Coupon Collecting 101

Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Ready to start saving big money???  When I first started collecting and using coupons, it was a bit overwhelming.  I will try to make this as simple as possible.
Types of Coupons - There are 4 basic types of coupons, a Manufacturer's Coupon (MQ), internet printable (IP), an ecoupon(type you load onto your store card, like a Kroger card), and a store coupon.  Most stores will allow you to use a store coupon and a MQ on the same item.  You can also use an ecoupon and a MQ on the same item.
Where can you get coupons?  
1) The easiest way is to buy multiple Sunday papers when they have coupon inserts.  Depending on the type of coupons coming out, sometimes I buy 2 papers, but I have been known to buy 8 at one time. You always want to buy in even numbers.  Why?  Because many sales will require you to buy 2 items for the sale price.  If you have 2 coupons, you get to use both on those 2 items.  Buy One Get One Free sales are also great!  When a store is holding a BOGO promotion, you buy 2 and still use 2 coupons even though one item was free.  Technically, you purchased 2 items.  See why you always buy in even numbers?
2) Many different sites offer Internet Printable coupons...
are just a few.  Most internet printables are also a MQ.  You should always be able to print 2 IP per computer. Sometimes you have to click the back arrow 3 times to print your second coupon.  For example, if you have 2 computers, you should be able to get a total of 4 coupons.  NEVER copy a coupon.
3) Where do I find my e coupons?
4) Other places to find coupons
*tearpads in gas stations or grocery stores
*various coupon clipping services like coupons by dede 
When you know there is something you want to stock up on, this is a great way to get lots of one coupon, rather than buying so many papers.   These services are also handy when you know ahead of time what sale is coming up.  You will have time to order and have it shipped while the sale is still going on.
5) Who accepts coupons and/or doubles coupons?
*Meijer will double coupons up to $.50 not to exceed $1.  However, it will only double 2 identical coupons in one transaction.  If it is a $.40 coupon, it doubles to $.80 off.  If it is a $.60 coupon, it doubles to $1.
*Each Kroger has their own coupon policy.  All will double coupons up to $.50.  Some will give a "bonus coupon" on coupons between $.51 and $1.  Again, a $.60 coupon would double to $1. There is no limit on the amount of coupons doubled.  
*Kroger accepts e coupons.  May only be used once, and they don't double.
* Wal-mart accepts coupons, but does not double.  They are also picky about accepting an IP.
*Kmart accepts coupons but does not double unless it is during one of their Super Doubles Events.
*Dollar General accepts coupons, but does not double.
*Walgreens and CVS both accept coupons, but do not double.  Sometimes Walgreens and CVS  have store coupons available at the front of their stores.  You can use both a store coupon and MQ together at both stores.
*Food Lion accepts coupons but does not double.
6) Do all coupons double?  No.  Each coupon has a barcode on the bottom.  As long as the barcode starts with a "5", it should double, even if it says do not double on the top.  If it starts with any other number, it will not double.

This is just the beginning of this post...still under construction.  However, I wanted to get some of this info out to you ASAP.

Want to know how to organize your coupons?  Check out my previous post "Organizing your Coupons 101".


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