Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Coupon FAQ & Lingo

Can I print more than one?

Most coupon sites do have a maximum allowed, however it is normally more than one! The easiest way to print more from any site is: After the screen comes up that it is “Sending coupons to printer” wait until your printer stops and then hit the backspace key or hit the back around button to go back one page. You will see the icon come back that says “Sending coupons…” and it will send another set to your printer. Most sites only allow to do this once though for a maximum of two coupons.

Once I have printed a coupon can I ever get it again?

Thats a mixed answer. Most of the time yes. Once you have reached your maximum for your household (or ip address really) you have to wait for the coupon provider to “reset” the coupon. Meaning they clear out who has already gotten it and open it back up for everyone. Some sites do this monthly (ex. Huggies Pull-ups) some are done more frequently. There is no way to know other than checking back every now and then. If it is a coupon for a product you love, you probably won’t mind trying it occasionally.

How do I know if my store accepts printable coupons?

Most every grocery and drug store headquarters policies state that they accept printable coupons but there are a few stores that do not like to follow the rules. If you have a problem call the national customer service line for the store and they will email you their policy, print off the policy and take it the store manager to refresh them. They will usually apologize profusely and help you get your groceries.
Here are some that are available online:
From Wal-Mart:
“Wal-Mart Stores can accept coupons that are available on the Internet for customers to print from their home computers. The following are guidelines for the stores for accepting Internet coupons:
- The coupon should be legible and say “Manufacturer Coupon”. There should be a valid remit address for the manufacturer, to ensure the coupon can be processed for payment.
- The coupon should have a scan-able bar code.
- The coupon should have an expiration date.
- The coupon cannot be a photocopy.
- The limit is one coupon per item, per Customer.
- A Salaried Manager can refuse to accept a coupon if it does not meet any or all of these guidelines.”
From Target:
“Coupons are a great way to save even more when shopping at Target, and we make it easy to use them at our stores. But because of the variety of coupons available to our guests, we do have some guidelines for how coupons can be redeemed at Target:
-We accept two kinds of coupons: Target-issued coupons and manufacturer-issued coupons.
-We’ll accept one Target coupon and one manufacturer coupon for the same item, unless either coupon prohibits it.
-We can’t give cash back if the face value of a coupon is greater than the purchase value of the item; in that case, we’ll adjust the value of the coupon to equal the price of the item.
-We can’t accept coupons from other retailers, or coupons for products not carried in our stores.
All valid coupons should be presented to the cashier at the time of sale.”

What is stacking?

If you have a store coupon (ex. Target, Food Lion, CVS) and a Manufacturers coupon you can use both!! You cannot use two manufacturers coupons or two store coupons for the same product though.

Coupon Lingo

B1G1, BOGO, B1G1F – “Buy 1, Get 1 Free”
$/$$ - Dollars off wyb XX dollars
.50/1 - Fifty cents off one item
.50/3 - Fifty cents off 3 items
DND5 - Coupon says Do Not Double, but the bar code starts with a 5, most computers will still double it
NED - No Expiration Date
Blinkies - Coupon dispensed near product, in the store (usually from a “blinking” red box)
Catalina - Coupon dispensed at the register at the time of purchase (on separate paper)
Peelie - Coupon that you peel off the package
Tear Pad - Pad of refund forms or coupons found hanging from a store shelf or display
FAR - Free After Rebate
IP - Internet Printable (a coupon you print off the internet)
MFR - Manufacturer
MQ - Manufacturer coupon
MIR - Mail in Rebate
OOP - Out Of Pocket
YMMV- Your Mileage May Vary (you may find the item priced differently or it may not work for you the same)
PG - Proctor & Gamble Sunday insert coupons
RP - Red Plum Sunday insert coupons
SS - Smartsource Sunday insert coupons
V - Valassis (former name of Red Plum inserts)
FLIP - Food Lion Internet Printable
Regional - Coupon value only distributed to a certain area
UPC - “Universal Product Code”. It is that box of black lines that the checker passes over the scanner at the checkout.
WYB - When You Buy
WSL - While Supply Lasts
SASE - Self Addressed Stamped Envelope
CRT - Cash Register Tape (coupon that prints on your receipt)
ECB - Extra Care Buck (CVS)
ESR - Easy Saver Rebate (Walgreens)
IVC - Instant Value Coupon (Walgreens store coupon, found in Walgreens Easy Saver Catalog and on in store tear pads)
RR - Register Rewards (these are the Catalinas that print out at Walgreens)
SCR- Single Check Rebate (rebate system at Rite Aid)

Snapfish Free Photo Gift & Free Prints

By Jenny from Southern Savers
For the next few weeks Snapfish is offering a Deal of the Day for new users.  Today’s Deal: FREE Set of Photo Cards plus 50 free prints!
You will pay shipping around $5.99. (That makes it about 5 cents a print!)
Get 12% cashback when you go through ebates!

Facebook: Free Stacy’s Pita Chips

Have you signed up for Facebook just for the freebies?  Here is another one:
Stacy’s Pita Chips are giving a coupon for a free bag of chips to the first 65,000 fans on Facebook.  Right now they have 25,000 fans, so you have a very good chance of getting in on this freebie.
The coupon will be mailed and should arrive in 2-4 weeks.