Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Let's Talk Coupons
A new blogging friend of mine was asking some questions about coupons, which inspired this post. I hope you all find it informative. Please feel free to leave questions in the comments if I can help any further.
There are all types of coupons, Manufacture Coupons, Store Coupons, Blinkies, Tearpads, Snail Mail, and Printables.
Let's start off with the Manufacture Coupon. These are coupons that are sent out by the manufacturer. I get the majority of my manufacture coupons in the Sunday paper inserts. The inserts normally found in the Sunday paper include (but are not limited to), Redplum, Smartsource, and P&G (Proctor and Gamble). These coupons will have Manufacture Coupon printed on it normally at the top of the coupon near the expiration date.
Store coupons are coupons that are store specific, and are meant to be used only at that store. Now, some stores will take competitor coupons, so be sure to ask if you can use them at other stores. These coupons will have Store Coupon printed on them near the expiration date.
Blinkies are the coupons that come out of those machines attached to the shelves on store aisles. They are called Blinkies, because they usually have a blinking light on them to get your attention.
Tearpads are the pads of coupons that vendors normally stick on the shelf near their product that they are promoting.
Snail Mail coupons are sent to you through the mail from the manufactures. You might get these from companies that you email bragging about a specific item, or maybe from a sample package.
Finally Printables are coupons you can print from the internet. Like here:
Be sure that you know your stores coupon policies. Some stores double coupons. For instance, one of the stores I shop in Publix, doubles all coupons $.50 and under. So a $.50 coupon doubles to a dollar, $.25 doubles to $.50, etc. I've even heard of some stores tripling coupons. Also, and this is a big tip, some stores will allow 1 store coupon, and 1 manufacture coupon for each item. This can make for huge savings!
I hope this clears up some questions for coupon newbies. Take care, and Happy Shopping!
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