Couponing Training & How To Make or Save $$$

Posted: October 30, 2017
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Best Mobile Smartphone Apps for Couponing 2017

I had people request what are the best mobile apps for couponers, so here are my favorites! Please leave a comment with yours too!

Ibotta:

Ibotta is a FREE Android & iPhone app. I find it easier to navigate than Shopkick and typically use it the most out of all apps. Use code dgjvseq when you sign up for FREE $5! Here’s how to use it:

  • First, login to Ibotta and select the deals you are doing.   Just click on them with your phone, so easy!
  • Perform small tasks, like reading about how Chapstick works, taking 1-question polls, or sharing on FB to get $ added to the value of the coupon
  • To redeem your cash back, you will need to take a picture of your receipt and scan the barcode of the product you purchased. Ibotta will credit your account within 24 hours (it usually only takes 24 seconds).
  • Once you have earned $20.00 cash back you can choose to transfer it to a Paypal account or donate it to a charity.

Ibotta is offering a FREE $10 bonus when you sign up right now!

Shopkick:

Shopkick is a FREE Android and iPhone app. It gives you access to exclusive deals to stores like Best Buy, Target, Macy’s & Toys ‘R Us. You will get a free $25 restaurant.com gift certificate when you sign up!

Steps to get the gift card:

1. Sign up online first via the Cuckoo landing page
2.You will get a text message to download the app – click this to download it
3. The gift card gets dropped into your account the first time you do a ‘walk-in’ to a partner store. That is, you walk into one of the partner stores with the app open on your phone.  Best Buy, Old Navy or Crate and Barrel, or more!  When you visit, say Best Buy, you’ll open the app inside at the entrance and wait a few seconds – the points will get credited and so will their gift card! The gift card will appear under the “me” tab and should be pretty instant.

Here’s some coupons we’ve seen Target on Shopkick:

  • $1.50 off Archer Farms Snack Trail Mix or Nuts
  • $5 off Merona apparel $20+
  • $5 off Liz Lange for Target apparel 20+
  • $2 off Champion kids tops or bottoms
  • $1 off Archer Farms Chips 8 oz +

Checkout 51:

Checkout51 is mobile or you can use it on your PC.   The best part about this is you can use it at ANY grocery store! This gives it a big advantage over Ibotta.

How to use Checkout 51:

  1. Browse store offers, buy at any store
  2. Upload your receipt
  3. Get cash back
  4. Cash out when you reach $20! They will mail you a check

Target Cartwheel Mobile Coupons

Download the Target Cartwheel Coupons App and get coupons sent directly to your mobile phone! No need to print, just scan your smart phone at Target for the savings!

CVS Mobile App

View ExtraCare information – send offers to card, view Weekly Ads, sign up for offers, deals and more on the CVS Mobile Android app or the

Let me know if you know of any others as well.

Posted: October 16, 2017
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Our Cuckoo Prize Wheel we will be live on the Cuckoo For Coupons Facebook page  10/9 (Monday), at 8pm MST spinning the wheel for prizes for our readers! We’d love for you to join us!

Want to know more? Head over to the Winning Prize Wheel FAQ’s page to learn more!

Posted: October 13, 2017
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Who doesn’t love Hobby Lobby? It is a fantastic store to grab decor, paper goods, fabric, Holiday supplies and more! It is so easy to walk in and spend a lot of money so we have complied some tips to help you save a few dollars!

Always use the 40% off Coupon!

  • Every week Hobby Lobby has a coupon for 40% off a regular priced item. You don’t have to print it out, just show the cashier! You can also use this more than once if you happen to go a couple times that week! Also, if you find an item you love that is 30% off you can use the coupon instead for extra savings! If you sign up for the email list you will get the coupon mailed to you as well as the ad!

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You can Price Match!

  • Hobby Lobby does not take competitor’s coupons but will price match. If you see the exact some item on sale cheaper at JoAnn’s or Michaels for example just take the ad in and they will adjust! Just remember it has to be the exact item.

Use Ebates for Online Ordering

Take Advantage of Price Adjusting

  • If you purchase an item and with the next 14 days it goes on sale for cheaper you can take your receipt AND the item in and they will give you the difference back! This does not apply on clearance items.

Watch for Clearance!

  • You can find some great clearance deals especially on Home Decor so when you are there watch for the deals! The main Home Decor clearance is during June and December.

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Grab deals on Holiday Decor!

  • Holiday decor is always at least 40% off. Make sure you watch after the Holidays and they will put it on clearance for up to 90% off!!

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You Can’t Beat their Fabric Prices!

  • Hobby Lobby has great prices on fabric with a lot of selection. It is almost always on sale but you can also use the 40% off coupon on fabric!

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Wait for a Sale!

  • Pretty much everything comes on sale at Hobby Lobby. If you have your eye on an item and it isn’t on sale the chances of it coming on sale at least 50% off is high!

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Hopefully these tips help you save some cash at Hobby Lobby! Let us know in the comments about your favorite finds and tips!!

Posted: October 11, 2017
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Scan your CVS ExtraCare card at the Coupon Center, usually located at the front of the store, each week to get CVS store coupons that can be stacked with manufacturer coupons for CUCKOO deals! Be sure to scan multiple times to make sure you’re getting all the coupons you’re eligible for until the machine says “Hey Super Scanner! You’ve printed all your coupons”. Some coupons are randomly given, some are based on shopping habits and some coupons are given to everyone! CVS resets the personalized coupons on Monday mornings, so that is usually the best time to scan to get the widest variety of coupons. You can also access your coupons from your CVS account online and the CVS app!

The coupons can only be used once, whether printed from the Coupon Center or your online account or redeemed from the app–they are the same coupon. Read about how you can load them to your ExtraCare card or print them from your computer! You can even extend the expiration date on them!
Each week I will post a list of the coupons you may get as well some deal scenarios for using these great coupons! Leave a comment if you get a coupon that isn’t listed here and if I find a Cuckoo Deal, I’ll post it! Check the comments for deals from other readers!

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Posted: October 5, 2017
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The Holidays are quickly approaching and that means there will be gifts to buy, trees to trim and food to be made! While these things are fun the cost can really add up! Here are some simple tips to earn money for the Holidays so you aren’t tempted to blow your savings or pull out a credit card.

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  1. Look for a seasonal job. Many retailers like Target and Walmart hire Holiday workers. There are many shifts at different times that make it a little easier to fit into your schedule!
  2. Use Ebates! If you shop online consider signing up for Ebates! You can earn a percentage back on orders and it is a good way to make some extra cash! The amounts will vary between stores.
  3. Pet Sit. So many people travel this time of year and you can snag some extra cash by helping out with pets!
  4. Sell on Craigslist. This time of year is a great time to clean out closets and cupboards and sell items to build up a Holiday fund.
  5. Do a Babysitting Night. Parents need to get shopping done or have parties to attend. Set up a night and charge a fee to host kids at your house for games and snacks. You make some extra money and the parents get things done!
  6. Stop Eating Out! Eat at home and save the money you would spend for Holiday shopping.
  7. Keep a change jar.  Cash it out right before Christmas for last minute expenses.
  8. Become an Uber Driver
  9. Use Ibotta. When you get home from the grocery store browse the App for rewards. They will add up quickly!
  10. Bake or cook for others. Do you have a baking or cooking specialty? If so sell your goods. People are super busy this time of year and would love to have a meal made for them or cookies made for their co-workers or neighbors
  11. Run Errands. This is a fantastic way to help out other busy people and make some extra money.
  12. Use Coupons! Start using more coupons and put the saved money in your Christmas fund. Check out these tips on coupons if you need help getting started.

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Start implementing some of these tips now and it will make for a less stressful Holiday season! Also, share your tips in the comments!

Posted: September 21, 2017
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Who doesn’t love to eat out? Most of us do but it can be very hard on the wallet! There are plenty of ways to save when you don’t want to cook or just need a night out! Hopefully these tips help you save money the next time you dine out!

Check Sites like Groupon and Living Social

  • Before you head out check Groupon and Living Social for dining deals! Many times you can find deals for 50% off! It may also push you to try new places in your area and find a new favorite.

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Let’s Do Lunch!

  • Restaurants charge a bit more for dinner than they do for lunch! Consider eating out for lunch and you can save quite a bit of money. A lot of times the lunch hours extend until around 4pm so you can even have an early dinner at a cheaper price. Look at some examples of the difference in lunch and dinner prices:
  • Applebees. Dinner entrees range in price from $8 to $18. Lunch combos, which include any two choices from a list of soups, salads, sandwiches, and entrees, cost $7 to $8.
  • Cheesecake Factory. Dinner entrees range in price from $11 to $30. Lunch specials cost between $9 and $14.
  • Olive Garden. Dinner entrees range in price from $12 to $20. Lunch entrees range from $7 to $13.
  • Red Lobster. Dinner entrees range in price from $13 to $33. Lunch entrees range from $8 to $12.

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Split Meals

  • Portions in restauants are known for being huge! Save money by splitting the entree and each get your own salad! This will save you money on the bill and probably inches on your waistline:)

Don’t forget about Kids Eat Free Nights!

  • So many restaurants offer Kids Eat Free Nights! This is a great way to save money when you are out with the family. Check out this nice list on places that offer free kids meals!

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Skip the Drinks

  • Drinking water in restaurants will save you a bit! Beverages is usually the highest mark up for restaurants! A soft drink that will cost you $2.99 will cost the restaurant about $0.10!

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Use Coupons

  • Sign up on your favorite restaurants websites and Facebook pages and they will often send you coupon offers and weekly deals! This is an easy way to get deals! Also make sure you check out Cuckoo for Coupons for the latest and best deals especially with chain restaurants and pizza places!

Hopefully these tips can save you time and money! Share any great tips you may have!

Posted: September 16, 2017
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Posted: September 15, 2017
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Are you a Kroger shopper? If so, check out some of these awesome and easy ways to save money on your bill! Check out all the affiliate stores to see if there is one in your area!

Use their Loyalty Card

  • Sign up in store or online for their free Loyalty Card. This will give you access to all the in-store savings and extra coupons! When you check out you can scan your card or just enter in your phone number. Make sure your address if up to date because they will send you coupons in the mail from time to time and it will even include coupons for FREE items! Using this card will also give you fuel points! For every $100 you spend you will get $0.10 off your gas purchase at Kroger gas stations.

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Load Digital Coupons

Friday Freebies

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Check the Manager Specials

  • When you are browsing check the produce and meat section for special Manager markdowns and you can save a nice amount. These items usually need to be used rather quickly so keep that in mind.

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Order Online

  • Many Kroger stores have a Clicklist where you can order online and get get same day pick-up! You don’t even have to get out of your car and you can use coupons! Online grocery ordering can often keep our bill down because we don’t have as many impulse buys!  Keep in mind your first order is free and then there is a $4.95 fee but there are often promotions that waive that fee.

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Watch for Mega Sales

  • Kroger stores has fabulous sales! They will often have their 10 for $10 sale and the best part is you don’t have to buy 10 items to get the $1.00 price. You can also use coupons with this sale! Often they will have a Buy 5 Save $5 sales. This is the best time to get cereal and snack deals! Make sure you check the digital coupons because they often have coupons that match up with the sale.

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Hopefully these tips will save you some money on your grocery bill! Let us know if you have any other hot Kroger shopping tips!

Posted: July 28, 2017
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Part of the ABC’s of Couponing Guide

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To stay up to date on the latest deals you can do many things.  I show you all the ways and you can pick the best one for you!

Sign up for Text Alerts

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Get text alerts by texting FOLLOW CUCKOO4COUPONS to 40404.

These will be sent once or twice per day on the very best full-size product freebie coupons and insane deals.   You will still need to follow in other ways, and many days you won’t get texts.  This is just for killer deals I don’t want you to miss.

If you have free text messaging on your plan, there will be no charge to you!  If you don’t have free texts, then you may not want to sign up for this.

Get the Cuckoo App

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  1. It’s FREE! Snag it on Google Play (Android) or iTunes app (works on iPads & iPhones) or Windows Store (windows phones)
  2. Create free shopping lists with step-by-step instructions to save money at your favorite stores
  3. Never Miss a Deal or FREEBIE!
    *FREE push notifications of the hottest deals.  This is great for people who don’t have unlimited text messages because it doesn’t use up any texting.
  4. Easily enter weekly for a FREE $25 Amazon.com gift card:
    *Click on the three little lines on the top – this will pull up the Main Menu
    *Click on “Weekly Contest” to enter
    *Winner will be announced on our site + right on the Weekly Contest app every Sunday!

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Posted: April 13, 2017
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Part of the ABC’s of Couponing series

Understanding Crabby Cashiers

TLC Extreme Couponing Effect

People are getting upset when they start out couponing and aren’t spending $.03 for $2,000 in groceries.  People’s expectations have become unrealistic; leading them to unethical and sad behavior.

People start out couponing breaking all the rules, some of which are:

  • Taking newspaper inserts out of papers: whether it is taking inserts out of Newspaper stands, or out of your neighbors papers, it is not “taking” it is “stealing”!
  • Trying to use two manufacturer’s coupons on one product.  Even if they are for different amounts, you can never do this!
  • Trying to use a manufacturer’s coupon on the wrong product.  This is highly unethical, maybe even illegal…
  • Trying to use store coupons at stores that don’t accept competitor coupons.
  • People get mad at cashier’s for not accepting coupons.  People are starting to throw fits even.

Weeding Good From Bad

And that brings me to my main point.  If you’re a cashier, you are suddenly thrown a whirlwind of people trying to use coupons unethically and you have to try to weed the good from the bad coupons.  So let’s all start being a little nicer to cashier’s!  It’s not their fault if their store has a bad coupon policy.  It’s not their fault if a coupon doesn’t scan.  It’s not even their fault if they don’t know their own store’s coupon policy. Usually, it is their manager’s fault for lack of training.

Be Nice

With the TLC effect, cashier’s are getting trained to scrutinize every coupon better and hopefully they can help cut out coupon fraud.   But let’s give them the benefit of the doubt and not get emotional over things not going our way at the register.  Even the best couponers find that for some reason or other coupons they were planning to use don’t get accepted.  There will be more deals.  You are still saving more then before you started couponing.

Be a happy couponer!  Bring a copy of your store’s coupon policy with you to the store and kindly explain to them if they are in the wrong.

Posted: March 30, 2017
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This is part of the “ABC’s of Couponing” series

How to Know

Best Time to Buy

Did you know that the best time to stock up on many items is after they are necessary?   It seems odd, but it’s not hoarding to buy items when you don’t need them, if you plan on saving them and using them when you do need them.

Right after major and minor holidays, you can find items on markdowns or clearance that are holiday themed.  You can score amazing deals and get stocked up for next year!  Here’s my list of when to buy items on markdowns:

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The mark down schedule for Christmas decorations, lights and candy by store for the day after Christmas:

  • Walmart: 50% off, $1-7 select clothing
  • Target: 50% off
  • Kmart: 50% off
  • Lowes: 60% off – including select electrical cords!   These come in handy all year long.
  • Home Depot: 50% off
  • Big Lots: 50% off
  • Rite Aid: 50% off
  • Walgreen’s: 50% off candy only – all other merchandise shipped back to their headquarters.
  • CVS: 50% off – will go down further in 2 days

As time wears on, the price drops continue:

  • 3 days after Christmas, Target and most other stores drop clearance to 75% off.
  • One week after Christmas, it is 90% off, although most of the good items will be long gone at that point.

Other Holidays

The same discounts schedule applies to most Holiday merchandise after each Holiday during the year.

Here are some of the particular items I get on clearance after holidays and when seasons are ending; a lot of them are good all year round it’s just best to buy them at these times:

  • After New Years: diet aids, computers
  • After Valentine’s Day: candy, chocolates, lubricant, perfume
  • March: winter sports equipment, winter clothing (buy for next year)
  • April: wallpaper (I don’t know why.  But my mom own’s Ard’s Glass & Paint and sells wallpaper, she says April is the time to buy it!), Jewish foods, Easter eggs
  • After Memorial Day: BBQ utensils, Raid/Off bug repellents and sunscreens
  • June: umbrellas, pianos, dairy products, summer clothes
  • After July 4th: American flags, fireworks, air conditioners, hamburger meat
  • August/September: bathing suits, camping gear, breakfast foods, school supplies
  • After Halloween: candy, Halloween decorations, costumes, crazy makeup, hairdye
  • After Thanksgiving: Thanksgiving decorations, lot’s of great deals on tableclothes
  • October: rakes, school supplies, outdoor furniture, bikes
  • After Christmas: Christmas decorations, wrapping paper, lights, toys, organizers (big plastic ones go on great deals), storage shelves

Present Closet:

You may hear me saying “I’m throwing this in the present closet!” on many posts.  I buy items, especially toys that I don’t need at that moment, but they are a cuckoo deal.  I put them in my present closet, and then when my daughter gets invited to Birthday parties or Christmas rolls around, I already have a stockpile of great gifts that I got at insanely low prices.   This particularly applies to after Christmas markdowns as I have scored amazing toy deals on them.

Posted: March 16, 2017
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ABC’s of Couponing: “L” is for “Lingo”

How to Speak

This is part of the ABC’s of Couponing Guide 

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.

Plenti Points: These refer to Rite Aid’s new Plenti Program.

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.  Kmart will doubled DND coupons.

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.

EB:  Extra 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 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.

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.

SYWR (full explanation here): Shop Your Way Rewards Kmart / Sears Loyalty program. 10,000 points = $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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