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Monday, August 22, 2011

Couponing 101

I was just thinking about how I have yet to write a Couponing 101 post.... It is important to know the lingo, that way it is easier to find coupons and know exactly what the deals I post mean.

When coupon match ups are posted it looks something like this

Huggies Diapers $8.99
use $2 off coupon from 4/17SS
Final Cost $6.99

In this case, you need to look at your Smart Source coupon insert from the April 17th paper. In it you will find the coupon.

The other news paper insert abbreviation's are:
SS-Smart Source
RP-Red Plum
GM- General Mills
P&G- Proctor and Gamble

There are also abbreviations for the Rewards you get back at the 3 major Drug stores-
ECB- stands for Extra Care Bucks, which you receive at CVS
RR-stands for Register Rewards, which you receive at Walgreens
Up+- stands for Up+Rewards, which you receive at Rite Aid

All three of these Rewards print off with you receipt, then you can use them like cash the next time you shop at that specific drug store. These Rewards help lower your total out of pocket expense while shopping.

You might see me post a deal like this:

Huggies Diapers $8.99
use $2 off coupon from 4/17SS
Get back $2ECB
Final Cost $4.99 after ECB

This does not mean you are paying $4.99 out of pocket, it means you are paying $6.99 out of pocket, but since you are getting back $2ECB which you can use on your next purchase at the store-it is like paying $4.99.

*Also hold onto your coupon inserts until they expire. Put the date you received them on the front of the pile and you will easily be able to grab it and find the coupon you need.

If you have any questions let me know, I know it can be a little confusing at first :)

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