The Coupon Language

Friday, January 6, 2012

So you want to coupon, but you aren't quite sure where to get started, right?  Let's start from square one - the coupon lingo.  You hear the words stacking and doubling and manufacturer and the list goes on.  And then you think, "What does it mean and why should I know it?"  Well couponers, let me help you out:
  • Manufacturer coupons are coupons you get from your local paper or mail, like SmartSource or Red Plum.  Coupons.com is also a great site to get printable manufacturer coupons. You can use these at any store that accepts coupons.  Many stores, like Meijer and Marsh, will double these coupons if they are 50 cents or less.  (That means you can save up to $1 off of certain products!)
  • Store coupons are store specific coupons.  You can get these straight off of their websites usually, like on Target and Wal-Mart.  These coupons you can only use at the specific store but you can stack them with a manufacturer coupon for more savings!
  • Digital Coupons - Many stores now offer store savings cards, like CVS and Kroger.  Digital coupons are coupons you get from the store website and can load them straight to your store savings card.  There is no paper mess and usually you can print out a list of your digital coupons so you can keep track of your savings for shopping trip.  Digital coupons (in most cases) are considered store coupons and you can stack manufacturer coupons with your digital coupons.
  • Stacking Coupons - To stack coupons means to take a manufacturer coupon and a store coupon to combine them and double your savings.  For example, today at Target I went to their website and got a $2 off Playtex sippy cup coupon.  I also had a $2 off manufacturer coupon off any Playtex item.  So I got $4 off a set of sippy cups!  What was even better was the sale on sippy cups this week at Target - buy 1 get 1 50% off.  It's always a better deal when you can stack your coupons on store sales!
  • Doubling Coupons - Many stores will double your coupons to optimize your savings.  Kroger, Marsh and Meijer double your coupons up to .50.  Therefore, instead of saving just .50 on an item, you can save $1.00! 
Keep this lingo in mind as you start organizing your coupons for your next shopping trip.  It will help maximize your savings if you know what each coupon means and which coupons you can use so you don't miss out on savings that could have been!  Good luck and happy shopping! :)

Kait

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