Coupon 101

Are you new to couponing? Feeling overwhelmed by the deals? Me too but I’ll try to get this down to some basic information. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask.

Where to get coupons?

-Sunday papers (except holiday weekends, there will be no coupons)

  • Coupon inserts can be found in the Sunday paper
  • For the best deals on the Sunday paper I’ve found Dollar Tree to have the best price at just $1 per paper with a limit of 3 papers per person.

-Coupon websites

-Company/Brand Facebook pages

  • Many companies offer special Facebook only coupons that allow their Facebook users access to a promotional coupon.
  • Have a favorite brand? Check out their FB page for special coupons.

-Coupon Mailers

  • Many stores will periodically send coupons in the mail after signing up for their mailing list.


  • Some magazines will feature coupons from time to time

-Product Packaging

  • Inside the products package you may be able to find special coupons.

-Store Savings Cards

  • Digital coupons that can be downloaded to your frequent shoppers card.

-Weekly Sales Ad’s

  • At times stores my offer a special coupon on their sales ads so do not toss them out until inspecting.

-Instore Coupons

  • Blinkies, the little automatic coupon dispensers usually by the product
  • Tearpads, tear away coupons usually by the products
  • CAT, Catalina coupons are coupons on the receipt or printed out separately from the receipt.
  • Peelies, coupons stuck to the product packaging that can be peeled away.

-Contact your favorite brands

  • I’ve scored the best coupons simply by contacting my favorite brands and telling them how much I love their products.
  • Ever had a bad product? Contact the company, often times they will send you a free product coupon if you experience an issue with a product. *Please only do this if the product is truly faulty.


Coupon Slang

From time to time I may use abbreviations or coupon slang so here is a quick guide to decode these.

B1G1 or BOGO = Buy One, Get One Free
B2G1 = Buy Two, Get One Free
DEAD = Offer has expired
EXP= Expired
GC = Gift Card
IP = Internet Printable                                                                                                                                MQ = Manufacturer’s coupon
OOP = Out of Pocket
Stack: Using both a manufactures coupon and a store coupon

Coupon Polices

This is VERY important, each store has a  unique coupon policy and you need to learn it. In couponing you may be challenged by a manager or sales associate and you need to know the policy.

I highly recommend you print out each stores policy and take it with you each time you enter a store.

Please remember that even with the policy the manager always has the right to decline a coupon, some deals may work for some and not for others. If you find you have trouble with manager despite the policy don’t be afraid to contact corporate. Be sure to have the store manager and associate you’ve dealt with name.

Always be kind, understanding and not aggressive. I understand it can be frustrating but try not to lose your cool.

Target Coupon Policy

Walmart Coupon Policy 

Walgreen’s Coupon Policy

CVS Coupon Policy 

Whole Food’s Coupon Policy

Sprouts Coupon Policy

Kroger Coupon Policy

*These are the top stores in my area so I have listed their policies for you, if you have an alternate store please see their website for the current policy.

Rebate Apps 

These are apps for your phone where you upload your receipt to get rebates back for purchasing certain items. These offers can be combined with coupons and store deals.

Here are a few of my favorites:


Berry Cart





Rebate Websites



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