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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Coupon neglect


I've neglected my coupon books for the last few weeks simply because I didn't have time (the kids were home for over two weeks). Today is the start of a new grocery week and of course with Albertsons having doublers in their weekly ad... let's just say I plan on NOT missing out on stocking up.

I have $150 to spend this week (I planned on buying $75 "gift" cards from Albertsons and WinCo to use) but I'm seriously thinking of just spending the $150 at Albertsons only since they have doublers this week. I just don't know at this time.

So here I am getting ready to work on my giant coupon stack. Yes, those are the coupon inserts I've saved the last five weeks.To be fair, it's not just inserts but Parade magazine, coupon booklets I found at various stores and "junk" like that. Since I haven't done any real shopping I don't feel too bad in having missed out on some savings.

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Couponing Acronyms

$1.50 SS 10/18 - $1.50 coupon from the October 18 Smart Source insert
$1.50/3 - $1.50 of when you buy 3 items
B1G1/BOGO - Buy One, Get One
CC - Competitor Coupon
FAR - Free After Rebate
MFC or MFR - Manufacturer Coupon
MIR - Mail in Rebate
OOP - Out of Pocket
P&G - Procter & Gamble Insert
RP - Red Plum Insert
RR - Register Reward (Wags)
SC - Store Coupon
SS - Smart Source Insert
WAGS - Walgreens
WFC - Weekly Flyer Coupon
WYB - When You Buy

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Where to get coupons

BEST PLACE: The Sunday newspaper!

In stores:

Blinkies – Found on various store aisles these little machines spit out coupons as you pull them out. Most blinkies have little lights that blink hence the name.

Catalinas – Receipt-like coupons printed at the register. Not all stores have Catalinas (such as WinCo). These are typically NOT printed on the back of the register receipt.

Hang/Wine Tags – Found around the neck of a bottle with a little piece of string or rubber band.

Peelies – Coupons found on certain products that peel away from the product.

Tearpads – Coupons on a tear away pad. Typically found in a display and not directly on the product.

Other ways:

Home mailers - sign up for products online or even contact a company to either complain or complement their products. Click here for a blog with over 200 links to companies that will mail you coupons!

Internet coupons - There are many places online that you can print coupons from. See links below for printable online coupons.

Magazines – Pretty much all magazines will have coupons in it. Better Homes & Gardens, Sunset, Parenting, Working Mother are a few. The BEST magazine with coupons is All You magazine.

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