/12/11 R)
Or $0.75/1 Reynolds Wrap Foil, exp. 7/31/11 (SS 06/12/11 R)
Final Price=$1.50

Duncan Hines Brownies $1.25 (thru 08/08)
Use the $0.50/1 Duncan Hines Brownies
Final Price=$.25

Colgate MaxWhite $1.74 (Clearance – stand up tube)
$0.75/1 Colgate Toothpaste 7/24/2011 SS Insert (exp 8/13/2011)
$0.50/1 Colgate Toothpaste 7/24/2011 SS Insert (exp 8/31/2011)
Final Price=$.24

Alpo $0.69
B1G1 FREE Alpo coupon
Final Price=Free

Thanks, Donovan! and The Centsable Shoppin

View the full list of CUCKOO Kmart Deals this week!

Posted: July 7, 2011
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Here’s another great Target deal:

Purchase 2 Cottonelle Fresh Flushable Moist Wipes 42 count at $1.77 each
Use the $1.25 off of two Cottonelle Wipes Target Coupon
Plus, use the $1.00 off of two Cottonelle Flushable Wipes Tub or Refill Coupon
Final Price=$0.65 each

KC Masterpiece BBQ Sauce $0.99, Price Cut thru 7/09
Use the $1/1 KC Masterpiece Product, exp. 7/17/11 (SS 05/15/11)
Final Price=FREE

Zantac 150 mg, 24-30 ct $7.59 – $8.39, Regular Price
Use $2/1 – Zantac Heartburn Relief Item, 24ct or Larger, Target Coupon
And Use $5/1 – Zantac Heartburn, 24 ct or larger
or Use $5/1 –   Zantac Heartburn, 24 ct or Larger
Final Price=  $0.59

Dove Men + Care Deodorant or Antiperspirant, 2.7-3 oz $3.99, Regular Price
Use
$2/2 – Dove Men+Care Deodorant, Excludes Trial/Travel Size, Target Coupon
And Use 2 $2.00/1 Dove Men+Care Deodorant 3 oz or Anti perspirant 2.7 oz from RP 6/26
Final Price= $0.99 each when you buy 2

View the rest of the Target Deals on the shopping list

 

Posted: April 28, 2011
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If you head on over to E-Mealz, you can see they are not your typical menu site. First, you select the store you shop at the most:

  • Aldi,
  • Kroger,
  • Publix
  • Walmart
  • Ralphs
  • Any store (less specific to the deals though!)

Then you choose between Family Meal Plans, Meal Plans for Two, Vegetarian, Gluten Free, Portion Control, or Low Carb plans.

E-Mealz takes the ads each week (from the store you selected) and creates a a weekly menu plan for your family! I did the Walmart Family Meal Plan. You get 7 meals with sides, their instructions on how to make them, and a shopping list complete with what prices to expect to pay. Obviously they may differ slightly by region. On their site you can view a sample menu.

Pros: EASY! This will save you time on meal planning. It will save money on weeks you weren’t planning on coupon shopping.

Cons: It doesn’t seem to use coupon deals so you may pay more then if you regular coupon shopped.

For Giveaway Spectacular readers: It is $5 per month, but that is pretty cheap considering the amount of time you will save! Save 10% off any of E-Mealz regular subscription plans by using promo code mdgspectacular at checkout!

Giveaway: 1 Winner gets a 6 Month Membership Free!

*NEW* Click on the “click here to enter the giveaway” button to fill out a form to enter the giveaway! No comments required for this giveaway.

Mandatory entry: Go to the E-Mealz website & tell me which plan you would choose!

Optional entries:

    • Follow CCD (Cuckoo for Coupon Deals) with once-per-day emails:

 

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Once you are ready to enter, click on the button below and fill out the form:

 

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Make sure you visit the other blogger’s participating for a chance to win over $7000.00 in prizes (each blog has their own items to giveaway!):

 

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Posted: March 16, 2011
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Farm Fresh Deals provided by The Coupon Challenge

View Farm Fresh’s Coupon & Double Coupon policy

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*You must be on the site and click on “Display All Matchups” to see all the deals & use the printable shopping list!

Posted: March 9, 2011
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Farm Fresh Deals provided by The Coupon Challenge

View Farm Fresh’s Coupon & Double Coupon policy

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*You must be on the site and click on “Display All Matchups” to see all the deals & use the printable shopping list!

Posted: March 4, 2011
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Price Chopper (NorthEast) Deals Provided by I am THAT lady

Key: *** Good Deals, **** Great Deals, ***** Cuckoo ( Stock Up!)

This list will be updated throughout the week as I find more deals.
Add the items you plan to buy to create a printable shopping list! Then click the “Create List” button below.

Add

Here are some new Price Chopper Store coupons that came out today!

Stack this Purex Store coupon with the $1/1 Purex Laundry Detergent coupon from the 2/20 RP = FREE Purex!!!

Plus get an 8 oz. bowl of Hot chili for only 25¢

Create a Printable Shopping List:
Just add the items you plan to buy & click the “Create List” button below.

Create List feature is a new feature in Beta Testing. Please leave a comment with problems or suggestions to make it better!

Adding deals to your printable shopping list won’t work in RSS feeds or emails – visit the site to use this feature.

Posted: February 20, 2011
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Meijer ad deals this week provided by Give Me Neither.

Meijer’s coupon policies. Register your Meijer One Card and link it to your UPromise for eCoupons.

Sarah has listed the doubled price (up to $0.50) AND the price without doubled coupons! She notes when the doubled price will be better at stores that double up to $0.99.

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***You must visit the site to use the new shopping list feature! It appears wrong in the feed, but is correct when viewed on the site! Click on “Display All Matchups” to see the full list.

Posted: February 14, 2011
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Meijer ad deals this week provided by Give Me Neither.

Meijer’s coupon policies. Register your Meijer One Card and link it to your UPromise for eCoupons.

Sarah has listed the doubled price (up to $0.50) AND the price without doubled coupons! She notes when the doubled price will be better at stores that double up to $0.99.

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***You must visit the site to use the new shopping list feature! It appears wrong in the feed, but is correct when viewed on the site!

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