First things first. To start Couponing you need Coupons. Start looking around and asking around for them. Don’t forget to check out our printable coupons listed on our top menu as well Typically MAJOR HOLIDAYS DO NOT HAVE INSERTS
Coupons are everywhere. You local Sunday Paper will have some every weekend EXCEPT MAJOR HOLIDAYS. The Sunday paper has inserts from various advertisers.
There are inserts from Red Plum, Smart Source, P&G and sometimes GM, Pepsi, Unilever and other specialty ones. Not all inserts are available every week. P&G comes out usually just once a month. Some weeks there may be 2 Smartsource editions in the same paper. So it all varies.
Typically MAJOR HOLIDAYS DO NOT HAVE INSERTSSo don’t waste money buying papers on Christmas, because there most likely will be NO INSERTS.
Other Places to look for coupons besides Sunday Papers.
•Some weekly free papers (regional)
•Internet/Online Printables (IP’S)
•Direct from manufacturer
•Magazines (All You Magazine is a good example)
•Display stands in stores
•Blinkie machines (usually smartsource)
•In Store tasting tables and displays
•Dr. or Dentist Office
•Community bulletin boards
Start Small. Don’t try to do every deal at every store to start. You will most likely become overwhelmed and frustrated.
Don’t forget to bring the store flyer and a calculator with you when you shop.
Don’t be brand specific if you can. If you can be flexible and try different brands you will save even more money.
Don’t be discouraged if things don’t work out perfectly at the start. We all made mistakes and even seasoned couponers miscalculate occasionally. It will get easier as you go and saving money will become second nature.
Also Make sure to check out our Printable coupons, and Cellfire and SavingStar. You can save extra by remembering to print online coupons and use Both Cellfire and SavingStar.
New To Couponing? Here is a list of some common abbreviations used.
Comon Sunday Newspaper Insert Abbreviations
GM = General Mills
PG = Procter and Gamble
RP = Red Plum
SS = SmartSource
There are also times when there may be a Target Insert of Unilever Insert or another brand as well. The above are the most common.
Also some weeks there may be more than one SmartSource. So you may see SS2 listed. This means there were Two SmartSource Inserts and the second one had the coupon.
Catalina/CAT-Special coupon machine that prints separate after receipt
Blinkie- Coupon from a small blinkie machine usually smartsource on the shelf by product.
Peelie– Coupon on product itself
B1G1 or BOGO = Buy One Get One Free
B2G1 = Buy Two, Get One Free
DND = Do Not Double
FAR = Free After Rebate
FILLER = Item purchased to get to a minimum total in order to get a deal or savings
GC = Gift Card
IP = Internet Printable
MC or MQ = Manufacturer’s coupon
MIR = Mail In Rebate
NED = No Expiration Date
OOP = Out of Pocket
OYNO= On Your Next Order, Coupon comes out of Catalina Machine
STACKING-Using Both a Store Coupon and a Manufacturer’s Coupon on One Item. This occurs at stores that have their own coupons like Target as an example.
TMF = Try Me Free
YMMV = Your Mileage May Vary. Deal may work at some stores, and not at others.
Rite Aid Lingo: Wellness Card- Free Card you sign up for to received Rite aid savings on sale items and UP Rewards.
+UP Reward: Rite Aid reward program that prints at the bottom of your receipt. Can be used like cash on future purchases.
Rite Aid usually specifies a +UP Reward limit for items in the ad.
Rite Aid also offers Monthly +UP Rewards that are not always listed in the ad.
VV-Video Value. Rite Aid video you watch to obtain Rite Aid Store coupons for items.
Another important thing is that you need to change your mindset to really save money. You have to start stocking up on items, not just buying stuff for the week. Also you may need to buy items you don’t need, to save money. For example, you may need to buy a group of items at a store giving out gas points. You might have to buy 7 items you don’t need, at $1 each, but that might save you $14 in Gas savings, even if you donate the items.
All deals posted on Run To Save can vary by region or location. Always check prices and keep all receipts to make sure you are getting the best deals, or in case you need to return or exchange something that did not work out as planned.