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How To Coupon: In Store and Planning Tips

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Sunday, January 26th, 2014 at 3:15 pm

how to couponWe are continuing our “How to Coupon” series. Now that we have talked about “Where to Find Coupons,” “Coupon Lingo” and “How to Organize our Coupons” it’s time to talk about a few additional tips to help you save more money with coupons.

Make A List:

Before you go to the store Make A List – and Stick to Your List. The store can be enticing especially when you go in hungry (don’t do that either).. so be sure you have a list and stick to it to save more money each week.

Track Prices:

Make a Price Tracking Sheet (available in Everything buy the Binder) to start tracking prices in your local stores on items that you normally purchase. If you’re just starting track prices in the store you are beginning to coupon in. You will see that prices will drop when items are in season and during the sales cycles which gives you a better idea on – what time to buy!

Meal Planning:

You can easily create a Menu Planning sheet (available in Everything buy the Binder) for the week that shows your breakfast, lunches, dinners and snacks! Then plan the meals for the week based on the sales in the store and the items in your pantry. You can find this weeks sales by checking out out Grocery and Drug Store tab as well as using your local sales flyers.

Then pick an item like Chicken and use sites like Recipes.com to make dishes out of the sales items or items you have on stock in your very own pantry.

Look Up & Down and On End Caps:

Stores do through research to see how we as consumers shop. One thing that they use to their advantage is our average height and they place the items that “they” want us to purchase at this level. So to be a little smarter keep an eye on the items above and below your eye level and you will find that more than not these items are less expensive then the items you see when you are looking straight ahead.

You will also want to keep an eye on the end caps in the store. This is where you will typically find a ton of clearance deals but keep in mind that it is how stores entice us to go into the aisles. The best way to save is by staying clear of the aisles without products that you need on your list.. Just keep on moving!

Don’t Let The Size Fool You:

Be sure to check out the Units Per Measure on the items in the store because often we will find that the larger item costs us more even though it seems like a better bargain.

Stray from Brand Loyalty:

There are some items I know that I want to purchase because I love them.. but if you can stray from being brand loyal on items like toothpaste, deodorant, shaving gel, laundry detergent, etc.. you can save much more each week especially with coupons.

Pay with Cash:

This will make you think more about your purchases and keep you on your budget. This will also help you start looking for more inexpensive items in the store.

*Start with the amount that you are spending weekly in the store and each week cut that amount by 5%. With the additional use of coupons you will see the amount you’re paying weekly decrease by a large amount.

Do you have any additional tips? If so be sure to share them in the comments:

Did you miss the beginning of our How to Coupon Series?  If so check out these articles:

-How To Coupon Series: Where to Find Coupons
-How To Coupon Series: Coupon Lingo
-How To Coupon ~ Organizing Coupons
-How to Coupon Series: Sale Cycles
-How to Coupon ~ Building Your Stockpile

How to Coupon: Walgreens Store Guide

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Saturday, January 18th, 2014 at 3:30 pm

In this How to Coupon series we talk about Walgreens policies and store guide.

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Walgreens Incentives:

-Balance Rewards

-Earn points for your purchases
-1,000 reward points = $1
-You will not earn Balance Rewards points if you use balance rewards on your purchase
-There is no limit on the Balance Rewards points you can earn in a single transaction

-Register Rewards

-These are a coupon/catalina that will print at the register to use towards a different transaction.
-Register RewardsTM will only print for in-stock merchandise during the promotional period.
-Register RewardsTM can only be earned for eligible items. No substitutions.
-There is a limit of one Register RewardsTM (RR) printed per offer per customer per transaction.
-Customers redeeming a Register RewardsTM against the same offer may not receive another RR.
-Customers redeeming a Register RewardsTM against the same offer may not receive another RR.
-The RR coupon value cannot exceed the total purchase amount. No cash back and no cash value for RR coupon.
-The number of manufacturer coupons, including RR manufacturer coupons, must not exceed the number of items in the transaction.

-In Store Coupons

-These can be found on Walgreens Website or in the Ad located at the front of the store. (You can stack an in store coupon with a manufactures coupon).
-Walgreens Coupon Booklet or IVC
-These are issued monthly and are located in the front of the store – near the door – next to the weekly store advertisements. (You can stack an in store coupon with a manufactures coupon).

Coupons

-Walgreens will accept manufacturer coupons for an item that is on sale.
-In the event that any item’s selling price is less than the value of the coupon, Walgreens will only accept the coupon in exchange for the selling price of the item. Coupon redemption can never exceed the selling price of an item and no cash back is ever provided in exchange for any coupons.
-When items are featured in a Buy One, Get One Free promotion, up to two coupons can be used against the items being purchased, as long as the net price does not go below zero for the items being purchased.
-Walgreens accepts valid internet/print at home coupons with a clear and scannable barcode.

Walgreens Coupon Policy:

First things first print the policy and add it to your Coupon Binder – so you will always have it available in the store if you need it.

Here are some of the most valuable points from the policy:

General information:

-Competitor coupons are not accepted at Walgreens.
-The number of manufacturer coupons, including Register Rewards manufacturer coupons, may not exceed the number of items in the transaction. The total value of the coupons may not exceed the value of the transaction. Sales tax must be paid, if required by state law.

Sale Items

-In the event that any item’s selling price is less than the value of the coupon, Walgreens will only accept the coupon in exchange for the selling price of the item. Coupon redemption can never exceed the selling price of an item and no cash back is ever provided in exchange for any coupons.

Multiple Coupons

-When purchasing a single item, Walgreens accepts one manufacturer coupon and applicable Walgreens coupon(s) for the purchase of a single item, unless prohibited by either coupon offer.
-The coupon amount must be reduced if it exceeds the value of the item after other discounts or coupons are applied. (For example, a $5.00 coupon for a $4.99 item will result in a $4.99 coupon value).
-When purchasing multiple items, Walgreens accepts multiple identical coupons for multiple qualifying items as long as there is sufficient stock to satisfy other customers, unless a limit is specified. Management reserves the right to limit the quantity of items purchased.

Buy One, Get One Free Coupons

-When items are featured in a Buy One, Get One Free promotion, up to two coupons can be used against the items being purchased, as long as the net price does not go below zero for the items being purchased.

Here’s how to put this information into action:

You have two tubes of Crest Toothpaste listed at $1.50 each and you’ll receive a $1 RR (Register Reward).

Buy 2 Crest Toothpaste $1.50 Each
-use 3/6 PG Save $1/1 (use 2 coupons from the P&G Sunday coupon insert on March 6th)
Out of Pocket: You get 2 tubes of toothpaste for $1.00
Receive: $1 in Register Rewards when you buy 2
(Basically you receive FREE after the Register Reward)

What can you do with this Register Reward? As mentioned in the policy you can not turn around and do the same deal. The reason is because you can not use a Register Reward on a product in the same family (from the same manufacturer) that is offering a Register Reward. For example, if you turned around and did this same deal, it would cancel the $1 Register Reward and you would not receive one back. The same is true for any Register Reward and Proctor and Gamble deal. *As you will notice on your Register Reward it will state who provided the reward so you can easily determine what the Register Reward can and can not be used on in your next transaction.

Here are an additional example of how to complete your Register Reward transactions:

Will not work: Buy 1 Reach Toothbrush, $1.50
-use 3/6 SS Save $1/1 (Smart Source Sunday coupon insert on March 6th)
-use $1 RR (Register Reward received from a different transaction)
———————————–cash register will beep————————————————–
*a Register Reward (RR) counts as a coupon, so you have to have equal or greater amount of items in order to use coupons and Register Reward (RR)

Will work: Buy 1 Reach Toothbrush, $1.50
-use 3/6 SS Save $1/1 (Smart Source Sunday coupon insert on March 6th)
-use $1 RR (Register Reward received from a different transaction)
Grab a filler item that is $.50 or more
Final Price, FREE

Here is an example of how to use a Walgreens coupon in your transaction:

Buy 1 GUM Dental Floss $1.50 w/in store coupon
-use 3/6 SS Save $1/1 (Smart Source Sunday coupon insert on March 6th)
-use in store coupon
-use $1 RR (Register Reward received from a different transaction)
Grab 2 items that are $.50 or more
Final Price, FREE

Now here are a few of my own personal tips:

-Check out at the Beauty Counter! If you are purchasing items in their area they will receive a small commission so it’s nice to pay that forward. Many times it is less crowded and they are more tolerant of couponers.

-If your transaction does not work (for instance the Register Reward doesn’t print) ask for a manager. Many times they will over-ride the transaction and provide you with the Register Reward you should have received.

-Get to know the people who work in the store. I have found that most Walgreens employees are extremely easy to get to know and they enjoy getting to know their customers so strike up a conversation!

-Ask when their trucks come in.. If the items are out of Stock on Sunday most Walgreens have another truck that comes in on Tuesdays (however this may not be accurate for all stores) so ask!

-Get a rain check. It’s up to the managers discression what they will provide a rain check on however many times they will give you a rain check on an item you are looking for when it’s out of stock.

As Always – my motto is “Just Ask,” the only thing they can say is no…

 

Did you miss the beginning of our How to Coupon Series?  If so check out these articles:

-How To Coupon Series: Where to Find Coupons
-How To Coupon Series: Coupon Lingo
-How To Coupon ~ Organizing Coupons
-How to Coupon Series: Sale Cycles
-How to Coupon ~ Building Your Stockpile
How To Coupon: Techniques and Etiquette
How to Coupon Series: How to Shop CVS

How to Coupon Series: How to Shop CVS

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Saturday, January 18th, 2014 at 11:15 am

We are continuing our How to Coupon Series.  Today, tips on shopping at CVS.

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:: Current CVS Deals

:: More Store Resources

: Contact CVS

  • CVS Customer Service: 1-800-SHOP-CVS (1-800-746-7287)
  • E-mail feedback to CVS Corporate Headquarters

:: Coupon Policy

CVS accepts the following types of coupons:

  • CVS store coupons
  • Manufacturer coupons
  • Internet printable coupons
  • Competitor pharmacy coupons
  • ExtraCare Bucks

We will start with the Weekly Ads. You can get the Weekly Ad online, in front of the store or in your local Sunday paper. The Ad lists all sale items and items that will produce Extra Care Bucks and the quantity needed to earn them.

What are Extra Care Bucks (ECB)? These are dollars that you earn when making certain purchases and can be used on any future CVS purchase. Your ECBs will print out on your receipt so make sure to always check before throwing away your receipt. There are weekly and monthly ECB. You will also earn 2% back in ECB quarterly on your purchases which will print automatically at the end of the sales period.

You do not have to get all the items at the same time but will not earn the ECB until you fulfill the entire purchase.

In order to start earning ECBs, you need to have an Extra Care Card. You can get a card simply by asking a cashier for a form or by signing up online. If you fill out the form in-store, you will get your card to start saving immediately. However if you sign up online, it will take about a week to get your card in the mail. Remember to register your account online to receive special offers by email or in your mail box.

In addition to ECB, there is also CRT (cash register tape) coupons that print automatically on your receipt. You can also get these CRTs by scanning your Extra Care Card at the red price scanner (the magic coupon box we refer to) usually located in the front of the store. These are not listed in the Weekly Ad and just print randomly. These are pretty general, for instance, $2.00 off of Huggies Pull-ups and sometimes Freebies!

These CRTs are considered CVS Store coupons and can be combined with manufacturer’s coupons (MFC).  This is called “Coupon Stacking” and here’s what it looks like:

Buy (1) Huggies Pull-ups Jumbo Pack @ $9.00
Use (1) $2.00 CRT
Use (1) $3.00 MFC
Total $4.00 after using both coupons

Making money at CVS can be very simple! Almost every week there is a promotion where you will earn the same amount of ECB that you spend.

For instance:

Colgate Toothpaste $2.99
Earn $2.99 ECB wyb 1
Use $1.00 off Manufacturer’s coupon
Total = $1.00 overage after coupon and ECB

Here are a couple of additional ways to save at CVS:

Email coupons - remember to sign up online to get these.

B1G1 Free sales - you can use two MFC coupons on a buy-one-get-one-free sale.

For example:

Max Factor Mascara $7.99 B1G1 Free
Use (2) $3.00 off MFC
Total = $1.99 for both

As with anything, “practice makes perfect” so don’t be discouraged if you make a few mistakes. You’ll be shopping like a pro soon enough.

Did you miss the beginning of our How to Coupon Series?  If so check out these articles:

-How To Coupon Series: Where to Find Coupons
-How To Coupon Series: Coupon Lingo
-How To Coupon ~ Organizing Coupons
-How to Coupon Series: Sale Cycles
-How to Coupon ~ Building Your Stockpile
How To Coupon: Techniques and Etiquette

How To Coupon: Techniques and Etiquette

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Sunday, January 12th, 2014 at 2:00 pm

how to couponWe are continuing our “How to Coupon” series. Now that we have talked about “Where to Find Coupons,” “Coupon Lingo” and “How to Organize our Coupons” it’s time to talk about maximizing our savings with coupons.

Coupon Techniques

*Stack store coupons with manufacturer’s coupons and when available $ off of $ amount – for instance at Walgreens, Target, Dollar General, Family Dollar and CVS you can stack your store coupons along with manufacturers coupons for additional savings. At Dollar General many times you can also combine your products and coupons along with a $5 off of $25 offer which greatly reduces the amount you are spending on the products.

*Price Match at Walmart and Target – both stores allow you to price match advertisers sale prices. You need the other stores weekly advertisment/flyer and the product you are matching must be the exact same product that is listed in the weekly advertisment.

*Take advantage of stores that double (i.e. Schnucks & Dierbergs) and triple coupons

*Buy only when an item is on sale – this is the easiest way to maximize your savings.

*Use a Coupon Database so you aren’t always clipping coupons- find your coupons when you’re ready to shop and then clip

*Take advantage of store loyalty programs, register promotions, and rewards.

Coupons to the Extreme

Now that have a general knowledge of coupon techniques, here are some additional techniques to save you even more money when you buy.

*Look for products that are free and will give you Overage- Overage happens when the value of a coupon exceeds the price of the item. Many stores will allow you to apply the exceeding value to the rest of your shopping order. Walmart will even give you money back when you shop if your coupons exceed the value of the products. By doing this you greatly reducing the price of your entire purchase.

*B1G1 Coupons- Buy 1 Get 1 Free coupons (also known as BOGO coupons or B1G1 coupons) allow you to purchase one item and get a second item of equal or lesser value for free! You’ll want to pay special attention to the fine print on the coupon as there is usually a maximum value stated on the coupon (this maximum value is the most that the manufacturer is willing to reimburse the store for the “free” item). With a B1G1 store sale, you are purchasing 2 like items and then automatically getting one item for free when you checkout. Since you are still essentially purchasing 2 items, you can use a B1G1 coupon in conjunction with the B1G1 store sale to get the both items for free (one is free after the store sale and one is free after the coupon). *Important Note: Read your store’s coupon policy very carefully as some stores (Target & Walmart ) may prohibit the use of a B1G1 coupon in conjunction with a B1G1 store sale. *We will go through each of the stores couponing policies and rewards during the Couponing 101 series.

*Rebates- Mail-in-rebates are an added way to save and often honored based on the price of an item or an amount you will spend

*Rain Checks- When there are good sales, often stores will run out of items. Don’t forget the power of a rain check where a store will honor the sale price of an item at a future time.

*Rolling Deals – means that you can purchase a product for a coupon or a rebate and then use that on the purchase of the same item over and over. This seldom happens at stores but when it does you want to hurry off to the store because you will store an Extreme Deal.

Coupon Etiquette

Even through we are maximizing our savings by being Savvy Shoppers it’s important to know what is too extreme and to be courteous to our fellow coupon shoppers.

*Don’t photocopy coupons- it’s illegal and hurts the retailers and all using coupons

*Use only one manufacturer coupon and store coupon per item

*Don’t try to use a coupon for which it is not intended for- it’s unethical

*All coupons must have expiration dates or stores will not accept them

*Don’t clean the shelf off on a good deal- share the wealth

Did you miss the beginning of our How to Coupon Series?  If so check out these articles:

-How To Coupon Series: Where to Find Coupons
-How To Coupon Series: Coupon Lingo
-How To Coupon ~ Organizing Coupons
-How to Coupon Series: Sale Cycles
-How to Coupon ~ Building Your Stockpile

How to Coupon ~ Building Your Stockpile

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Sunday, January 12th, 2014 at 11:45 am

how to coupon, extreme couponingLet’s continue our “How to Coupon” series. Now that you know some the sales cycles it’s time to start thinking about picking up more than one item at the store when you have additional coupons to use.

Here’s a few things you should know before you start:

1) A Store Sale + A Coupon = Rock Bottom Prices And BIG SAVINGS

The reason that we match up the weekly advertisements to coupons is because that is the time that you want to buy your item. It’s also important to know that the closer a coupon gets to it’s expiration date the more likely you are going to see a reduction in that items price.

2) Sales tend to come around every 3 months.

I don’t encourage anyone to clear a shelf at any store to start their stockpile but I do encourage you to buy the amount of a product that you will need to last you 3 months since sales and coupons re-appear every 3-4 months giving you savings throughout the entire year.

For example in 3 months I will go through approximately 2-3 jars of peanut butter and after that 3 months I will be able to find another great deal to last us an additional 3 months and I won’t find it necessary to make a purchase without a coupon or a sale on that item.

If you stock up when their are rock bottom then you have eliminated the NEED to make a purchase later.

3) Choose One Store to start your couponing and stockpiling in.

It’s important if you are just starting out to choose 1 store. Don’t compare yourselves to others and don’t fall into the temptation of trying everything at once. When you master your first store then move on to a second.

4) Follow along with My DFW Mommy and use our coupon match ups for drug and grocery stores as well as our Extreme Couponing posts for the hidden sales and new coupons that we find during the week.

Here are the match ups completed weekly:

-Walgreens
-Target
-CVS
-Walmart
-Dollar General
-Dollar Tree
-Family Dollar
-Albertsons
-Kroger
-Market Street
-Sprouts
-Tom Thumb

Let us do the homework for you we are here to help.

Did you miss the beginning of our How to Coupon Series?  If so check out these articles:

-How To Coupon Series: Where to Find Coupons
-How To Coupon Series: Coupon Lingo
-How To Coupon ~ Organizing Coupons
-How to Coupon Series: Sale Cycles

How To Coupon ~ Organizing Coupons

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Saturday, January 11th, 2014 at 3:15 pm

couponsWe are continuing our How To Coupon Series.

There are many ways to organize coupons, but the important thing is to have them organized. Planning out shopping trips is a much quicker process when you know exactly where your coupons are and can easily find the ones you want.

There’s no right or wrong way to organize, but here are my top picks:

1) Three-Ring Binder:This method what we use to develop the My City Mommy Coupon Binder.

The My City Mommy Coupon Binder Includes:

Getting Started Guide:
-How To Set Up Your Binder
-How To Use The Shopping Organizer pages
-How To Use The Menu Planner and Price Tracker Sheets
-Coupon Lingo & Abbreviations Explained
Binder Contents
-5 double-sided Shopping Organizer pages. Use these to plan out your shopping trips with every detail you could need.
-5 double-sided Menu Planner pages. Use these to plan your menus for each week.
-2 double-sided Price Tracker sheets. Use these to determine what are good, great and stock up prices for the items that your family uses according to your location and specific stores.
-A sheet of adhesive labels. Use these for your pocket dividers and coupon category pages with over 40 preprinted labels and more blank ones for you to customize for a total of 80.
-5 sturdy poly material double pocket, tabbed store dividers. Use one for each of your favorite stores to keep your store ads, coupon booklets and more all together. Each has (1) 3 slot coupon organizer page behind it to keep that store’s coupons
-15 more pages to organize your clipped coupons. You have the choice of 3 slot pages, 9 slot pages or a combination of both. All are clear, highest quality, top loading BCW pages
-1 sturdy plastic 3 ring pocket. It velcros closed to keep unfiled or unclipped coupons secure.

2) Accordion Folder: A large accordion folder is a good choice for those who clip all of their coupons in advance. You can use the various pockets to divide coupons up by category and keep them sorted by expiration date.

A small accordion folder is nice to use to actually bring into the store. It can also double as a great place to store ExtraCare Bucks and Register Rewards earned from CVS and Walgreens, as well as receipts.

Tip: look for accordion folders in the dollar section at Target toward the end of the summer.

The Couponizer: This is a fantastic organizer especially for the beginning couponer. The Couponizer is a complete set of tools designed to make saving money easy. It is made up of 18 category pockets for grocery coupons and other coupon and discount category pockets. The Couponizer includes a section for store loyalty cards, a shopping list, a CoupTracker (to keep track of your fabulous coupon savings!), and a pair of scissors. It also comes with a CoupStacker to store coupons that don’t fit into the Couponizer.

There are many options on how to keep your coupons separate and organized. I suggest that you do what feels and works best for you. Be sure to leave a comment below letting us know what you are currently using.

How to Coupon Series: Sale Cycles

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Thursday, January 9th, 2014 at 5:00 pm

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Let’s continue our How to Coupon Series! When it comes to saving money on your favorite items timing is the key! Big bargains happen when you work with manufacturer discounts, clearance sales, off-season discounts and coupon and discount codes!

For example, you may have noticed the abundance of healthy eating coupons available this month, as many people are kicking off healthier eating resolutions – for example, SlimFast, Special K, Lean Cuisine and more.

In addition, you’ll notice that sales in stores go along with seasons, holidays and events. Of course, you will find the best prices on seasonal items 1-2 weeks AFTER the seasonal event, when you can grab items for 50-90% off (think back-to-school, Christmas, Halloween, etc.) Perfect time to stock up on non-perishables for next year!

Below you’ll find a few sales cycles to get you started:

January:

Avocados -Broccoli -Cauliflower -Cabbage -Carrots -Celery -Garlic -Grapefruit -Kale -Kiwi -Kumquats -Lemons -Mushrooms -Mustard Greens -Onions -Oranges -Pears -Pecans -Spinach -Tangerines -Walnuts -Winter Squash.

Chocolate, soda, diet foods, frozen finger foods, linens, small appliances, air conditioners, carpeting, winter clothes, bikes, Christmas decorations, and weight loss products.

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How To Coupon Series: Coupon Lingo

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Sunday, January 5th, 2014 at 12:15 pm

coupon lingo, how to couponLet’s continue our How to Coupon Series. Before you can become coupon savvy by getting your coupons organized, following the coupon match ups and heading to the store you need to know what all of the crazy abbreviations, acronyms, and coupon lingo means!

Here’s an example of a scenerio that you may see in a Weekly Coupon Match Up for Walgreens.

(2) Gillette Custom Plus 3 Disposable Razors 4pk @ $6.99 = $13.98
(2) Gillette Fusion Shaving Cream @ $4.49 = $8.98

=$22.96
-B1G1 Custom Plus 3 Disposable Razors 6/19 RP insert, use one
-$1/1 Gillette ProGlide or Fusion Shave Prep 6/5 P&G insert, use two
Earn $5 RR when you spend $20 on Gillette Products
Final price: all four for $8.97

Here is what this means without the lingo:

Buy 2 Gillette Custom Plus 3 Disposable Razors 4pk at $6.99 each. Also purchase 2 Gillette Fusion Shaving Cream at $4.49 each. The coupons you are going to hand to the cashier when you check out are a Buy 1 Get 1 Free Custom Plus 3 Disposable Razor Coupon from your June 19th Red Plum newspaper insert. *You will find the date on the side of your newspaper inserts just as you do a magazine. You will also hand the cashier 2 $1.00 off of 1 Gillette ProGlide or Fusion Shave Prep coupons from the June 5th Proctor and Gamble newpaper insert. When you check out a Walgreens Register Reward will print out giving you $5 off of your next Walgreens purchase because the total price of your products before coupons was $20. Your final price for all 4 items is $8.97.

Aren’t you glad we use lingo…

Now here is the language you need to know so you can become Coupon Savvy:

General Lingo:

-BOGOF or B1G1 – is a Buy 1 Get 1 Free Sale or Buy 1 Get 1 Free Coupon

-Peelie – these are coupons or rebates that peel off of a package.

-WYB – means when you buy. You will often see scenarios that state wyb a certain amount of products you will get a reward via coupon or rebate.

-OOP – is your cash out of pocket.

-MIR – is a mail in rebate that you mail in to receive a specific amount of cash back on an item that you purchased.

-$1/2 – $1 off of 2 items, keep in mind that the first number is always the amount that you get off of the product the second number is the amount you have to purchase to receive the discount.

-SC – is a store coupon. These coupons can come in mailers directly to your mailbox, in weekly advertisements within the store or in the newspaper or directly into your email inbox. Store coupons can often be stacked (or used together) with a manufacturers coupon.

-MFC or MQ- is the manufacturers coupon. These can be found in all of the various ways that we find coupons as listed in our “How to Coupon Series: Where to Find Coupons.

-GC – is a gift card. These are cards much like a credit card that give you money off of your purchase at select retailers.

-MM – is a money maker. These are often indicated at the end of our coupon scenarios and are one of an Extreme Couponers best friends.

-DND – means do not double because the manufacturer does not want the store to double the coupon even if it is in the stores coupon policy to do so. These coupons will not exceed the value printed on the coupon at any time.

-Ea. – means each, this is often reflected at the end of a coupon scenario when you are purchasing more than 1 item because we want you to know the bottom line price that you are paying for each product.

-YMMV – means your mileage may vary. This is often used for stores that may not have the same items on clearance or for a store that does not have the same prices on their products nationwide.

-IP- is an Internet printable coupon. These can come from various resources as mentioned in our “How to Find Coupons, Couponing 101 article.

-Blinkie – coupons you get from the little machines in the aisle in the store, typically they blink or have a light on them which is how they got the name Blinkie.

-WSL – means while supplies last

-UPC – is the Universal Product Code. This is a Twelve-digit barcode printed or affixed on virtually everything sold in supermarkets or retail stores, including books, magazines, candy, etc., for automatic checking-out at the cashier counter. These are most often mentioned if there is a specific item within the store that is ringing up for a discounted price while other items of the same type and manufacturer are priced at a higher amount.

-Catalina or CAT-is a coupon for an amount off your next purchase or for a free item on your next purchase-these print out of a small box located next to the register owned by the Catalina company.

-FAR – means Free After Rebate. If there is an item that is $2 and you get a $2 Rebate with the purchase your item is FREE.

-OYNO – means a dollar amount off of your next order. This could be specified in the weekly match ups along with CVS Extra Care Bucks, Walgreen’s Register Rewards or Catalina’s at your local stores.

-PSA – means prices starting at. We often put this into our deal scenarios if the price isn’t listed in the advertisement but we can find a price online for the product at the same store.

-Overage – is another one of the Couponers favorite words because this means you get money back for purchasing an item. One of our favorite stores for this is Walmart because they will now hand you the overage or cash-back if your coupon exceeds the value of the product.

-Stacking – is when you use a manufacturers coupon along with a store coupon or rebate to increase your savings on a product you are purchasing.

-Rain Check – is a piece of paper that the manager or an employee with give you if they are out of a product that is on sale so you can come back when the item is back in stock and pick up the item at the sale price.

-Rolling – means that you can purchase a product for a coupon or a rebate and then use that on the purchase of the same item over and over. This seldom happens at stores but when it does you want to hurry off to the store because you will store an Extreme Deal.

-Tear Pad – is a pad of coupons that you often see on the shelves at the store or even at gas stations. These are manufacturers coupons that can be used in any store.

-One coupon per purchase – This means that you can use 1 coupon per item with the item being considered your purchase. For example if you had 5 identical cans of green beans and 5 coupons for that product you could use all 5 of your coupons on your order because that equals 5 purchases.

-One coupon per order – This means that you can only use that specific coupon once per visit.

-One coupon per household – means only 1 person in your household is allowed to use this coupon. This typically is listed on high value or free coupons only.

Specific Store Coupons

-ECB or EB – these are CVS Pharmacy’s Extra Care Bucks. These print out at the bottom of your receipt and are good on your next purchase at CVS. Never fear if you loose your Extra Care Bucks because you can now log into your CVS Extracare account online and retrieve and print your CVS Extra Care Bucks if you misplace them.

-Wags – is short for Walgreens

-RR – is Walgreens Register Rewards. These are dollar off coupons that print from a box much like the Catalina boxes beside the register. They are good on your next purchase.

IVC – is an Instant Value Coupon. These are the coupons in the Walgreens Monthly Coupon Books and also found in the weekly advertisements.

Newspaper Inserts

-PG – Proctor & Gamble
-SS – Smartsource
-RP – Red Plum
-GM – General Mills
-K – Kelloggs
-UN – Unilever

Be sure to read – where to find coupons if you haven’t already!

How To Coupon Series: Where to Find Coupons

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Saturday, January 4th, 2014 at 3:00 pm

how to coupon, finding couponsIt’s a new year, so we wanted to share with our new readers tips on How to Coupon. First, let’s review where to find coupons.

If you’ve followed MyDFWMommy in the past some of the information will be the same but it will be updated and easier to follow. *Just be sure to subscribe or follow along on facebook so you don’t miss the series.

So here we go!

A Valpak national study says close to half of us (40%) now search for deals or coupons before making a purchase. And 41% of coupon users come from households earning greater than $70,000! (Nielsen Online Research) That means we are all becoming savvy shoppers, wanting to hang on to our money rather than spending aimlessly on daily needs.

Many believe clipping coupons takes too much time or somehow looks cheap. The truth is, spending 20 minutes clipping coupons or finding mobile coupons before you shop can save you up to 30% at the grocery store. What’s not cool about that? Do you get paid that amount in 20 minutes working every day? There are so many online resources and deals found for you that saving money at the store doesn’t take a lot of time. It just takes a person willing to follow directions on how to make it happen. If you buy only generics, that is a good savings tactic. But I know many who prefer national brands on certain items… if that is the case, using a coupon or two can OFTEN save you even more than generics and give you the ability to stock up and save when those brands go on sale.

Coupons are everywhere and more than likely available on ALMOST ANYTHING you use, and yes, you can even save on organic products. The key is not buying things you won’t use just because it’s on sale and you have a coupon (if you can’t resist, consider donating those items to a shelter!) I think of coupons as MONEY and treat it as such. Also, take heart in knowing that retailers don’t lose money when you use a coupon. Retailers receive back the face value of a coupon in addition to a handling fee of 8 cents.

We will be sharing very valuable tips on how to coupon with you. First things first:

What Are Coupons & Where Do I Find Them?

couponI believe that the Dictionary sums up coupons to a tee – however, to me they are free money. What’s better then free money? Not much!

Now, how do you find them?

1.Newspaper-
This is a little obvious, but with all the printable coupons available, it can be a little easy to overlook. *If you are a sassy couponer then you will be purchasing more than one of your paper. You can actually preview what coupons will be in the paper by clicking here, then you can buy more papers while you are out. *Keep in mind there are never inserts on holiday weekends.

For extra inserts (for free) check libraries, restaurants and fast food places, doctor’s offices, your next door neighbor, some newspaper offices have places for leftover ads, post offices (same thing), recycle places.

2. Printable Coupon Websites-
These are my favorite because you get to print just coupons you want, there is a good variety, and frequent changes. Make sure that you watch for coupons that may have a limit – you may only be able to print so many or you may miss out b/c others have printed them all.. sometimes the coupon will reset.

Coupons.com
Red Plum
Smart Source
Bricks
Coupon Database – you can use this to see if any product that you want to purchase has a coupon available ‘right now.’

3. Store Website Printable Coupons -
Same as above, may only be for this particular store so pay attention to type of coupon and if they are good to use for stacking with a manufacture coupon.

Target.com
Dollar General
Family Dollar

4. Mobile Coupons -

Target
iBotta

5. Mobile/Card Coupons-
Text a code to the store and they will put the coupons on your loyalty card or use a site to do the same thing, for some stores you will probably have to sign up for their e-mails to get the code.

Cellfire
Upromise
Softcoin

6. Manufacture Websites-
Get it straight from the horse’s mouth. Sometimes you have to sign up for a newsletter, they change each month so print your favorites when you see them.

Betty Crocker
Pillsbury
*For your favorite products check their website for coupon offers

7. In stores-
Look around! You can find lots of coupons on the items (peelies), next to the price, on the shelves, in the little coupon machines in front of the items. Keep your eyes open! Take a sales flyer when you come in the door! At CVS, use your card to check their coupon machine.

8. On/with your receipt-
Check all that stuff that prints out with your receipt and check the back of your receipt. Lots of good coupons come with that because lots of times it’s based on what you have bought and many times they are in-store coupons so they are stackable!

9. Facebook-
Become a fan (or “like”) your favorite brands. I will always post these coupons as they become available.

10. Magazines -
I haven’t seen a magazine with more coupons than All You. But, look through your favorite magazine, you’d be surprised to see coupons hiding among the ads!

11. Samples-
Most of the free sample offers that you sign up for will come with a coupon for the product, especially those from name brands.

12. Email or Call-
Your favorite companies and ask for coupons – many times they will send you coupons and often even free products!

Extreme Couponing 101- How to Shop CVS

Posted by admin on Sunday, May 12th, 2013 at 12:00 pm

Here is your intro to Extreme Couponing 101, How to Shop CVS! There are many ways to save and even earn money while shopping at CVS!

CVS, Weekly Ad: CVS, dallas coupon match

:: Current CVS Deals

:: More Store Resources

: Contact CVS

  • CVS Customer Service: 1-800-SHOP-CVS (1-800-746-7287)
  • E-mail feedback to CVS Corporate Headquarters

:: Coupon Policy

CVS accepts the following types of coupons:

  • CVS store coupons
  • Manufacturer coupons
  • Internet printable coupons
  • Competitor pharmacy coupons
  • ExtraCare Bucks

We will start with the Weekly Ads. You can get the Weekly Ad online, in front of the store or in your local Sunday paper. The Ad lists all sale items and items that will produce Extra Care Bucks and the quantity needed to earn them.

What are Extra Care Bucks (ECB)? These are dollars that you earn when making certain purchases and can be used on any future CVS purchase. Your ECBs will print out on your receipt so make sure to always check before throwing away your receipt. There are weekly and monthly ECB. You will also earn 2% back in ECB quarterly on your purchases which will print automatically at the end of the sales period.

You do not have to get all the items at the same time but will not earn the ECB until you fulfill the entire purchase.

In order to start earning ECBs, you need to have an Extra Care Card. You can get a card simply by asking a cashier for a form or by signing up online. If you fill out the form in-store, you will get your card to start saving immediately. However if you sign up online, it will take about a week to get your card in the mail. Remember to register your account online to receive special offers by email or in your mail box.

In addition to ECB, there is also CRT (cash register tape) coupons that print automatically on your receipt. You can also get these CRTs by scanning your Extra Care Card at the red price scanner (the magic coupon box we refer to) usually located in the front of the store. These are not listed in the Weekly Ad and just print randomly. These are pretty general, for instance, $2.00 off of Huggies Pull-ups and sometimes Freebies!

These CRTs are considered CVS Store coupons and can be combined with manufacturer’s coupons (MFC).  This is called “Coupon Stacking” and here’s what it looks like:

Buy (1) Huggies Pull-ups Jumbo Pack @ $9.00
Use (1) $2.00 CRT
Use (1) $3.00 MFC
Total $4.00 after using both coupons

Making money at CVS can be very simple! Almost every week there is a promotion where you will earn the same amount of ECB that you spend.

For instance:

Colgate Toothpaste $2.99
Earn $2.99 ECB wyb 1
Use $1.00 off Manufacturer’s coupon
Total = $1.00 overage after coupon and ECB

Here are a couple of additional ways to save at CVS:

Email coupons - remember to sign up online to get these.

B1G1 Free sales - you can use two MFC coupons on a buy-one-get-one-free sale.

For example:

Max Factor Mascara $7.99 B1G1 Free
Use (2) $3.00 off MFC
Total = $1.99 for both

As with anything, “practice makes perfect” so don’t be discouraged if you make a few mistakes. You’ll be shopping like a pro soon enough.

  Did you miss the beginning of our Extreme Couponing 101 Series if so check out these articles:

-Extreme Couponing 101: What Are Coupons & Where Do I Find Them and Coupon Etiquette & Tips
-Extreme Couponing 101: Coupon Lingo What Does It Mean?
-Extreme Couponing 101- New Coupon Labels
-Extreme Couponing 101- How to Organize Coupons
-Extreme Couponing 101-How to Shop Walgreens

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Extreme Couponing 101: How to Shop Kroger

Posted by admin on Monday, April 15th, 2013 at 7:15 pm

Weekly Ad: Kroger, Kroger weekly ad match, dallas coupon blog

: Contact Kroger

:: Coupon Policy

ALL Kroger stores in Texas will no longer be doubling or tripling ANY coupons. You can take a look at the new Kroger Coupon Policy here.

Note: Albertsons, Tom Thumb and Brookshires (Forney Store) are still offering double and triple coupons. Tom Thumb and Brookshires will only double one like coupon. Albertsons was doubling up to 4. Also, Kroger stores are divided into 18 regions. Coupon policies vary by region and Weekly Sales Ad and sales cycles are different as well.

Click here to see the regional divisions.

Kroger accepts:

Kroger coupons
Printable coupons
Manufacturers coupons

To take full advantage of Kroger’s deals you MUST have a Kroger Plus card.  Be sure and visit www.kroger.com and register to your card and put in your current address and sign-up for their newsletter here. Their monthly newsletter will be mailed to your home and has FABULOUS Exclusive Kroger coupons. I receive coupons for free products often.

Click here to download Kroger e-coupons to your card or phone. Please note these coupons are Manufacturer coupons and they cannot be stacked with paper coupons. They also will not double! You can only download coupons to one address (even if your spouse has a different numbered card, it is linked to your address) You can only download up to 150 coupons to your card.

Basic things to know

The only real Kroger store coupon are the coupons for Kroger Store brand items.

Even though you may receive a coupon with the Kroger logo on it, that does not make it a Kroger Store coupon, look at the top of coupon by the date and notice it will say Manufacturer coupon, therefore you cannot stack this coupon.

Unless it states otherwise if a product is 2 for $3.00

Kroger often has Mega Events, during this special sale you MUST BUY 10 items (etc.) to save $5.00 at the end.   Unless stated you can use a buy one get one free (BOGO) coupon on an item that is on sale for BOGO and get both products free without buying any of that product.

Kroger also offers Fuel Points with savings up to $1.00 a gallon on gas.

IF an item scans up higher than the price marked on the shelf you can get that item for FREE (this does not apply to “clearance/saving’s aisle” products.

Manager’s Specials/Clearance Section: Every Kroger store has a section where they have mark down items (these are not under the scan right policy). You can find some AMAZING DEALS on products and paired with a coupon, get them for free. The reason these items are marked down is due to shelf space, if they aren’t selling, the clearance them out. Meats, dairy products etc that are nearing their expiration date can be found in each department.

Did you miss the beginning of our Extreme Couponing 101 Series? If so, check out these articles:

-Extreme Couponing 101: What Are Coupons & Where Do I Find Them and Coupon Etiquette & Tips

-Extreme Couponing 101: Coupon Lingo What Does It Mean?

-Extreme Couponing 101- New Coupon Labels

-Extreme Couponing 101- How to Organize Coupons

-Extreme Couponing 101-How to Shop Walgreens

-Extreme Couponing 101- How to Shop CVS

-Extreme Couponing 101- How to Shop Target
-Extreme Couponing 101- How to Shop Walmart

Extreme Couponing 101: How to Shop Tom Thumb

Posted by admin on Wednesday, July 18th, 2012 at 2:00 pm

Weekly Ad: Tom Thumb, dallas coupon match

Everyone has their favorite go-to store and mine is Tom Thumb. I shopped at Von’s in Las Vegas for 7 years before moving to Dallas and I immediately gravitated to Von’s sister store, Tom Thumb. I’ve heard many people say they won’t shop there because it’s too expensive. What they’re missing is that they don’t know HOW to shop the store. Each supermarket chain has its own coupon policies and I’ll break the basics down for you and hope to simplify the process. Here are some basic Tom Thumb coupon policies, hints, and tips to make the most out of your Tom Thumb shopping trip.

* I always swing by the gifts in the floral section. I have found some treasures there for 75% off – it’s kind of a forgotten area of the store!
* Don’t leave the store without checking the non-refrigerated, refrigerated, dairy, meat and frozen clearance areas. These are in their own separate areas of the store. Find out where your local store has their clearance areas set up and hit them each time you go in! Make it part of your routine. I always find a great selection of meats at around 10:30 am at my store – usually starts at 30% off and gets higher as the day goes by. For best selection, though, shop early in the day for meats.

* Tom Thumb has some fantastic coupon booklets. I still dream about the booklet they came out with around Thanksgiving of last year – FULL of manufacturer and store coupons. Check the area by the circulars when you walk in – another place to look for coupon booklets is in the plastic holders on the frozen food doors.

* Tom Thumb has many Friday-Monday deals so be sure to check your ads!

* Tom Thumb will have store circulars not only in the Wednesday distribution, but a separate one in the Sunday paper (different coupons). Don’t miss it!
* If you’re looking to buy a newly released movie, check out deals they will offer during the first week of release. It might be something like “Buy Shrek, get Orville Redenbacher popcorn, Capri Sun, a Package of Oreos FREE. ” Once again, you’ll find those specials in your ad if you look closely. Read the WHOLE ad – you’ll be surprised at how much you’re missing.
Coupon Policy (Dallas Ft. Worth Metro Area)
As of June 26, 2011, all Tom Thumb supermarkets will triple up to $0.39 and double up to $0.50. Anything over $0.50 is deducted at face value.

Go here for more on Tom Thumbs coupon policy!

* Doubling of coupons only applies to the FIRST coupon of the same item.

Scenario:
You have $0.50/1 Pure Protein Bar and they are on sale for $1.00 each. Let’s say you have 5 coupons to use. Your first will be doubled, making that protein bar free, the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th coupon will be deducted at face value ($0.50).
First Bar $0.50/1 (doubled) = FREE
>Second Bar $0.50/1 (face value) = $0.50
Third Bar $0.50/1 (face value) = $0.50
Fourth Bar $0.50/1 (face value) = $0.50
Fifth Bar $0.50/1 (face value) = $0.50
TOTAL for 5 bars = $2.00

If you know your cashier and he/she is willing to do 5 separate transactions, go for it. I’ve done this before, with 2-3 items and only when the cashier was agreeable and there was no one in line behind me!
If a coupon take the price of an item below zero, only the actual amount of the item will be deducted. No overages.

* No coupons applied towards a free product.

Scenario:
Buy One Get One Free Bulls eye Barbeque Sauce ($1.99 each)
You can use ONE manufacturers coupon on the purchase.
Let’s say you have a $0.50/1 coupon; after doubling the coupon you’ll pay $0.99 for both

Extreme Couponing 101: How To Start Building Your Stockpile

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Tuesday, September 27th, 2011 at 3:15 pm


Now that you know some of our price points for stocking up on items and the sales cycles it’s time to start thinking about picking up more than one item at the store when you have additional coupons to use.

Here’s a few things you should know before you start:

1) A Store Sale + A Coupon = Rock Bottom Prices And BIG SAVINGS

The reason that we match up the weekly advertisements to coupons is because that is the time that you want to buy your item. It’s also important to know that the closer a coupon gets to it’s expiration date the more likely you are going to see a reduction in that items price.

2) Sales tend to come around every 3 months.

I don’t encourage anyone to clear a shelf at any store to start their stockpile but I do encourage you to buy the amount of a product that you will need to last you 3 months since sales and coupons re-appear every 3-4 months giving you savings throughout the entire year.

For example in 3 months I will go through approximately 2-3 jars of peanut butter and after that 3 months I will be able to find another great deal to last us an additional 3 months and I won’t find it necessary to make a purchase without a coupon or a sale on that item.

If you stock up when their are rock bottom then you have eliminated the NEED to make a purchase later.

3) Choose One Store to start your couponing and stockpiling in.

It’s important if you are just starting out to choose 1 store. Don’t compare yourselves to others and don’t fall into the temptation of trying everything at once. When you master your first store then move on to a second.

4) Follow along with MyDFWMommy and use our coupon match ups for drug and grocery stores as well as our Extreme Couponing 101- How to Shop Dollar General

Get up to date with our Extreme Couponing 101 Series:

--Extreme Couponing 101: What Are Coupons & Where Do I Find Them and Coupon -Etiquette & Tips
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Extreme Couponing 101: Coupon Lingo What Does It Mean?
-Extreme Couponing 101- New Coupon Labels
-Extreme Couponing 101- How to Organize Coupons
-Extreme Couponing 101: How to Shop with Class
-Extreme Couponing 101: Stock Up Prices
-Extreme Couponing 101- How to Utilize “Free” Coupons”
-Extreme Couponing 101: What To Buy & When: Sales Cycles
-Extreme Couponing- How to Find Stores that Double and Triple Coupons
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Extreme Couponing- Stock Up Prices
-Extreme Couponing 101: How To Start Building Your Stockpile

How to Shop Stores
-Extreme Couponing 101-How to Shop Walgreens
-Extreme Couponing 101- How to Shop CVS
-Extreme Couponing 101- How to Shop Target
-Extreme Couponing 101- How to Shop Walmart
-Extreme Couponing 101- How to Shop Kroger & Updated Kroger Policy after Doubling Eliminated
-Extreme Couponing 101- How to Shop Tom Thumb

-Extreme Couponing 101- How to Shop Albertsons
-Extreme Couponing 101- How to Shop Dollar General

Other Stores Outside DFW:
-Extreme Couponing 101: Shop ‘n Save Store Guide
-Extreme Couponing 101: Schnucks Coupon Policy
-Extreme Couponing 101: Dierbergs Coupon Policy

Extreme Couponing 101: What to Buy And When

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Monday, September 26th, 2011 at 2:22 pm

When it comes to saving money on your favorite items timing is the key! Big bargains happen when you work with manufacturer discounts, clearance sales, off-season discounts and coupon and discount codes!
For example here are a few sales cycles to get you started:

January: Chocolate, soda, diet foods, frozen finger foods,linens, small appliances, air conditioners, carpeting, winter clothes, bikes, Christmas decorations, motorcycles, boats, sports and weight loss

February: Chocolate, steak, seafood(post Valentine’s Day),oatmeal, boats

March:Frozen Foods, Easter meal items i.e. eggs, ham, gardening items

April: Candy, eggs, ham, cheese, frozen pies, cake mix, electronics, vacuums, cookware, tires and auto supplies

May: Barbecue items i.e. hot dogs, beef, condiments, ice cream, party supplies, grill supplies

June: Ice cream, popsicles, soda, pianos, building materials, tools

July: BBQ items, chips, grill supplies

August: Cereal, breakfast bars, peanut butter, lunch meat, cold lunch items, yogurt, pool supplies, outdoor toys, bathing suits, summer clothes

September: Cereals, back to school snacks, hamburger, hot dogs, condiments, spaghetti sauce, cars, lawn mowers

October: canned fruits and veggies, dried fruits, stock up on holiday foods and soups and broths, large appliances, lawn mowers

November: Turkey, butter, cheese, canned goods, baking goods, cookware, tools, carpeting

December: Ham, butter, cheese, post-holiday sales, baking goods, some electronics, toys, winter clothes

You will notice that sales in stores go along with seasons, holidays and events. Of course you will find the best price on Back to School items after school starts (that’s the time to stock up for next year)!

I will keep you up to date daily on the best items to buy. Be sure to check out the Extreme Couponing 101 Series for more information and check our weekly deals page daily for the best local deals!

Where to Find Doubling/Tripling Coupons!

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Thursday, September 15th, 2011 at 3:50 pm

When news broke last week that Kroger was stopping it’s doubling/tripling of coupons in all North Texas area stores, it was met with a lot of disappointment. People blamed the “extreme couponers” for the change. But according to CouponSherpa.com, Kroger may just be testing out a new policy.

When Kroger stopped this practice in Houston earlier in the year, they said it was to move the discounts from coupons to overall savings on groceries.

You can still find stores that double/triple coupons. If you are ready to make the change to another stores, here is a list of those stores.

A&P – Allows doubling only.
Albertsons – Doubles & triples coupons
Food Lion – May limit the quantity of coupons accepted.
IGA – Coupons for cigarettes and liquor can’t be doubled.
Kmart – Doubles and triples some coupons. You can also use their online coupons when shopping at kmart.com.
Piggly Wiggly – May stack a Piggly Wiggly coupon with a manufacturer’s coupon.
Safeway – Policy varies between stores, but most accept with limitations.
ShopRite – (Includes PriceRite) Double-coupon policies vary by store but, in general, will double up to four identical coupons.
Tom Thumb- Double & triple coupon promotions
Meijer – Can combine a Meijer coupon with a manufacturer coupon, and they also have online coupons for use at Meijer.com.
Wegmans – Policy varies between stores, but most accept with limitations.
Winn Dixie – Doubles all manufacturer coupons up to 50 cents, except in Florida, New Orleans metro area and some parts of Alabama.

No word yet if Kroger will discontinue doubling and tripling coupons in other stores.

If you want to check out the local coupon policies here in North Texas, check out our Extreme Couponing 101 Series!

Kroger Dallas/Fort Worth: No More Double or Triple Coupons & New Coupon Policy

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Wednesday, September 7th, 2011 at 9:50 am

Earlier this morning I shared with all of you the sad news… you can learn more here and ways you can let your voice be heard! Meantime, Kristal with Kroger sent me a response to my question after learning about this late last night. You can read the letter I received from Kristal at Kroger here.

Here is the latest coupon policy for the Texas market & FAQ documents from Kroger.

Extreme Couponing 101- Stock Up Prices

Posted by admin on Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011 at 9:05 am

I’ve been asked a lot lately what I think are good “stock” up prices. While there is no “price” rule I do have some guidelines for myself that I use to know a good “stock up” price!

Here are some examples:

-Toothbrush: Free
-Floss: Free
-Mouthwash: $0.50
-Deodorant: Free
-Body Wash: $0.50
-Soap: $0.25
-Lotion: $0.50
-Shampoo/Conditioner: $0.50
-Feminine Hygine Products: Free – $50 tops + there are a ton… of samples for these
-Shaving Cream: $0.50
-Disposable Razors: Free
-Razors, (ex. Gillette Fusion or Venus): $1
-Detergent: $1.50
-Dish Washer Tabs or Liquid: $0.50
-Toilet Paper: $0.25 per roll
-Cleaning Supplies: $0.50 or less
-Baby Wipes: $1.00 or less per box
-Diapers: $0.11 per diaper
-Candles: $1.00 or less (high quality)
-Aluminum Foil: $0.50
-Fruit: $1.00/lb
-Meat: $2/lb, $4/lb Steaks (high quality)
-Potatoes: $3/10 lb bag
-Soda: $2.50/12 pk
-Cereal: $$0.50 per box
-Canned veggies: $0.35
-Frozen veggies: Free
-Pasta: $0.25
-Pasta Sauce: $.50

My rule of thumb is if I am saving 90% or more off of the retail price I have most likely found a rock bottom priced deal and it’s time to stock up. I also use the $1 and Under Drug Store Deals list I post as a guide to stock up for the week.

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Extreme Couponing 101- How to Utilize Free Coupons

Posted by admin on Friday, July 22nd, 2011 at 3:15 pm

Don’t you just love getting a free product coupon in the mail? When you have a free product coupon it seems like a no brainer the there is only one way to use it, go and get the item free, right?

Consider the following:

You pay tax on free items, so it is in your best interest to still get the product on sale so you are paying less tax.

For items you can find at CVS (beauty supplies, personal care products etc.) I save those free product coupons for using at CVS when I have a “Buy $20 save, $5”. You can receive these types of coupons from CVS when you  sign up  for their e-newsletter. In this case I don’t worry about the items being on sale, rather the opposite I try to get the items to then add up to the $20 and essentially I can then pick anything in the store for $5.00 for free!

If you have a free product coupon and that item is on sale at a store for Buy One Get One Free, use you free product coupon to “buy one” and let the store give you the other one free, getting BOTH ITEMS FREE (but still paying tax on both items).

I save my free product coupons and wait till the expiration date is nearing to see if some awesome sale will come like a Kroger Mega Event, Buy 10 and Save $5.00. Often I do have at least one free product coupon for the Mega Event.

At Kroger, give your Kroger shopper’s card last as they can then put the full value amount (pre-sale) on the coupon and both you and Kroger win, as you both get that amount from the Manufacturer.
You can combine a Free Product Coupon with a Target Store coupon, or at least I have done this many times.

Things to Note about Free Product Coupons

When checking out, can save the free product items to the end it will make it easier for the cashier to find the price of those items.

Make sure (especially at Target) your cashier is keying in the amount into the computer, they also should then write it on the coupon, that way they are getting back the same amount given to you.

 For those of you who are asking the question “how does she get free product coupons mailed to her?”

Well there are several different ways; first I highly recommend getting a  Kraft First Taste Account. This is totally free and they will send members offers in their accounts. Now not all members get offered the same thing and it is a complete mystery to me as why some of us always get the offers and others do not. You must acknowledge that you want the free product coupon and they mail it you. I also recommend getting a P & G Vocal Point Account.

  Did you miss the beginning of our Extreme Couponing 101 Series if so check out these articles:

-Extreme Couponing 101- How to Shop Kroger
-Extreme Couponing 101- How to Shop Tom Thumb

-Extreme Couponing 101- How to Shop Albertsons
-Extreme Couponing 101- How to Shop Dollar General
-Extreme Couponing 101- How to Utilize “Free” Coupons”

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Extreme Couponing 101- How to Utilize Free Coupons

Posted by admin on Friday, July 22nd, 2011 at 10:15 am

Don’t you just love getting a free product coupon in the mail? When you have a free product coupon it seems like a no brainer the there is only one way to use it, go and get the item free, right?

Consider the following:

You pay tax on free items, so it is in your best interest to still get the product on sale so you are paying less tax.

For items you can find at CVS (beauty supplies, personal care products etc.) I save those free product coupons for using at CVS when I have a “Buy $20 save, $5”. You can receive these types of coupons from CVS when you  sign up  for their e-newsletter. In this case I don’t worry about the items being on sale, rather the opposite I try to get the items to then add up to the $20 and essentially I can then pick anything in the store for $5.00 for free!

If you have a free product coupon and that item is on sale at a store for Buy One Get One Free, use you free product coupon to “buy one” and let the store give you the other one free, getting BOTH ITEMS FREE (but still paying tax on both items).

I save my free product coupons and wait till the expiration date is nearing to see if some awesome sale will come like a Kroger Mega Event, Buy 10 and Save $5.00. Often I do have at least one free product coupon for the Mega Event.

At Kroger, give your Kroger shopper’s card last as they can then put the full value amount (pre-sale) on the coupon and both you and Kroger win, as you both get that amount from the Manufacturer.
You can combine a Free Product Coupon with a Target Store coupon, or at least I have done this many times.

Things to Note about Free Product Coupons

When checking out, can save the free product items to the end it will make it easier for the cashier to find the price of those items.

Make sure (especially at Target) your cashier is keying in the amount into the computer, they also should then write it on the coupon, that way they are getting back the same amount given to you.

 For those of you who are asking the question “how does she get free product coupons mailed to her?”

Well there are several different ways; first I highly recommend getting a  Kraft First Taste Account. This is totally free and they will send members offers in their accounts. Now not all members get offered the same thing and it is a complete mystery to me as why some of us always get the offers and others do not. You must acknowledge that you want the free product coupon and they mail it you. I also recommend getting a P & G Vocal Point Account.

  Did you miss the beginning of our Extreme Couponing 101 Series if so check out these articles:

-Extreme Couponing 101- How to Shop Kroger
-Extreme Couponing 101- How to Shop Tom Thumb

-Extreme Couponing 101- How to Shop Albertsons
-Extreme Couponing 101- How to Shop Dollar General
-Extreme Couponing 101- How to Utilize “Free” Coupons”

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Extreme Couponing 101- How to Shop Albertson’s

Posted by admin on Tuesday, July 19th, 2011 at 2:00 pm

Albertsons is considered one of the most coupon-friendly stores around (it’s in 16 States,
mostly in the South and West.) If you learn their policy, you can save a considerable
amount during your weekly shopping trips.

Albertsons sales generally run from Wednesday through Thursday, with the Ads coming
out on Tuesday or Wednesday. You can always pick up a copy of the ads at the store or
on the Albertson’s website.

The first thing you should do is pick up a Preferred Savings
Card. It’s FREE to sign up and you can do it right at the store. This is a must if you plan
to shop Albertsons because sales prices are only good for people who use the card.

NOTE: ***Albertsons stores are actually owned by two separate companies. SUPERVALU, which operates Albertsons stores on the west coast and the northwest. Albertsons LLC operates the stores in the Southern half of the US, from Arizona over to Florida, plus Colorado. While the two companies share a brand name, there are some differences and what applies to one Albertsons store does not necessarily apply to them all. The most significant difference is, they no longer have the Preferred Savings card, and the post on your site encourages readers to sign up for one.

If you check out their page on Facebook – there’s a link on the side that discusses their coupon guidelines. Because they market each store for the individual area that it’s in, they do not have an all-encompassing coupon policy.

The preferred savings card only applies to Albertsons stores in CA, OR, ID, WA, NV, WY, MT, and UT. Texas does not have a preferred savings card.

Like any other store, Albertsons follows the stated requirements on the coupon, accepts
only the original coupon (no copies) and can be used only once. Most of us know that
already. Here are some things you may not know:

-Coupons that exceed the value of an item will be adjusted down to the price of the
item.
-Rain checks will be issued for a store coupon unless coupon says “while supplies
last”. If the store
runs out of item on sale – always, always, always ask for a rain
check.
-Only one store and one manufactures coupon can be used on one particular item.
-Competitors coupons will NOT be accepted.

Albertsons internet coupon policy:

-Barcodes must scan

-Coupons for a FREE product without a required purchase are not accepted.

-You may not have more than one coupon with the same serial number.

-There needs to be a manufacturer address on the coupon.

Albertsons is also known for it’s Twice the Value coupons (also known as doublers).
These are keys to getting all the free stuff. These coupons are store issued and are
generally found in the Sunday Ads. You never know when they are going to be issued
but most of the time you will get a heads up.

Twice the value coupons will match any amount of one manufacturer coupon that is $1
or less. The matched amount will be in addition to what you would already save. You
must know that only three (3) twice the value coupons can be used per transaction.

Coupons that say Do Not Double (DND) will still be doubled with the twice the value
coupon. But twice the value coupon may not be combined with other store coupons.
Again read the Albertson’s coupon policy to better understand the ins and outs of their
policies.

One more thing you need to know, Albertsons requests that customers do not exceed
three (3) consecutive transactions. So if you are planning an extreme couponing trip to

the store—make sure you fit everything in 3 transactions.

  Did you miss the beginning of our Extreme Couponing 101 Series if so check out these articles:
-Extreme Couponing 101- How to Shop Target
-Extreme Couponing 101- How to Shop Kroger
-Extreme Couponing 101- How to Shop Tom Thumb

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