This is probably the picture that pops into your mind when you think of extreme couponing. And to some, this is a perfectly normal way of life. For me, honestly, I don’t have the desire to buy 47,000 bags of Cheetos at a time (or ever, for that matter). I will confess though, it is very addicting and I can see how easily someone can go from the occasional $1 off coupon at the grocery store to 4 buggies of toilet paper for $3. If you are interested in that kind of shopping – hours of coupon clipping, building an extra room on your house for your stockpile of 100 bottles of Pantene (and don’t forget the 47,000 bags of Cheetos), and frequent brawls with store managers over taking your expired coupons – then this blog is not for you. However, if you are interested in saving some money (some is more than none!), I will be happy to share what I have learned over the past few months.
Let me be very honest – I am not a couponing expert and I make plenty of mistakes but this process is all about learning and getting into your own shopping groove. I will share some lingo, sites I visit and groups I follow on Facebook to get you started.
Now, there is a lot of information out there when you start couponing and I was very intimidated when I started. It’s easy to say “the heck with it” and give up in the first week or two. And yes, it can be overwhelming and sometimes confusing but don’t let that stop you. By the time you get a month into it, you will start to get the hang of it and when you go on your first successful shopping trip, you will be hooked! Today, we will discuss some lingo and learn about my favorite site, Southern Savers.
So, let’s get comfortable with some lingo to start off. It will make your life much easier if you can follow the conversations of fellow couponers.
(This list is courtesy of SouthernSavers.com)
Types of Coupons
- B1G1, BOGO, BIG1F – Buy one, get one (free)
- .50/1 – Fifty cents off one item
- .50/3 – Fifty cents off three items
- Catalina – coupon dispensed at the register at the time of purchase
- Tearpad – pad of refund forms or coupons found hanging from a store shelf or display
- IP – internet printable
- MFR or MQ – manufacturer coupon (you will see this a LOT)
- PG, P&G – Proctor & Gamble Sunday insert coupons
- RP – Red Plum Sunday insert coupons
- SS – SmartSource Sunday insert coupons
- Peelie – coupon that you peel off the package
- Blinkie – coupon dispensed near product, in that “blinking” red box on the shelf
- eCoupon – found on the internet but different because it is uploaded to a card
- FAR – free after rebate
- MIR – mail-in rebate
Store Specific Coupons
- FLIP – Food Lion Internet Printable
- IVC – Instant Value Coupon (Walgreens store coupon, found in Walgreens Easy Saver Catalog and on in-store tearpads)
- +Up – Rite Aid Plus Up Rewards
- ECB – Extra Care Bucks (CVS)
- RR – Register Rewards (these are Catalinas that print out at Walgreens)
- OOP – out of pocket
- Regional – coupon value only distributed at a certain time
- WYB – when you buy
- WSL – while supplies last
- Raincheck – an assurance to a customer that an item on sale that is sold out or out of stock may be purchased later at the sale price
- Stackable – coupons can be combined with other coupons or discounts.
Southern Savers is a great website to keep you organized and to learn how to get started couponing. The lady who runs the site, Jenny, has set it up for everything you would need to get started. First, go to the Southern Savers YouTube page and watch some of her videos. I would start with Introduction to Couponing (it’s a 3 part video series). She explains all the basics and how to get started without getting overwhelmed. Then, move on to the videos for each specific store. The drug stores are the ones you want to start with (Rite Aid, CVS & Walgreens).
Go ahead and sign up on the site (totally free), so you can save weekly lists and favorite stores. The homepage is set up kind of like a blog. She posts things daily, from weekly ads to special deals you don’t want to miss. There is a coupon database that will allow you to search for a coupon for any particular brand. It will either give you a link to print or tell you which Sunday insert it can be found in. If you are looking for a deal for a certain item or brand, there is an item search bar that will pull up any current deals available.
Some other great perks to this site:
Savings Tracker allows you to track your saving by adding receipts from all your shopping trips
Saved Lists is pretty self-explanatory. Your lists are saved with coupon-printing links or insert information under each deal.
So, check it out, watch some videos and be sure to visit the “Learn To Coupon” link on the homepage to get started. Happy Couponing!