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Where can I find coupons?
Sunday Newspaper

  • Typically every week you’ll get two coupon inserts in a Sunday Newspaper: Smart Source and Red Plum. Plus, once a month newspaper will have Procter&Gamble insert and occasionally, depending on the region, extra inserts from General Mills, Target, or USA Weekly.

Online (printable coupons)
There are many sites you can print coupons from but I personally use

  • Coupons.com
  • Redplum.com
  • Smartsource.com

These are manufacturer coupons similar to the ones found in a newspaper. If you see some coupons you like and will use, don’t wait to print them. There is only certain number of coupons available and those popular brand name coupons usually go fast.


  • All You Magazine is my favorite! You can buy it at Wal-Mart or, if you want to save some money, get a subscription online.

Free Samples

  • When you sign up to receive a free sample from a company it usually comes with a coupon which can be used to buy a full size product.

In Store

  • Store weekly circular
  • Tearpad, blinkie machine, peelie

Social media sites

  • “Like” your favorite brands on Facebook and follow them on Twitter and you’ll be able to get some coupons, deals and free product samples from those companies.

Store Loyalty Card

  • Go on to your store’s website and download electronic coupons on your loyalty card to use in store.

Coupon Terminology
Sunday Paper Inserts Terminology:

  • Insert – Coupon circulars inserted into Sunday newspapers
  • SS – Smart Source coupon insert
  • RP – Red Plum coupon insert
  • P&G – Procter and Gamble coupon insert
  • GM – General Mills coupon insert

Walgreens, CVS, Rite Aid Terminology:

  • WAGS – Walgreens
  • RR – Register Rewards (Walgreens Reward Program)
  • IVC – Instant Value Coupon (store coupons found in a Walgreens Easy Saver booklet)
  • ECB – Extra Care Bucks (CVS Reward Program)
  • UPR – +UP Reward (Rite Aid Reward)

Other Terminology:

  • $1/1 – one dollar of one product
  • $1/2 one dollar of two products
  • B1G1 of BOGO – buy one get one
  • B1G2 – buy one get two
  • DND – do not double
  • ETS – excludes trial sizes
  • EXP – expires on
  • FAR – free after rebate
  • IP – internet printable (online printable coupons)
  • MIR – mail in rebate
  • MQ – manufacturer’s coupon
  • NED – no expiration date
  • OOP – out of pocket
  • UPC universal product code (bar code)
  • WYB – when you buy
  • YMMV – your mileage may vary

Blinkie – coupon dispensing machine found next to a product on shopping isles (has blinking light)
Peelie – manufacturer coupon found stuck on the product itself (have to peel it off to use)
Tearpad – stack of coupons found on a pad next to a product on shopping isles
Catalina or CAT– coupon that prints at the register when you check out
Mailer – coupon received in the mail, often found with a freebie

Manufacturer Coupon vs Store Coupon

  • Majority of the coupons are manufacturer coupons. They are issued and distributed by a manufacturer of the product and usually can be found in a Sunday newspaper or printed online (coupons.com, redplum.com etc.). Sometimes you can get them through a blinkie machines, tearpads, peelies or mailers. When you use manufacturer coupons at the store, store gets reimbursed for a value of the coupon. Store coupons are issued by a particular grocery store and are usually found in store, store weekly circular or on the store’s website (CVS, Walgreens, Target, etc.).

Stacking Coupons

  • Stacking coupons is a practice of using both a store coupon and a manufacturer coupon on one product for additional savings.

Limit one coupon per Purchase

  • Means that you can only use one manufacturer coupon per item purchased.

Limit one coupon per Transaction

  • Purchase refers to one item and transaction refers to your entire order (multiple items). So, limit one coupon per transaction means that you can only use one exact same manufacturer coupon for your entire order.

Mobile Coupon Apps to sign up for

  • Checkout 51
  • Ibotta
  • Target Cartweel

Can you photocopy a coupon

  • Nope, it’s Illegal. Usually you are allowed to make 2 printouts of a coupon from a computer. If you want extra printouts, try to print from a different computer or ask your friends and family for help.

Where to send expired coupons

  • I’m glad you asked! Even though we can’t use expired coupons in US, military families stationed overseas can use them for up to 6 months past the manufacturer’s coupons expiration date. Military families stationed overseas are often living on one income and money can be scarce. So instead of tossing away those unused coupons support our troops and their families by donating your unwanted coupons. Please checkout Troopons and Overseas Coupon Program for more info.

Few quick notes:

  • Send manufacturer’s coupons only
  • Separate them in two bags “food” and “non-food”
  • Do NOT send coupons that are over 60 days expired.