There are two types of coupons:
1) Manufacturer Coupons. Printed on the coupons it states “manufacturer coupon” and has an expiration date. This coupon is valid anywhere the item is sold, even if it says “find at…”. They are suggesting a place for you to purchase the item, but the coupon is not only valid at that store.
2) Store Coupons. Printed on the coupons it states “only good at…” and has an expiration date. This coupon is only valid at the retailer in which it states. (Some stores take competitors coupons, read more in the Stores section). This coupon can typically be paired with a Manufacturer coupon. Example: Purchase on box of Tampax tampons, use one manufacturer coupon for $1 off of one box, then use a Targe $.50 off of one box sold at Target for a grand total of $1.50 off per box.
Coupons can be found in many places, some you may have seen every day but have never noticed!
- Sunday newspaper. There are 4 types of coupons booklets located in the Sunday newspaper: SmartSource (SS), Redplum (RP), General Mill (GM), and Proctor & Gamble (P&G). Not every booklet comes weekly, but I will do my best to keep you updated on scheduled inserts. When I refer to coupons found in these booklets I will you the date/booklet name. For example: 1/2 SS. This refers to the SmartSource booklet that came in the January 2nd newspaper.
- Printable coupons. See ‘printable coupons’ for links.
- Coupons with purchase. Sometimes, coupons will be included on or in the packages that we purchase. For example, I found a $1 off of 1 box of FiberPlus cereal on the back of my FiberPlus cereal that I purchase! Woohoo!
- In the mail. You can often sign up for manufactures coupons to be directly to your home when they are promoting. Typically we’d just toss these, right? NOT ANY MORE! Often times these coupons are of higher value than those we receive in any other outlets. Keep an eye out and start signing up with your favorite products!
- Blinkies. These coupons are located in-store. They are typically in a black blinking little holder that dispenses one coupon at a time. Feel free to grab one anytime you see one, you never know when a good deal will arise!
- Peelies. These are found ON the product. For example “Save $1 Now” as a sticker located on the item. Peel these and use right away, or allow your cashier to peel at the register.
- Facebook. If you “like” your favorite manufactures and products on FB, they sometimes offer coupons on a Coupon Tab on their page!
Printable coupons can be found in many places. I recommend the manufacture’s website, Coupons.com, SmartSource.com, and Redplum.com. It is very common to have the website request that you download the couponing software before printing the coupon. This is a one-time install and is completely safe—and a must-do before the coupon will print. Remember that you are printing bar codes.
**Lets be Savvy Savers and change our printing preferences to black&white instead of color BEFORE printing our coupons!**