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Coupon Lingo

11 Apr

If you are new to couponing, you may be looking at blogs, weekly matchups, and shopping scenarios asking what does BOGO or WYB mean?  Here is a list of commonly used abbreviations in the coupon world!!

  • BOGO or B1G1 – Buy one get one
  • DND – Do Not Double (a coupon that cannot be doubled)
  • ECBorECBs – Extra Care Bucks (CVS)
  • GM – General Mills Insert
  • MFG or MFR – Manufacturer
  • MIR – Mail in rebate
  • MM – Money Maker
  • OOP – Out of Pocket, cash paid at time of transaction
  • OYNO – On your next order
  • OYNP – On your next purchase
  • Overage – When the value of the coupon exceeds the price of the item.
  • PEELIE – A coupon found on a package or item
  • PG or P&G – Proctor and Gamble Insert
  • PRINTABLE – Printable coupon
  • PSA – Prices starting at
  • RP – Redplum Coupon insert
  • RR or RRs – Register Rewards (Walgreens)
  • SS – Smart Source Coupon Insert
  • STACK – Using a store coupon and a manufacturer coupon for the same item
  • WYB – When you buy
  • WYS – When you spend

Is there one you have seen that I don’t have listed?  Just ask!

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Expired Coupons?? Adopt a family!!

1 Apr

Military Families can use your expired coupons for up to 6 months past their expiration date!!

I have always sent my expired coupons to troopons.com, but today I found a site where you can adopt a family to send your coupons to, and send them each month.  You can contact them and see what they really need as well.  I know several of you are getting rid of some expired coupons today!  Why not adopt a family who can use them!!

Click Here to view the Facebook Page for ECOM and adopt a family!

Build Your Binder

5 Mar

This is my binder.  I never leave home without it.  You never know when or where you will find a great deal!

Everyone has their own preferences on organizing coupons.  This is how I have organized my binder.  Use or change any steps you’d like to make your binder more efficient for you.

Step 1
First you need a binder!  I bought my binder on eBay, though you can find other great deals in the fall with Back To School sales.  I currently have a 3″ binder, that is really a bit big.  I would suggest a 2″ binder…which can be found for under $4 (free shipping) on eBay.

Step 2
You will need baseball card/coupon sleeves.  Again I found mine on eBay.  Start off with 20 pages or so and add on as your coupon collection grows.  I like the 9 pocket pages (they will hold the most coupons per page).  My_Fatbelly is the seller I use on eBay for these.  He sells 20 coupon/baseball card sleeves for $7.19 (free shipping).

Step 3
Last you will need to get some tabbed dividers.  Walmart has them, and again you can find them on ebay cheap with free shipping.  Go ahead and grab 20, one for each of your coupon sleeves.The sections I use are as follows:
Frozen, Meats, Dairy, Rice/Potato, Sauce/condiments, Canned, Baking, Snacks/Cereal, Coffee/Drinks, Household Cleaners, Pets, Hygiene, Hair, Household items, Cosmetics, Meds, and Misc.  You may need more, fewer, or different categories.

Once you have all the parts to your binder, put it together however makes most sense to you.  You will probably change it around a couple times before you are totally happy with it.

Now it’s time to put your coupons in!  You will need to fold your coupons in a way where you can see what the item is, how much off the coupon is, and the expiration date.  You can use both sides of your sleeves, so each sleeve will hold 18 different coupons. Some people put them in with the expiring coupons first.  I don’t go that far.  Within a section, I group similar coupons together (in Hygiene I group together the body wash, group together feminine products, deodorants…etc)  Each week when I add new coupons I throw out my expired ones.

One great thing to keep in your binder is a copy of your stores Coupon Policy.  Know this policy, because a lot of cashiers and even managers do not!  There have been several occasions where I was told I could not use a particular coupon by a manager, and I had to pull out their own coupon policy and show them that I could.  If you have to do this, be as polite as possible.  Being rude will get you nowhere, especially since most policies do state that a manager can refuse a coupon at any time.

Now you are ready!  Walk around your store and get familiar with your binder and what coupons you have.  Take home the weekly sale paper (usually comes in the mail Tuesday or Wednesday and also some are in the Sunday paper)  If you decide to pull your coupons before you go to the store, still take your binder with you.  At first I didn’t want to go to the store with a binder because I didn’t want everyone to think I was one of those crazy coupon ladies, but missed out on so many unadvertised deals I found when I was there. Now I am a crazy coupon lady and proud of it! 🙂

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How to Coupon

5 Mar

Couponing can be a hobby, and for some people a lifestyle.  You don’t have to be “extreme” to save your family money.  You don’t have to have a stockpile you, your family, and all your neighbors could live on for a year.  Stocking up on items when there is an awesome sale is the key.  Below are some tips on how to save money, without going overboard.

  • Start off by buying 1 double Sunday paper a week.  They are $5 and you will have 2 of each coupon…very important if there is a buy one get one free sale because you can use a coupon for each item…even the free one!  You can also buy newspapers at Dollar Tree on Sunday for $1, though you have to get there EARLY because they go fast!!
  • Next is to decide how you will keep your coupons organized.  Some people clip all of their coupons and put them in a binder.  Some people don’t clip at all.  They keep their inserts together and work off of the Master Coupon List (a list of all current coupons telling you what date they came in the newspaper and what date they expire) I prefer to clip my coupons, it takes up more time, but makes it much easier for me to see what I have when I am in the store. If you clip, be sure to organize them however you are most comfortable.  You can organize them by category (frozen foods, dairy, snacks…etc) or you can organize them by your store layout.  I use categories because I shop at several different stores, but its your own personal preference.
  • Next, you can grab your local weekly store sale paper and start matching up.  Find out if your store doubles/triples coupons.  This can be very handy.  Most stores, if they do, will triple any coupon up to $.39 and will double any coupon up to $.50.  That means your $.35 coupon that you didn’t think was worth the trouble of keeping is now worth $1.05 and when matched up with a sale can be great! I had $.35 off coupons for pasta and Tom Thumb put them on sale 10 for $10….They actually paid me $.05 each box of pasta I bought!
  • Obviously it will take a couple weeks for you to build up a good variety of coupons.  Don’t be discouraged when you feel that you aren’t saving as much as you wanted.  It will come in time.  It helps a lot to check a couple of stores sales in your area, know their coupon policy and plan your trips accordingly.  Sounds like a lot of work, and it is, but becomes easy over time.
  • Keep ALL coupons!  Even if you don’t think you will use them.  Money makers (when the value of the coupon exceeds the price of the item) come up all the time, especially at drugstores!  Why not buy something you could give away if it makes you money towards a purchase of something else you want?
  • ALWAYS check clearance areas!!  That is my first stop everytime I go in the store.  Most grocery stores have a clearance area and when you match up with your coupons, you can find a lot of free or really inexpensive items.

Have fun with it!  Find blogs for stores you shop at and be proud of every penny you save!  It’s the thrill of the hunt and when you find your first great sale all by yourself, it’s very rewarding!