Monday, June 14, 2010

coupon 101

now that you know how to build a coupon organizer lets learn a little about coupons.

coupon lingo: there is so many different terms and  words that people use i pulled together th ones i know and use the most. i suggest you copy and print this list out if you are new to coupons and have it in your CB.

AC: After Coupons
CB: Coupon Binder
BC: Before Coupons

MQ: Manufacturers Coupon
OOP: Out of Pocket Expense
Q or CPN: Coupon
TMF: Try Me Free offer
FAR: Free After Rebate
CAT: Catalina coupon (Manufacturer coupons that print out from a little machine at the register, triggered by what you buy.)
B1G1F, B2G1F: ”Buy one get one Free”, “Buy two get one Free”
TEAR PAD: A pad of refund forms or coupons hanging on a shelf at the store.
BLINKIE: A machine that spits out coupons.
UPC: Universal product code (those black straight lines with numbers under them)
POP: Proof of purchase (like a product label or UPC)
DCRT: Dated cash register receipt
GC: Gift Card
P&G: Proctor and Gamble
SP: Stockpile
SS: Smart Source coupon insert
PG: Proctor and Gamble coupon insert
RP: Red Plum coupon insert
Peelies: sticker like coupons found on products.
ECB: Extra Care Bucks (CVS money)
RR: Register Reward (Walgreens money)

 coupon basics: these are a few of the important things to know. some you will know just from common sense others you may ave never thought of.

store policy: each store has they're own store policies. take the time to look up your favorite stores and print out the policies for you CB. 

coupons can only be used once: if you have 3 of the same items and have only one coupon the coupon will only discount one item. unless a coupon is marked other wise it is only good for one item.

coupon and sale items: yes you can use a coupon on sale and clearance items unless coupon states other wise. some times the checkers who are ringing you up are not familiar with coupons and will say no but show them that the coupon doesn't state that and if needed show them there store policy. 

copying a coupon is illegal: just don't do it it is illegal and it says so on coupons!!!

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