Coupon Basics:  What you need to know to save BIG!

1) Coupon Lingo: Not a foreign language, but close!  These are commonly used abbreviations and their meanings.

B1G1- Buy 1 get 1 free

BOGO- Buy one get one free

Catalina- Coupon that prints on the small machine next to register

Cellfire- E-coupon provider

E-coupon- Coupons that can be loaded onto shoppers cards

EXP- Expires

MIR- Mail in rebate

MFR- Manufacturers Coupon

NLA - No Longer Available

OOP- Out of pocket

OYNO- On your next order

Peelie- Coupon on product

PG- Procter & Gamble (From the Sunday paper)

RP- Red Plum coupon insert (From the Sunday paper)

RR- Register Rewards from Walgreens

SCR- Single check rebate from RiteAid

Shortcuts- E-coupon provider

SS- Smart Source coupon insert (From the Sunday paper)

Up Rewards - Similar Register Rewards, exclusive to Rite-Aid. Printed on the receipt.

WYB- When you buy

YMMV- Your mileage may vary, your manager may vary

Coupon Fairy- Someone who leaves a coupon on a shelf next to the product.

(thanks couponposse.com for the list!)

2) Where to Find Coupons

Coupons.com

Smart Source

Pillsbury

Very Best Baking – Nestle

Family-Cents

Freecouponalerts.com

Eat Better America

Box Tops for Education

Red Plum

Target Coupon Generator

Shortcuts.com

Cellfire.com

(thanks coupongeek.net for help with this list!)

3) Coupon Organization

 There’s no right or wrong way to organize coupons.  Choose what’s right for you.  Some common methods are:

a) Binder method: This is some form of zippered/closed binder that they put “baseball card sleeves” or photo sleeves in to hold the coupons. The coupons are “clipped” and folded into the slots of the sleeves so that you can just flip through your coupons page by page.

b) Shoe box method: This is some form of box where the “clipped” coupons are usually kept in some type of labeled envelope system. If you go with this method, I’d highly advise a box with a secure lid! Usually, when they shop, the box is put in the child seat of the cart for easy access.

c) Coupon Insert Method : This is where the coupon inserts from the Sunday paper are kept intact, and either not clipped or partially clipped, and filed by week. Usually an expandable file folder that has tabs for labeling is used.  I use a plastic shelving unit with drawers the size of the insert to keep my newspaper inserts in, and then cut them as needed.  (thanks coupongeek.net)

4) Rite Aid 101

The first thing you need to do before shopping at Rite Aid is join the Rite Aid Wellness program. Membership is FREE you will enjoy many perks such as:

* Member only savings (You will see these advertised in the weekly ad)

* 10% off Rite Aid Brand Products every day

* Earn points for every non prescription dollar you spend (some exclusions apply)

* Earn 25 points for every prescription you purchase

* +UP Rewards

As you earn points, you earn great rewards that save you lots of money!

125 points - 10% off shopping pass (one time use)

500 points - 10% off all non sale and non-prescription purchases everyday.

1000 points - 20% off non-sale and non-prescription purchases everyday!

Store Coupon: One that comes with the weekly Rite Aid Sunday ad

Video Values Coupon: First, you have to sign up on Rite Aid’s web page.  You will watch different advertisements (anywhere from 15 seconds to a couple of minutes long) and credits will be earned that allow you to print Rite Aid Video Value coupons. These coupons can be stacked with manufacturer coupons and In - ad coupons for even more savings! Yes - you can use a Video Value coupon, In-ad Coupon and manufacturer coupon for a total of 3 coupons on ONE item!

Single Check Rebates (SCR): Rite Aid offers a program called a Single Check Rebate program. Each month Rite Aid releases a new rebate booklet advertising all the current SCR's. You can find this booklet at the front of the store along with the weekly ads. All SCR's have a specific timeframe in which they are valid. Some will be valid for a certain week while others are good all month. You will want to be sure of the correct dates when purchasing items in the Single Check Rebate program.

+ UP Rewards Program

To participate in the +UP Rewards Program, you have to be a Wellness member. This program allows you to earn +UP Rewards for buying a specific product and/or number of specific products. The item/s that generate an +UP Reward will be advertised in the weekly ad. The +UP Reward is a coupon that prints at the bottom of your receipt when you have met the qualifications in a single transaction.  These +UP Reward coupons can be used on your NEXT transaction. There is no limit to how many +UP Reward coupons you can use in a single transaction.

Here’s the order you want to hand your coupons over to your cashier to avoid problems with checkout.

1. $4/20 total purchase coupon (on top)

2. All +UP reward coupons

3. In-ad Coupons

4. Value Video Coupons

5. Manufacturer Coupons

6. BOGO Manufacturer Coupons (If applicable)

(thanks thecouponposse.com for a great reference on RA)

5) Albertson’s 101

The first thing you need to do is get a rewards card.  Every time you reach 5000 points from purchases, you will get a $5 reward coupon that will print on you receipt good on your next shopping trip.  You can also use your card to save money on gas purchases.  I’ve saved up to $1 per gallon.

They’re the home of the doubler!  Using doubler’s really saves you money at Albertson’s, otherwise, it’s a pretty spendy store.

What is a doubler?  It’s a coupon that comes out either Wednesday or Sunday in the paper, usually there’s three that will double any $1 (or less)  manufacturer’s coupon.  So, this means that if you want to buy soy sauce that’s $2, and you have a $1/off 1 soy sauce manufacturer’s coupon, AND a doubler, you will pay $0 for the soy sauce!

Here’s how a deal will look on a blog for Albertson’s:

This is a transaction without a doubler:                                                                     

Bar-S Meat Franks $1.00 each

-$1.00/2 MF from 1/30 RP

=$.50 each!

Transaction with a doubler:

Ronzoni Garden Delight Pasta $2.19

-$1.00/1 from 1/23 SS or

-$1.00/2 Printable(on a blog, there will be a link to click on for you to go and print this coupon)

-Doubler

= as low as $.19

6) My Favorite Sites For Deals:

Pacific Northwest Based Blogs-

thecouponposse.com, couponaholic.org, thehappymoneysaver.com, frugalchicliving.org, fabulesslyfrugal.com, frugallivingnw.com

National Sites:

hip2save.com (this is a main blog that a lot of deals feed though-I check daily), moneysavingmom.com,  krazycouponlady.com

Special thanks to thecouponposse.com and coupongeek.net for all the effort put into references and sharing with others!